Stanford Meets Cal in 111th Big Game this Saturday in Berkeley

Nov. 17, 2008

  • Stanford Gameday Central

    Game 12
    Stanford Cardinal at California Golden Bears
    November 22, 2008 • Memorial Stadium • 12:30 p.m. PT

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    Stanford Meets Cal in 111th Big Game Saturday in Berkeley
    Stanford (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) will close out the 2008 regular season this Saturday in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears (6-4, 4-3 Pac-10) in the 111th renewel of the Big Game. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium (71,799). Stanford is coming off a 45-23 loss to sixth-ranked USC last Saturday, while Cal fell to Oregon State, 34-21 in Corvallis. A win over Cal would make the Cardinal bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season.

    Broadcast Information
    Saturday's Big 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.The game will also be televised locally on KGO-TV.

    Stanford-California Series
    In a series that dates back to 1892, Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 55-44-11. The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history. Cal has had the upperhand in the series since 2002, winning five out of the last six meetings, including five straight from 2002-06. The Cardinal snapped the Bears five-game winning streak in the series with a 20-13 victory last season at Stanford Stadium. Prior to Cal's recent five-game winning streak, Stanford won seven straight Big Games from 1995-2001 and held a 14-3-1 advantage in Big Games played from 1984-2001. Stanford's last win in Berkeley came in 2000 in a 36-30 overtime thriller.

    Cardinal Clips

  • Are now 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10 Conference after Saturday's, 45-23 loss to sixth-ranked USC...the loss was Stanford's second straight and third in the last four games...this marks Stanford's second two-game losing streak of the season (at Arizona State; at TCU).
  • A win over Cal on Saturday would make Stanford bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season...the last time Stanford went down to the final game of the season with a possible bowl berth on the line was in 1982, when the Cardinal entered the Big Game with a 5-5 record...the Cardinal were denied a trip to a bowl when Cal escaped with a 25-20 victory, scoring the game winning touchdown on 'The Play.'
  • Stanford has made 20 bowl appearances in its long history, with the last coming in 2001, when Stanford fell to Georgia Tech in the Seattle Bowl.
  • Finished with respectable numbers against USC's top-ranked defense on Saturday, scoring 23 points (6.7 USC avg.), 21 first downs (14.4), 202 yards rushing (77.8) and 367 yards in total offense (206.4).
  • Six of Stanford's 11 games this season have been decided by eight points or less...two of the losses have come with 0:10 (UCLA) and 0:06 (Oregon) left on the clock.
  • Finished with 202 yards on the ground against USC, which had limited opponents to just 77.8 yards a game on the ground this season...have rushed for 2,272 yards this season, which is the third-highest single-season total in school history behind the 1949 (2,481) and `57 (2,259) teams...are 209 yards shy of tying the single-season school rushing record...averaged just 111.2 yards on the ground last season.
  • Toby Gerhart finished with 101 yards on the ground against USC, marking his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season...he has rushed for 1,033 yards this season, becoming the first Stanford back to go over the 1,000-yard mark since Tommy Vardell rushed for a school record 1,084 yards in 1991...Gerhart's season rushing total currently ranks fifth on Stanford's single-season charts...he needs 51 more yards on Saturday to tie Vardell's single-season rushing record.
  • Gerhart is averaging 93.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 34th-nationally...he has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is tied for second with Vardell's 1990 output for second place on Stanford's all-time single-season list...Vardell set the single-season record with 20 rushing touchdowns in 1991.
  • Fifth-year senior Anthony Kimble has rushed for a career-best 688 yards this season and now ranks eighth all-time on Stanford's career rushing list with 1,911 yards...he needs 128 more yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place.
  • Converted on all four trips to red zone against USC and are now 37-for-39 (95%) in red zone efficiency this season, which is tied for the best red zone efficiency percentage in the country, matching Oklahoma, Miami (Fla.) and Pitt.
  • Have recorded 33 sacks this season, which ranks tied for first in the Pac-10 (with Oregon) and tied for sixth nationally.
  • Finished with a 4-1 record at home, the team's best home record since the 2001 team finished 5-1 at Stanford Stadium.

