October 25, 1998
THE CARDINAL: Stanford is coming off a heart-breaking 44-38 overtime loss at Arizona State last Thursday (Oct. 22), its fourth consecutive loss The Cardinal will attempt to snap its current losing streak at the Rose Bowl against #2 and undefeated UCLA, which has won a nation-leading 16 straight games Stanford has won two of the last three meetings with the Bruins at the Rose Bowl, including a 21-20 victory in their last visit in 1996 The Bruins are the fourth ranked opponent the Cardinal has played in 1998, but the first top-10 team (the other three ranked opponents are Arizona, Oregon and Notre Dame).
Stanford (1-6, 0-4) at #2 UCLA (6-0, 4-0) - 3:30 pm
Rose Bowl (100,089), Pasadena, Calif.
TV and Radio Information TV F/X, Live, Oct. 31, 3:30 pm Steve Physioc (play-by-play) Tom Ramsey (analyst) Radio KTCT (1050 AM) Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bob Murphy (color) 2:30 pm pst pre-game KZSU (90.1 FM) - student
TRICK OR TREAT: Saturday's contest will mark Stanford's fourth Halloween game in the last 25 seasons and first since 1992 The Cardinal has lost the previous three games played on Haloween, including a 42-31 loss at Washington in 1981, a 23-13 defeat against Arizona at Stanford Stadium in 1987 and a 41-7 loss at Washington in 1992.
STANFORD VS. THE TOP-10: Stanford is 3-8 vs. teams ranked in the top-10 since 1991 The three wins include a 33-16 victory over #1 ranked and unbeated Notre Dame in 1992 Stanford has also beaten #7 Colorado 41-37 at Stanford Stadium in 1993 and #6 California 38-21 in the 91 Big Game at Stanford The Cardinal has lost four straight games to top-10 teams, the last of which occurred last season when Stanford lost a tough 28-17 decision at #7 North Carolina From 91-98, Stanford has played just two teams ranked #1 or #2 and have split those two games: the 92 win over Notre Dame and a loss to #2 Washington in 1992.
Stanford vs. the Top-10 (1991-98)
Date Opponent Rank Result 9/17/97 @North Carolina 7 L, 17-28 10/26/96 Arizona State 4 L, 9-41 10/1/94 @Notre Dame 7 L, 15-34 10/2/93 Notre Dame 4 L, 20-48 9/18/93 Colorado 7 W, 41-37 8/26/93 Texas A&M 4 L, 7-10 10/31/92 @Washington 2 L, 7-41 10/3/92 @Notre Dame 1 W, 33-16 11/23/91 California 6 W, 38-21 10/5/91 Notre Dame 8 L, 26-42 9/7/91 Washington 4 L, 23-28
BACKFIELD IN MOTION: Stanford's offensive backfield has been hit by a rash of injuries, depleting its depth and forcing the Cardinal to use a one-back formation most of the time Soph. Coy Wire, Stanford's leading rusher and top receiver out of the backfield, suffered a dislocated left thumb in on Oct 10 in the Oregon State game He missed last weeks game at Arizona State and his status for the remainder of the season in uncertain He will not play at UCLA Saturday, October 31,
1998 Stanford (1-6, 0-4)
9/5 San Jose State L, 23-35 9/12 Arizona* L, 14-31 9/19 North Carolina (Fox) W, 37-34 9/26 at Oregon* (FSBA) L, 28-63 10/3 at Notre Dame (NBC) L, 17-35 10/10 Oregon State* L, 23-30 10/22 at Arizona State* (Fox) L, 38-44 (ot) 10/31 at UCLA* (FX) 3:30 pm 11/7 USC* 12:30 pm 11/14 Washington State* 12:30 pm 11/21 at California* (KGO) 12:30 pmUCLA (6-0, 4-0)
9/12 Texas W, 49-31 9/19 at Houston W, 42-24 10/3 Washington State W, 49-17 10/10 at Arizona W, 52-28 10/17 Oregon W, 41-38 10/24 at California W, 28-16 10/31 Stanford 3:30 pm 11/7 at Oregon State TBA 11/14 at Washington TBA 11/21 USC TBA 12/5 at Miami TBAPac-10 Standings
Pac-10 Overall UCLA 4-0 6-0 Arizona 3-1 7-1 Oregon 3-1 6-1 Washington 3-1 5-2 USC 3-2 5-3 California 2-2 4-3 Arizona State 2-2 3-4 Oregon State 1-4 4-4 Stanford 0-4 1-6 Washington State 0-4 3-4
Starting fullback Maxwell Stevenson suffered a severe nerve stretch in his neck in the OSU game and he, too, did not make the trip to Arizona State his status for this weeks game at UCLA is doubtful Backup fullback Byron Glaspie has been hampered by a hamstring strain and he has not played in the last two games His status for the UCLA game is uncertain Junior Juan-Carlos Lacey and true freshman Brian Allen are the teams only remaining running backs while junior walk-on Emory Brock is Stanford's lone fullback other who has played in 1998 In the ASU game, Lacey started and shared the one-back set with Allen while Brock saw limited playing time at fullback.
