Oct. 26, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #7 - UCLA (6-2, 4-0) at Stanford (2-4, 0-4)
November 1, Stanford Stadium, 12:30 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford fell to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10 after last Saturday's 35-0 loss at Oregon. The Cardinal returns home this week to face UCLA, a team that has won its last five games, including a 20-13 win over Arizona State last Saturday. Stanford began the season with consecutive wins over San Jose State and at BYU, but has since lost four straight to Washington, USC, Washington State and Oregon. The Cardinal and Bruins have been played football against each other since 1925 and have played each other every year - with the exception of 1943-45 - since 1928. Saturday's game will be the 74th in the series, which UCLA leads 40-30-3.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-UCLA game will be televised live to a national cable audience on Fox Sports Net. Stanford's flagship radio station, Talk 910 KNEW, will carry the game live with Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy. The pre-game show begins at 12:00 pm. Live game audio and live in-game stats are available at www.gostanford.com. In addition, the Stanford Farm Report is broadcast every Saturday at 8:30 am on Fox Sports Bay Area.
November Madness: Stanford will play four of its final five games in November at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal has already played four of its six games on the road, as well as having two bye weeks. During the month of November, Stanford will host UCLA (Nov. 1), Arizona State (Nov. 8), California in the 106th Big Game (Nov. 22) and a Thanksgiving Saturday finale against Notre Dame (Nov. 29). The Cardinal's only road game will be at Oregon State on Nov. 15.
The Head Coach: Forty-six year old Buddy Teevens is in his second season at Stanford after being named the Cardinal's head coach on January 9, 2002. Teevens' 23-year career prior to coming to Stanford included 12 seasons as a head coach. A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College, he had previously held the head coaching position at the University of Maine, Dartmouth and Tulane. Teevens spent three seasons at Florida (1999-2001) working under Steve Spurrier. Teevens was the head coach at Maine for two years (1985-86), Dartmouth for five years (1987-91) and at Tulane for five seasons (1992-96).
Stanford-UCLA Connections: Co-defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff and running backs coach Wayne Moses both spent time as assistant coaches for UCLA. Christoff was the defensive backs coach for the Bruins for five years (1990-94) while Moses spent six years at UCLA as their running backs coach from 1990-95. Both Christoff and Moses were on Terry Donahue's staff in 1993 when the Bruins won the Pac-10 championship and played in the '94 Rose Bowl. Both of the Bruin's current coordinators spent time at Stanford. Steve Axman, UCLA's offensive coordinator, was the Cardinal's offensive line coach under Jack Elway in 1986 while defensive coordinator Larry Kerr coached linebackers at Stanford under Elway from 1984-88. Dale Rudd, Director of Athletic Training at UCLA, held the same position at Stanford from 1997-2001.
Stanford-Oregon Game Notes
Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation. Consider that of the Cardinal's 94 players, 47 are either true or redshirt freshman. Stanford has just 14 seniors and 14 juniors on its 2003 roster. The Cardinal has a true freshman class of 30 and a redshirt freshman class of 17.
Defensive Leader: In his second season in the starting lineup, junior Oshiomogho Atogwe has earned the reputation as not only one of the Cardinal's defensive leaders, but one of the top safeties in the Pac-10 Conference. As a strong safety in 2002, Atogwe led the team with 71 total tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. After making the switch to free safety, Atogwe is once again a force for the Stanford defense. He currently leads the team in total tackles and has been perhaps the most active player on the Cardinal defense. He has recorded 44 total tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pass break ups and one tackles for loss. Against USC, he scored his first career TD when he stripped Trojan return man Marcel Allmond on a kickoff return and raced 22-yards to the end zone. He also had 12 tackles vs. the Trojans. Against Washington a week later, he posted 12 tackles while also accounting for a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass break up. He had six total tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery last week at Oregon.
Rush Defense: Stanford's 2003 run defense has recorded two of the top eight marks in school history for fewest rushing yards allowed in a single game. In the season opener, the Cardinal allowed San Jose State just nine net yards rushing, the eighth lowest total in school history. The next game, Stanford held BYU to (-5) yards on the ground, largely due to five sacks. That total ranks as the fourth best single game effort in school history. Stanford has held its opponents to under 100-yards rushing three times in six games this season (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State). Through five games, Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 108.67 yards per game. Last year, Stanford's run defense gave up an average of 133 yards per game.
