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Cardinal Head to Notre Dame for Saturday Showdown
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/21/2010

Sept. 21, 2010

Weekly Release

Online Coverage: Gameday Central | Gametracker | Live Audio

The Game

The Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-2) will meet for the 25th time Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) in South Bend, Ind. Kickoff is set for 3:40 p.m. ET. The Cardinal is coming off a 68-24 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday, while Notre Dame fell in overtime at Michigan State, 34-31. A win on Saturday would break a seven-game losing streak to the Irish in South Bend and give Stanford its first 4-0 start since 1986. Stanford is ranked 16th by Associated Press and 17th in the USA Today Coaches poll while Notre Dame is unranked.

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Television Coverage
Saturday's game will be carried live on NBC, with Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sidelines) calling the action. Saturday's game marks the third of five consectutive national telecasts involving Stanford.

Radio Plans
Saturday's Stanford-Notre Dame game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM with David Flemming (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-Notre Dame Series
In a series that dates back to the 1925 Rose Bowl, Stanford trails the all-time series with Notre Dame, 7-17-0. The two schools have met each of the last 13 seasons and 20 out of the last 22 campaigns dating back to 1988. Notre Dame has won seven of the last eight games played in the series, with Stanford winning last year's affair in the Bay Area, 45-38. Stanford has lost each of its last seven games played at Notre Dame Stadium, including the 2008 matchup, 28-21. Stanford's last win in South Bend came in 1992, when the Cardinal upset the sixth-ranked Irish, 33-16.

Cardinal Clips

  • Are 3-0 on the season after defeating Wake Forest, 68-24 last Saturday at Stanford Stadium...the win came on the heels of victories over Sacramento State (52-17) and UCLA (35-0).
  • Are 3-0 for the first time since 2001...marks the fourth 3-0 start dating back to the 1972 season (1972, 1986, 2001 and 2010)...the last time Stanford won its first four games out of the gates was in 1986.
  • The 68 points scored against Wake Forest tied for the fourth-highest single-game scoring output in school history...marked the first time since 1968 Stanford has score more than 60 points in a game (68 vs. San Jose State).
  • Scored touchdowns on 10 of its 11 offensive possessions against Wake Forest.
  • Are averaging 51.67 points a game over the first three games to rank third nationally in scoring...have scored 155 points in three games, which is the highest three-game scoring total to start the season since 1923 (164).
  • Have scored 50 or more points five times in the Jim Harbaugh Era, including four time over the last eight games dating back to last season.
  • Are ranked 16th in this week's AP and check in at No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' polls...marks Stanford's highest ranking at this point of the season since 1972 when the Cardinal was ranked 15th in the AP poll after three weeks.
  • Have dropped seven out of the last eight games to Notre Dame, including seven in a row in South Bend...Stanford's last victory at Notre Dame Stadium came in 1992.
  • Rank first nationally in pass defense (90.00), sixth nationally in total defense (227.6 ppg) and 15th in scoring defense (13.67)...finished last season ranked 110th nationally in pass defense and 90th in total defense...posted its first road shutout since 1974 in week two at UCLA...also marked the first shutout of the Bruins since 1941.
  • Outscoring its first three opponents 75-17 in the first half...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half.
  • Stanford is 13-2 in its last 15 home games dating back to the last home contest of the 2007 season...were 6-1 on its home turf last season.
  • Won its only road game this season at UCLA and are now 6-11 in road games since the 2007 season...last posted a winning road record in 2005, going 4-1 in five away games.
  • Davey O'Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck completed 17-of-23 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns against Wake has 10 passing TDs on the year, which ranks second nationally...also ranks third nationally in passing efficiency at 192.31.
  • A total of 15 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season.




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