Stanford Travels To Washington State Saturday

Nov. 5, 2007

Game #10 - Stanford (3-6, 2-5) at WSU (3-6, 1-5)
November 10
Martin Stadium
Pullman, WA, 3:30 pm, PTFox Sports Net Bay Area/Fox Sports Net Northwest

Date: November 10, 2007
Kickoff: 3:30 pm
Site: Pullman, WA
TV: Live, FSN Bay Area/FSN NW (Brian Giles, Todd Husak, Jason Stiles)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm (Topher Anderson, David Lombardi)
Online: (Live Audio, Gametracker)
The Series: Stanfoard leads, 32-24-1
Last Meeting: Washington State 36, Stanford 10 (9/23/06 at Stanford)
Series Notes: Stanford has won last three vs. Cougars in PullmanLast Stanford Win: 24-21, 10/8/05 in Pullman

Game Reset: Stanford (3-6, 2-5) will attempt to get back on the winning track after losing its last two games to Oregon State and Washington ... The Cardinal will travel to Pullman, WA., on Saturday, Nov. 10 to face Washington State, which is 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the Pac-10 after a 20-17 loss at Cal last Saturday ... Stanford has won two of its three road games this season, beating USC and Arizona away from Stanford Stadium while losing at Oregon State ... Following Saturday's game at WSU, Stanford will have a bye on Nov. 17, then conclude the season with home games against Notre Dame (Nov. 24) and the Big Game vs. Cal (Dec. 1).

Game Notes: The Cardinal is looking for its fourth straight win in Pullman ... Stanford has scored just 15 points in its last two games while Washington State has allowed only 27 in its last two games ... The Cougars enter the game with a passing offense that averages almost 300 yards per game (297.0) and is ranked second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally ... WR Brandon Gibson leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (94.4) and is second in the league in receptions per game (6.13) ... Quarterback Alex Brink is averaging 298 yards in total offense, second in the conference and 16th in the NCAA ... The Cardinal, meanwhile, are third in the Pac-10 and among the top 13 nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss.

Tavita's Tale: Sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard has started the past five games for the Cardinal, leading Stanford to two wins, including a memorable win at top-ranked USC ... Pritchard began the season as a backup to T.C. Ostrander and played sparingly through the Cardinal's first four games ... In last Saturday's game against Washington, he completed just one-of-three passes before an injury took him out of the game ... He made his first collegiate start at USC on October 6 and made national headlines as he led the Cardinal to a 24-23 win ... Pritchard, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, had a total of three pass attempts while seeing limited action in three games in 2006 and '07 before facing the Trojans ... He had one attempt and appearances in two games a year ago ... In Stanford's final three drives against the Trojans, in which he led the team to 17 points, Pritchard completed eight-of-15 for 120 yards and one touchdown, the game-winning 10-yard pass to Mark Bradford with 49 seconds to play ... In three, third down and two fourth down plays in those three drives, Pritchard was four-of-five for 54 yards and a TD ... His second start came against TCU (Oct. 13) ... He threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 14 times ... In his third start (Oct. 20 at Arizona), Pritchard recorded career highs in pass completions (19), yards passing (181) and completion percentage (.703, 19-for-27) ... The following week at Oregon State, he established another career high in passing yards with 189 and passes attempted with 32 ... Pritchard passed for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns at Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Washington.

Tavita's Ties to Washington State: Tavita Pritchard grew up in Tacoma, Washington a fan of the Washington State Cougars ... That's because is father, David, was a starting center for WSU and a member of the Cougar's 1981 Holiday Bowl team ... Tavita's uncle is Jack Thompson,, known as the 'Throwin' Samaon' and one of Washington State's all-time great quarterbacks ... His cousin, Tony Thompson, is a sophomore tight end for the Cougars.

