Sept. 7, 2010
The Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens Pac-10 Conference play this Saturday against the UCLA Bruins (0-1, 0-0 Pac-10) at the Rose Bowl (91,500) in Pasadena. The Cardinal is coming off a 52-17 victory in its season opener last Saturday against Sacramento State, while the Bruins suffered a 31-22 setback at Kansas State.
Saturday's game will be carried live on ESPN, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), former Washington quarterback Brock Huard (analyst) and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti (analyst) calling the action. Saturday's game marks the first of five consectutive national telecasts involving Stanford.
Saturday's Stanford-UCLA game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM 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.
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails the all-time series with UCLA, 32-45-3. The two schools have met each season dating back to 1946. Stanford posted a 24-16 victory over the Bruins last year at Stanford Stadium to end a five game UCLA winning streak in the series. Stanford has lost its last six games to UCLA in the Rose Bowl, including a 23-20 setback in its last trip to the fabled stadium in 2008. Included in Stanford's six-game Rose Bowl losing streak are a pair of shutout losses in 2004 (21-0) and 2006 (31-0). Stanford's last victory over UCLA in Pasadena came in 1996 (21-20).
Stanford is 1-0 on the season after opening the campaign with a 52-17 victory over Sacramento State last Saturday at Stanford Stadium...improved to 3-1 in season-openers under head coach Jim Harbaugh and 8-3 in its last 11 openers dating back to the 2000 season.
Stanford's 52 points against Sacramento State was the third-highest total scored by the Cardinal in the modern era (since World War II)...it also marked the sixth time Stanford has scored 40 or more points in the Jim Harbaugh Era...scored a school record 461 points last season and ranked second in the Pac-10 and 11th nationally in scoring average at 35.4 points per game.
Finished with 529 yards in total offense vs. Sacramento State...averaged 427.6 yards a game in total offense last season, which was the 10th best single-season mark in school history.
With the win over Sacramento Sate, Stanford is 12-2 in its last 14 home games dating back to the last home contest of the 2007 season...were 6-1 on its home turf last season.
Allowed just 167 yards in total offense to Sacramento State, which were the fewest since limiting Washington to 161 yards in 2006.
Have won each of its last two conference openers, defeating Oregon State (36-28) at home in 2008 and Washington State (39-13) last year in Pullman...are 2-1 in conference openers under Jim Harbaugh, with the loss coming to UCLA in the 2007 season opener at Stanford, 45-17.
Looking to end a six-game losing streak to UCLA in the Rose Bowl...Stanford's last win in Pasadena came in 1996 (21-20).
Are 5-11 in road games since the 2007 season, posting records of 2-2 (2007), 1-6 (2008) and 2-3 (2009) each of the last three years away from home...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 316 yards and four touchdowns in the season opener against Sacramento State...the 316 yards were the second-highest total of his career while the four TD passes were a career best.
Five running backs -- Usua Amanam (50), Tyler Gaffney (33), Anthony Wilkerson (27), Jeremy Stewart (21) and Stepfan Taylor (16) -- combined for 147 yards against Sacramento State.
Stanford had five plays of 30 or more yards against Sacramento State (3 pass, 1 rush, 1 KOR).
Doug Baldwin caught four passes for a career best 111 yards and two TDs against Sacramento State.
Lou Groza Award candidate Nate Whitaker made his only FG attempt against Sacramento State and now has made six in a row dating back to last season...he has also converted 60 straight PATs.
Six true freshmen made their collegiate debuts last Saturday vs. Sacramento State.
Picked fourth in the Pac-10 preseason media poll, garnering one first place vote.
Return home next Saturday to face Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference.