Football Opens Season at Washington State

Sept. 1, 2009

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The Game
The Stanford Cardinal (5-7, 4-5 Pac-10 in 2008) will kickoff the 2009 season on Saturday, Sept. 5th against the Washington State Cougars (2-11, 1-8 Pac-10 in 2008) at Martin Stadium (35,117) in Pullman, Wash. Gametime is set for 3:00 p.m. PT.

Television Coverage
Saturday’s Stanford-Washington State game will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest, with Tom Glasko (play-by-play), Mack Strong (color) and Jason Stiles (color) handling the announcing duties. The game will be available in the Bay Area to Comcast premium customers on channel 415. The game can also be viewed on DirectTV 687 and DishTV 426.

Radio Plans
Saturday’s Stanford-Washingtion State game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM with Tim Roye (play-by-play) and former Stanford players Todd Husak (analysis) and Mike McLaughlin (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. KNBR 1050 will also broadcast next Saturday’s game at Wake Forest in addition to the Washington game on Sept. 26. All other broadcasts will be available on Stanford’s flagship station XTRA Sports 860. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live with David Lombardi calling the action.

Stanford-Washington State Series
In a series that dates back to 1936, Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 33-25-1. Stanford won last year’s meeting, 58-0, in a steady rain at Stanford Stadium. The margin of victory was Stanford’s second largest in the post-World War II era and marked its first shutout victory over a Pac-10 opponent since 1974, when the Cardinal blanked Oregon, 17-0. Stanford is 4-5 against Washington State dating back to the 2000 season but have won three of the last five meetings beginning with the 2004 campaign. Stanford is 3-1 in its last trips to Pullman but suffered a 33-17 setback its last trip in 2007

Cardinal Clips
Stanford is 6-3 over its last nine season-opening games dating back to the 2000 season...the Cardinal defeated Oregon State, 36-28 in last year’s season-opener to snap a two-game losing streak in season openers.

Stanford has opened its season against Washington State six times previously, with the last time coming in 2000, when the Cardinal scored a 24-10 victory in Pullman.

Saturday marks the fourth straight season Stanford has played a conference opponent in its season-opener.
Looking to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons, the longest such streak in school history...last posted a winning record in 2001, going 9-3 to earn a trip to the Seattle Bowl.

Welcome back 50 letterwinners off last year’s team that finished 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10 Conference...a total of 24 letterwinners, including eight starters, return on offense while 23, including seven starters return on defense...the Cardinal also return three specialists.

Running back Toby Gerhart returns to power a Stanford running game that finished with the second highest rushing total (2,395 yards) in school history last season...the Cardinal finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing average with a 196.6 per game mark...prior to last season, Stanford had not finished higher than ninth in rushing offense in any of the previous five seasons.
Gerhart enters his senior season with 1,651 career yards, good for 13th on Stanford’s all-time career list...he needs 117 yards to tie Ray Handley (1963-65) for 10th on the school’s career list.

With an expected start on Saturday, Andrew Luck will become the first redshirt freshman quarterback to start a season-opening game since Kyle Matter in 2002 at Boston College.

Stanford features three players who have earned spots on various preseason watch lists, including running back Toby Gerhart (Doak Walker, Maxwell Awards), free safety Bo McNally (Lott Trophy) and defensive end Erik Lorig (Ted Hendricks Award).
Stanford went 4-1 at home last season but were just 1-6 on the road, with the win coming at Washington...the Cardinal is 16-33 (.327) away from home since the 2000 season.

Stanford finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 5-7 and a 4-5 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (t-6th)...the win total represented a one-game improvement from the previous year’s mark of 4-8 (3-6 Pac-10)...two last second losses at UCLA and Oregon stood in the way of the Cardinal and a bowl berth.

Travel to Winston-Salem, NC next week for a first-ever meeting with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons...kickoff time is set for 12 noon ET.



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