Powell's Play: FL Luke Powell began the year in impressive fashion as he caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. San Jose State. He continues to be one of Stanford's top offensive threats and one of the most dangerous players in college football. He leads the team with 27 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns through six games. Against BYU, he had a career-best 68-yard punt return. Powell, who was limited last year with an ankle injury, recorded career highs in both receptions and receiving yards against San Jose State in the season opener . His 12 catches tied for the ninth best single game performance in school history while his 172 receiving yards ranked tied for 15th. He caught touchdown passes from 20 and 30 yards out from quarterback Trent Edwards against the Spartans, giving him 13 career receiving TDs. Powell now has 110 career receptions for 1,865 yards and 14 touchdowns (13 by receiving, one punt return). His 17.0 yards per reception average is ninth on Stanford's all-time list. A former First-Team All-American (as a KOR in 2001), Powell is the only player in school history to have three touchdown receptions of 75 yards or more.He also has 17 catches over 30 yards in his career, which include two from 50-59 yards and two others from 60-69 yards. As a kick returner, he is among the school's all-time best in punt returns (68), punt return yards (701) and punt return average (10.3).
Captain Kirk: The leader of the Cardinal's offensive line is also the only player with starting experience heading into the 2003 campaign - senior Kirk Chambers. With a young and inexperienced offensive line, Chambers is the unquestioned leader of a group that will need his maturity and knowledge to help it develop into a quality unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24, has started all 40 games in his Cardinal career and is attempting to do what few players in school history have accomplished - and that's to start every game. He has been the team's No. 1 left tackle the past four seasons (2000-03). After an All-American prep career at Provo High School, Chambers signed with Stanford then spent the 1998 and '99 seasons on a Mormon Mission in Berlin, Germany. He married Marilyn Ord on June 23, 2001 and the couple gave birth to their first child, Marianne Deniece, on July 7, 2003.
Tolon's Tale: Junior running back Kenneth Tolon surpassed the 1,000 yard mark vs. USC on October 11. Tolon, from Albuquerque, NM, has now gained 1,061 yards on 224 carries (4.8 ypc) . In back-to-back games vs. BYU and Washington, he carried the Cardinal running game on his back as he has recorded 61 carries for 228 yards and one TD. In those two games, all other Cardinal running backs had six carries for 15 yards. He established career bests in carries (32) and yards rushing (141) at BYU on Sept. 20. Tolon became the team's top offensive threat against the Cougars, gaining 141 of the team's 144 yards on the ground and accounting for more than half of Stanford's 200 yards in total offense. His 32 carries were also the most on The Farm since the Big Game in 1991, when Tommy Vardell set a school record with 39 carries. His 141 yards rushing were the most at Stanford since Brian Allen gained 143 vs. Arizona in 2001. A week later at Washington, he carried 29 times for 87 yards.Š He is third on the team with 13 receptions and he has five kickoff returns for 117 yards (23.4 average)
Trent's Time: Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Edwards earned the starting quarterback assignment after his performance in the season opener vs. San Jose State on Sept. 6. Three days later, head coach Buddy Teevens named Edwards the team's starter. Edwards, who completed 21-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Spartans, made his starting debut on September 20 at BYU. He led the team to an 18-14 victory, becoming the first freshman quarterback at Stanford to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom beat Cornell in 1991. He has started the four games this season - vs. BYU, Washington, USC and Washington State. He suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter against WSU on October 18 and did not return.He did not play in last week's game at Oregon. Edwards, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2002, made his Cardinal debut vs. San Jose State in the season opener. He came off the bench in relief of starter Chris Lewis and led the Cardinal to 31 unanswered points. Against the Spartans, he threw touchdown passes of 20 and 30 yards to Luke Powell. In the second quarter, in which the Cardinal outscored SJS 21-0, Edwards completed nine-of-11 for 130 yards and two TDs. In his starting debut at BYU, Edwards scored the game winning touchdown on a 14-yard run with 3:51 to play. A second-year player from Los Gatos High School, Edwards came to Stanford a year ago as one of the most highly sought-after preps in the nation. He was ranked by some as the No. 1 prep QB in the country in 2001. During his junior and senior seasons, he completed 279-of-373 for 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His completion percentage was an eye-opening .747.