THE WALTERS WATCH: Pre-season All-America FL Troy Walters, who missed all of two games (North Carolna, Oregon) and most of two others (three quarters vs. Arizona, all but two plays at Notre Dame), has retruned to his explosive ways since coming back to the lineup vs. Oregon State two week ago Walters, who set a Stanford record by catching 86 passes for 1,206 yards in 1997, had 10-receptions for 131 yards and one TD last week at ASU, giving him 16 catches for 290 yards and two TDs in the last two games It was the third time in his career that Walters has recorded 10 or more receptions in a game He has 23 receptions for 428 yards (18.6 ypc) in five games, but he has played only three full games and one quarter in another Walters suffered an ankle sprain in the first quarter of the second game of the season vs. Arizona (Sept. 12) and did not return to the starting lineup until game six vs. Oregon State (Oct. 10) Walters did not have a punt return in 1998 until last week against ASU (four returns, 26 yards) Walters, the son of Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Trent Walters, has a year of eligibility remaining in 1999 and could contend for every Cardinal receiving record by the time he leaves The Farm.
WALTERS IN THE RECORD BOOK: Troy Walters' 10-reception, 131 yard performance at ASU last week propelled him to a tie for #7 on Stanford's all-time career receptions list, #9 on the career receiving yards list and #8 on the schools career all-purpose yards chart Walters now has 141 receptions in his career for 2,078 yards (14.7 ypc) and 13 touchdowns He will enter the schools all-time top-10 list with his next receiving touchdown He is six receptions shy of passing Ed McCaffrey (now with the Denver Broncos) for #6 on the all-time receptions chart He also has ammassed 2,923 yards in all-purpose running Only seven players iin Stanford football history have gained over 3,000 yards in all-purpose running and Walters should move into that elite group this Saturday at UCLA .
Career Receptions Career Receiving Yardage 1. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 214 1. Justin Armour, 1991-94 2,482 2. Brad Muster, 1984-87 194 2. Ken Margerum, 1977-80 2,430 3. Vincent White, 1979-82 162 3. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81 2,368 4. Justin Armour, 1991-94 154 4. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-90 2,333 Jeff James, 1984-87 154 5. Brian Manning, 1993-96 2,280 6. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-90 146 6. Emile Harry, 1981-84 2,270 7. Troy Walters, 1996-98 141 7. Jeff James, 1984-87 2,265 Glyn Milburn, 1990-92 141 8. Tony Hill, 1973-76 2,225 Chris Walsh, 1988-91 141 9. Troy Walters, 1996-98 2,078 Ken Margerum, 1977-80 141 10. Mike Tolliver, 1979-83 1,825HUSAK'S NUMBERS: First-year starting quarterback Todd Husak is putting up numbers that will rank him among the all-time top-10 single season leaders in school history in passing yards, completions and attempts After seven games, Husak has completed 161-of-304 for 2,107 yards and 13 TDs He ranks first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in total offense, averaging 298.57 yards per game He also leads the conference in passing yards per game at 301 He has a chance to become only the third QB in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season The other two are Steve Stenstrom, who threw for a school and Pac-10 record 3,627 yards in 1993, and John Elway, who in 1982 threw for a school and Pac-10 record 3,242 yards Husak is on pace to pass for 3,311 yards Husak is also on pace to break the school record for most pass attempts in a season He is averaging 43.4 attempts per game - 478 over an 11-game season Stenstrom holds the school record of 455 set in 1993 Husaks 1.8 TD passes per game would give him 20 for the season, which would rank among the top five all-time on The Farm Also, the Cardinal QB is on pace to record 