Stanford Hosts Arizona On Homecoming

Oct. 6, 2008

Game Seven
Arizona Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal
October 11, 2008 • Stanford Stadium • 2:00 p.m. PT

Stanford Returns Home to Face Arizona on Saturday
Stanford (3-3, 2-1 Pac-10) returns home Saturday to face the Arizona Wildcats (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) in the annual Homecoming Game at Stanford Stadium (50,000). the Cardinal is coming off a 28-21 loss at Notre Dame while the Wildcats defeated Washington, 48-14 to remain unbeaten in the Pac-10 Conference. Stanford has won both of its home games this season and has won three straight at Stanford Stadium dating back to last year's Big Game.

Broadcast Information
Saturday's Stanford-Arizona game will be carried live on KTRB AM 860 with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts will begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show. In addition, KTRB will air the Cardinal Locker Room Report immediately following the game, complete with a game recap, highlights and interviews. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast the game live with David Lombardi calling the action.There is no television coverage of Saturday's game.

Stanford-Arizona Series
In a series that dates back to 1979, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona, 10-13-0. Stanford has won four of the last five and five of the last seven games in the series dating back to a 50-22 victory in 1999, which snapped Arizona's six-game winning in the series. Stanford won last year's affair, 21-20 in Tucson after the Wildcats claimed a 20-7 victory the year before. The last four games in the series have been low-scoring affairs, with the winning team scoring no more than 21 points. Stanford is just 3-7 in 10 home games against Arizona, but have posted a 6-6 record against the Wildcats in Tucson. The two teams also played one neutral site game in 1986, with Stanford claiming a 29-24 victory in Tokyo, Japan.

Cardinal Clips

  • Dropped a 28-21 decision Saturday at Notre Dame and now stand 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10 Conference at the halfway point of the season...loss snapped a two-game winning streak.
  • Have won both of its home games this season against Oregon State (36-28) and San Jose State (23-10) and have now won three straight at home dating back to last year's Big Game win over California...last won four straight home games in 2001-02, capturing the last three games in `01 and the first home game of `02...three-game home winning streak in `01 marked the last time Stanford won three straight home games in the same season.
  • A win on Saturday would give Stanford its best seven-game start since the 2004 team opened the season with a 4-3 record on its way to a 4-7 final record.
  • With a 2-1 Pac-10 record, are above the .500 mark in the conference for the first time since Oct. 22, 2005, when Stanford was 3-1.
  • Stanford has traditionally struggled over the years against Arizona at Stanford Stadium, winning just three of 10 games...on the other hand, Stanford has posted a 6-6 record in 12 meetings in Tucson.
  • Limited Notre Dame to just 83 yards on the ground but allowed 347 yards in the air, marking the third time Stanford has allowed 345 or more passing yards (404 vs. Oregon State; 345 at Arizona State).
  • Rushed for 161 yards Saturday at Notre Dame and is now averaging 167.2 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the fourth-best mark in the Pac-10...were averaging just 120.3 yards per game on the ground after six games last season.
  • Is tied for first and tied for eighth nationally in red-zone efficiency, having converted on 15 of 16 trips (93.8) to the red zone this season.
  • After suffering a mild concussion the previous week at Washington, running back Toby Gerhart recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season Saturday at Notre Dame, finishing with 104 yards on 13 carries, including one touchdown...after six games, Gerhart has rushed for 525 yards on 87 carries (6.0 per carry), including six touchdowns...his season rushing average of 87.5 ranks fourth in the Pac-10.
  • Quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 18-of-28 passes for 182 yards at Notre Dame with two touchdowns and a career-high three interceptions...he was also sacked five times...for the season, Pritchard is 79-for-136 (58.1%) for 873 yards, including six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
  • Had one sack against Notre Dame, running its season total to 16, which ranks second in the Pac-10 behind Oregon (18)...had nine sacks against San Jose State, which marked Stanford's highest sack total since also recording nine against California in the 1998 Big Game (Nov. 21).
  • Placekicker Aaron Zagory missed his only field goal attempt on Saturday at Notre Dame on a 42-yard attempts in the third quarter, snapping his streak of six straight successful field goal tries...he is now 6-for-8 on the season, including a career-long and 2008 Pac-10 best 52-yarder against San Jose State.

    Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup

    OffensePos.	No.	Player	NotesWR	8	Ryan Whalen	Team's leading receiver has 15 receptions in last two games.LT	76	Ben Muth	Fifth-year senior made nine starts last seasonLG	70	Bert McBride	Made first career start Saturday at Notre DameC	60	Alex Fletcher	Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG	71	Andrew Phillips	Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT	63	Chris Marinelli	Has made 23 career starts, including 19 in a rowTE	84	Austin Gunder	Has 12 receptions for 96 yardsQB	14	Tavita Pritchard	Two TD passes, three intercetions, five sacks at NDRB	7	Toby Gerhart	Averaging 6.0 per carry this seasonFB	48	Owen Marecic	Pac-10 honorable mention selection last seasonWR	89	Doug Baldwin	Has five plays of more than 35 yards this season

    DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 16 tackles and one sackDT 92 Sione Fua Has seven tackles and two sacksNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 14 tackles and one sackDE 80 Erik Lorig Has 22 total tackles after six gamesSLB 20 Clinton Snyder Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Award candidateMLB 50 Nick Macaluso Has started the last four gamesWLB 44 Pat Maynor Leads the team in tackles (51), sacks (4.0) and TFL (4.5)LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Ranks fourth on the team in total tackles with 38FS 32 Sean Wiser Has started the last two games; 24 total tackles on seasonSS 22 Bo McNally Lott Trophy candidate has 17 tackles over last two gamesRC 24 Kris Evans Has two interceptions on the year

    SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 6-for-8 on FGs, 18-for-18 on PATsK 11 Aaron Zagory Assumed kicking duties at Notre DameP 38 David Green Sixth in the Pac-10 by averaging 40.2 yards a puntLS 56 Zach Nolan Takes over for four year starter Brent NewhouseHLD 22 Bo McNally Will be backed up by Daniel ZychlinskiKR 35 Jeremy Stewart Averaging 22.8 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 9.1 yards per return

    It Happened Against Arizona

    Here's a look at some memorable performances by Stanford over the years against Arizona.1979	In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Stanford defeats Arizona, 30-10 in Tucson...Turk Schoenert completes 17-of-20 passes for 194 yards while sophomore linebacker Dave Morze finishes with 15 tackles and an interception in his first career start.1982	Stanford squanders a 27-13 lead with 12:46 remaining as the Wildcats score 28 points in a span of 9:49 to defeat the Cardinal, 41-27 at Stanford Stadium...John Elway completes 22-of-33 passes for 359 yards to set a NCAA completion record (720), breaking the old mark held by Mark Herrmann of Purdue.1983	Freshman quarterback John Paye completes 22-of-28 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns as Stanford upsets Arizona, 31-22 at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal brought an 0-6 record into the game against a 5-1-1 Wildcat team that had been ranked as high as third in the polls during the season. Emile Harry catches 10 passes for 179 yards, which marked the third highest receiving yardage total in school history.1984	Linebacker Tom Briehl returns and interception 53 yards for a touchdown in a 28-14 setback in Tucson. Junior linebacker Dave Wyman is lost for the season after dislocating his right knee and suffers damage to both cruciate ligaments.1985	Stanford rallies from a 17-7 halftime deficit and scores 21 unanswered points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to upset 19th-ranked Arizona, 28-17. John Paye, who suffered a separated shoulder the week before against USC, comes of the bench to lead the Cardinal on three second half scoring drives.1986	Stanford defeats Arizona, 29-24 in front of 55,000 fans at Memorial Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The two teams combine for seven fumbles, five interceptions and amass 142 yards in penalties.1992	Stanford is held to -33 rushing yards in a 21-6 loss at Stanford Stadium1999	Todd Husak completes 21-of-35 passes for 364 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinal defeat the Wildcats, 50-22 in Tucson, snapping Arizona's six-game winning streak in the series; Tim Smith picks off three passes.2001	Brian Allen rushes for 143 yards on 23 carries in Stanford's 51-37 victory in Tucson. The rushing total was the highest ever recorded by a Stanford back against Arizona.2006	Arizona holds Stanford to just 52 yards in total offense, its lowest output in school history, as the Cardinal drop a 20-7 decision at Stanford Stadium...Stanford's lone touchdown comes on a 72-yard interception return by Wopamo Osaisai.

