Oct. 9, 2005
Date: October 15, 2005
Kickoff: 4:00 pm (MT)
Site: Tucson, AZ
Television: No live television
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Arizona leads series 12-8
Last Meeting: Stanford 16, Arizona 6, 10/19/02 at Stanford
Series Notes Stanford has won last two and three of last four vs. Wildcats
Cardinal Visits Tucson For First Time Since 2001
Stanford (2-2, 1-1) will travel to Tucson, Arizona on Saturday seeking its second straight Pac-10 win ... The Cardinal is coming off a 24-21 victory at Washington State while the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2), who lost to top-ranked USC last Saturday 42-21, are looking for their first conference win of 2005 ... Stanford and Arizona did not play each other the past two seasons ... The Cardinal is 2-0 on the road this season, but 0-2 at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford recorded season highs in rushing, passing and total offense last Saturday in Pullman ... Stanford last visiting Arizona Stadium in 2001 when it beat the Wildcats 51-37 ... Following Saturday's game in Tucson, the Cardinal will play nationally-ranked Arizona State and UCLA in back-to-back games at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford-Arizona Series Notes
The two teams last met in 2002 when the Cardinal beat UA at Stanford Stadium 16-6 ... This will be Stanford's first trip to Tucson since the 2001 season in a game won by the Cardinal 51-37 ... Stanford has won the last two meetings and three of the last four ... The Cardinal has also won the last two games played at Arizona Stadium and has scored 101 points in those two wins (51-37 in '01, 50-22 in '99) ... Stanford is 5-6 all-time at Arizona Stadium.
Four Top-20 Teams Ahead For Cardinal
Stanford's remaining schedule includes four teams currently ranked among the nation's top-20 who have combined for a 19-2 record to date ... The Cardinal must face top-ranked USC (5-0), No. 9 Notre Dame (5-0), No. 12 UCLA (5-0) and No. 18 Cal (5-1) in addition to Arizona State (3-3), which fell out of the national rankings this week, Oregon State and this week's opponent, Arizona ... Three of the four games against the top-20 teams will be played at Stanford Stadium: Oct. 29 vs. UCLA, Nov. 19 vs. Cal and Nov. 26 vs. Notre Dame ... Stanford must play at No. 1 USC on Nov. 5.
A Look Back: Stanford 16, Arizona 6, Oct. 19, 2002
Stanford's defense was in control of this game as the Cardinal limited Arizona to 22 yards rushing and just 14 first downs en route to a 16-6 Homecoming win at Stanford Stadium ... Stanford's defense played its best game of the year as it forced four Wildcat turnovers and registered six sacks while holding Arizona to a season-low six points on just two field goals ... PK Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals and the Cardinal's only TD came on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Chris Lewis to tight end Alex Smith ... Stanford led 10-0 in the first quarter and 10-6 at the half, but the Cardinal defense shut out the Wildcats in the second half..
Cardinal-Washington State: Reviewing Last Week's Game
Stanford recorded season highs in rushing offense (218 yards), passing offense (257 yards) and total offense (475 yards).
Quarterback Trent Edwards equalled his career-best by throwing three touchdown passes ... He completed 19-of-28 for 257 yards and no interceptions.
Edwards also led the team in rushing with 92 yards on 12 carries.
The Cardinal led 24-14 after Michael Sgroi's 34-yard field goal with 7:16 to play in the game.
WSU threw for 531 yards the week before vs. Oregon State, but was limited to just 161 yards through the air against the Cardinal defense.
Stanford won the time of possession battle for the first time this season (37:02-22:54)
Stanford won its third straight game in Pullman
Head Coach Walt Harris
In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 11 as a head coach ... His career record stands at 65-70, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 2-2 at Stanford ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
Final Season in Original Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 83 years ... This season, however, will mark the final year in the original Stadium before a major renovation begins immediately following the Cardinal's season finale vs. Notre Dame on November 26, 2005 ... The Cardinal will play six home games in Stanford Stadium this season and moments after the season finale against the Fighting Irish, the process will begin on an $85-90 million renovation project ... See page 6 of this press release for more details on the Stadium renovation project.
