Stanford Returns Home to Host Washington State in a Pac-10 Game this Saturday
Oct. 27, 2008
Washington State Cougars at Stanford Cardinal
November 1, 2008 Stanford Stadium 2:00 p.m. PT
Stanford Begins Stretch Drive Saturday Against Washington State
Stanford (4-4, 3-2 Pac-10) will put its home unbeaten streak on the line this Saturday as the Cardinal prepare to play host to the Washington State Cougars (1-7, 0-5 Pac-10) at Stanford Stadium (50,000). Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. Both teams are coming off bye weeks. Stanford dropped a 23-20 decision at UCLA on October 18 while Washington State was shutout at home by USC, 69-0.
Saturday's Stanford-Washington State 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 will be no television coverage of Saturday's game.
Stanford-Washington State Series
In a series that dates back to 1936, Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 32-25-1. The Cougars have won the last two meetings and five of the last seven contests dating back to 2001, including last year's game at Stanford, 33-17. Prior to this recent run of success by the Cougars in the series, Stanford had posted a 18-6 record in 24 meetings against Washington State from 1973 to 2000. The Cardinal have dropped the four games played against Washington State at Stanford Stadium dating back to Stanford's last home victory in 1999 (54-17).
Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup
OffensePos. No. Player NotesWR 8 Ryan Whalen Team's leading receiver with 30 receptions for 325 yards.LT 76 Ben Muth Fifth-year senior made nine starts last seasonLG 72 Chase Beeler Returns from injury; started first five games of seasonC 60 Alex Fletcher Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG 71 Andrew Phillips Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT 61 Matt Kopa Made his first career start vs. ArizonaTE 84 Austin Gunder Has 13 receptions for 101 yardsQB 14 Tavita Pritchard Has completed 58.8 percent of his passes this seasonRB 7 Toby Gerhart Needs 221 more yards to reach the 1,000-yard markFB 48 Owen Marecic Pac-10 honorable mention selection last seasonWR 89 Doug Baldwin Has six plays of more than 35 yards this season
DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 19 tackles and 1.5 sacksDT 92 Sione Fua Has nine tackles, including 4.0 for lossNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 19 tackles, including 1.0 for lossDE 80 Erik Lorig Has 28 total tackles, including 5.0 for lossSLB 20 Clinton Snyder Had 8.0 tackles and 2.0 sacks at UCLAMLB 50 Nick Macaluso Has 18 total tackles on the year, including 3.0 for lossWLB 44 Pat Maynor Leads the team in tackles (59), sacks (4.0) and TFL (7.5)LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Had a team-high 10 total tackles at UCLAFS 32 Sean Wiser Has started the last four games; 36 total tackles on seasonSS 22 Bo McNally Recorded his second interception of the season at UCLARC 24 Kris Evans Ranks second on the team in total tackles with 53
SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 9-for-11 on FGs, 23-for-23 on PATsK 11 Aaron Zagory Assumed kicking duties at Notre DameP 38 David Green Boomed 70-yard punt vs. ArizonaLS 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 23.4 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.1 yards per return
It Happened Against Washington State
Here's a look at some memorable performances by Stanford over the years against Washington State.1969 Stanford's defense limits the Cougars to just 109 yards in total offense, which is the second lowest single-game output by a Cardinal opponent in school history.1970 Jim Plunkett connects with Randy Vataha on 96 yard touchdown pass at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter, marking the longest pass play in school history at the time. Plunkett finishes the day with 275 yards in total offense to become the NCAA's all-time career record holder for total offense.1975 Stanford runs for 395 yards in a 54-14 victory over the Cougars in Pullman. The rushing performance ranks as the second best in school history.1978 Quarterback Steve Dils sets Pac-10 single-game records for passing yards (4-3), total offense (438) and touchdown passes (5) in Stanford's 43-27 win over the Cougars in Pullman. Dils' performance overshadows another Cardinal-record breaking performance by Darrin Nelson, who sets the school's all-time career rushing record in just his 18th varsity game.1980 Darrin Nelson runs for 202 yards on 21 carries in a 48-34 win in Pullman. The rushing performance ranks as the fifth-best in school history; John Elway throws for 379 yards, including five touchdowns.1986 Brad Muster rushes for 190 yards on 37 carries in a 42-12 victory over the Cougars at Stanford Stadium. The rushing performance is tied for the ninth-best single-game mark in school history and was the second-best rushing performance of Muster's career.1987 Alan Grant returns a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter as Stanford posts its first victory of the season in convincing fashion, 44-7, in Pullman.1997 Troy Walters returns a punt 77 yards for a touchdown, but Stanford drops a 38-28 decision in Pullman.
Stanford Team Notes
Stanford Begins Stretch Drive on Saturday Against Washington State
With both teams coming off bye weeks, Stanford (4-4, 3-2 Pac-10) and Washington State (1-7, 0-5 Pac-10) return to action this Saturday at Stanford Stadium as the two teams meet for the 59th time dating back to 1936. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. Both teams are coming off losses in their last outings. Stanford dropped a 23-20 decision to UCLA at the Rose Bowl while the Cougars were shutout at home by USC, 69-0.