    Stanford Team NotesStanford Resumes Pac-10 Conference Play on Saturday Against Arizona
    Following Saturday's 28-21 loss at Notre Dame, Stanford (3-3, 2-1 Pac-10) returns home to Stanford Stadium Saturday to face the Arizona Wildcats in the annual Homecoming Game. The Cardinal has won both its home games this season over Oregon State (36-28) and San Jose State (23-10), but face an Arizona (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) team that has won seven of its last 10 trips to Stanford Stadium. Arizona enters Saturday's contest ranked first in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (43.8), first in total defense (226.2) and first in pass defense (118.8). Stanford ranks eighth in scoring defense (27.7), seventh in total offense (316.5) and 10th in passing offense (273.8).

    Last Four Games Against Arizona Have Been Low-Scoring Affairs
    The last four Stanford-Arizona games have been low-scoring affairs, with the winning team scoring no more than 21 points. After Stanford posted a 16-6 victory in 2002, the Cardinal came back three years later to capture a 20-16 victory in Tucson in 2005. The Wildcats turned the tables in 2006, winning 20-7 on The Farm. The Cardinal returned the favor last year in Tucson, winning 21-20.

    Good to See You
    Since the Pac-10 expanded in 1978, Stanford has faced Arizona fewer times (23) than any other conference opponent. Stanford has faced Arizona State 25 times, including this year's meeting in Tempe.

    Last Year Against Arizona
    Jeremy Stewart scored on a one-yard run with 5:54 left in the game to lift Stanford to a 21-20 victory over Arizona in Tucson. The Cardinal defense thwarted Arizona's final threat when Will Powers recovered Anthony Johnson's fumble, forced by Nick Sanchez, on the Arizona 22-yard line with 2:13 left to play. Stanford yielded 369 yards in total offense, but kept the Wildcats off the board in the fourth quarter to post its third victory of the season. With running backs Toby Gerhart and Anthony Kimble sitting out the game with injuries, Stanford dug deep down the depth chart to utilize Jason Evans, who finished the game with 78 yards on 21 carries. Tavita Pritchard completed 19-of-27 passes for 181 yards, including one touchdown and two interceptions. His 33-yard touchdown pass to Richard Sherman in the second quarter cut Arizona's lead to 10-7. Evans scored on a two-yard run with just seconds remaining in the first half to give Stanford a 14-10 lead at intermission. Arizona regained the lead at the 10:48 mark of the third quarter, marching 85 yards on 11 plays, culminated by a three-yard TD pass from Willie Tuitama to A.J. Simmons. Jason Bondzio added a 49 yard field goal at the 2:28 mark of the third quarter to increase its lead to 20-14. Stanford's game-winning drive started at its own 47-yard line with 11:07 left. The Cardinal took 11 plays to march 53 yards, culminating in Stewart's one-yard TD run. It was Stewat's only rushing attempt of the game.

    Offensive Notes

  • Stanford is averaging 316.5 yards in total offense (1,899 total) after six games...averaging 167.2 yards a game on the ground and 149.3. in the air...ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in total offense, fourth in rushing and 10th in passing.
  • Averaging 24.3 points a game, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
  • Turned in its best offensive performance of the season at Washington, finishing with season highs in total offense (466), rushing yardage (244) and passing yardage (222).
  • Of Stanford's 18 touchdowns this season, 10 have come on the ground, six have been through the air, one on defense (interception return) and one on special teams (blocked punt)...running backs Toby Gerhart (6) and Anthony Kimble (3) have accounted for nine of Stanford's 16 offensive touchdowns this season.
  • Stanford has rushed for 1,003 yards in six games this season (167.2)...after six games last year, the Cardinal had totaled 722 yards on the ground (120.3 per game).
  • Have turned in four 100-yard rushing performances this season, including three by Toby Gerhart and one by Anthony Kimble.
  • Anthony Kimble's 157 yards against Washington was the 21st-best rushing performance in Stanford history and the most rushing yards recorded by a Stanford back since J.R. Lemon finished with 162 yards against Washington in 2004.
  • A total of 12 different players have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas.

    Defensive Notes

  • Stanford is yielding 394.3 yards a game in total offense, including 120.5 per game on the ground and 273.8 in the air...rank eighth in the Pac-10 in total defense, fifth in rushing defense and 10th in passing defense.
  • Yielded 347 passing yards Saturday at Notre Dame, marking the third time this season Stanford has allowed 345 or more passing yards (404 vs. Oregon State; 345 at Arizona State).
  • Registered one sack Saturday at Notre Dame and have totaled 12.0 sacks in its last three games...finished with 9.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss against San Jose State, which were the most recorded by Stanford since it also registered 9.0 against Cal in the 1998 Big Game.
  • Ranks second in the Pac-10 in total sacks with 16 (-107)...senior linebacker Pat Maynor leads the team and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.0 sacks, while defensive ends Tom Keiser and Tom McAndrew each have 2.0.
  • Linebacker Pat Maynor leads the team in total tackles with 42, including 25 solo efforts...he currently ranks third in the Pac-10 in total tackles.
  • Turned in its best defensive effort of the season against San Jose the Spartans to 219 yards in total offense, including just 54 on the ground.

    Special Teams Notes

  • After making six straight field goal attempts, senior Aaron Zagory missed his only field goal try Saturday at Notre Dame, a 42-yard attempts in the third quarter...he is 6-for-8 in field goal attempts this season and is a perfect 18-for-18 in PATs.
  • Redshirt freshman David Green is averaging 40.4 yards a punt after six games (26-1051), which is the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10.
  • Jeremy Stewart ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in kick return average at 22.8 yards per return.
  • Stanford ranks third in the Pac-10 in punt return average (13.7).
  • Mark Mueller's blocked punt at TCU was Stanford's second this season...Stephen Carr blocked a punt early in the first quarter against Oregon State.
  • Richard Sherman scooped up Mueller's blocked punt and raced 21 yards for a touchdown, marking Stanford's first blocked punt return for a touchdown since Oct. 1, 2005 vs. Oregon (Jon Alston).

    A Look Back at the Notre Dame Game
    Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw for a career high 347 yards to lead Notre Dame a 28-21 victory over Stanford Saturday in South Bend, as the Irish defeated the Cardinal for the seventh straight time in the series.Stanford running back Toby Gerhart recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 104 yards on 13 carries including a touchdown. Quarterback Tavita Pritchard threw for 182 yards, completing 18-of-28 passes with two touchdowns. However, he also was victimized by three interceptions and was sacked five times.Notre Dame opened the scoring at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter when Clausen connected with Armando Allen on a 21-yard touchdown pass, culminating a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Stanford tied the game at the 10:51 mark of the second quarter, staging an impressive 14-play, 95-yard scoring mark that culminated with a one-yard TD run by Gerhart, which marked his sixth rushing touchdown of the season.Notre Dame answered with touchdowns on its next two possessions thanks to a three-yard run by Allen and a 48-yard scoring strike from Clausen to Michael Floyd and led 21-7 at intermission. The Irish extended its lead to 28-7 with 4:30 left in the third quarter, when Clausen connected with Kyle Rudolph on a 16-yard touchdown pass.After it was held to minus-3 yards in total offense in the third quarter, Stanford's offense rallied for two touchdowns in the final period on a pair of touchdown passes by Pritchard to Jim Dray and Doug Baldwin to cut the lead to 28-21. The Cardinal got the ball back on its own three-yard line with 3:23 left, only to see the Irish take over on downs after failing to pick up a first down on a fourth and 15 play from the 10-yard line.