253 pass completions, which would place fourth on Stanford's single season chart Husak has thrown for over 300 yards three times this season and he has passed for 785 yards in the last two games He had his first 300-yard passing game against North Carolina on Sept. 19 when he completed 23-for-38 for 313 yards In the first half, Husak completed 16-of-24 for 227 yards and one TD His next 300-yard passing game occurred vs. Oregon State (Oct. 10) when he broke the schools single game record by throwing for 450 yards on 26-of-48 Last week, he threw for 335 yards and two TDs (24-of-48) at Arizona State Husak placed his name in the Cardinal record book by throwing 54 passes - the sixth highest single game total in school history - and the most under head coach Tyrone Willingham, in his debut as the starter in the season opener vs. San Joe State He completed 29-of-54 for 298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Spartans Husak was not officially named the Cardinals starter until September 1, just four days before the season opener His 298 yards passing in his starting debut was better than the debuts of the top eight passers in Stanford history, including John Elway in 1980 (250 yards) and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett in 1968 (277 yards) Husaks father, Dr. Bill Husak, is the athletic director at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Husak in 1998 (7 games): PC-161 PA-304 Yds-2,107 TD-13 11-game projection: PC-253 PA-478 Yds-3,311 TD-20In The Record Book (Husak stats are full season projections)
Season Passing Season Attempts Season TD Passes 1. S. Stenstrom, 93 3,627 1. Stenstrom, 93 455 1. Elway, 80 27 2. John Elway, 82 3,242 2. Elway, 82 405 Stenstrom, 93 27 3. Steve Dils, 78 2,943 John Paye, 85 405 3. Elway, 82 23 Husak, 98 3,311 Husak, 98 478 4. Dils, 78 22 Husak, 98 20Husak's Career Stats
Date Opp PA PC .PCT YDS TD I 9/5/98 SJSU 54 29 .537 298 3 2 9/12/98 Arizona 41 18 .439 274 2 1 9/19/98 N.Car. 38 23 .605 313 1 0 9/26/98 Ore 34 16 .471 211 2 0 10/3/98 N.Dame 41 25 .610 226 1 0 10/10/98 OSU 48 26 .542 450 2 2 10/22/98 ASU 48 24 .500 335 2 1 1998 304 161 .529 2107 13 6 1997 78 37 .474 582 5 4 1996 39 19 .487 202 1 2 Career 421 217 .515 2891 19 12THE OPPONENT
Location: Los Angeles, California
Colors: Blue and Gold
Stadium: Rose Bowl (100,089)
Chancellor: Dr. Albert Carnesale
Athletic Director: Peter T. Dalis
Head Coach: Bob Toledo
Record at UCLA: 21-8 (3rd season)
Overall Record: 50-44 (10th season)
1998 record: 6-0 (4-0 Pac-10)
1997 Final Record: 10-2 (7-1)
SID: Marc Dellins
Noting the Bruins
UCLA has the longest winning streak in Division I football, which now stands at 16 games after a 28-16 win at California on Saturday ... In those 16 games, UCLA has scored 40 or more points nine times Cade McNown has been the Bruins leader on offense The Heisman Trophy Candidate is currently ranked 16th in the nation in pass efficiency and 14th in total offense, averaging over 279 yards per game ... Running back Jermaine Lewis ranks fourth in the country in scoring with 10 touchdowns (12.0 ppg) ... The Bruins also rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense (43.5 ppg) and ninth in total offense (478.17 ypg) ... The Bruins are tied for sixth in the nation in turnover margin at +1.5 Last season, the Bruins started 0-2, but won its final 10 games by a combined score of 419-180 to earn a share of the Pac-10 title ... UCLA capped the season with a 29-23 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
Head Coach Bob Toledo
After a 5-8 start, Toledo has led the Bruins to 16 straight wins ... UCLA went 5-6 in 96 under Toledo, but rebounded to go 10-2 and earn a berth in the Cotton Bowl a year ago ... Prior to being named the Bruins head coach, he served as UCLAs offensive coordinator from 1995-96 ... This is Toledos third head coaching stint, following stops at UC RIverside (1974-75) and Pacific (1979-82).