    Stanford's Probable Starting Lineup

    OffensePos.	No.	Player	NotesWR	8	Ryan Whalen	Team's leading receiver with 36 receptions for 438 yardsLT	76	Ben Muth	Fifth-year senior has started every game this seasonLG	63	Chris Marinelli	Has made 27 career startsC	60	Alex Fletcher	Outland Trophy, Rimington and Lombardi Award candidateRG	71	Andrew Phillips	Most-improved offensive lineman over last two seasonsRT	61	Matt Kopa	Has started the last five gamesTE	83	Jim Dray	Both of his catches this season have been for TDsQB	14	Tavita Pritchard	Has completed 57.6 percent of his passes this yearRB	7	Toby Gerhart	Needs 51 more yards to tie single-season rushing recordFB	48	Owen Marecic	Returned to lineup against USCWR	89	Doug Baldwin	Has six plays of more than 35 yards this season

    DefensePos. No. Player NotesDE 91 Pannel Egboh Has 29 tackles and 1.5 sacksDT 98 Matt Masifilo Has 20 total tackles on the yearNT 54 Ekom Udofia Has 26 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-lossDE 80 Erik Lorig Has 35 total tackles, including 6.0-for-lossSLB 42 Will Powers Made his fifth career start on Saturday vs. USCMLB 20 Clinton Snyder Team's fifth leading tackler with 57 stopsWLB 43 Chike Amajoyi Has 46 total tackles on the yearLC 6 Wopamo Osaisai Team's fourth leading tackler with 60 stopsFS 32 Sean Wiser Career high 12 tackles vs. USCSS 22 Bo McNally Team's leading tackler with 70 stopsRC 24 Kris Evans Ranks third on the team in total tackles with 63

    SpecialistsPos. No. Player NotesPK 11 Aaron Zagory Is 13-for-15 on FGs, 34-for-35 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 81 Chris Owusu Averaging 23.3 yards per KORPR 89 Doug Baldwin Averaging 8.6 yards per return

    It Happened Against California

    Here's a look at some memorable moments in the Stanford-Cal series over the years.1892	Before an overflow crowd of 20,000 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco on Mar. 10, Stanford defeats Cal, 14-10, in the inaugural Big Game. Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.1932	Steve Anderson booms a 75-yard punt, which ranks as the second-longest punt in school history.1956	Lou Valli runs for 209 yards on 23 carries in a 20-18 loss in Berkeley. The rushing total still ranks as the third-best single game mark in school history.1959	Dick Norman completes 34-of-39 passes for 401 yards and one TD in a 20-17 loss at Stanford Stadium.1974	Mike Langford boots a 50-yard field goal as time expires to lift Stanford to a 22-20 win over Cal in Berkeley. The two teams combined for 29 points in a wild fourth quarter.1977	Darrin Nelson rushes for 94 yards to become the sixth freshman in NCAA history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.1982	In one of the wildest endings in college football history, Cal defeats Stanford, 25-20, after using five laterals to return a kickoff 57 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Stanford had taken a 20-19 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Mark Harmon with 0:04 left.1984	Paced by Brad Muster's 204 yards, Stanford rushes for 322 yards and defeats Cal, 27-10 in Berkeley.1988	Tuan Van Le blocks a potential game-winning 20-yard field goal by Robbie Keen with 0:04 left, as Cal and Stanford play to a 19-19 tie.1989	With a 3:30 p.m. start, the Big Game finishes under the lights for the first time, as Stanford defeats Cal, 24-14 at Stanford Stadium.1990	Jon Hopkins kicks a game-winning, 39-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Stanford a 27-25 win in Berkeley. Jason Palumbis connected with Ed McCaffrey on a 19-yard TD with 0:12 left to cut Cal's lead to 25-24. Stanford recovered the onside kick on the Cal 37-yard line with 0:09 left in the game. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball down to the 15-yard line, setting up Hopkins' game-winning field goal. Glyn Milburn finishes the game with 196 yards on the ground, which ranks as the ninth-best rushing performance in school history.1991	Before a national-television audience on ABC, Tommy Vardell rushes for 182 yards on a school-record 39 carries to lead Stanford to a 38-21 win over Cal before a crowd of 85,500 at Stanford Stadium.1992	Stanford defeats Cal, 41-21, to gain a share of the Pac-10 championship.1999	Casey Moore breaks loose for a 94-yard TD in the fourth quarter in Stanford's 31-13 victory at Stanford Stadium, marking the second longest TD run in school history.2000	In the first-ever overtime game between the two schools, Randy Fasani connects with Casey Moore on a 25-yard TD pass to lift Stanford to a 36-30 victory in Berkeley.

