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No. 19 Cardinal Host Wake Forest on Saturday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/13/2010

 

Sept. 13, 2010
Weekly Release
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The Game

The Stanford Cardinal (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) returns home on Saturday to host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0, 1-0 ACC Atlantic) in a non-conference game at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m., which is believed to be the latest kickoff time in Stanford history. Both teams won its conference openers last weekend, with Stanford scoring a 35-0 victory at UCLA while Wake Forest defeated Duke, 54-48 in Winston-Salem. A win by Stanford would give the Cardinal its first 3-0 start since 2001. Stanford is ranked 19th this week in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, while Wake Forest is unranked.

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Television Coverage
Saturday’s game will be carried live on ESPN2, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), former Washington quarterback Brock Huard (analyst) and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti (analyst) calling the action. Saturday’s game marks the second of five consectutive national telecasts involving Stanford. Next week’s game at Notre Dame will be carried by NBC while the Oregon (ESPN) and USC (ABC) are also slated for national viewing.

Radio Plans
Saturday’s Stanford-Wake Forest game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Tim Roye (play-by-play), former Stanford quarterback Todd Husak (analysis) and John Platz (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. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday’s game live.

Stanford-Wake Forest Series
Stanford and Wake Forest will meet for the second time on Saturday, following the Demon Deacons 24-17 win in Winston-Salem, NC on Sept. 12 of last season. Stanford is 4-8 all-time against teams currently aligned in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinal is 5-5 against non-conference opponents since the 2007 season.

Cardinal Clips

  • Are 2-0 on the season after shutting out UCLA, 35-0 last Saturday at the Rose Bowl...are 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
  • Are looking for its first 3-0 start since 2001...have started 3-0 on just four occasions dating back to the 1972 season (1972, 1986, 1997 and 2001).
  • Are ranked 19th in this week’s AP and USA Today’s Coaches polls...marks Stanford’s highest ranking at this point of the season since 1997 when the Cardinal was ranked 17th in the AP poll after two weeks...were ranked for four weeks last season, topping out at No. 14 on Nov. 15.
  • Saturday’s 35-0 win at UCLA marked Stanford’s first road shutout since 1974 and its first blanking of UCLA since 1941 (33-0)...also snapped a six-game losing streak at the Rose Bowl.
  • The 35-point victory was Stanford’s largest margin of victory over UCLA since a 57-0 victory in 1929.
  • Tied for 10th nationally in scoring defense after two weeks of play, allowing just 8.50 points a game...have allowed just one offensive touchdown so far on the season...conversely, Wake Forest is tied for third in scoring offense, averaging 53.5 points a game.
  • Are tied for 17th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 43.5 points a game after convincing wins over Sacramento State (52-17) and UCLA (35-0).
  • Outscoring its first two opponents 34-7 in the first half...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half.
  • Stanford is 12-2 in its last 14 home games dating back to the last home contest of the 2007 season...were 6-1 on its home turf last season.
  • Are 6-11 in road games since the 2007 season, posting records of 2-2 (2007), 1-6 (2008) and 2-3 (2009) each of the last three years away from home...last posted a winning road record in 2005, going 4-1 in five away games.
  • Davey O’Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck completed 11-of-24 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns at UCLA after throwing for 316 yard and four TDs in the opener against Sacramento State...tied for third nationally in passing TDs after two games.
  • Are averaging 212.0 yards per game in rushing after averaging 218.6 yards a game last year.
  • Safety Michael Thomas was named the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance at UCLA.
  • Ten different Stanford players have scored TDs this season.
  • Lou Groza Award candidate Nate Whitaker is 3-for-3 in field goal attempts this season and now has made eight in a row dating back to last season...he has also converted 63 straight PATs.

 


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