Series History UCLA leads the series 37-28-3, and has won four of the last five dating back to 1993 ... The Bruins also hold a 19-12-1 advantage over the Cardinal in Los Angeles ... In their last meeting at the Rose Bowl (1996), Stanford posted a 21-20 victory that started a season ending five-game winning streak.
The Last Time The 12th-ranked Bruins jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 27-7 win at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 1 of last season ... Skip Hicks rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bruin attack ... The Bruins controlled the ball for 39:07 to Stanford's 20:53 ... Stanford was held to (-34) yards rushing on 24 attempts, but averted a shutout on a 35-yard pass from Todd Husak to Jimmie Johnson with 42 seconds remaining.
Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham hosts a weekly news conference each Tuesday throughout the 98 season beginning at 11:30 am in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center Selected Stanford players are also in attendance A teleconference from the opposing head coach is conducted.
All practices are open to the media and fans unless otherwise noted ... Media credentials for field access are required and can be obtained by contacting the Media Relations Office ... Players and coaches will be available to the media for approximately 15 minutes following each practice.
Stanford football information is available through the Pac-10 Conference Info Connection system ... You must have a PIN number to access the system. To obtain a PIN number, call Pivotal Communications at 770-399-0096.
Monday-Thursday of each game week, Head Coach Tyrone Willingham will be available for interviews between 2:45-3:15 pm ... Please contact the Media Relations Office at least 24 hours in advance of your needs with your specific request ... Out-of-town phone interviews will also be conducted during this time period.
All information and press releases on Stanford football can be found on the Cardinal website at gostanford.com Player bios, historical data, opponent information and all records can be found at gostanford.com ... Also, all Stanford football games are broadcast live on the internet ... The broadcasts can be accessed through the Stanford home page at gostanford.com or at broadcast.com.
Stanford Football '98
Fox Sports Bay Area will televise Stanford Football '98 each Sunday at 4:00 pm Each show will include comments and analysis from Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham as well as player features and interviews Brian Webber will host the show.
The Pacific-10 Conference weekly satellite feed will begin on Wednesday, September 9 and run through November 25 ... Satellite feeds are held each Wednesday from 11:00-11:30 am (pst) on Telstar 4, Transponder 20 (C-Band).
Walters by the numbers... Year Gm Rec Yds Avg TD 1996 11 32 444 13.9 3 1997 11 86 1206 14.0 8 1998 5 23 428 18.6 2 Career 27 141 2078 14.7 13HUSAK SETS PASSING RECORD: Quarterback Todd Husak broke a 20-year old Stanford record for most passing yards in a game when he threw for 450 against Oregon State (Oct. 10) Husak, in his first year as the Cardinals starter, eclipsed the previous record of 430 set in 1978 by Steve Dils Husak completed 26-of-48 against OSU to go along with TD passes of 27 yards to DeRonnie Pitts and 30 yards to Dave Davis.
Top-10 Passing Games 1. Todd Husak, 98 vs. OSU 450 6. John Elway, 82 vs. Ohio St. 407 2. Steve Dils, 78 vs. WSU 430 7. S. Stenstrom, 93 vs. Oregon 407 3. John Elway, 81 vs. Purdue 418 8. S. Stenstrom, 93 vs. OSU 407 4. John Paye, 85 vs. Oregon 408 9. Jason Palumbis, 90 vs. SJSU 387 5. S. Stenstrom, 94 vs. UCLA 408 10. J. Paye, 85 vs. SDSU 385HUSAK IN THE PAC-10 RECORD BOOK: Todd Husak's 450 passing yards against Oregon State is the 10th highest single game total in Pac-10 Conference history Husak also entered the conference record book in the OSU game, but was quickly replaced He ran his string of consecutive passes without an interception to 159, breaking the Pac-10 season record of 150 set in 1996 by Pat Barnes of Cal Later in the game, however, Husaks record was broken by the Beavers Terrance Bryant, who ran his string to 170 before being intercepted.
