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Opener: San Jose State

Sep 2, 2013

No. 5/4 Stanford Cardinal (0-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
San Jose State Spartans (1-0 • 0-0 Mountain West)
September 7, 2013 • 8 p.m. (PT)

Stanford Stadium (50,360) • Stanford, Calif.

Television: Pac-12 Network | Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Drea Avent (sideline)
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Radio: KNBR 1050 AM | Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline)
Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio channel 92 XM Satellite Radio channel 196  KZSU 90.1 FM
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As of Saturday morning, the Pac-12 Networks has reached an agreement with AT&T U-Verse to carry the lineup. Subscribers can watch immediately on channel 1761 in HD and 761 in SD.

The Game
Stanford opens its 119th season at home against San Jose State in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game Saturday at 8 p.m. Walsh was a San Jose State graduate before he became famous for coaching at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers.

Fan Fest
Fan Fest will open two and a half hours before every home game and close 15 minutes prior to kickoff and offers all Stanford season ticket holders a place to eat, drink and participate in interactive games. This season's Fan Fest features face painting, a kids activity zone, an entertainment stage and an assortment of the best gameday food in the Bay Area, including food trucks and vendors. 

Fan Fest will feature Stanford football coaches for a pre-game chalk talk in our multi-media entertainment tent immediately following The Walk.

Series History
Stanford and San Jose State have met regularly since the late 1940s with only brief pauses in the local rivalry. The programs are not scheduled to play next season.

Stanford leads the series, 51-14-1, and has won five straight and nine of the last 10 meetings (with all nine victories coming at Stanford Stadium). San Jose State’s last victory in Stanford Stadium was a 40-27 triumph on Sept. 9, 2000.  

The Coverage
Saturday’s game will feature a live national broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Drea Avent (sideline).

On the radio, Stanford’s flagship station – KNBR 1050 AM – has the live broadcast with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The broadcast will be carried on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 92 and XM Satellite Radio channel 196. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at

Last Year’s Meeting
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 116 yards and the Stanford defense stepped up in the final quarter to help the heavily-favored Cardinal hold off upset-minded San Jose State 20-17. Drew Terrell caught an 11-yard scoring pass from quarterback Josh Nunes late in the first quarter to give Stanford a 14-0 advantage with the Cardinal taking a 17-3 edge into halftime.

San Jose State fought back to tie the game with two third-quarter touchdowns. The first came on a 3-yard run by quarterback Blake Jurich to cap a 78-yard drive, and the second on a 21-yard pass from quarterback David Fales to wide receiver Noel Grigsby to finish off an 82-yard march.  

In the fourth quarter, however, the Stanford defense forced two punts, got a fourth-down stop and an interception to seal the win. Ed Reynolds forced a fumble and preserved the victory by intercepting Fales on fourth-and-10 from the San Jose State 30 with 1:10 remaining.

The Polls
 Stanford was ranked fourth in the USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll and fourth in the AP preseason top 25.  After the bye week, the Cardinal checks in at No. 4 in USA Today and No. 5 in the AP.

 Stanford has been ranked in the AP top 25 for 49 consecutive weeks. The streak is tied for the fifth longest in the nation, dating back to Sept. 5, 2010. Entering the 2013 season, only Alabama (82), LSU (65), Oregon (61) and Oklahoma (49) claimed long streaks while the Cardinal remained tied with South Carolina at 48. All five of those schools also added one week to their respective streaks. Prior to the 2012 AP preseason poll, the Cardinal was ranked 23 consecutive weeks among its top 10. Stanford’s No. 4 preseason ranking by the AP is its highest preseason ranking in that poll. 

Stanford’s No. 4 preseason ranking by the AP is its highest preseason ranking in that poll. Stanford was fourth in the USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll and ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll by Sports Illustrated.

Stanford’s Last Time Out
The season-opening 8 p.m. (PT) kickoff ensures that the Cardinal will be the last college football team to begin its 2013 season. The Cardinal’s last outing came Jan. 1 in a 20-14 victory over Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif.

San Jose State’s Last Time Out
San Jose State's David Fales, the FBS' most accurate passer last season, threw for 225 yards and two touchdown passes as the Spartans defeated Sacramento State, 24-0, for their eighth-straight win dating back to last season.

Jason Simpson led the Spartan ground game with 135 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Chandler Jones had eight receptions for 130 yards.