Defensively Speaking: Stanford has doubled the number of sacks it had all of last year - and there is still three more games to play in the regular season ... A year ago, the Cardinal had 14 total sacks and averaged a Pac-10 low 1.3 per game ... In 2007, the Cardinal is No. 3 in the conference and No. 11 in the naiton with 29 sacks and a per game average of 3.22 ... Stanford has also seen a similar increase in tackles for loss over a year ago ... The Cardinal recorded 4.2 tackles for loss per game in 2006; that number has increased to 8.0 in 2007 ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally in tackles for loss ... In defeating No. 1 ranked USC, the Cardinal defense accounted for four sacks (-29 yards), six tackles for loss (-34 yards), four interceptions, caused five turnovers, while recording two pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery ... Stanford also held the Trojans, 10th in the nation averaging 237 yards rushing per game, to just 95 net yards on the ground ... A week later against TCU, the Cardinal defense was credited with eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass break ups and four quarterback hurries ... In Stanford's 21-20 win at Arizona, Stanford recorded three sacks, eight tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and two fourth down stops that were key to the Cardinal's win ... Stanford was effective again behind the line of scrimmage in its Oct. 27 game at Oregon State as the Cardinal registered six sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Sack Time: Stanford's 3.2 sacks per game this season puts it among the top sack teams of all-time on the Farm ... The Cardinal, currently among the national leaders in sacks and tackles for loss, have the highest per game average for a Cardinal defense since Stanford's 1999 Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl team ... The 2007 Cardinal is on pace to record 39 total sacks and 96 TFL for a 12 game schedule ... Those numbers are the best on The Farm since the '99 team had 46 sacks (4.18 per game) and 91 tackles for loss (8.27 per game) over an 11 game regular season ... Stanford has two players among the conference's top-10 sack leaders (No. 8 Clinton Snyder, No. 10 Pat Maynor) and three among the league's top five in tackles for loss (No. 2 Pat Maynor and No. 7 Snyder and Pannel Egboh).

Snyder's Impact: In his two seasons as one of the Cardinal's starting linebackers, sophomore Clinton Synder has made his presence known throughout the Pacific-10 Conference ... A year ago, he was 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.9); this year, he is among the conference leaders in tackles (No. 7, 8.8), sacks (No. 10, .63), tackles for loss (No. 7, 1.00) and forced fumbles (tie No. 4, .22) ... Snyder is the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top-10 in those four defensive categories ... He began this season battling injuries and saw his play limited in the first two games as he accounted for just four total tackles ... But, over the course of the last seven games, he has averaged 11 tackles per game and been one of the team's most active and effective players on defense ... In the past two years, he has started 19 games and recorded nine of more tackles in 11 of those contests ... In Stanford's last two games, at Oregon State and at home vs. Washington, Snyder has made 28 tackles.

Leading Receiver: Sophomore WR Richard Sherman is attempting to become the first player to lead the Cardinal in receptions in back-to-back seasons since Brad Muster led the team three straight years from 1984-86 ... Sherman is also attempting to become the first wide receiver to lead the team in receptions in consecutive seasons since Andre Tyler in 1979-80 ...The second-year Cardinal from Compton, Calif., was Stanford's top receiver a year ago as a true freshman with 34 catches for 581 yards, three touchdowns and a 17.1 average ... He currently leads the team in all receiving categories: 38 receptions, 646 yards, 17.0 average and four touchdowns ... His career yards per catch average of 17.0 is currently ninth in the Cardinal record book ... Sherman's per game average of 71.8 receiving yards per game currently ranks second in the Pac-10 ... In his brief career on The Farm, Sherman already has 72 receptions for 1,227 yards and seven touchdowns.

Belch Bytes: During his first three seasons, Derek Belch was a backup placekicker who did not see any game action ... In his fourth season, he attempted one field goal and was the team's kickoff specialist ... Now in his fifth season, Belch has not only won the No. 1 PK job, but, he has already made an impact in the Cardinal record book ... Belch has made 12 of 17 field goal attempts in '07 and is fourth in the Pac-10 (1.33 fgg) ... He also leads the team in scoring with 56 points ... Belch hit one of two field goals in the season opener vs. UCLA, then made all three of his attempts vs. San Jose State, including two from 50 yards out ... Belch hit his first field goal from 52-yards, which tied for the 10th longest in school history ... When he made a 50-yard field goal later in the game, Belch became just the second kicker in school history to make two, 50-yard field goals in the same game ... The other was Rod Garcia, who made a school-record 59-yarder and a 52-yarder in a 1973 game vs. USC ... Four of his five misses this year have come from 47, 47 and 44 yards out with one blocked ... He is six-for-eight inside the 40-yard line and six-for-nine from beyond 40 yards out.

Noting the Offense: Stanford's offensive numbers in 2007 are a significant improvement over last year's in every category ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 65 yards on the ground, 167 through the air, 232 yards in total offense and 10.6 points per game ... Fast forward to 2007 and those same numbers read: 103 rushing yards per game, 214 passing, 317 yards in total offense and 20.4 points scored per game ... A year ago, Stanford scored more than 20 points in just one of 12 games ... So far in 2007, the Cardinal has scored more than 20 points in five games, incuding three over 30 points ... In game two vs. San Jose State, the Cardinal offense accounted for 506 yards, the most on The Farm since the 2002 season (563 yards vs. SJS) ... Stanford also rushed for 276 yards against the Spartans, equaling the most for a Cardinal offense since the 2001 season ... In the season opener vs. UCLA, Stanford threw for 346 yards, the most since Nov. 26, 2005 when Stanford passed for 347 yards vs. Notre Dame in the final game of the 'old' Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal's 37 points scored vs. San Jose State in game two was the most by a Cardinal offense in the last 20 games - dating back to Oct. 22, 2005 (45 points vs. ASU).