PASSING ATTACK: Stanford's passing attack is on pace to become one of the most prolific in school history As a team, the Cardinal is averaging 25.3 pass completions per game, 48.3 attempts and 332 passing yards Those numbers over an 11-game season would give Stanford 531 pass attempts and 3,654 yards The current team record for most pass attempts in a season is 474 set in 1993 Stanford's projected 3,654 passing yards is off record pace (3,709 set in 93), but it would rank second in the record book Stanford currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the NCAA in passing offense Stanford has thrown over 40 passes in six of its seven games, including threegames in which it threw over 50 passes.
Top Passing Teams in Stanford History Year Head Coach / Quarterback Yards 1. 1993 Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom 3,709 2. 1994 Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom 3,358 3. 1982 Paul Wiggin / John Elway 3,311 4. 1981 Paul Wiggin / John Elway 3,066 ?? 1998 Tyrone Willingham / Todd Husak 3,654 (projected)PITTS' PLACE: A year after Troy Walters set Stanford receiving records with 86 catches for 1,206 yards, here somes junior DeRonnie Pitts to challenge both marks Pitts, in his first season as a starter, has caught 53 balls for 741 yards and six touchdowns in seven games His per game averages of 7.57 receptions and 105.8 yards are not only among the best in college football, but they project to 83 receptions ford 1,164 yards over an 11-game season He ranks tied for seventh in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in receptions per game and 14th nationally and first in the conference in receiving yards per game He caught seven passes for a career-best 169 yards last week vs. Arizona State The 169 receiving yards is tied for 14th on Stanford's single game list Pitts has recorded four straight games of over 100 receiving yards During this stretch,he has 34 receptions for 563 yards and four touchdowns A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Pitts is atttempting to become only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season He redshirted the 1996 season and was used in a reserve role last year, recording 13 receptions for 195 yards (15.0 ypc) and one touchdown in eight games.
QB ROTATION: Perhaps no team in the country rotated its quarterbacks as the Cardinal did in last weeks game at Arizona State While Todd Husak is clearly the teams number one quarterback, backups Joe Borchard and Randy Fasani have seen their roles and their playing time increase Against the Sun Devils, Husak took a majority of the snaps, Borchard saw his most extensive playing time and completed four-of-eight for 65 yards and two touchdowns while Fasani saw time at QB as well as at tight end, where he caught the games first pass - a 32-yarder from Husak On two occasions, Stanford used all three quarterbacks on three successive plays.
DAVIS DETAILS: Sophomore WR Dave Davis, who redshirted as a freshman a year ago, has caught 44 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns in his first seven games as a Cardinal No player in Stanford history has had a better start to his Cardinal career as a receiver than Davis Those numbers are better than the first seven games of each of the top 10 receivers in the Cardinal record book Davis 6.29 receptions per game rank him third in the Pac-10 and 23rd nationally and his 91.57 receiving yards per game place him sixth in the Pac-10 and 29th in the NCAA On Oct. 10 against Oregon State, he recorded career bests for both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (151) He has three 100-yard receiving games this season (127 vs. Arizona, 108 vs. North Carolina, 151 vs. Oregon State) and is on pace to become only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season He is on pace to catch 69 passes for 1,007 yards.
THE 1,000 CLUB: Only three players in Stanford football history have recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in a season, but in the Cardinals pass-happy offense of 1998, two players are on pace to top the 1,000 yard barrier Junior DeRonnie Pitts has already chalked up 741 receiving yards and his 105.8 yards per game average puts him on pace to gain 1,164 Sophomore Dave Davis has gained 641 yards and is averaging 91.57 yards per game - a pace that would net him 1,007 receiving yards The top receiving duo in Cardinal history occurred in 1994 when Justin Armour had 1,092 yards and Brian Manning recorded 899 receiving yards Along with Armour, the only other players in school history to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a season are Troy Walters (1,206 in 1997) and Gene Washington (1,117 in 1968).