Stanford Head Coach David Shaw
David Shaw ’94 is in his third season as the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football at Stanford. Shaw is the fifth Stanford alum to hold the position of head football coach on The Farm. Shaw is a two-time recipient of the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year award. He enters the season opener with an overall record of 23-4 (.852) including a 16-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Shaw is 2-0 against San Jose State.

As a player at Stanford, Shaw was 3-0 against San Jose State. The Cardinal defeated San Jose State in 1992, 1993 and 1994 with Shaw playing wide receiver in all three games. In the 1993 game, Shaw had three receptions for 72 yards and touchdown catches of 51 and 14 yards in a 31-28 victory.

San Jose State Head Coach Ron Caragher
Ron Caragher is in his first season as the San Jose State head coach. Caragher has a record of 1-0 with the Spartans. Overall, he is in his seventh season as a major college head coach with a 45-22 record. He is 0-0 as a head coach against Stanford.

As a quarterback from 1985-1989, Caragher and the Bruins were 3-2 against the Cardinal. As a member of the UCLA coaching staff from 1994-2002, the Caragher and the Bruins were 6-3 against Stanford.

Stanford is 10-3 (.769) in its last 13 season openers and has won five straight season debuts dating back to the 2008 campaign.

David Shaw looks to become the first Stanford head coach to win a season-opening game in each of his first three years since Claude “Tiny” Thornhill did so from 1933-35.

Cardinal-Spartans Connections
The matchup between Stanford and San Jose State will feature 122 players from the state of California (30 from Stanford, 92 from San Jose State).

San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher began coaching at San Diego in 2007, the year after head coach David Shaw, outside linebackers coach Lance Anderson and former Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh left for Stanford.

Caragher grew up in San Jose and prepped at Bellarmine, the alma mater of Stanford’s Usua Amanam, Kevin Danser and Kyle Olugbode.

David Shaw and San Jose State offensive coordinator Jimmie Dougherty coached offense together at San Diego in 2006. Lance Anderson also coached with Dougherty at San Diego from 2005-06.

Cardinal Rising
Stanford has compiled a 43-10 (.811) record over the last four seasons, finishing 8-5 in 2009, 12-1 in 2010, 11-2 in 2011 and 12-2 last season.

Including its Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, Stanford has won 26 of its last 27 games played in California (only loss against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).

The Cardinal is 30-3 (.909) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.

Stanford’s active nine-game home winning streak heading into 2013 is the fifth-longest in the nation (behind Northern Illinois, Michigan, Georgia and South Carolina).

The Cardinal is 13-0 against in-state rivals (Cal, Sacramento State, San Jose State, UCLA and USC) over the past three seasons.

Etc …
Stanford and San Jose State have each won eight straight games dating back to last year. The programs have never faced each other with simultaneous winning streaks of such length.

Shayne Skov, Ben Gardner, Trent Murphy and David Yankey have been named team captains for the 2013 season, as voted by their teammates.

In a Rush
Stanford is 22-1 under head coach David Shaw when out-rushing an opponent, and 12-2 when the Cardinal produces a 100-yard rusher.

The Cardinal was 10-0 in 2012 when out-rushing its opponent.

Defensive Doings
Stanford returns eight players from a 2012 defense which owned the No. 1 scoring defense in the Pac-12, allowing 17.21 points per game to rank 17th in the nation.

Stanford held opponents to 20 or fewer points in 11 of its 14 games last season.

Paper or Plastic?
 Stanford’s vaunted 3-4 defense ranked first nationally in sacks with 57 (4.07 per game) to set a program record. Included in that tally was a single-game school record 10 sacks against Washington State.

Stanford ranked second in the nation in tackles for loss (8.86 average, 124 total), led by Trent Murphy’s 18.0 - the most by a Cardinal since 2000 (Riall Johnson - 20). Murphy’s 10.0 sacks were the most since 2004 (Jon Alston - 10.0).

Stanford’s defense has recorded 132 sacks since 2010, the most by any team in college football.

Stadium Amenities
New to Stanford Stadium this season are two new LED video displays – one in each end zone – measuring 24'x66' with a 13HD pixel layout.

The stadium now also boasts a continuous 360-degree ribbon display (approx. 1,680’ wide) which circles the entire facility. The feature is the first for a football-only college facility.
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