Oct. 9, 2000
2000 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Stanford (2-3, 1-1) at #20 Oregon St (4-1, 1-1)
Saturday, October 14 3:30 pm PT
Reserr Stadium (35,362) Corvallis, OR
THE CARDINAL: Stanford returns to Pac-10 action on Saturday with a key conference game against Oregon State in Corvallis ... The Cardinal, which has lost its last two games, saw its record drop to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-10, after a 20-14 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday ... Stanford's remaining schedule includes six conference games (three at home, three on the road) ... Saturday's game at OSU will be televised live regionally on the Fox syndication package (KICU, channel 36 in the Bay Area) beginning at 3:30 pm ... The Beavers enter the game with a 4-1 record overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10 under second year head coach Dennis Erickson ... The last time the Cardinal faced an Oregon State team with four wins was in 1968 when the 4-2 Beavers beat Stanford 29-7 in Corvallis.
STANFORD-OSU SERIES NOTES: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State 46-18-3, but the two teams have split the past four games ... The Cardinal beat OSU in their last meeting in Corvallis (27-24 in 1997) and have won three of the last four played at Reserr Stadium ... Since 1969, Stanford is 25-5-1 vs. Oregon State, including a 13-4 record in Corvallis ... Stanford's last loss in Corvallis came in 1996 when the Beavers beat the Cardinal 26-12 ... OSU recorded nine sacks on the day ... Recently, the two teams have each won twice in the last four years ... Stanford won in '97 at OSU 27-24 and last season at Stanford Stadium (21-17) while the Beavers beat the Cardinal 30-23 at Stanford in '98 and 26-12 in Corvallis '96
TOUGH OPPONENTS: Stanford's 2000 schedule has been ranked as one of the toughest in all of college football ... Eight of Stanford's 11 opponents this season are ranked among the nation's top 29 teams in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... The Cardinal's next five opponents are all ranked and have a combined record of 19-6 - a winning percentage of .760 ... The Cardinal is 1-1 this season vs. ranked teams, having beaten Texas, then ranked No. 5 nationally, 27-24 on September 16 and losing last week to #25 Notre Dame 20-14 in South Bend ... In the upcoming five weeks, Stanford will play at #20 Oregon State (4-1), at home vs. #29 USC (3-2) and #10 Washington (4-1), at #15 UCLA (4-1) and at home against #27 Arizona State (4-1).
OSU-STANFORD TIES: Here are the ties among the OSU and Cardinal coaching staffs: Stanford's Denny Schuler was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Oregon State in 1996, Stanford's Dave Tipton coached the D-Line at OSU in 1988, Stanford RB coach Buzz Preston coached with OSU defensive coordinator Craig Bray at Washington State from 1994-97, Stanford's defensive coordinator Kent Baer coached with OSU RB coach Dan Cozzetto at Cal in '90-91 and at Arizona State in '92-94, Preston coached with OSU's linebacker coach Greg Newhouse at Hawaii in 1988-89.
CONFERENCE CATALOGUE: Stanford is 10-2 in its last 12 Pacific-10 Conference games ... During this time, the Cardinal is 3-0 vs. Washington State, 2-0 vs. California, 1-0 vs. USC, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona State, 1-1 vs. Arizona and 0-1 vs. Washington ... Stanford won its final two conference games in '98, went 7-1 in '99 en route to the Pac-10 championship and is 1-1 thus far in '00.
ON THE ROAD: The Cardinal has won five of its last six Pac-10 road games, including its only road contest in 2000 - a 24-10 victory at Washington State in the season opener ... A year ago, Stanford went 3-1 in Pac-10 road games as it posted wins at Arizona, USC and Arizona State ... The Cardinal closed out the '98 campaign with a victory at Cal ... Stanford's only conference road defeat during this time was a 35-30 loss at Washington last season.
HEAD COACH TYRONE WILLINGHAM: Now in his sixth season at the helm of the Cardinal football program, Tyrone Willingham has the longest tenure on The Farm since John Ralson's nine-year run from 1963-71 ... Willingham has compiled an overall record of 32-30-1 ... His resume during his first five years at Stanford includes three bowl games, two Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors (1995, '99), a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance ... Willingham previously held assistant coaching positions at Central Michigan ('78-79), Michigan State (1980-82), North Carolina State (1983-85), Rice (1986-88), Stanford (1989-91) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992-94) ... He first came to Stanford as the running backs coach under Dennis Green in 1989, then returned to The Farm as as head coach to replace Bill Walsh on Nov. 28, 1994.