Lewis' Legacy: Fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis, who has led the Cardinal to some of its most impressive victories in recent years, returned to the starting lineup last Saturday at Oregon. With Trent Edwards suffering from an injury. Lewis was inserted back into the starting lineup. He completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards. Lewis started the season opener vs. San Jose State on September 6, but then gave way to Edwards as the starter in the next four games. Lewis did not play against BYU or Washington, but came off the bench vs. USC and Washington State. For his career, has completed 285-582 for 3,555 yards and 27 TDs. He is nearing the school's all-time top-10 in TD passes, yards passing and total offense. He needs 183 yards passing to surpass Dick Norman (1958-60) for No. 10 on Stanford's all-time passing chart. In total offense, his 3,539 yards is 245 behind Chad Hutchinson (1996-97) for No. 10 on the Farm and 247 behind Mike Boryla (1970-73) for No. 9.
Starting Tight Ends: A glance at the Cardinal's depth chart will find two starting tight ends - Brett Pierce and Alex Smith - and no fullback. That's because the Cardinal is utilizing its talented tight end corps in its "basic" offensive formation. Pierce is listed as one starting tight end with redshirt freshman Matt Traverso No. 2 Š At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshman Patrick Danahy. Through six games, Cardinal tight ends have accounted for 16 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Smith leads all tight ends with 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Pierce has recorded five receptions for 46 yards and Danahy one catch for one touchdown. A year ago, Pierce and Traverso suffered through injury-riddled seasons while Smith came to the forefront to put together an outstanding year (30 receptions, 380 yards, two TDs) as the team's only true tight end. Now, both Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) are healthy and, combined with Smith and Danahy, helps give the Cardinal four talented tight ends. Pierce caught 19 balls for 258 yards and three TDs in 2001, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener last year at Boston College. Both Pierce and Smith received pre-season honors as being among the top tight ends in the conference and the nation. Pierce, who has caught 30 passes in his career for 345 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-America honors.
O-Line Story: The story of the Cardinal's offensive line can be summed up in one word: young.Senior Kirk Chambers is starting at left tackle for the fourth straight year, but the remaining starters are young and inexperienced. Here were the hard facts prior to the 2003 campaign: of the 16 offensive lineman on the Stanford's roster, 12 (five true freshman, seven redshirt freshman) had never played for the Cardinal, two had seen limited playing time (senior Mike Sullivan and sophomore Brian Head) and one (senior Drew Caylor) had received some playing time as an offensive lineman, but had been a defensive lineman the past two years. Chambers (LT) and redshirt freshmen Ismail Simpson (LG) and Jeff Edwards (RG) have started all six games for the Cardinal. Junior Brian Head started the first four games, but has missedthe last two due to a knee injury, forcing converted defensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role the past two games. Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place of senior Mike Sullivan. Stanford's current two-deep with game experience listed below:
Pos - Starter, backup (game experience prior to 2003)
LT - Kirk Chambers (three-year starter), Matt McClernan (RFr., no experience)
LG - Ismail Simpson, David Beall (both RFr., no experience)
C - , Drew Caylor (played DE last 2 years); Tim Mattran (RFr., no experience)
RG - Jeff Edwards, Josiah Vinson (both RFr., no experience)
RT - Mike Sullivan (limited), Jon Cochran (RFr., no experience)
True Freshman: Seven true freshman have played for the Cardinal in 2003. Offensively, FL Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, Calif.), RB David Marrero (Parkland, Fla.), WR Evan Moore (Brea, Calif.) and TE Patrick Danahy (Sarasota, Fla.) have all contributed this season. On defense, OLB Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, Calif.), NT Nick Frank (New Orleans, LA) and SS Brandon Harrison (Baton Rouge, LA) have seen playing time in '03.
More Freshman: Not only have the seven true freshman played, but they have made significant contributions and become a major part of the 2003 Cardinal. Mark Bradford has played in all six games and started the past three at USC, at home against Washington State and at Oregon. He is second on the team with 17 receptions. Evan Moore, who will also play basketball for Stanford, had his break out game at USC on October 11, catching five balls for 52 yards while TE Patrick Danahy caught his first pass of the year against the Trojans, a one-yard TD from Chris Lewis off a tipped ball. RB David Marrero has carried the ball 18 times for 50 yards and has shown flashes of what's to come. He scored his first TD as a Cardinal at USC on a nifty 15-yard run. Michael Okwo, Nick Frank and Brandon Harrison have contributed in a reserve role on defense and on special teams.
