Sept. 12, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12 North) travels to Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday to face the Arizona Wildcats (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12 South) in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. The Cardinal is coming off a 44-14 victory at Duke last Saturday while the Wildcats suffered a 37-14 setback at Oklahoma State. Stanford is ranked sixth in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls this week while Arizona is unranked.
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Saturday’s Stanford-Arizona game will be televised live by ESPN, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst) and Shelley Smith (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. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
In a series that dates back to 1979, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona, 12-14-0. However, Stanford has won three of the last four games in the series and is 7-3 against the ‘Cats dating back to a 50-22 victory in 1999, which snapped Arizona’s six-game winning streak in head-to-head meetings. Stanford won last year’s meeting in the Bay Area, 42-17. Stanford is 6-7 vs. the Wildcats in Tucson, winning four out of the last five meetings at Arizona Stadium. The teams also played one neutral site game in 1986, with Stanford claiming a 29-24 victory in Tokyo, Japan.
- Now 2-0 on the season after Saturday’s 44-14 victory at Duke...opened the season with a 57-3 victory over San Jose State at Stanford Stadium on Sept. 3.
- Cardinal now 9-1 in September games over last three seasons.
- Has won 10 straight games dating back to last season, marking the program’s longest winning streak since 1939-41, when Stanford won 13 straight games over the course of three seasons, tying a school record...current streak is the fourth longest in school history.
- Has posted a 27-13 (.675) record over the last three-plus seasons and are 22-6 (.786) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Ranked 6th this week in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for nine straight weeks, marking the program’s longest run as a Top 10 team in school history.
- Last Stanford first year head coach to start his career 2-0 was Tyrone Willingham in 1995...last to start 3-0 was Jack Christiansen in 1972.
- Rank second nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 28.50 yards per game...also rank in top-20 nationally in scoring defense (11th; 8.50) and sacks per game (t-14th; 4.0).
- Is tied for fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 50.50 points a game over its first two contests...totaled a combined 101 points vs. San Jose State (57) and Duke (44)...the 44 points scored against Duke marked the 12th time in the last 28 games dating back to the 2009 season Stanford had scored 40+ points in a game...averaging 41.7 (625 total) points a game over its last 15 contests...have set school scoring record each of the last two seasons.
- Built a 17-7 halftime lead against Duke...have outscored its last 15 opponents 345-100 in the first half.
- Was 4 for 4 in the red zone last Saturday and have come away with points in all 12 trips to the red zone this season...have converted 90.2 (74-82) of its red zone chances over the last two seasons.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards and tied a personal best with four TD passes last Saturday at Duke...now has 51 career TD passes which rank fourth on Stanford’s all-time list behind only John Elway (77), Steve Stenstrom (72) and Jim Plunkett (52)...Stanford is 22-5 (.815) in Luck’s 27 career starts.
- Tight ends Coby Fleener (3) and Zach Ertz (2) have accounted for five of Stanford’s seven TD receptions this season and nine of the last 11 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.
- Have utilized 12 different receivers over the first two games, with senior Chris Owusu leading the team in receptions with 14.
- Are averaging 173.0 yards on the ground after two games after averaging 213.8 a year ago.
- According to research conducted by UNLV, Stanford has the third youngest offensive line in the country, with two redshirt freshmen and three juniors making up the starting unit.
- A total of 15 former Stanford players are listed as active on NFL rosters to start the season.
- After a bye week, Stanford returns to Pac-12 Conference play on Oct. 1 against UCLA at Stanford Stadium...kickoff is TBA.