    Stanford Team Notes

    Stanford's Bowl Hopes Come Down to One Big Game
    With a 5-6 overall record, Stanford needs a win over California on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season, when the Cardinal earned a invitation to the Seattle Bowl, falling to Georgia Tech, 24-14. The last time Stanford had its bowl hopes pinned on the outcome of its final regular season game was in the 1982 Big Game against Cal. The Cardinal entered the 1982 Big Game with a 5-5 record, but fell to Cal, 25-20, in one of the wildest finishes in college football history, simply remembered as 'The Play.'

    Big Game Tied for 10th Longest Rivalry in NCAA History
    The Big Game between Stanford and Cal is the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history. This year marks the 111th meeting between the two schools, with ties the Purdue-Indiana series for the 10th longest rivalry on the all-time list. Here's a look at the top-10 list of the all-time longest rivalries in college football...

    No.	Teams	First Game118	Minnesota-Wisconsin	1890117	Missouri-Kansas	1891115	Nebraska-Kansas	1892115	Texas-Texas A&M	1894114	Baylor-TCU	1899113	North Carolina-Virginia	1892113	Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati	1888112	Auburn-Georgia	1892112	Oregon-Oregon State	1894111	Stanford-Cal	1892111	Purdue-Indiana	1891

    Big Game Cliffhangers
    Of the 110 games played between Stanford and Cal, 51 of those contests have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 24-16-11 advantage in those games. Twenty-nine Big Games have been decided by three points or less, with Stanford holding a 10-8-11 edge. A total of five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990 and 2000).

    Year	Final Score	Play1972	Cal, 24-21	Vince Ferragamo to Steve Sweeney TD pass1974	Stanford, 22-20	Mike Langford 50-yard FG1982	Cal, 25-20	The Play1990	Stanford, 27-25	John Hopkins 37-yard FG2000	Stanford, 36-30	Randy Fasani to Casey Moore TD pass in overtime

    Other Big Game Notables
    The Axe: To the winner of the Big Game goes 'The Axe'...The Axe made its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April 13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decided The Axe would be given to the winner of the Big Game.
    Close Series: Only 42 points separates the two teams in their previous 110 games...Stanford has scored 1,755 points to the Bears 1,713.
    Series History: The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 and again from 1943-45 (World War II)...when the two schools disagreed over freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from 1915-18...Stanford's 'Big Game' became its annual rugby match with Santa Clara.
    The First Big Game: The first Big Game was played on March 10, 1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco...Cal had fielded a team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, which opened on October 1, 1891, this was to be its first intercollegiate football game...Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the more experienced Bears, 14-10, before an overflow crowd of 20,000...Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.
    The Immortal Twenty-One: A group of Stanford students added to the Big Game lore by stealing the Axe at Cal's annual Axe Rally on April 3, 1930...The Axe, which had been in a bank vault for 31 years, was now in the possession of the Immortal Twenty-One...when the students returned to campus, the celebration began. Classes were canceled for two days and the University presented each member of the Immortal Twenty-One with a block 'S' letter.

    The Home Record
    Stanford finished its home schedule with a 4-1 record at Stanford Stadium, winning its first four home contests before falling to USC last Saturday. The Cardinal posted its best home record since the 2001 squad finished with a 5-1 home mark. The loss to USC snapped Stanford's five-game home winning streak dating back to last year's Big Game win over Cal. The five-game home winning streak was the team's longest since 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.

    Stanford in November
    Stanford has posted a 6-21 record in the month of November over the last six-plus seasons and last posted a winning record in the month back in 2001 (3-1). The Cardinal lost all four of its 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).

    Close Calls
    Six of Stanford's 11 games this season have been decided by eight points or less, including two contests (Arizona and UCLA) that have been decided by three points or less. Three of the last five games have been decided on last second touchdowns. Stanford used a one-yard touchdown run by Toby Gerhart with 0:25 left to defeat Arizona, 24-23 on Oct. 11. Against UCLA, Stanford held a 20-16 lead with 2:31 left, only to see the Bruins drive 87 yards in 11 plays, culminating in a seven-yard game winning touchdown pass from Kevin Craft to Cory Harkey with 0:10 left. Against Oregon, Anthony Kimble's three-yard TD run gave Stanford a 28-27 lead with 2:18 left, but the Ducks drove 74 yards in 11 plays and scored the game-winning touchdown with 0:06 left.

    Margins of Victory
    Stanford's 58-0 win over Washington State marked the team's second-largest margin of victory in the post-World War II-era, behind a 63-0 blanking of Idaho in 1949. The 58-point margin of victory was the fifth-largest in school history, behind pastings of Mare Island (82-0 in 1923), UCLA (82-0 in 1925), Idaho and the Cal Aggies (59-0 in 1932).

