Oct. 19, 2010
|TV: Fox College Sports
||Radio: 860 AM XTRA Sports
Following a bye week, the Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) return to action on Saturday to play host to the Washington State Cougars (1-6, 0-4 Pac-10) in the annual Reunion Homecoming Game. Kickoff is set for 2:10 p.m. at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Stanford is coming off a 37-35 victory over USC on Oct. 9 while Washington State fell at home to Arizona, 24-7 last Saturday. Stanford is ranked 12th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches Top 25.
Saturday’s game will be carried live on Fox College Sports, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Samantha Steele (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday’s Stanford-Washington State game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with David 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-Washington State Series
In a series that dates back to 1936, Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 34-25-1. The Cardinal have won the last two games in the series, including last year’s contest, 39-13 in Pullman. Stanford also won the last game played between the two schools at Stanford Stadium in 2008, 58-0. The two teams have split their last 10 meetings dating back to the 2000 season, but Stanford has won four out of the six meetings since 2004.
- Are 5-1 on the season after defeating USC, 37-35 on Oct. 9 at Stanford Stadium...Nate Whitaker kicked the game-winning, 30-yard field goal as time expired.
- Stanford is off to its best start since the 2001 season when the Cardinal was also 5-1 after its first six games...this is just the sixth time since 1970 Stanford has enjoyed a 5-1 start to the season (1970, ‘71, ‘86, ‘92, 2001, ‘10).
- A win over Washington State would give Stanford it’s best seven-game start since 1970 (6-1).
- Are 5-9 following bye weeks dating back to the 2000 season...defeated No. 7 Oregon, 51-42 following a bye week last season and shutout Washington State, 58-0 following a bye in 2008.
- Are ranked 12th this week in the AP Top-25 poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches poll...debuted in the rankings after a season-opening victory against Sacramento State, cresting at No. 9 in the AP poll following a week four victory at Notre Dame...have been ranked for seven straight weeks, marking Stanford’s longest presence in the AP poll since the 2001 campaign, when it was ranked in nine straight polls to close the season.
- Check in at No. 12 in the first BSC standings which were released on Sunday.
- Are 3-0 at home this season with wins over Sacramento State, Wake Forest and USC...are 14-2 in the last 16 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season.
- Averaging 43.3 points a game to rank fifth in the nation in scoring offense...have scored 30 or more points 14 times in the last 19 games dating back to last season and have topped the 50-point mark four times during that stretch...are on pace to break the school’s single-season point total of 461 set last season.
- Also rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense (12th; 471.0), rushing offense (23rd; 210.5), passing offense (29th; 260.5), passing efficiency (11th; 164.13), first downs (11th; 24.33), third down efficiency (2nd; 59.72) and red zone efficiency (6th; 92.0).
- Outscoring its first six opponents 153-61 in the first half...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half...have not trailed at halftime this year.
- Davey O’Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck leads the Pac-10 and ranks 10th nationally in passing efficiency at 166.86...he also ranks 16th nationally in total offense (296.6) and 26th in passing yards per game (256.3).
- Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last three games vs. Notre Dame (108), Oregon (113) and USC (104)...only four backs in Stanford history have rushed for 100 yards or more in four straight games, last being Toby Gerhart, who closed his collegiate career with seven 100-yard efforts.
- Lou Groza Award candidate Nate Whitaker is 10-for-10 in field goal tries this season and has made his last 15 attempts in a row dating back to last season...Whitaker is now 26-for-32 (.812) in his Stanford career, tops on the school’s all-time career list for field goal accuracy.
- A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, which is tops in the nation...Oregon ranks second with 15.