Oct. 31, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (8-0, 6-0 Pac-12 North) will look to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games on Saturday when it travels to Corvallis to face the Oregon State Beavers (2-6, 2-3 Pac-12 North). Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium (45,674). Stanford is coming off a 56-48 triple overtime victory at USC while the Beavers fell 27-8 at Utah. The Cardinal is ranked fourth by AP and third in the USA Today Coaches polls this week.
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Saturday's Stanford-Oregon State game will be televised on a regional basis by ABC, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford's flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday's game. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
Stanford-Oregon State Series
Stanford leads the overall series against Oregon State, which dates back to 1919, 49-25-3. Stanford won last year's meeting in the Bay Area, 38-0, but is 3-7 against Oregon State dating back to the 2000 campaign (the teams did not meet in 2001) and 5-9 over the last 14 meetings dating back to 1996. Stanford held the upper hand in the series prior to Oregon State's recent success, holding a 23-3-1 advantage in 27 games played beginning with the 1969 contest in Corvallis. Stanford dropped a 38-28 decision to the Beavers in its last trip to Corvallis in 2009.
- Now 8-0 (6-0 Pac-12 North) after Saturday's 56-48 triple overtime victory at USC, extending its winning streak to 16 games, an ongoing school-record and the nation's longest streak among FBS teams.
- Ranked 4th this week by AP, 3rd in the USA Today Coaches poll and 4th in the BCS standings...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 17 straight weeks, marking the program's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history...highest regular season ranking in AP poll since 1970.
- A win Saturday would give Stanford its first 9-0 start since 1951.
- Has posted a 33-13 (.717) record since 2008 and are 28-6 (.824) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Has won seven straight road games (non-neutral site) and are 9-1 in its last 10 roadies.
- Is 7-1 in its last seven games against ranked opponents.
- Rank first in the Pac-12 and third nationally in scoring, averaging 49.50 points a game...have scored 40 or more points 17 times in the last 34 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 43.8 ppg (920 total) over the last 21 contests...on pace to break the school's scoring record for a third straight year.
- Have scored 121 points in its last two games against Washington (65) and USC (56), which are the most points ever scored by a Stanford team in consecutive games.
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and 19th nationally in rushing offense at 215.25...rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington.
- Offense has had just seven three-and-outs all season.
- Leads the Pac-12 in five defensive categories -- rushing defense (84.63), total defense (328.88), scoring defense (17.0), sacks per game (3.13) and red zone defense (0.64)...rush defense ranks sixth nationally.
- Defense has held the opponent to just 10 points in the first quarter and just 20 points in the third quarter over its first eight games.
- Has outscored its last 21 opponents 463-151 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20)...were tied at the half last year against USC (14-14) and Arizona State (7-7).
- Was 9 for 9 in the red zone vs. USC and have come away with points on all 47 trips to the red zone this season (37 TDs, 10 FGs)...rank first nationally in red zone offense.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck has completed 117-of-157 passes (74.5) for 1,432 yards and 15 TDs over last five games...Stanford is 28-5 (.848) in Luck's 33 career starts...his 28 career wins as a starter rank first all-time among Stanford QBs.
- Luck's 23 passing TDs this season rank fifth on the school's single season list...needs nine more to equal his own school record set last season.
- Tight ends Coby Fleener (7), Levine Toilolo (4) and Zach Ertz (3) have accounted for 14 of Stanford's 24 TD receptions this season and 18 of the last 28 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.