Noting Quarterback Trent Edwards
Senior Trent Edwards turned in one of his finest performances as a Cardinal last Saturday in Pullman as he threw for 257 yards on 19-of-28 passing and rushed for an additional 92 yards on 12 carries ... He equalled his career-best by throwing three touchdown passes, with no interceptions, in leading Stanford to a 24-14 win at WSU ... He has started 17 games and played in 21 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all four games this season, but was limited to just two series in the second game of the year vs. UC Davis due to injury ... Edwards has completed 57-of-93 for 658 yards and five touchdowns this year ... He was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, completed 21-of-33 against Navy in the season opener for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... He has thrown for 3,126 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 282-of-534 passes ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State.
Edwards Rushing Performance Among Best Ever for QB
Trent Edwards was a running threat against Washington State as he was credited with 12 carries for 92 yards while leading the team in rushing against the Cougars ... Edwards, who entered the game with a net of (-10) yards on the ground after three games, gained 103 yards, but lost 11 on two sacks ... He fell just shy of becoming only the second Cardinal quarterback in the modern era (since WWII) to rush for over 100 yards in a game ... The only other Stanford quarterback to rush for over 100 in a game was Don Bunce vs. Washington State in 1969 (13 carries, 129 yards).
Offensive Output vs. WSU Best Since 2002
Stanford's rushing and total offense output in last Saturday's game at Washington State were the best on The Farm since the 2002 season ... The Cardinal gained 475 yards in total offense against the Cougars, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 563 yards against San Jose State on September 24, 2002 ... The Cardinal rushed for 218 yards last Saturday in Pullman, the most by a Stanford offense since it gained 239 at Arizona State on September 28, 2002.
Schimmelmann Finalist for "Draddy Award"
Senior ILB Kevin Schimmelmann has been named a semifinalist for the "Draddy Award," better known as the Academic Heisman ... Schimmelmann is a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection who is currently working a Master's degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in Economics ... The Draddy Award is one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards ... It recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Schimmelmann Among League Leaders in Tackles
Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann is among the league leaders in tackles per game at 8.25 ... The fifth-year senior has registered 33 total tackles this season ... He also leads the team in tackles for loss with four, pass break ups with three, and is tied for the team lead with two quarterback sacks ... Schimmelmann has also recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery ... In the season opener at Navy, he had 12 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... In game two vs. UC Davis, Schimmelmann had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... He scored a touchdown against the Aggies after he sacked QB Jon Grant in the end zone and recovered the fumble for Stanford's first TD of the game ... He was leading the Cardinal in tackles last season when an injury forced him to miss the final two games of the year ... In nine games, he had 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and interception ... In 2003, he played in all 11 games and started six, finishing with 49 tackles and eight tackles for loss as an outside linebacker ... Schimmelmann, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 34 games and started 19 for Stanford since 2002 ... Throughout his career on The Farm, Schimmelmann has played four positions, including inside and outside linebacker and free and strong safety
Stanford's Starting Nose Tackle: Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference ... A native of Naperville, Ill., Oshinowo is of Nigerian decent and his full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr. ... He entered the 2005 season as a First-Team preseason all-conference pick and ranked among the top defensive lineman in the nation ... In the season opener against Navy, Oshinowo recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss ... He had five tackles in Stanford's win at Washington State ... A 6-2, 320-pounder, he has started 26 straight games for the Cardinal (2003-05) and played in all 37 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 106 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the last two years, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Many Different Options on Cardinal's Offensive Line
Stanford entered the season with nine returning lettermen on the offensive line and all five starters from 2004 ... Through the first four games of the 2005 campaign, Stanford's offensive line has seen seven starters and a shuffling of players and different positions ... At left tackle, Jeff Edwards has started all four games in 2005 (23 career starts), but sophomore Allen Smith has played a key role, including an impressive performance at Washington State after Edwards left the game with an injury ... Smith made his debut in the starting lineup at WSU at right tackle, where senior Jon Cochran had started the first three games of the 2005 season and 17 in his career ... Fifth-year senior Brian Head (15 career starts) started the first two games of the year at center, but an injury has forced Head from the lineup and allowed Tim Mattran to receive his first experience in the starting lineup ... At right guard, Alex Fletcher has started all four games this season, but Ismail Simpson, who has started 22 games in his career, has been a key reserve ... Josiah Vinson has started all four games this year at left guard and 17 in his career