    Gerhart Records Third 100-Yard Rushing Game of Season at Notre Dame
    After suffering a mild concussion in the first quarter the previous week against Washington, junior running back Toby Gerhart recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season Saturday at Notre Dame, finishing with 104 yards on 13 carries. Gerhart is gained 525 yards on 87 carries in six games this season (6.0 per carry) and is averaging 87.5 yards on the ground this season. He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing average (87.5). Dating back to last year's San Jose State game, Gerhart has combined to rush for 655 yards over his last seven games (93.6) on 99 carries (6.6 per carry). Gerhart is attempting to become Stanford's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tommy Vardell finished with a single-season record 1,084 rushing yards in 1991. Including Vardell, Stanford has had six 1,000-yard rushers in its history, including Jon Volpe (1,027 in 1991), Brad Muster (1,053 in 1986) and Darrin Nelson (1,014 in 1981; 1,061 in 1978; 1,069 in `77).

    Kimble Climbing Career Rushing Touchdown Chart
    Anthony Kimble's two rushing touchdowns at Washington increased his career total to 14, moving him past J.R. Lemon, Brian Allen and Glyn Milburn into sole possession of ninth place on Stanford's all-time career list for rushing touchdowns. Bill Tarr (1953-55) ranks eighth on the list with 16 rushing touchdowns. Kimble's 157-yard rushing performance at Washington marked the 21st best rushing performance in school history and the best single-game mark since J.R. Lemon finished with 162 yards against Washington in 2004. His 83-yard touchdown run in the third quarter tied for the fifth longest touchdown run in school history, matching Buck Fawcett's 1941 jaunt against Santa Clara.

    Tavita's Tale
    After completing 16-of-24 passes for 222 yards and a career-best three touchdowns at Washington, junior quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 18-of-28 passes for 182 yards with two touchdowns and a career high three interceptions Saturday at Notre Dame. He was also sacked five times. Both of his touchdown passes at Notre Dame came in the fourth quarter, as be connected with tight end Jim Dray on a one-yard pass at the 10:06 mark and Doug Baldwin on a 10-yarder with 6:00 remaining. For the season, the Tacoma, Wash., native has completed 79-of-136 passes (58.1) passes for 873 yards and six touchdowns, along with seven interceptions. He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in passing average per game (145.5) and ninth in passing efficiency (116.3). He secured his spot in Stanford football lore when he engineered an epic, 24-23 upset victory over top-ranked (USA Today) USC in his first career start, connecting with Mark Bradford for the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play from the USC 10-yard line with 0:49 left in the game.

    Big Play Baldwin
    Sophomore wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been involved in five plays over the last four games that have totaled 35-yards or more. Last Saturday at Notre Dame, Baldwin returned a punt 38 yards in the fourth quarter that set up a five-play 36-yard scoring drive that cut the Irish lead to 28-21. Against Washington, he was on the receiving end of a 61-yard touchdown pass from Tavita Pritchard. in the second quarter that gave Stanford a 21-14 lead at halftime. Against TCU, Baldwin scored his first career touchdown on a 35-yard reverse in the second quarter. Later in the game, he returned a punt 35 yards for an apparent touchdown, but was ruled to have stepped out of bounds on the 13-yard line. Against San Jose State, Baldwin was on the receiving end of a 38-yard pass from Pritchard, only to have the ball knocked out of his hands and through the end zone for a touchback. Including last year's 42-yard kickoff return against Notre Dame, Baldwin has been involved in six plays of 35 yards or more in his career.

    The Emergence of Ryan Whalen
    After catching just one pass for 12 yards last season as a freshman, Ryan Whalen has emerged as Stanford's primary receiver. After six games, the Monte Vista HS-product has 22 receptions for 229 yards and one touchdown. He has been particularly impressive the last two weeks, recording seven receptions for 76 yards, including his first career touchdown, at Washington and a career-best eight receptions for 91 yards at Notre Dame.

    Spreading the Wealth
    A total of 12 Stanford receivers have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas. Pritchard completed a 25-yard pass to himself in the second quarter of the San Jose State game, when his pass attempt was deflected back into his hands at the line of scrimmage. Loukas, a backup quarterback, was on the receiving end of Stanford's first pass completion of the season against Oregon State. Stanford has utilized as many as eight different receivers three times this season (Arizona State, San Jose State, Washington) and has used seven receivers in two other games (Oregon State and TCU).