Parade of Running Backs: Injuries have forced the Cardinal offense to use a variety of running backs in 2007 ... In nine games, Stanford has had five different running backs lead the team in rushing, including a different back in each of the last four games ... Last week against Washington, it was freshman Tyrone McGraw's turn to be the featured back in the Cardinal offense ... He ran for 89 yards on 11 carries ... Converted cornerback Corey Gatewood got his first chance on offense as he was impressive with 63 yards on just five carries ... Junior Anthony Kimble was the team's top rushing threat through the first six games as he gained 429 yards and led the team in rushing five of those six games ... In game two, Toby Gerhart gained 140 yards on the ground in his only action of the season ... An injury has kept Gerhart out of the lineup for eight of Stanford's nine games ... Following Kimble's injury against TCU on Oct. 13, Stanford's rushing leaders have been Jason Evans vs. Arizona, Jeremy Stewart vs. Oregon State and McGraw against Washington.... Evans gained 78 yards and scored one touchdown in Stanford's win at Arizona, but an injury late in the game ended Evans' season in 2007.

Kimble's Rushing Numbers: RB Anthony Kimble turned in his second, 100-yard rushing game of the season against TCU on Oct. 20, when he gained 109 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns ... He suffered a shoulder injury in that game, however, that has kept him out of the last three games... Still, the junior has 429 yards rushing this season, six touchdowns and a healthy 4.5 per carry average ... Earlier this season, he gained 119 yards vs. Oregon ... Kimble's six rushing touchdowns this season is more than any Cardinal back since J.R. Lemon had six TDs in 2004 ... The last running backs to have more than six rushing touchdowns in a season were Brian Allen and Kerry Carter, who both had nine in 2001 ... Kimble's top game this season came against Oregon, when he accounted for 331-yards in all-purpose running against the then-No. 13 Ducks ... He was just 48 yards shy of setting the Stanford record for most all-purpose yards in a game (school record is 379, Glyn Milburn, 1990) ... Kimble had 119 yards rushing, 170 yards on seven kickoff returns and 42 yards on six receptons.

Ostrander's Journey: Senior quarterback T.C. Ostrander started the first four games of the season before suffering a seizure at a Palo Alto restaurant on September 30, forcing him to miss Stanford's October 6 game at USC ... He has not started the last two games vs .TCU and Arizona ... Ostrander, one of Stanford's co-captains this season, was averaging 266 yards per game through the first four games of the year ... He has thrown for six touchdowns and just three interceptions in 169 pass attempts this year ... Ostrander threw for more yards than any quarterback on The Farm since the 2001 season when he accounted for 346 passing yards in the season opener vs. UCLA ... Ostrander set career highs in yards, passes attempted (59), passes completed (27) ... The 59 passes tied Ostrander for the third highest in school history ... The school record is 68, set in a 1989 game vs. Notre Dame by Steve Smith ... The 346 passing yards was the most by a Stanford quarterback since Chris Lewis threw for 390 yards in the 2001 Big Game (Nov. 17) - a span of 60 games ... Ostrander has played in 27 games and started 11 in his Cardinal career ... Ostrander played a backup role to Trent Edwards the past three seasons and received his playing time when Edwards was unable to play due to injury ... He has thrown for 3,449 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career ... He started the final five games of the 2006 season ... Ostrander is a fifth-year senior who was born at the Stanford Hospital.

Improved Run Game: Stanford's run game has seen a marked improved over last year ... In fact, it's been the most effective rushing attack since 2001 when the Cardinal went 9-3 ... This year's ground game has increased its per game production by over 50 yards per game and its average per rush by a full one yard per carry ... The Cardinal is averaging 116.8 yards on the ground and 3.1 yards per carry this season, compared to 65.1 and 2.1 for the 2006 squad ... Stanford's 2007 ground game has already scored more rushing touchdowns in seven games (nine) than it did in all 12 games last year (three) ... The Cardinal did not have a running back gain over 100 yards in a game during the past two years ... So far in '07, Stanford has had two backs (Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart) rush for more than 100 yards in a game ... Gerhart gained 140 in game two vs. San Jose State; Kimble gained 119 in game three vs. Oregon and 109 vs. TCU... The last time Stanford had back-to-back games with 100-yard rushers was the first two games of the 2003 season (J.R. Lemon / Kenneth Tolon) ... Stanford's 276 yards on the ground vs. San Jose State equaled the most by a Cardinal offense in six seasons (276 yards vs. Arizona in 2001) ... A year ago, Stanford had only two games in which it rushed for more than 100 yards, and its season high was 185 ... Gerhart became the first Cardinal running back to rush for over 100 yards in a game since J.R. Lemon in 2004 (162 yards vs. WSU)

Defense Records First Shutout in 11 Years: Stanford's 37-0 win over San Jose State was its first shutout since a 38-0 victory over Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl ... The Cardinal defense not only pitched its first shutout in 11 years, but it accounted for seven tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, one interception and seven pass break ups ... Stanford also limited the SJS to just 32 net yards rushing, 131 yards through the air and 163 yards in total offense ... The 32 rushing yards allowed was the fewest allowed by a Cardinal defense since 2003.

The Ratings Game: Perhaps no team in the country has faced the array of nationally-ranked opponents as the Cardnal have thus far in 2007 ... In its first five games of the year, Stanford played four teams that were ranked in the top-25 ... Stanford has played UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and USC, all teams who were in the national ratings at the time of the game ... USA Today/Coaches Poll has Oregon at No. 6, USC at No. 9 and ASU at No. 12 this week ... UCLA was in the top-25 for the first part of the season ... Stanford's six opponnets this season are a combined 28-11... Stanford faced three opponents this year (Oregon, Arizona State and USC) who were unbeaten at the time they played the CardinalThe O-Line: An experienced and veteran offensive line has provided quarterback T.C. Ostrander with solid protection while allowing the Cardinal running game to be more productive ... And the numbers bear it out ... A year ago, opponents registered a sack every 6.32 passes attempted by Stanford quarterbacks (50 sacks/316 attempts) ... This year, that number has improved to a sack every 16.6 pass attempts (8 sacks/133 attempts) ... The line has also allowed the running game to produce 156 yards on the ground and 4.4 yards per carry, compared to 65 and 2.1 in '06 ... The Cardinal's offensive line is anchored by juniors Allen Smith and Alex Fletcher, who have each started 23 games in their careers, six-year senior Tim Mattran, fifth-year senior Mikal Brewer and sophomore Chris Marinelli ... All five have starting experience ... Mattran and Brewer have each started nine games in their careers while Marinelli has started eight ... Mattran has been selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List for the award given annually to college football's top center.

Freshman Class: Stanford has had seven true freshman play in 2007, including one, FB Owen Marecic, who started each of the first two games ... The others include WR Doug Baldwin (3 receptions, 2 punt returns), FS Taylor Skaufel (five tackles), LB Chike Amajoyi (four tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks), WR Corey Gatewood, RB Jeremy Stewart (five carries, 19 yards) and WR Ryan Whalen.

Coaching Staff: Among the nine assistant coaches on Jim Harbaugh's staff are a mix of former NFL players and coaches, former Stanford players, three coaches who were on Harbaugh's staff at USD and a defensive coordinator who guided one of the top defensive units in college football in 2006 ... Harbaugh's staff is young - average age 34.2 years old - and comes to Stanford from all parts of the country ... Two members of the Cardinal staff are former Stanford players, offensive line coach Chris Dalman (1988-92) and offensive coordinator David Shaw (1991-94) ... Dalman played seven years in the NFL while Shaw's resume includes nine seasons coaching in the NFL ... DB coach Clayton White played in the NFL; Lance Anderson, Tim Drevno and Shaw were on Harbaugh's staff at USD last season while Scott Shafer was running a defense at Western Michigan that ranked 11th in the country.

All-Academic: Stanford once again led the conference with 14 players selected to last year's Academic All-Pac-10 Team ... Eleven of those players are on this year's roster ... The list includes First-Team selections Anthony Kimble, Kelton Lynn, Chris Horn and Tom McAndrew; Second-Team picks Michael Miller, Evan Moore, Gustav Rydstedt, Clinton Snyder and Aaron Zagory; and honorable mention selections Chris Marinelli and Will Powers ... Stanford led the league in 2005 with 15 Academic All-Pac-10 members.

The Starting Five: The Cardinal's offensive line is anchored by juniors Allen Smith and Alex Fletcher, who have each started 22 games in their careers, six-year senior Tim Mattran, fifth-year senior Mikal Brewer and sophomore Chris Marinelli ... All five have starting experience ... Mattran and Brewer have each started eight games in their careers while Marinelli has started seven ... Mattran has been selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List for the award given annually to college football's top cente

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