With a 4-4 record at the eight-game mark of the season, Stanford must win two of its last four games to become bowl eligible. Following Saturday's game against Washington State, Stanford will close out the regular season against conference heavyweights Oregon, USC and California--teams that have combined to post a 14-5 record this season. Two of the last three games are on the road, where Stanford has posted a 1-4 record this season.
Stanford in November
Stanford has posted a 5-19 record in the month of November over the last six seasons and last posted a winning record in the month back in 2001 (3-1). The Cardinal was winless in four November games in 2002, went 2-3 in 2003 (wins over UCLA and Arizona State), 0-3 in 2004, 1-3 in `05 (win at Oregon State), 1-3 in `06 (win at Washington) and 1-3 last season (win over Cal).
Following Bye Weeks
Dating back to the 2000 season, Stanford has posted a 3-9 record in games following bye weeks. Last season, the Cardinal defeated San Jose State, 37-0, following a bye week after a season-opening loss to UCLA. Stanford dropped a 21-14 decision to Notre Dame on November 24 following a bye week after suffering a 33-17 loss at Washington State.
Five of Stanford's eight games this season have been decided by eight points or less, including the last two contests that have been decided by a combined total of four points, with both winning scores coming on last second touchdowns. Stanford opened the season with an eight-point victory over Oregon State, posted a seven-point victory at Washington before suffering a seven-point loss the next weekend at Notre Dame. Stanford used a one-yard touchdown run by Toby Gerhart with 0:25 left to defeat Arizona, 24-23 on Oct. 11, but had the tables turned the following weekend at UCLA, when Kevin Craft connected with Cory Harkey on a seven yard touchdown pass with 0:10 left, culminating an 11 play, 87-yard drive.
Home Field Advantage
Stanford is undefeated at home this season, posting wins over Oregon State (36-28), San Jose State (23-10) and Arizona (24-23) and have won four straight games at Stanford Stadium dating back to last year's win over Cal in the Big Game. The four-game home winning streak is the team's longest since Stanford won four straight at home from 2001 (UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame) and 2002 (San Jose State). The last time Stanford won five straight home games was from 1996-97, when the Cardinal defeated USC (24-20) and Washington State (33-17) to close out the `96 home schedule before posting wins over San Jose State (28-12), Oregon (58-49) and Notre Dame (33-15) in its first three home games of the `97 campaign. Heading into this season, Stanford was just 11-25 on its home turf dating back to the 2002 season, including a 3-16 mark from 2005-07.
Cougars Have Enjoyed Recent Success at Stanford Stadium
Washington State has won the last four games against Stanford at Stanford Stadium dating back to the Cardinal's last home victory in the series, 54-17 in 1999. The last three Cougar victories over Stanford in the Bay Area have come by margins of 26 (36-10), 10 (24-14) and 25 (36-11) points. On the other side of the coin, Stanford has won three out of the last four games played against Washington State in Pullman.
Last Year Against Washington State
Washington State quarterback Alex Brink threw for 449 yards and broke the school's record for touchdown passes to lead the Cougars to a 33-17 victory over Stanford before 31,110 at Martin Stadium in Pullman.The Cougars overcame three fumbles and rolled up 561 yards in total offense against the Cardinal, which saw its record drop to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10. Brink completed 32-of-47 passes to up his career total to 10,200, becoming just the sixth quarterback in Pac-10 history to surpass the 10,000-yard mark in passing yardage. WSU kicker Romeen Adbollmohammadi connected on field goals from distances of 40, 23, 32 and 31 yards.Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 22-of-40 passes for 263 yards, but threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, and was sacked four times. With Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart sidelines with injuries, Tyrone McGraw and Jeremy Stewart split the rushing duties, combining for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Special Teams Notes
Senior Aaron Zagory connected on both of his field goal attempts against UCLA, converting on tries from 40 and 29 yards in the fourth quarter...Zagory is 9-for-11 in field goal tries this season and is a perfect 23-for-23 in PATs.Redshirt freshman David Green boomed a 70-yard punt in the third quarter against Arizona, which matched the sixth-longest punt in school history...for the season, Green is averaging 41.3 yards a punt after eight games which is the sixth-best mark in the Pac-10.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 UCLA Game
UCLA marched 87 yards in 11 plays in 2:13, culminating in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Craft to Cory Harkey with 0:10 left, to defeat Stanford, 23-20 at the Rose Bowl.Following a 29-yard field goal by Stanford's Aaron Zagory that gave the Cardinal a 20-16 lead with 2:31 left, UCLA took over on its own 13-yard line with 2:23 left in the game. Craft completed four passes to quickly march the Bruins down to Stanford's 15 yard line. Following a pass interfence penalty that moved the ball down to the seven, Craft found Harkey in the end zone with the game-winning tochdown.Craft completed 23-of-39 passes for 285 yards, while Stanford quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas combined to complete 5-of-13 passes for 51 yards.Stanford's Toby Gerhart recorded his fifth, 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 138 yards on a career-high 27 carries. He also accounted for both of Stanford's touchdowns in the first and second quarters. Loukas, splitting signal-calling duties with Pritchard, finished with 51 rushing yards on six carries.Stanford's defense recorded seven sacks on the day to run its season total to 26.
