Nov. 8, 2010
The Stanford Cardinal (8-1, 5-1 Pac-10), ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP poll, will face the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. MT. Stanford, winners of four straight and off to its best start since 1970, is coming off a 42-17 victory over 13th-ranked Arizona last Saturday, while Arizona State dropped a 34-33 decision at USC. Stanford will be looking for its first win in Tempe since 1999.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox Sports Arizona and will be picked up on Fox College Sports Central (Comcast 414), with Tom Leander (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst), and Jodi Jackson (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday’s Stanford-Arizona State game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 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.
Stanford-Arizona State Series
In a series that dates back to 1978, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona State, 10-16-0. The Cardinal won last year’s affair at Stanford Stadium, 33-14 to snap the Sun Devils three-game winning streak in the series. Stanford has dropped each of its last four meetings against Arizona State in Tempe, and have posted just a 3-10 record at Sun Devil Stadium over the years. Stanford’s last road victory in the series came in 1999, 50-30. Stanford’s two other triumphs in Tempe came in 1978 (21-14) and 1995 (30-28).
- Are 8-1 on the season after defeating Arizona, 42-17 Saturday at Stanford Stadium...are off to its best start since 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...a win Saturday would give the Cardinal its best 10-game start since 1951...the eight wins match last year’s win total.
- Are ranked seventh this week in the AP Top-25 poll and ninth in the USA Today Coaches poll...check in at No. 6 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings...marks Stanford’s highest AP ranking since 1970 when it was ranked sixth.
- Are just 3-10 all-time against Arizona State in Tempe and have dropped its last four games in Sun Devil Stadium...last road victory in the series came in 1999.
- Are 3-1 on the road this season, posting two shutouts against UCLA (35-0) and Washington (41-0)...have allowed just one offensive TD (at Notre Dame) in three of its four road games, excluding the Oregon contest.
- Averaging 42.33 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 in a school-record nine straight games...381 total points already rank fourth on the school’s single-season list.
- Rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense (13th; 471.67), rushing offense (12th; 223.0), passing efficiency (7th; 161.56), first downs (11th; 24.50), third down efficiency (1st; 58.47) and red zone efficiency (t-4th; 93.0).
- Outscoring opponents 226-71 in the first half, including 114-27 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.
- Have allowed just 17 points in the last two games, which are the fewest points given up by Stanford in back-to-back games since the first two games of the 2004 season (13).
- Defense has allowed just two offensive touchdowns in last two games, both to Arizona...shut out Washington, 41-0 and did not allow a TD until the 5:45 mark of the third quarter against Arizona...rank third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (20.78).
- Stanford has punted just 20 times this season, the second fewest attempts in the nation behind Boise State (17).
- Davey O’Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck ranks first in the the Pac-10 and seventh nationally in passing efficiency at 162.56...he also ranks first in the conference and 19th nationally in total offense (287.00)...Stanford is 16-5 over the last two seasons with Luck as its starting quarterback.
- Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns against Arizona...he ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing average (90.0).
- A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, which is tops in the nation, along with Central Florida and Utah.