Cardinal Hosts Fighting Irish Saturday

Nov. 19, 2007

Date: November 24, 2007
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Site: Stanford, CA
TV: Live, ESPN2 (Dave Lamont, Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Dave Flemming, Bob Murphy, Mike McLaughlin)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
On Line: (live audio, gametracker)
The Series: Notre Dame leads 15-6
Last Meeting: Notre Dame 31, Stanford 10 (10/7/06 at Notre Dame)
Series Notes: Notre Dame has won last five meetings with Stanford
Last Stanford Win: 17-13, 11/24/01 at Stanford

Game Reset: Stanford (3-7) concludes the 2007 campaign with back-to-back home games against Notre Dame and California...The Cardinal, which has lost three straight and four of its last five, hosts the Fighting Irish (2-9) before finishing the season in the 110th Big Game vs. Cal on December 1...The Irish, who have set a new school record for most losses in a season, have beaten the Cardinal the last five times the two teams have met...Stanford is coming off a bye week while Notre Dame snapped a four-game losing streak with a 28-7 win over Duke last Saturday...The last time the Cardinal hosted Notre Dame (November 24, 2006), the bulldozers came onto the field moments after the Irish's 38-31 win and began the renovation of Stanford Stadium.

Game Notes: The Irish have won the last five meetings with Stanford and by an average margin of 22 points...Notre Dame leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 15-6...Stanford is 4-5 all-time vs. the Irish in Stanford Stadium, but have lost the last two in 2003 and 2005...Prior to that, Stanford had won three straight over the Irish at Stanford Stadium (1997, 1999, 2001)...Notre Dame has already set the school record for most losses in a season...They have scored 14 points or less in six of their 11 games this season and their offense ranks in triple digits nationally in all four categories, including last in the country (No. 119) in total offense (235.82yds/game)...The Cardinal, meanwhile, have tripled their win total of a year ago and are looking to beat the Irish for the first time since 2001...Stanford enters the game among the national leaders in quarterback sacks (3.1 per game, No.11 nationally) and tackles for loss (7.9 per game, No. 10 nationally).

Tavita's Tale: Sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard has started the past six 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 thee Cardinal's last game against Washington State on Nov. 10, he established career highs in passes attempted (40), passes completed (22) and yards passing (236)... 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 with32...Pritchard passed for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns at Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Washington.

Bradford Among All-Time Receivers: Senior Mark Bradford, who is coming off a career-high 12 receptions vs. Washington State on November 10, will depart The Farm after the next two games as one of the top all-time receivers in school history...Bradford, who made national headlines with his game-winning catch against USC earlier this season, is currently No. 6 all-time on The Farm with 157 career receptions and No. 10 with 2,236 career receiving yards...He has a chance to move up to No. 5 in receptions (needs five morereceptions) and No. 3 in career receiving yards (needs 246 yards)...He has 13 career receiving touchdowns and needs two more to move into the all-time top-10...Bradford, who set the school record for receptions by a freshman (37 in 2003), currently leads the team with 39 catches in 2007 despite playing much of the year at less than 100 percent.

Maynor Behind the Line: Junior Pat Maynor not only leads the Cardinal with 13 tackles for loss and a per game average of 1.44 TFL, he leads all linebackers in the Pac-10 Conference and is No. 18 in the nation...The junior from Jupiter, Fla., is also tied for No. 6 in the Pac-10 with 8.9 tackles per game average...Maynor is second on the team with five sacks...In the last three games, he has recorded seven tackles for loss for minus-31 yards, including two TFL vs. Oregon State and Washington and three vs. Washington State.

Defensively Speaking: Stanford has doubled the number of sacks it had all of last year - and there are still two games to play in 2007...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. 2 in the conference and No. 11 in the naiton with 31 sacks and a per game average of 3.1...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 7.9 in 2007...Stanford is third in the Pac-10 and 10th 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 St. as the Cardinal registered six sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Sack Time: Stanford's 3.1 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 37 total sacks and96 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-5 tackles for loss leaders (No. 2 Pat Maynor, No. 5 Pannel Egboh)...Clinton Snyder is No. 10 in the conference in sacks (0.60 per game).

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. 8, 8.4), sacks (No. 10, .60), forced fumbles (tie No. 6) and fumble recoveries (tie No. 6) and is the only player in the Pac-10 among conference leaders in all four 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 eight games, he has averaged 10 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 20 games and recorded nine of more tackles in 11 of those contests.

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: 104 rushing yards per game, 219 passing, 323 yards in total offense and 20.1 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).

Check the Depth Chart: Injuries have forced the Cardinal offense to use a variety of running backs in 2007...In 10 games, Stanford has had five different running backs lead the team in rushing, including a different back in four od the last five games...The past two games vs. Washington and Washington State, freshman Tyrone McGraw has been the Cardinal's featured back...He has responded by gaining 168 and scoring two TDs on 30 carries...He gained 89 yards on 11 carries vs. the Huskies and 79 yards on 19 carries a week later at WSU...Converted cornerback Corey Gatewood got his first chance on offense against Washington on Nov. 3 and 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...A knee injury ended Gerhart's season after just one game...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 and WSU...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.

Reception Leader: 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 �Sherman has 38 receptions this season, just one behind team-leader Mark Bradford...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 with 646 receiving yards, 17.0 average and four touchdowns...His career yards per catch average of 17.0 is currently ninth in the Cardinal record book...In his brief career on The Farm, Sherman already has 72 receptions for 1,227 yards and seven touchdowns.

Egboh Top DL: The most productive defensive lineman on the team in 2007 has been junior Pannel Egboh, who leads all Cardinal DL in total tackles, quarterback sacks, tackles for loss, fumble recoveries and forced fumbles...Egboh, who is among the Pac-10 leaders in tackles for loss (No. 5, 1.10 per game) fumble recoveries (tie No. 6) and forced fumbles (tie No. 6), is tops on the team among DL in tackles with 44, TFL (11-59) and sacks (4-34)...Earlier this season, he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week in leading the Cardinal defense in its win over USC...Egboh had a career-high 10 tackles against the Trojans, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks and a blocked kick.

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