McLAUGHLIN CONTINUES STREAK: Center Mike McLaughlin, bothered by a sprained foot and a questionable starter prior to the Arizona State game, continued his streak by starting in his 30th consecutive game against the Sun Devils A senior from San Jose, California, McLaughline suffered the injury in Stanford's Oct. 10 game vs. Oregon State He did not practice prior to the ASU game on Oct. 22, but he recovered enough by gametime to be inserted into the lineup He played sparingly in the second half, however, with sophomore Zack Quaccia taking most of the snaps McLaughlin, who has another year of eligibility remaining after the 98 season, has been Stanford's starting center every game since the beginning of the 1996 campaign He is attempting to become the first Stanford offensive lineman to start every game of his career since guard Andy Papathanassiou (1986-89) and center Andy Sinclair (1985-88).
SMITH'S STATUS: Senior free safety Tim Smith has recorded 27 tackles in the past two games and continues to lead the Pacific-10 Conference in tackles per game at 11.0 Smith had 12 tackles and a blocked punt against Arizona State, giving him 77 total tackles this season He recorded a career-high 15 tackles (all unassisted) Oct. 10 vs. Oregon State Smith, who redshirted the 1995 season as a quarterback, had 28 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks in 96 as the backup free safety ... He recorded four unassisted tackles in 97 before suffering the ACL injury on a special teams play in the second game of the year at North Carolina, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season A native of Coalinga, Calif., Smith has one more year of eligibility following the 98 campaign.
TYRONE WILLINGHAM: Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, the 1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has compiled a 20-21-1 record in three-plus years on The Farm (1995-98) He has led the Cardinal to two bowl appearances and is only the third coach in school history to lead Stanford to a bowl game in his first two years on The Farm (the other two are Tiny Thornhill in 1933 and 34 and Bill Walsh in 77 and 78) Willingham spent 17 years as an assistant coach on the college and professional levels - including three as Stanford's running backs coach under Denny Green from 1989-91 - before being named Stanford's head coach on Dec. 9, 1994.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: To say that the Cardinal is a youthful team lacking in game experience is an understatement Consider the facts: of the 92 players on Stanford's roster, 54 had never played in a game prior to the start of the 98 season and only five are seniors in their final year of eligibility Nine players (4 offense, 5 defense) made their starting debuts against San Jose State in the season opener and 18 others played in their first collegiate game Making their first career starts against the Spartans were WR DeRonnie Pitts, QB Todd Husak, RB Coy Wire, FB Maxwell Stevenson, DE Sam Benner, NT Andrew Currie, DE Riall Johnson, FS Jamien McCullum and CB Ruben Carter Three of them - Wire, McCullum and Carter - made their college debuts Six true freshman and 18 sophomores (or redshirt freshman) have also played this season In Willinghams three previous seasons at Stanford, only two true freshman had played - and neither one played enough to earn a letter (Todd Husak and Juan-Carlos Lacey in 96) This season, no less than six true freshman have seen extensive playing time: RB Brian Allen, WR Ryan Fernandez, OG Eric Heitmann, SS Tank Williams, ILB Cooper Blackhurst, CB Brian Taylor
Team Stat Rankings
Stanford Category Avg. NCAA/Pac-10 Rushing Offense 88.4 104 / 9 Passing Offense 332.1 8 / 1 Total Offense 420.6 26 / 4 Scoring Offense 25.7 54 / 6 Rushing Defense 219.6 103 / 10 Pass Eff. Defense 150.9 107 / 10 Total Defense 480.9 108 / 10 Scoring Defense 38.9 108 / 10 Turnover Margin .00 48 (t) / 5 (t)Individual Stat Rankings