    Maynor Among Pac-10 Leaders in Tackles and Sacks
    Senior linebacker Pat Maynor is the only player in the Pac-10 to be ranked among the top five of the conference leaders in both both tackles per game (3rd; 8.5-51 total) and sacks per game (3rd: 0.67-4.0 total). His 51 total tackles are the most by any player in the conference (Greg Laybourn, Oregon State--45). Maynor has led or tied for the team lead in tackles in three of the last four games, totaling 38 stops over the four game stretch, including back-to-back 11-tackles efforts against TCU and San Jose State.

    Welcome Back Jim Dray
    Junior tight end Jim Dray, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year against TCU on a punt play, has seen action in three games this season and has recorded three receptions, including two for touchdowns. Dray made his season debut against San Jose State, but did not catch a pass. A week later against Washington, his only reception came on an an 11-yard TD pass from Tavita Pritchard in the second quarter that gave Stanford a 14-7 lead. His only reception against Notre Dame resulted in a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, marking his fourth career TD reception. Dray's injured left knee required two offseason surgeries (Oct. 18 and Dec. 6) to repair his ACL, PCL, LCL, hamstring, lateral band and posterior capsule. Dray resumed full football drills last Tuesday. The Paramus, N.J.-native started the first six games of last season and finished the year with nine catches for 116 yards and one touchdown.

    Notre Dame Transfer Konrad Reuland Now Eligible
    Konrad Reuland, who transferred to Stanford this fall after spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Notre Dame, is now eligible for competition but has yet to see game action. The junior tight end played seven games as a freshman and three games last season for the Irish, but did not catch a pass. He spent part of the 2007-08 academic year at Saddleback Junior College, but did not play football. A blue-chip recruit out of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School, Reuland was a first team tight end on the USA Today's prep All-America team as a senior.

    What a Difference a Year Makes
    Six games into the 2008 season, Stanford has rushed for 1,003 yards and is averaging 167.2 yards per game, which is the fourth best mark in the Pac-10. After six games last season, the Cardinal had rushed for 722 yards and were averaging 120.3 yards a game on the ground. The Cardinal ranked ninth in the conference last season in rushing offense with a 111.2 per game average.

    Stanford in the Red Zone
    Stanford is 15-for-16 (94%) in the red zone this season, which is the tied with Arizona State for best mark in the Pac-10 and is tied for the eighth-best mark in the nation. In 16 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 12 touchdowns and three field goals. Stanford's only empty trip to the red zone this season came against TCU, when the Cardinal failed to score after returning a punt to the TCU 13 yard line. Since then, the Cardinal has converted on its last 11 trips to the red zone.

    Time of Possession
    Stanford has lost the time of possession contest in each of its last five games after controlling the clock in the season-opener against Oregon State, 31:14 to 28:46. Since the Oregon State game, Stanford's defense has been on the field an average of 8:44 more than the offense over the last five games.

    First Strike
    Stanford has scored just 14 points in the first quarter this season and has allowed the opponent to score first in all six games. The Cardinal is averaging 64.5 yards in total offense (387 yards total) in the first quarter this season, a figure which received a boost following Saturday's 139 first quarter yards against Notre Dame.

    Turnover Margin
    Stanford is -8 in turnover margin the last five games against Arizona State (-1), TCU (-3), San Jose State (E), Washington (E) and Notre Dame (-4) after holding a 3-0 advantage in turnover margin against Oregon State. Stanford is -5 in turnover margin for the season, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10. Last season, the Cardinal finished +3 in turnover margin in the Pac-10, which was the second best mark in the conference behind Oregon (+9).

    Sacks and Tackles-for-Loss
    Stanford ranks second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally with 16 sacks among its 34 tackles-for-loss this season. Stanford totaled 9.0 sacks among its 11.0 tackles-for-loss against San Jose State, which were the most recorded by Stanford since it also totaled nine against California in the 1998 Big Game. Last year, the Cardinal ranked second in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally with 37 sacks and a per game average of 3.17, which was the highest per game average since the 1999 Rose Bowl team finished with a 4.2 per game mark. The Cardinal also averaged 8.33 tackles for loss per game last year, a figure that ranked third in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally. The figure was also the best per game average since 1999.