Kimble Now Starting Running Back After Move From WR
A year ago at this time, Anthony Kimble was a true freshman wide receiver who had just come on the Stanford campus from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Now, Kimble is the team's number one running back and one of the team's main offensive weapons ... He has started all four games at RB and has gained 210 yards on 46 carries for a team-leading 4.6 yards per carry average ... He has also caught seven passes for 81 yards ... Kimble made his collegiate debut on September 10 at Navy and gained 59 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run ... He also added three catches for 28 yards ... In his second game, Kimble rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries ... Against Washington State, Kimble turned in his finest performance to date as he gained 77 yards rushing on 18 carries - both season and career highs - while also catching two passes for 48 yards ... After redshirting the 2004 season, Kimble was moved to running back last spring under new head coach Walt Harris ... Kimble was impressive during spring drills and his continued improvement vaulted him into the No. 1 role ... He played some running back in high school, but came to Stanford as a highly-touted wide receiver ... Kimble, 6-1, 195, only played two years of football in high school and redshirted last season on The Farm ... While other running backs were limited due to injury during fall camp, Kimble continued to impress.
Evans Moves Into Prominent Role on Offense
Running back Jason Evans, a junior from Acworth, Ga. now in his third season on the Farm, has become a key figure in the Cardinal offense after receiving little playing time his first two years ... Evans rushed for 3,850 yards and scored 32 touchdowns his final two seasons in high school and came to Stanford has a prep All-America ... He was listed among the nation's Elite 100 recruits and ranked as high as the 10th best running back prospect in the country ... He redshirted his freshman season at Stanford in 2003 and played in just two games and carried the ball twice in 2004 ... Although he has not started in 2005, Evans has teamed with Anthony Kimble to spearhead the Cardinal's running game ... Evans has 39 carries for 165 yards and has been the team-leader in rushing in two of Stanford's four games this season ... He had 10 carries for 63 yards in the season opener vs. Navy and 12 carries for 62 yards in game three vs. Oregon ... He has also added eight catches for 70 yards.
Alston, 8 Others Earn Pre-Season Honors
Fifth-year senior OLB Jon Alston was tabbed a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while several other Cardinal player earned pre-season honors recognition ... Alston, who was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago, was also named to a few pre-season All-America teams while being ranked among the top outside linebackers in the country ... Other Cardinal players receiving First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition include DT Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo and KOR T.J. Rushing ... Also earning pre-season honors were ILB Kevin Schimmelmann, WR Evan Moore, PK Michael Sgroi, OT Jeff Edwards and SS Brandon Harrison.
Alston Named One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers
Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston entered his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best pass rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 132 total tackles, 16.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005 ... He turned in his finest performance of the season last Saturday in Pullman as he accounted for eight tackles, one quarterback sack, tackle for loss and pass break up.
Jenkins Among Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10
Senior defensive end Julian Jenkins, recognized as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, began his final season on The Farm in the season opener at Navy by recording eight tackles in Stanford's win at Navy ... Jenkins, who has record 98 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, has appeared in 35 games and started 16 since playing as a true freshman in 2002 ... A 6-4, 275-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins continues to be one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... He was named First-Team preseason All-Pac-10 and rated among the top defensive lineman in the country heading into the 2005 campaign.
Swedish Native Gustav Rydstedt Moves Into Starting Role
When fifth-year senior Casey Carroll suffered a season-ending knee injury during fall camp, it vaulted second-year sophomore Gustav Rydstedt into the No. 1 spot opposite Julian Jenkins at defensive end ... Rydstedt, who redshirted last season as a true freshman, is a 6-3, 290-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden who is still learning the game of football ... He was one of the top junior players in Europe and was named the No. 1 player in his age group in Sweden in 2003 ... He played for the Swedish National Team and was a starter for Team Europe, which played in the 2003 NFL Global Junior Championships in San Diego ... He played one year of high school football in the United States as a foreign exchange student at Southhaven High School in Mississippi ... Rydstedt, who is 21 years old, was invited to play in the NFL Europe Youth Elite Camp ... And now, in his second year at Stanford, Rydstedt will be asked to play a key role on the Cardinal defense in 2005.