REVIEWING NOTRE DAME: Stanford limited the Fighting Irish to just 266 yards of total offense (100 through the air) and only 16 first downs, but Notre Dame capitalized on Cardinal miscues and defeated Stanford 20-14 ... Stanford cut the lead to 13-7 with 12:15 to play in the third quarter on a Chris Lewis to DeRonnie Pitts TD pass from 13 yards out ... Brian Allen's 71 yard run set up the two play, 84-yard drive ... The Irish extended their lead to 20-7 after an interception gave them the ball at the Cardinal 34 yard line ... Three plays later, Notre Dame scored on a seven yard run by Julius Jones ... In the game, Stanford gave up a blocked punt at their own 10-yard line - which led to an Irish TD - fumbled the ball at the Notre Dame 15 and was intercepted at their own 34 -leading to an Irish touchdown.
DEFENSIVE DATA: Consider the fact that Stanford has given up 121 points this season, but 21points have been scored when the defense was not on the field (interception return, fumble return, blocked punt) and 10 points were scored on drives that began at or inside the 10-yard line ... Given this, Stanford's defense has yielded 90 points in five games, an average of 18 points per game ... The Cardinal gave up 31.5 points per game a year ago.
SHORT DRIVES: Stanford's opponents have begun 16 drives in Cardinal territory this season ... Opponents have found that sustaining a long drive against the Cardinal defense has been difficult in '00 ... In fact, of the 19 scoring drives against Stanford this season, 10 have been 40 yards or less ... The average length of opponents' 19 scoring drives is 4.3 plays and 42.6 yards per drive ... Aside from the San Jose State game, Stanford's defense has given up just one long drive - that coming at Notre Dame last week (11 plays, 91 yards).
AFTER A LOSS: Stanford's string of six straight wins after losses ended last Saturday at Notre Dame... Still, the Cardinal has won six of its last seven games after losses, including one in 1998, three in '99 and two in 2000 ... The Cardinal beat Washington State in 1998 after losing to USC the week before ... In '99, Stanford's losses to Texas, San Jose State and Washington were followed by wins over Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State ... Stanford lost its '99 season finale to Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, then opened the 2000 campaign with a win at Washington State ... Stanford's 40-27 loss to San Jose State earlier this year was followed by a 27-24 win over Texas, which entered the game ranked fifth in the nation.
|Year||Loss||Next Game Win|
|99/00||Wisc. (1/1/00)||17-9||@Wash. St.||24-10|
|2000||San Jose State||40-27||Texas||27-24|
|2000||Arizona||3-27||@Notre Dame||Lost 20-14|
|2000||Notre Dame||14-20||@Oregon State, October 14|
IMPROVING DEFENSE: Under the direction of defensive coordinator Kent Baer and his staff, Stanford's defense has shown marked improvement from a year ago ... The Cardinal limited Notre Dame to just 100 yards passing last Saturday, the lowest total by an opponent since Oregon State threw for 48 yards in 1996 - a span of 45 games ... Stanford is allowing 197.6 yards per game through the air, down from 304.9 a year ago ... The Cardinal defense is allowing 346.8 yards per game and 24.2 points per game in 2000, an improvement from '99 totals of 452.8 yards and 31.5 points ... Against the Irish, Stanford allowed just 266 yards in total offense, 91 of which came on Notre Dame's opening drive ... After that opening drive, Notre Dame gained 175 yards and managed just 11 first downs against the Cardinal defense ... The Irish also completed only six passes for 60 yards after that opening drive, which went 91 yards on 11 plays.
TOUCHDOWNS: Eleven of Stanford's 12 offensive touchdowns have come via the pass ... WR DeRonnie Pitts, who is among Stanford's all-time leaders in receiving TDs (third all-time with 21) has five thus far in '00 ... Jamien McCullum has two TDs while Luke Powell, Casey Moore, Darin Naatjes and Kery Carter each have one ... Stanford has scored one TD on the ground (Casey Moore, six yards vs. Washington State) and one on special teams, that coming on an Emory Brock blocked punt and 22-yard return vs. Texas ... Stanford has at least one TD pass in four of its five games this season and 15 of its last 17 games in 1999 and 2000.
PENALTY BOX: Stanford once again leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalties ... The Cardinal is tops in the league in fewest penalties (23), penalty yards (132) and penalty yards per game (26.4) ... Stanford has led the Pac-10 in fewest penalties and penalty yards per game in each of the last four seasons ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 42.9 penalty yards per game (58 penalties, 472 penalty yards) ... Stanford,which was second in the league in 1995, also led the league in 1996 (59 penalties, 539 yards), '97 (66-596) and '98 (73-544).