Gerhart Closing in on 1,000 Yard Mark
With 779 net yards to his credit after eight games, junior running back Toby Gerhart needs just 221 more yards over the next four games to become the first Stanford back to record 1,000 rushing yards in a single-season since Tommy Vardell rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. Against UCLA, Gerhart finished with 138 yards on the ground, marking his Pac-10 leading fifth, 100-yard game of the season. The last Stanford back to record five or more 100-yard games in a single-season was Vardell, who hit the century mark seven times in 1991. Gerhart now ranks third among Pac-10 rushing leaders and 31st nationally, averaging 97.4 yards per game. The Norco, Calif.-native has nine rushing touchdowns on the season, which is tied for the fifth-best single-season mark in school history. He was named the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Week for the first time after he rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries against Arizona, including the game-winning touchdown with 0:25 left. Dating back to last year's San Jose State game, Gerhart has combined to rush for 919 yards over his last nine games (102.1) on 150 carries (6.1 per carry) with ten touchdowns.
Kimble Climbing Career Rushing Touchdown Chart
Anthony Kimble's third quarter rushing touchdown against Arizona was the 15th of his career, which ranks ninth on Stanford's all-time career list for rushing touchdowns. Bill Tarr (1953-55) ranks eighth on the list with 16 rushing touchdowns. Kimble finished with 110 yards on the ground against Arizona, marking his second 100-yard game of the season. His 157-yard rushing performance this season 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 against the Huskies tied for the fifth longest touchdown run in school history, matching Buck Fawcett's 1941 jaunt against Santa Clara.
Big Play Baldwin
Sophomore wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been involved in six plays over the last five games that have totaled 35-yards or more. In the first quarter against UCLA, he rushed for 36-yards on a reverse down to the Bruin three-yard line, setting up Stanford's first touchdown one play later. Against 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. At 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 seven 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 eight games, the Monte Vista HS-product has 30 receptions for 325 yards and one touchdown. He has been particularly impressive the last four weeks, recording 23 receptions for 263 yards, including his first career touchdown at Washington and a career-best eight receptions for 91 yards at Notre Dame.
Spreading the Wealth
With Josh Catron and Chris Owusu catching passes against Arizona, a total of 14 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). Last season, Stanford utilized 15 receivers.
Maynor Among Pac-10 Leaders in Tackles, Sacks and Tackles-for-Loss
Senior linebacker Pat Maynor ranks in the top 10 among conference defensive leaders for tackles per game (7.4-4th), sacks (4.0-t-9th) and tackles-for-loss per game (0.94-t-10th). Maynor has led or tied for the team lead in tackles in three of the last six games, totaling 46 stops over the six game stretch, including back-to-back 11-tackles efforts against TCU and San Jose State. Maynor's 59 total tackles is the third highest total in the Pac-10 Conference behind Oregon State's Greg Laybourne (62 stops in seven games) and Washington's Mason Foster (60 tackles in seven contests).
The Running Game
Stanford currently ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference and 23rd nationally in rushing offense, averaging 192.4 yards per game. Only Oregon (278.8) ranks ahead of the Cardinal in rushing offense. Stanford has rushed for over 200 yards five times this season, including a season-high 286 yards against Arizona. Last season, Stanford reached the 200-yard mark just once when it tallied 276 yards in the second game of the season against San Jose State. The Cardinal ranked ninth in the conference last season in rushing offense with a 116.8 per game average.
Stanford in the Red Zone
Stanford is 22-for-24 (91.7%) in the red zone this season, which is the best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks 10th nationally. In 24 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 17 touchdowns and five field goals.
Time of Possession
Stanford has won the time of possession just twice this season. The Cardinal controlled the clock in the season opener against Oregon State (31:14-28:46) and in the seventh game of the season against Arizona (34:35 to 25:25). Stanford's offense has the ball on average for 27:45 a game, which is the second lowest average in the Pac-10.
Stanford has scored just 28 points in the first quarter this season and has allowed the opponent to score first in seven of the eight games. The Cardinal is averaging 77.0 yards in total offense (616 yards total) in the first quarter this season.
Stanford is -12 in turnover margin the last seven games against Arizona State (-1), TCU (-3), San Jose State (E), Washington (E), Notre Dame (-4), Arizona (-3) and UCLA (-1) after holding a 3-0 advantage in turnover margin against Oregon State. Stanford is -9 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 is tied for sixth nationally in sacks per game at 3.25 (26 total). Stanford finished with 7.0 sacks against UCLA, its second-highest total of the season behind the 9.0 it registered against San Jose State. 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.
With the collegiate debuts of Chris Owusu and Alex Debniak 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.
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.
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.
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.