True Freshman Receivers: Mark Bradford, who established career bests in last Saturday's game at Oregon with seven catches for 153 yards, and Evan Moore, give the Cardinal two of the best true freshman receivers in the Pac-10. Bradford is second on the team with 17 receptions for 295 yards and his 17.4 average leads the team. Moore has six catches for 71 yards.
More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 17 receptions equals the school's best in recorded history for receptions by a true freshman receiver. Bradford's 17 catches equals the 1993 numbers put up by Brian Manning, who had 17 catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns for the entire season. With five games remaining, Bradford is certain to add to his current total and surpass Manning. Bradford's 153 receiving yards last Saturday at Oregon was the first 100-plus receiving day by a true freshman receiver since Manning in '93. In the last two games vs. Washington State and Oregon, Bradford has been the team's top receiver with 11 catches for 203 yards and one TDŠ A 6-2, 190-pounder from Fremont High School in Los Angeles,, Bradford was a consensus prep All-America last year and one of the most highly sough-after recruits in the nation.
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of the Cardinal defense, has recorded a team-high 22 tackles in the last three games vs. USC, Washington State and Oregon. He had a career-high with 10 tackles against the Trojans and eight vs. Washington State. He is tied for fifth on the team with 34 total tackles. A second year starter, Bergeron started 10 games in '02 at outside linebacker, but was moved to the middle linebacker spot for the 2003 campaign. He has been in the Cardinal's starting lineup for the past 16 games, second only on the Stanford defense to Oshiomogho Atogwe's 17 straight. Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played on special teams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the starting lineup in game two of the 2002 season.
Jared's Journey: Junior outside linebacker Jared Newberry came to Stanford in 2000 as a walk-on from Minneapolis Minn.. In his first three years as a Cardinal, Newberry played inside linebacker, fullback, outside linebacker and special teams. He started three games at OLB a year ago and his continued improvement earned him a starting role in 2003. After recording six tackles and one tackle for loss October 11 at USC, he recorded a career-best 10 total stops vs. Washington State the following week. Against Oregon, he had eight tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack. Newberry, who has started all six games this season, now has 35 tackles and a team-high eight tackles for loss to go along with two sacks, three pass break ups and one fumble recovery. Despite being slowed a bit by injuries, Newberry has become of the team's most active and aggressive players.
Schimmelmann Shines: When spring practice began in April, the Cardinal had all six of its linebackers returning from the 2002 squad and it appeared that the group was one of the strengths of the team. Enter sophomore Kevin Schimmelmann, a backup strong safety and special teams player who coaches felt might be a better fit at OLB. Not only has Schimmelmann made the transition a smooth one, but he won a starting berth for the 2003 season and his play thus far indicates he may have found a home at OLB. After six games, the Marietta, Georgia native is second on the team with 37 total tackles and is tied for second on the team with five tackles for loss.. He recorded a career high 11 tackles, including two for loss, at Washington.
Gordon's Game: Junior Amon Gordon has played inside linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle the past three years, but may have found a home at defensive tackle in 2003. A starter last year at DE, Gordon, 6-3, 285 pounds from San Diego, Calif., was converted to tackle last spring and has been impressive in 2003. He leads all Cardinal defensive lineman wiht 17 total tackles.He has also accounted for four tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one pass deflection and one blocked kick. Gordon is Stanford's most experienced defensive lineman with 13 career starts.
Baba: Sophomore nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo, nickname Baba, is proving to be one of the best young, defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Now in his first season as a starter, Oshinowo has made his presence known in the middle of the Cardinal's defensive line. He is second among Cardinal defensive lineman with 13 total tackles, and tied for second on the team with five tackles for loss and two sacks. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss. A third year player out of Naperville, Illinois, Oshinowo started one game and played in all 11 a year ago as a redshirt freshman, accounting for 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks.
Walking Into The Starting Lineup: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has four former walk-ons either starting or playing key roles. The group includes outside linebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior), punter Eric Johnson (fifth-year senior), flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirt junior) and strong safety Timi Wusu (redshirt sophomore).
