Sept. 6, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) travels to Durham, N.C., on Saturday to face the Duke Blue Devils (0-1, 0-0 ACC) of the Atlantic Coast Conference at Wallace Wade Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT. Stanford is coming off a 57-3 victory over San Jose State in its season opener, while Duke fell at home to Richmond, 23-21. Stanford is ranked sixth in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls this week.
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Saturday's Stanford-Duke game will be televised live by ESPNU, with Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Allison Williams (sidelines) 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 Matt Morrison (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 and Duke have met just twice previously (1971 and `72) with each school scoring road victories. The teams combined for just 28 points in the two games, with Duke posting a 9-3 victory at Stanford in 1971 and the Cardinal prevailing the next season in Durham, 10-6. Stanford is 6-8 against schools in the current Atlantic Coast Conference alignment. The Blue Devils will travel to the Bay Area for the return game next season.
- Opened the season last Saturday with a 57-3 victory over San Jose State at Stanford Stadium...Cardinal improved to 9-3 in its last 12 season openers...largest point total in opener since 1969 (63 vs. SJST).
- Has won nine straight games dating back to last season, marking the program's longest winning streak since 1951, when Chuck Taylor's Indians won their first nine games of the year...school-record for consectutive victories is 13.
- Has posted a 26-13 (.667) record over the last three-plus seasons and are 21-6 (.778) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Are ranked 6th this week in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls...moved up one spot in the AP poll and held onto the sixth spot in the coaches poll.
- The 57 points scored against the Spartans marked the 11th time in the last 27 games dating back to the 2009 season Stanford had scored 40+ points in a game...have scored 50 or more points five times during that same stretch...averaging 41.5 (581 total) points a game over its last 14 contests...have set school scoring record each of the last two seasons.
- Built a 27-3 halftime lead against San Jose State...have outscored its last 14 opponents 328-93 in the first half.
- Was 8 for 8 in the red zone last Saturday, coming away with six touchdowns and two field goals...ranked second in the conference and 17th nationally last season in red zone efficiency at 88.6 (62-70).
- Held the ball for 34:30 against San Jose State...led the nation last season in time of possession at 34:34 per game.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 17 of 26 passes with two TDs and ran for another against San Jose State...now has 47 career TD passes which rank fourth on Stanford's all-time list while his 6,084 passing yards rank sixth...Stanford is 21-5 (.807) in Luck's 26 career starts.
- Defense did not allow a touchdown against San Jose State...Cardinal has allowed just seven TDs and 59 total points in last seven games dating back to last season.
- Utilized five running backs/fullbacks and 10 receivers against San Jose State.
- According to research conducted by UNLV, Stanford has the third youngest offensive line in the country, with two redshirt freshmen and three juniors making up the starting unit.
- Finished the 2010 season with a 12-1 overall record, capped off by a victory over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl...won 12 games for the first time in school history after winning as many as 10 games on three previous occasions...eight conference victories were also a school record.
- Returns 56 letterwinners (28 offense; 25 defense; 3 special teams) and 12 starters (5 offense; 6 defense; 1 specialist) from last year's squad...lost 19 letterwinners from last year's Orange Bowl team, including 11 starters.
- A total of 15 former Stanford players are listed as active on NFL rosters to start the season.
- Open Pac-12 Conference play next weekend at Arizona.