UCLA Category Avg. NCAA/Pac-10 Rushing Offense 195.7 27 / 2 Passing Offense 282.5 15 / 2 Total Offense 478.2 9 / 2 Scoring Offense 43.5 5 / 2 Rushing Defense 141.0 50 / 4 Pass Eff. Defense 109.2 29 / 8 Total Defense 377.3 73 / 8 Scoring Defense 25.7 63 / 6 Turnover Margin +1.67 6 (t) / 1
Stanford Todd Husak, Total Offense (298.57) 6th NCAA, 1st Pac-10 Todd Husak, Pass Efficiency (121.3) 50th NCAA, 6th Pac-10 DeRonnie Pitts, Receptions/game (7.57) 7th (tie) NCAA, 2nd Pac-10 Dave Davis, Receptions/game (6.29) 23rd NCAA, 3rd Pac-10 Dave Davis, Receiving yds/gm (91.57) 29th NCAA, 6th Pac-10 DeRonnie Pitts, Receiving yds/gm (105.86) 14th NCAA,1st Pac-10Noting Stanford
UCLA Cade McNown, Pass Efficiency (148.1) 16th NCAA,3rd Pac-10 Cade McNown, Total Offense (279.67) 14th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10 Jermaine Lewis, Scoring (12.0) 4th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10 Jermaine Lewis, Kickoff Returns (24.5) 27th NCAA, 6th Pac-10 Danny Farmer, Receiving yds/gm (96.83) 23rd NCAA, 2nd Pac-10
Stanford's schedule was ranked prior to the season as the ninth toughest in college football The Cardinal has already played pre-season top-10 North Carolina, and nationally ranked Oregon, Arizona and Notre Dame Still ahead are road games at #2 UCLA (Oct. 31) and a home date with USC (Nov. 7) Seven of Stanford's opponents played in post-season bowl games a year ago.
Freshman CB Brian Taylor, who had started three games, did not play at Arizona State due to a fractured thumb He was replaced in the lineup by Ruben Carter, who had started the first three games before being replaced by Taylor Taylor status for the remainder of the season is uncertain.
Stanford, which leads the Pac-10 in passing, is averaging 50 yards more per game than UCLA, the conferences number two passing team The Cardinal is averaging over 332 yards per game through the air while the Bruins are next at 282 yards per game Stanford last led the conference in passing in 1993 and 94.
The Cardinals 421 yards in total offense per game is among the best in school history It currently ranks seventh all-time Stanford is on pace to gain 4,631 yards in total offense, which would also rank as the seventh highest single season total in school history.
Only four times in Stanford history (1951-97) has the Cardinal rushed for less than 1,000 yards in a season - but thats exactly where the 98 Cardinal are headed Stanford's 88.9 yards rushing per game puts the Cardinal on pace to gain 978 yards for the season The school record (as far back as records indicate) is held by the 1993 team that gained 700 yards Oddly enough, that 93 team also set the school record for most passing yards in a season at 3,709 Stanford gained just 825 rushing yards in 1983, 941 in 1985 and 994 in 1989.
Stanford has scored at a 74% clip in the Red Zone while its opponents have scored at an 88% rate In 27 trips in the Red Zone, Stanford has scored 20 times (13 TDs, seven FGs) Opponents,however, have scored 19 TDs and three field goals in 25 trips in the Red Zone.
Stanford has gained 989 yards in total offense its past two games, 850 of which have come through the air The Cardinals lowest passing total this season is 267 yards vs. Oregon.
Stanford and California have announced that a joint press conference prior to the 101st Big Game will be held on Monday, November 16 at Planet Hollywood in San Francisco Both head coaches and players from each team will be in attendance.
Game-by-game with Pitts
Opp Rec Yds TD SJS 7 70 1 Ariz 5 33 0 N. Car. 7 75 1 Ore 10 158 1 ND 8 112 0 OSU 9 124 1 ASU 7 169 2 Total 53 741 6Game-by-game with Davis
Opp Rec Yds TD SJS 4 60 1 Ariz 8 127 2 N. Car. 6 108 0 Ore 6 80 1 ND 7 78 0 OSU 9 151 1 ASU 4 37 0 Total 44 641 5