Aug. 30, 2010
The Stanford Cardinal (8-5, 6-3 Pac-10 in 2009) will kick off its 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 against the Sacramento State Hornets at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Stanford is 7-3 in its last 10 season openers and have won their last two opening games. Saturday's contest has been designated as the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, in honor of the hall of fame coach who enjoyed two separate stints at Stanford's head coach (1977-78; 1992-94).
Saturday's game will be carried live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area (CSNBA), with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), former Stanford standout Mike McLaughlin (analyst) calling the action. Each of Stanford's first six games are slated for television coverage, including five national telecasts.
Saturday's Stanford-Oregon game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM this week (the normal flagship for the Cardinal is XTRA Sports 860, which has a scheduling conflict with the A's) with Dave 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-Sacramento State Series
Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Sacramento State. Stanford has faced just one school from the currently aligned Big Sky Conference. Stanford is 3-0 all-time against Montana, posting wins in 1924 (41-3), 1935 (32-0) and 1948 (39-7). Stanford last faced a non-FBS school in 2005, dropping a 20-17 decision to UC Davis at Stanford Stadium.
- Stanford is 7-3 in its last 10 season openers, including 2-1 under head coach Jim Harbaugh...defeated Washington State, 39-13 in last year's season-opener and downed Oregon State, 36-28 to kickoff the 2008 campaign.
- Saturday's opener marks the first time since 2005 Stanford has opened the season against a non-conference opponent, when the Cardinal defeated Navy, 41-38 in Annapolis...have opened against Oregon (2006), UCLA (2007), Oregon State (2008) and Washington State (2009) each of the last four years.
- Sacramento State marks the first non-FBS opponent for Stanford since the Cardinal dropped a 20-17 decision to UC Davis at Stanford Stadium in the second game of the 2005 season.
- Stanford is 11-2 in its last 13 home games dating back to the last home contest of the 2007 season...were 6-1 at home last season, with the only loss coming to Cal...were just 3-16 on its home turf from 2005-07.
- Are coming off a 8-5 (6-3 Pac-10) campaign in 2009, breaking a string of seven straight losing seasons...the eight wins were the most since 2001 when the Cardinal finished 9-3.
- Enter the season looking to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995 (7-4-1) and `96 (7-5)...since posting 11 straight winning seasons from 1968-78, Stanford has recorded back-to-back winning seasons on just two occasions (1991-92; 1995-96)
- Return 43 letterwinners, including 18 starters (8 offense; 7 defense; 3 specialists) off of last year's Sun Bowl team.
- Picked fourth in the Pac-10 preseason media poll, garnering one first place vote...included among other teams receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches' polls.
- Ranked second in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally in scoring last year, averaging 35.4 points a game...scoring average ranked third on the school's all-time single charts...scored a school record 461 points in 13 games.
- Averaged 427.6 yards a game in total offense last season, which was the 10th best single-season mark in school history and best showing since 2001.
- Have recorded two of the three top single-season rushing totals in school history each of the last two years...rushed for a school record 2,837 yards last season after tallying 2,395 yards in 2008.
- Stanford players are well-represented in various preseason watch lists, including Andrew Luck (Davey O'Brien, Manning Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year), Chase Beeler (Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award), Thomas Keiser (Nagurski Award, Lott Trophy), Chris Owusu (Walter Camp Player of the Year), Ryan Whalen (Biletnikoff Award), Konrad Reuland (Mackey Award), Owen Marecic (Paul Hornung) and Nate Whitaker (Lou Groza)
- Open Pac-10 Conference play next Saturday at UCLA...kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Bowl...the game will be carried by ESPN.