    The 58-0 win over Washington State marked Stanford's first shutout victory over a Pac-10 opponent since the Cardinal blanked Oregon, 17-0 in 1974. It also marked Stanford's sixth shutout since 1971 and just its third since the 1975 season.

    Last Year Against California
    Quarterback T.C. Ostrander completed 16-of-23 passes for 151 yards and freshman running back Jeremey Stewart rushed for 70 yards on 24 carries as Stanford defeated Cal, 20-13 in the 110th Big Game at Stanford Stadium, snapping Cal's five-game winning streak in the seriesStanford took a early 7-0 lead at the 10:49 mark of the first quarter when Ostrander connected with Mark Bradford for a 28-yard touchdown. Cal tied the game just minutes later, as Robert Jordan hauled down a 46-yard TD pass from Nate Longshore.Stanford's Derek Belch connected on two field goals from 36 and 38 yards to give the Cardinal a 13-10 lead at halftime.Tavita Pritchard, who took over the quarterbacking duties for Stanford in the second half, connected with tight end Austin Gunder for a one-yard TD pass at the 8:00 mark of the third quarter, as the Cardinal extended their lead to 20-10.Jordan Kay's 42 yard field goal at the 4:34 mark of the final period cut Stanford's lead to 20-13. Following a a fumble by Stewart, the Bears regained possession on their own 36-yard line with 2:43 left in the game. After Cal drove down to the Stanford 19, Cal's Lavelle Hawkins dropped a pass in the end zone and on a third-and-10 play, Stanford's Nick Sanchez intercepted a Longshore pass on the 8-yard line, preserving the win for the Cardinal.

    Offensive Notes

  • Stanford is averaging 344.2 yards in total offense (3,786 total) after 11 games...averaging 206.5 yards a game on the ground and 137.6 in the air.
  • Rank third in the Pac-10 (20th nationally) in rushing offense...rank sixth in the Pac-10 in total offense and 10th in passing.
  • Averaging 27.2 points a game, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10.
  • Ran for 202 yards and finished with 367 yards in total offense on Saturday against USC's top-ranked defense...both marks were season highs by Trojan opponents this season.
  • Have rushed for 200 or more yards seven times this season and are 5-2 in those games, with the losses coming to UCLA and USC...went over the 200-yard mark in rushing just once last season (276 vs. San Jose State).
  • Rushed for a season-high 344 yards against Washington State, which was the third-best single-game rushing performance in school history.
  • Have totaled 2,272 yards on the ground this season, which ranks as the third-highest single-season rushing total in school history behind the 1949 (2,481) and 1957 (2,259) teams...need 209 yards on Saturday to tie the single-season rushing record set in 1949.
  • Of Stanford's 36 touchdowns this season, 25 have come on the ground, 10 have been through the air, one on defense (interception return) and one on special teams (blocked punt)...running backs Toby Gerhart (14 - all rushing) and Anthony Kimble (7 - 6 rushing, 1 receiving) have accounted for 21 of Stanford's 35 offensive touchdowns this season.
  • Gerhart now has 14 rushing TDs this season, which is tied for the second-highest single-season mark in school history trailing only Tommy Vardell, who rushed for 20 touchdowns in 1991.
  • Anthony Kimble ranks eighth all-time on Stanford's career rushing list with 1,911 yards...he needs 128 more yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place...with 18 career rushing touchdowns, ranks tied for sixth in school annals with Bobby Grayson (1933-35).
  • 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.
  • Stanford's 58-0 win over Washington State marked the team's second-highest margin of victory in the post-World War II era behind a 63-0 blanking of Idaho in 1949.
  • A total of 16 different players have caught passes this season, including quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard and Alex Loukas.
  • Stanford's 51 passing yards at UCLA was the lowest single-game mark in school history (previous 56 at BYU, 2003).

    Defensive Notes

  • Stanford is yielding 378.8 yards a game in total offense, including 140.7 per game on the ground and 238.1 in the air...rank eighth in the Pac-10 in total defense, seventh in rushing defense and 10th in passing defense.
  • Have allowed 345 or more passing yards three times this season (404 vs. Oregon State; 345 at Arizona State; 347 at Notre Dame)...rank last in the Pac-10 and 92nd nationally in pass defense.
  • Have allowed 589 yards on the ground the last two weeks against Oregon (307) and USC (282)...rank seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing defense, allowing 140.7 yards per game.
  • Have totaled 26.0 sacks in its last seven games and now have 33 on the season...are averaging 3.0 sacks per game, which ranks tied for first in the Pac-10 and is tied for seventh nationally.
  • Rank sixth in the Pac-10 and 33rd in the country with 6.36 tackles-for-loss per game (70 total).
  • Finished with a season-high 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...also had seven sacks at UCLA.
  • Pat Maynor leads the team in total tackles with 64, including 39 solo efforts.
  • Limited Washington State to 225 yards in total offense, which was the second lowest offensive output by a Stanford opponent this season (219 vs. San Jose State).

