Aug. 29, 2011
Stanford vs. San Jose State
Sept. 3, 2011 • Stanford Stadium • Stanford, Calif.
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The Stanford Cardinal (12-1, 8-1 Pac-10 Conference in 2010) will open its 2011 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against the San Jose State Spartans (1-12, 0-8 WAC) of the Western Athletic Conference. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Stanford enters the game ranked 7th by Associated Press and 6th in the USA Today Coaches preseason Top 25 polls, marking its highest preseason ranking since 1950.
Saturday's Stanford-San Jose State game will be televised live in the Bay Area by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Scott Reiss (play-by-play), Mike McLaughlin (analyst) and Chris Townsend (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford's flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio 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.
Stanford-San Jose State Series
In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 49-14-1. The Cardinal has won seven out of the last eight meetings, including the last meeting between the two schools in 2009, 42-17 at Stanford Stadium. The Spartan's last win in the series came in 2006, as San Jose State posted a 35-34 victory at Stanford Stadium. Stanford has played San jose State (64) more times than any other non conference opponent, ahead of Santa Clara (35) and Notre Dame (25).
- Stanford is 8-3 in its last 11 season openers and has won three straight season debuts dating back to the 2008 campaign.
- Open the season ranked 7th by Associated Press and 6th in the USA Today Coaches preseason Top 25 polls...marks Stanford's first preseason ranking since 1997 (18th) and its highest preseason ranking in the AP preseason poll since 1950 (7th)...finished last season ranked 4th in both major polls, its highest finish since 1940 (2nd).
- Is 17-2 in its last 19 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season...was 6-0 at home last season, its first undefeated home season since 1977 and ninth overall.
- Finished the 2010 season with a 12-1 overall record, capped off by a victory over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl...won 12 games for the first time in school history after winning as many as 10 games on three previous occasions...eight conference victories were also a school record.
- Enters the 2011 campaign riding an eight-game winning streak, the program's longest skein since 1951, when the Indians won nine straight games before dropping the last two contests of the season...the school-record for consecutive victories is 13.
- Has posted a 25-13 record over the last three seasons...the 25 wins mark the highest total over a three-year stretch since 1969-71, when Stanford combined for 25 victories and two Rose Bowl titles under John Ralston...Stanford's combined 20 victories over the last two seasons is the highest total in back-to-back campaigns in program history.
- After serving as the program's offensive coordinator for the last four seasons, David Shaw `94 was appointed the 34th head coach in Stanford history on Jan. 13, 2011, succeeding Jim Harbaugh, who was named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers...Shaw is the fifth Stanford alum to hold the position of head coach.
- Returns 56 letterwinners (28 offense; 25 defense; 3 special teams) and 12 starters (5 offense; 6 defense; 1 specialist) from last year's squad...lost 19 letterwinners from last year's Orange Bowl team, including 11 starters.
- Scored a school-record 524 points last season in 13 games (40.3)...finished ninth nationally in scoring offense and also ranked 14th in total offense (472.46), 17th in rushing offense (213.77) and 29th in passing offense (258.68).
- Heisman Trophy candidate and 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Luck has quarterbacked the two highest scoring teams in school history...enters his junior season ranked seventh on the school's all-time passing list with 5,913 yards...his 45 career touchdown passes are tied for fourth in the school's charts, while he ranks fifth all-time in scoring offense (6,720)...Stanford has posted a 20-5 record over the last two seasons with Luck under center (he missed the 2009 Sun Bowl due to injury).
- Returns its top four tacklers from a year ago in ILB Shayne Skov (84), OLB Chase Thomas (70), FS Michael Thomas (61) and SS Delano Howell (60).
- Has recorded three of the program's top four rushing marks over the last three seasons...rushed for 2,779 yards last season, which was the second highest total in school history...returns its four leading rushers from a year ago, including top ground-gainer Stepfan Taylor (1,137; 15 TDs).