Oct. 25, 2010
||Radio: 860 AM XTRA Sports
The Stanford Cardinal (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10), off to its best start since 1970, travel to Seattle, Wash. this weekend to face the Washington Huskies (3-4, 2-2) at Husky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on Versus. Stanford is coming off a 38-28 victory last Saturday over Washington State, while Washington fell at Arizona, 44-14. Stanford is ranked 13th in this week's Associated Press poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. Washington is unranked.
Saturday's game will be carried live on Versus, with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday's Stanford-Washington 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.
In a series that dates back to 1893, Stanford trails the all-time series with Washington, 36-40-4. The Cardinal have won four of the last five games between the two schools, including last year's contest in the Bay Area, 34-14. Stanford has also been victorious in its last two trips to Husky Stadium, winning 35-28 in 2008 and 20-3 in 2006, its longest string of success in Seattle since a five game winning streak (1967, `69, `71, `73, `75). Despite Stanford's recent success in the series, the Cardinal is just 6-21 against Washington dating back to 1977, posting wins in 1982, `94, 2004, `06, `08 and `09.
- Are 6-1 on the season after defeating Washington State last Saturday, 38-28...are off to its best start since the 1970, when Stanford began the season with an 8-1 record on its way to the Pacific-8 Conference and a Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State.
- Are ranked 13th this week in the AP Top-25 poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches poll...have been ranked for eight straight weeks, marking Stanford's longest presence in the AP poll since the 2001 campaign, when it was ranked in nine straight polls to close the season.
- Check in at No. 13 in the Bowl Championship Standings (BCS).
- Are 2-1 on the road this season with wins at UCLA (35-0) and Notre Dame (37-14)...loss came at Oregon (52-31).
- Have won four out of the last five meetings against Washington, including the last two games played in Seattle in 2006 (20-3) and 2008 (35-28)...had lost 12 straight games at Husky Stadium prior to current two-game winning streak.
- Averaging 42.57 points a game to rank second in the Pac-10 Conference and fifth in the nation in scoring offense...have scored 30 or more points 15 times in the last 20 games dating back to last season and have topped the 50-point mark four times during that stretch...are on pace to break the school's single-season point total of 461 set last season.
- Also rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense (15th; 466.3), rushing offense (16th; 216.0), passing efficiency (10th; 163.06), first downs (10th; 24.86), third down efficiency (2nd; 57.47) and red zone efficiency (t-8th; 91.0).
- Outscoring its first seven opponents 177-68 in the first half, including 93-27 in the first quarter...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half...have not trailed at halftime this year.
- Stanford has punted just 15 times this season...only Boise State (14) and Nevada (14) have punted fewer times than the Cardinal among FBS teams.
- Davey O'Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck ranks second in the the Pac-10 and 7th nationally in passing efficiency at 165.43...he also ranks first in the conference and 20th nationally in total offense (283.0) and 31st nationally in passing yards per game (246.86)...Stanford is 14-5 over the last two seasons with Luck as its starting quarterback.
- Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last four games...he is one of four backs in Stanford history to have rushed for 100 yards or more in four straight games, joining Darrin Nelson, Tommy Vardell (twice) and Toby Gerhart (twice).
- Lou Groza Award candidate Nate Whitaker is 11-for-11 in field goal tries this season and has made his last 16 attempts in a row dating back to last season, which is an on-going school record...
- A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, which is tops in the nation, along with Central Florida.