    Special Teams Notes

  • Senior Aaron Zagory connected on his only field goal attempt against USC, nailing a 38-yarder in the first quarter...Zagory is 13-for-15 in field goal tries this season and is a perfect 9-for-9 on tries within 40 yards...he is also 34-for-35 in PATs (one block).
  • Zagory has made his last seven field goal tries dating back to his last miss against Notre Dame (42 yards), and has made 12 of his last 13 attempts.
  • 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 40.4 yards a punt after 11 games which is the seventh-best mark in the Pac-10.
  • Yielded 230 kickoff yardage against USC, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown.
  • Stanford leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th nationally with a 38.1-yard net punting average.
  • Pannel Egboh came up with the second blocked kick of his career when he deflected a first quarter field goal attempt by Washington State's Nico Grasu...Stanford now has three blocked kicks this season--two punts (Stephen Carr vs. Oregon State; Mark Mueller at TCU) and a field goal.
  • Richard Sherman scooped up Mueller's blocked punt against TCU 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).

    Stanford Closing in on Single-Season Rushing Record
    Stanford has rushed for 2,272 yards this season, becoming just the fourth team in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. Stanford's current rushing total is the third-best single-season mark in school history, trailing only the the 1949 (2,481) and 1957 (2,259) teams. Stanford needs 209 yards on Saturday against Cal to tie the school's single season rushing mark of 2,481 yards, set in 1949. The Cardinal is averaging 206.5 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the third best mark in the Pac-10 and a figure that ranks 20th nationally. Stanford has not finished higher than ninth in conference rushing in the last five seasons and has averaged more than 100 yards per game on the ground just twice in the last six campaigns. The last time Stanford led the Pac-10 in rushing was 2001 when the Cardinal averaged 201.0 yards per game on the ground.

    Stanford Tied for First Nationally in Red Zone Efficiency
    Stanford converted on all four trips to the red zone against USC and is 37-for-39 (95%) in the red zone this season, which is the best mark in the Pac-10 and ranks tied for first nationally with Oklahoma, Miami (Fla.) and Pitt. In 39 trips to the red zone, Stanford has come away with 30 touchdowns and seven field goals.

    Time of Possession
    Stanford has controlled the time of possession in each of its last three games against Washington State (32:21 to 27:39), Oregon (39:13 to 20:47) and USC (31:42 to 28:18). The Cardinal controlled the clock just twice in its first seven games. Stanford's offense has the ball on average for 28:16 a game, which is the third lowest average in the Pac-10.

    Turnover Margin
    Stanford is +8 in the turnover column over the last three games (+5 vs. Washington State; +3 at Oregon; E USC) after recording a -9 margin over the first eight games. Stanford is now -1 in turnover margin on the season, which ranks seventh 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 recorded three sacks against USC on Saturday, running its season total to 33. The Cardinal is tied for first in the Pac-10 and tied for sixth nationally, averaging 3.0 sacks per game. Stanford also ranks sixth in the conference and 33rd in the NCAA with 6.36 tackles-for-loss per contest (70 total). Against UCLA, Stanford finished with 7.0 sacks, marking second-highest total of the season behind the 9.0 the Cardinal 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.

    A Look Back at the USC Game

  • Sixth-ranked USC scored 35 unanswered points to break a 17-17 halftime tie enroute to a 45-23 win at Stanford Stadium.
  • Stanford scored on its opening drive for the first time all season, going 80 yards in seven plays capped off by a four-yard TD run by Toby Gerhart.
  • A one-yard run by Anthony Kimble game Stanford a 17-10 lead with 4:29 left in the first half, however, USC's C.J. Gable took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a TD to tie the game.
  • On the day, Stanford allowed 230 kickoff return yardage...USC average field position on the day was its own 41-yard line.
  • After rushing for 156 yards and totaling 210 yards in total offense in the first half, Stanford was limited to 46 yards on the ground and 157 yards in total offense and four first downs in the second half.
  • Stanford's 367 yards in total offense and 202 yards rushing were the highest totals allowed by USC's defense all season...Stanford managed to score three TDs against a Trojan defense that had yielded just two TDs in its previous six games.
  • Gerhart finished the game with 101 yards on the ground, marking his seventh, 100-yard game of the season...he also became the first Stanford back to go over the 1,000 yard mark in rushing since Tommy Vardell rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991.
  • Gerhart's touchdown run in the first quarter was his 14th of the season, tying him with Vardell for second place on Stanford's all-time single season list.
  • Kimble's one yard TD run in the second quarter was his 18th rushing TD of his career, tying him for sixth all-time on Stanford's single-season list with Bobby Grayson (1933-35).