Okwo Moves From Special Teams to Starter at ILB
A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection last year as a special teams player, junior Michael Okwo is now one of Stanford's key players in the middle of its defense and one of the top young players in the conference ... Okwo earned his reputation as a special teams player last year, but after starter Kevin Schimmelmann went out with an injury the final two games of the 2004 season, Okwo moved in to the starting lineup and made an immediate impact (22 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, fumble recovery over last three games) ... In his first game as a full-time starter, Okwo continued to impress as he accounted for six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Stanford's win at Navy ... He added eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a half-sack against UC Davis and recorded his first collegiate interception in game three vs. Oregon ... He did not play at WSU due to injury.
Cardinal Finds New Fullback in Former Defensive Tackle
Now in his third season on The Farm, Nick Frank, has transformed himself from backup defensive tackle to first team fullback ... He made his debut at fullback in Stanford's season opening win at Navy and was an integral part of the Cardinal offense as he played virtually every snap ... He wound up scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a two-yard run ... He is currently second on the team in receptions with eight ... In 2003 and '04, Frank played in 21 of Stanford's 22 games at both nose and defensive tackle and tallied 17 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks ... He was moved to fullback last spring and continued to climb up the depth chart until eventually landing at the No. 1 spot ... Frank, who plans to pursue a career in medicine, is Stanford's only player from New Orleans.
Rushing Among All-Time Best Kickoff Return Specialists
Senior T.J. Rushing, a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a kickoff return specialist last season, took his first kickoff return of the season and raced 93 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinal's season opening win at Navy, the second touchdown return of his career (99-yard return last year vs. BYU) ... He had two returns against the Mids for 127 yards - a 63.5 yards per return average ... In his career, Rushing has 38 kickoff returns for 1,069 yards and two touchdowns ... His 28.1 career kickoff return average currently places him No. 1 in the Cardinal record book ahead of Ron Inge (27.8, 1973-76) ... He is the seventh player in school history to amass 1,000 yards in kickoff return yards ... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned seven kicks for 235 yards and his 33.6 average currently ranks him first in the Pac-10 and seventh in the nation ... Rushing returned punts for the first time in his career at WSU, netting 30 yards on four returns.
Sgroi Among All-Time Best Placekickers
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit six field goals in four games this season and his 38 career field goals places him sixth on the school's all-time list ... Sgroi is four-of-six from 40-49 yards out this season and has a season long of 48 yards, that coming in game two vs. UC Davis ... Sgroi is averaging 1.50 field goals per game and is currently ranked 26th in the nation and third in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also seventh all-time with 78 PATs ... Walt Harris called Sgroi the "difference maker" in Stanford's 41-38 win at Navy in the season opener ... That's because Sgroi hit two, fourth quarter field goals, from 40 and 47 yards out to help the Cardinal hold off Navy ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 37-of-60 in his career... Last season, Sgroi made 10 consecutive field goals, which tied for the third longest in school history.
Lemon Joins Elite List of 1,000-Yard Rushers
Fifth-year senior J.R. Lemon, who did not play the first three games due to injury, received his first playing time of the 2005 season last Saturday in Pullman ... Although Lemon carried the ball just three times for 10 yards, he did bring his career rushing total to 1,002 yards, allowing him to join an elite list of Cardinal running backs who have reached this plateau ... Lemon, who is tied for ninth all-time at Stanford with 13 career rushing touchdowns, has 244 carries in his Cardinal career.
Bradford, Crochet Lead Receiving Corps
Fifth-year senior Gerren Crochet recorded career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (60) in last Saturday's game at WSU while Mark Bradford caught two touchdown passes for the first time in his career ... Crochet, in his first season as a starter, also has a 46-yard touchdown run in the season opener at Navy ... Bradford entered the season as the team's most prolific receiver with 71 catches for 1,069 yards ... He now leads the team this season with 15 receptions for 199 yards and a team-leading three touchdown receptions.