The Need For Speed: Sophomore defensive back T.J. Rushing and wide receivers Gerren Crochet (redshirt sophomore) and Nick Sebes (redshirt junior) made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relay team that won the prestigious Texas Relays last spring in the third-fastest time in school history (40.25). Besides excelling on the track, all three are playing key roles for the Cardinal in 2003. Rushing is a key member of the Cardinal's secondary (six tackles, one tackle for loss), while Sebes (52-yard KOR) and Crochet (two receptions, 29 yards) are playing pivotal roles at receiver and special teams.
Local Boys Make Good: The 2003 Stanford roster features three Bay Area products who came into the program as walk-ons, but have quickly moved their way up the depth chart. Redshirt junior wide receiver Greg Camarillo (Menlo Park, CA/Menlo-Atherton HS), who caught eight passes for 92 yards last season, has three catches for 30 yards in 2003. Fifth-year senior Eric Johnson (Antioch, CA/Antioch HS), who is also a member of the Stanford golf team, is in his third year as the team's starting punter. Redshirt sophomore Timi Wusu (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto HS), who went to high school across the street from Stanford Stadium, made an impact on special teams last year and has put himself in position to make a significant contribution in 2003.
Stanford in the NFL: Stanford has 22 former players currently on NFL rosters. The list includes: RB Brian Allen, Indianapolis Colts; OL Brad Badger, Oakland Raiders; FS Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers; RB Kerry Carter, Seattle Seahawks; FB Greg Comella, Houston Texans; ILB Chris Draft, Atlanta Falcons; DL Jason Fisk, San Diego Chargers; OT Kwame Harris, San Francisco 49ers; OL Eric Heitmann, San Francisco 49ers; QB Chad Hutchinson, Dallas Cowboys; LB Riall Johnson, Cincinatti Bengals; TE Teyo Johnson, Oakland Raiders; FS John Lynch, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; WR Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos; FB Casey Moore, Carolina Panthers; FB Jon Ritchie, Philadelphia Eagles; LB Donnie Spragan, Denver Broncos; WR/KR Troy Walters, Indianapolis Colts; OT Bob Whitfield, Atlanta Falcons; FS Tank Williams, Tennessee Titans; FS Coy Wire, Buffalo Bills; LB Kailee Wong, Houston Texans.
About the Bruins: UCLA is one of the hottest teams in the conference having won their past five games, including four in Pac-10 play. At the halfway point in the Rose Bowl race, the Bruins sit atop the league standings at 4-0, tied with WSU. UCLA lost its two non-conference road games at Colorado and top-ranked Oklahoma, but have been perfect in league play. Freshman Maurice Drew from De La Salle HS in Concord rushed for 176 yards in UCLA's 20-13 over Arizona State last Saturday.
Stanford-UCLA Series: The Cardinal and Bruins meet for the 74th time in their series history on Saturday at Stanford Stadium with UCLA holding a 40-30-3 advantage. The Cardinal has won each of the last two games played at Stanford Stadium - 42-32 in 1999 and 38-28 in 2001. The series has always been very competitive, with last-second finishes and tight games, particularly in the Rose Bowl. In the last 18 games played in the Rose Bowl (1968-2002), all but five have been decided by five points or less. Even more telling of the competitive nature of the series is the fact that 10 of the 18 games have been decided by a field goal or less and five games have been decided by one point or less (four one-point games, one tie). In the last 14 games in the series, seven have been decided by four points or less, including three by one point.
Last Year's Game: Stanford took an early 15-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and led 18-10 in the second quarter before the Bruins scored the final 18 points en route to a 18-18 win at the Rose Bowl. Two UCLA turnovers led to 15 Stanford points, including a three-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by freshman Julian Jenkins Š With freshman QB Matt Moore making his first start, the Bruins relied on running back Tyler Ebell as their main offensive weapon. Ebell wound up with 160 yards on 39 carries. Bruin PK Nate Fikse kicked five FGs as the Bruins shut out Stanford in the second half, 15-0.
Head Coach Karl Dorrell: Thirty-nine year old Karl Dorrell is in his first season at the helm of his alma mater. Dorrell, who played wide receiver for the Bruins from 1982-86, coached on the college level for 12 years and the professional level for three years before being named the Bruin's head coach on December 18, 2002. He was most recently an the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos from 2000-02.
Opponent: UCLA Bruins
Date: November 1, 2003
Kickoff: 12:30 pm
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Series: UCLA leads 40-30-3
Television: Fox Sports Net (live cable)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: Fox Sports Net (live national cable)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 11:00 pm