    Natural Freshmen
    With the collegiate debuts of Chris Owusu and Alex Debniak Saturday at Notre Dame, Stanford has utilized seven natural freshmen in game action this season. In addition to Owusu and Debniak, CB Johnson Bademosi, K Travis Golia, RB Delano Howell, CB Michael Thomas and WR Warren Reuland--have been called upon for duty this season.

    Road Tested
    Four of Stanford's first six games of the year will be on the road. All told, Stanford will play seven road games this season, marking the second time in three seasons and the third time in school history Stanford has played as many as seven road games. In 2006, the Cardinal's lone win during a 1-11 campaign was a 20-3 victory at Washington. In 1976, Stanford posted a 3-4 road record on its way to a 6-5 finish in Jack Christiansen's final season as head coach. Stanford dropped its first four road games to Penn State, Michigan, Army and UCLA before rebounding to defeat Washington State, Oregon and Cal in its final three road tests.

    More on the Schedule
    Seven of the 12 opponents on Stanford's 2008 schedule participated in bowl games last season, including Oregon State (Emerald), TCU (Texas), Arizona State (Holiday), USC (Rose), UCLA (Las Vegas), Oregon (Sun) and California (Armed Forces). For just the second time in school history, Stanford will not play back-to-back home games this season. In 1985, Stanford alternated between home and road games throughout its 11-game schedule and finished 4-7 under head coach Jack Elway.

    Home and Road
    The Cardinal is 13-25 at Stanford Stadium dating back to the 2002 season, including a 5-16 mark over the last three seasons. Stanford posted a 1-5 home record in 2005 (win over Arizona State, 45-35), went winless in five home games in 2006 and posted a 2-6 home record last season (wins over San Jose State, 37-0; California, 20-13).Stanford is 16-31 on the road over the last nine seasons, but went 2-2 last year away from home, with a pair of one-point victories at USC (24-23) and Arizona (21-20).

    Preseason Watch Lists
    Four Stanford players are included on various preseason watch lists heading into the 2008 season. Outside linebacker Clinton Snyder is on the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik and Butkus Award, along with the Lombardi Award, recognizing the top lineman in college football (offense or defense). Senior center Alex Fletcher is included on watch lists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), the Rimington Trophy (top center) and Lombardi Trophy (top linemen). Junior safety Bo McNally is included on the watch list for the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. It is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Junior linebacker Pat Maynor appears on the watch list for the Butkus Award.

    Chase, Wilcox-Fogel and Zagory Elevated to Scholarship Status
    Senior linebacker Thaddeus Chase, senior wide receiver Nate Wilcox-Fogel and senior placekicker Aaron Zagory have been awarded scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.Chase enters the 2008 season battling for playing time at outside linebacker. He will also be a steady contributor on special teams. Chase appeared in 12 games last season and finished with four tackles, including two solo efforts. He was credited with one blocked kick and played on all four special teams units.Wilcox-Fogel, a fifth-year senior from nearby Los Altos, has lettered each of the last two seasons after sitting out the 2004 and `05 campaigns.After serving as a back-up kicker last season, Zagory regained the starting role in fall camp.

    Cut to the Chase
    As a reminder, it's -- OG Chase Beeler (Jenks, OK), LB Thaddeus Chase (El Paso, TX), S Chase Richard (Atherton, CA) and DE Chase Thomas (Marietta, GA).

    2007 Rewind
    Stanford finished the 2007 season with a 4-8 overall record and a 3-6 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. Included in the win total were victories over top-ranked (USA Today) USC and defending Pac-10 Conference co-champion California in the Big Game. Other victories came over San Jose State (37-0) and at Arizona (21-20). Of the eight losses, two came by a touchdown or less (TCU and Notre Dame). The four wins were a three-game improvement from the previous season when Stanford struggled to a 1-11 overall mark.

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