    Gerhart Nearing Single-Season Rushing Mark
    With 1,033 net yards to his credit after 11 games, junior running back Toby Gerhart needs just 51 more yards to tie Stanford's single-season rushing record held by Tommy Vardell, who rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. Against USC, Gerhart rushed for 101 yards, marking his seventh, 100-yard rushing game of the season. He is the first Stanford back to record seven or more 100-yard games in a single-season since Vardell, who hit the century mark a school-record seven times during the 1991 regular season and for an eighth time in the Aloha Bowl. Gerhart now ranks fourth among Pac-10 rushing leaders (34th nationally), averaging 93.9 yards per game.

    Gerhart Joins Elite Club
    With 1,033 yards on the season, Toby Gerhart is the fifth Stanford running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in a single-season. Darrin Nelson hit the 1,000-yard mark three times in his illustrious career (1,069 in 1977; 1,061 in `78; 1,014 in `81) while Brad Muster (1,053 in 1986), Jon Volpe (1,027 in 1989) and Tommy Vardell (1,084 in 1991) accomplished the feat once in their careers.

    Touchdown Toby
    Toby Gerhart has rushed for 14 touchdowns this season, which is tied with Tommy Vardell (1990) for the second highest single-season total in school history. Vardell holds the single-season record for rushing touchdown with 20, set in 1991. Gerhart's 14 rushing touchdowns are also the second highest total among Pac-10 running backs. Gerhart tied a single-game Stanford record by rushing for four touchdowns in the first half against Washington State. It marked the sixth, four-TD effort by a Stanford back, following Darrin Nelson (1981 at Oregon State), Vardell (1990 at Notre Dame), Glyn Milburn (1991 vs. Oregon State) and Kerry Carter (2000 at USC; 2001 at Oregon).

    Kimble Continues to Climb Stanford's Career Rushing Chart
    Fifth-year senior Anthony Kimble has rushed for a career-high 688 yards this season, increasing his career total to 1,911, which ranks eighth all-time on Stanford's career list. He needs 128 more yards to tie Kerry Carter (1999-02) for seventh place. The Baton Rouge, La. scored his 18th career rushing touchdown against USC, which is tied with Bobby Grayson (1933-35) for sixth place on Stanford's career list. Kimble's 157-yard rushing performance earlier this season at Washington marked the 21st best rushing performance in school history and was 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 this season 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.

    Spreading the Wealth
    A total of 16 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 utilized a season-high nine different receivers against USC. Earlier this year, the Cardinal used as many as eight different receivers three times (Arizona State, San Jose State, Washington) and seven receivers in two other games (Oregon State and TCU).

    Keiser and Maynor Among Pac-10 Defensive Leaders
    Senior linebacker Pat Maynor ranks in the top 20 among Pac-10 defensive leaders for tackles per game (6.4-t-15th), tackles-for-loss (0.85 - t-15th) and sacks (0.40-t-16th).Redshirt freshman Tom Keiser, ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with 0.60 sacks per game (6.0 total).

    Snyder Among Nation's Best at Forcing Fumbles
    Junior linebacker Clinton Snyder ranks third among all active players in FBS football with 10 career forced fumbles in his 35 games. Missouri's Stryker Sulak is the active leader wtih 12 career forced fumbles, but he has accrued those numbers over 51 games. California's Zack Follett has produced 11 fumbles in 46 contests.Snyder is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 and tied for 38th nationally with 0.27 forced fumbles per game in 2008 (three total).

    Natural Freshmen
    With the collegiate debut of WR Griff Whalen against Washington State, Stanford has utilized eight natural freshmen in game action this season, including CB Johnson Bademosi, LB Alex Debniak, K Travis Golia, RB Delano Howell, WR Chris Owusu, CB Michael Thomas and WR Warren Reuland.

    Road Tested
    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.

    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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