Nov. 5, 2000
Stanford's 37-35 loss at UCLA last Saturday eliminated the Cardinal from post-season bowl competition ... The Cardinal is now 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference with two more games remaining in the 2000 season ... Stanford will host an Arizona State team this Saturday, November 11, which needs one win to become bowl eligible ... The Sun Devils, 5-4 overall, need one win over Stanford or Arizona (Nov. 25) to qualify for post-season bowl consideration ... Stanford has lost its last two games by a total of five points (31-28 to Washington, 37-35 to UCLA) while the Sun Devils became the first team in NCAA Division I history to play in three consecutive overtime games ... ASU beat Washington State in overtime on Oct. 21, but have lost back-to-back double-overtime games to Oregon (Oct. 28) and USC (Nov. 4).
BIG GAME PRESS CONFERENCE:
Stanford and Cal will host a joint press conference on Monday, November 13 at Planet Hollywood in San Francisco ... Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham and Cal head coach Tom Holmoe will be in attendance along with players from both schools ... The press conference begins at 10:30 am.
Despite last Saturday's 37-35 loss at UCLA, Stanford still sports a 12-6 record under Tyrone Willingham during the month of November ... Only once in five seasons under Willingham has the Cardinal had a losing record in November - that coming in '97 ... A year ago, Stanford was 3-0 in November as it beat Arizona State, Cal and Notre Dame ... In 1998, Stanford finished the season with November wins over Washington State and Cal ... Stanford's five-game winning streak in November was snapped on Saturday, but the Cardinal has still won five of the last six November games.
Arizona State leads the all-time series with Stanford 11-5 ... The Cardinal won 50-30 a year ago in Tempe as it posted its highest point total ever against the Sun Devils ... ASU is 5-2 all-time at Stanford Stadium, including wins in the last three (31-14 in 1997, 41-9 in 1996, 38-30 in 1993) ... Stanford's last win over ASU at Stanford Stadium was a 24-3 win in 1988.
Stanford is 11-5 in its last 16 Pacific-10 Conference games ... During this time, the Cardinal is 3-0 vs. Washington State, 2-0 vs. USC and California, 1-0 vs. Arizona State, 1-1 vs. UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona and 0-2 vs. Washington ... Stanford won its final two conference games in `98, went 7-1 in `99 en route to the Pac-10 championship and is 2-3 thus far in `00 ... In Pac-10 road games, the Cardinal is 5-3 in its last eight conference games away from Stanford Stadium, including 1-2 this season (won at WSU, lost at OSU and at UCLA), 3-1 in 1999 and a win at Cal in the '98 season finale.
Three of Stanford's nine games this season have been decided in the final two minutes while another, last week's game at UCLA, was a two-point game in which the Cardinal had possession in the final moments of the game ... Earlier this season, Stanford beat Texas on a TD pass with 1:12 to play ... Against USC, Stanford won on the game's final play ...Two weeks ago against Washington, the Cardinal scored the go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds remaining, only to see the Huskies score the game-winner with 17 seconds on the clock ... In fact, three of Stanford's last four wins have come in dramatic fashion ... Along with this year's Texas and USC games, the Cardinal beat Notre Dame 40-37 in the 1999 regular season finale on a 22-yard Mike Biselli field goal on the game's final play ... Both of Stanford's late heroics this season have come with quarterback Chris Lewis coming off the bench in place of starter Randy Fasani ... Lewis hooked up with DeRonnie Pitts with 1:12 left in the game on a 15-yard scoring pass for the game-winning TD against Texas on Sept. 16 ... Against USC, it was Lewis and Jamien McCullum on a 20-yard TD pass on the game's final play to give the Cardinal a 32-30 win ... Against Washington Stanford scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes, the final one coming on a two-yard run by Fasani with 53 seconds left in the game ... Washington, however, came right back to score the game-winner with 17 seconds left on the clock.
ON THE GROUND, Stanford has rushed for 558 yards (186 per game) and scored eight rushing touchdowns in the last three games after averaging 129.5 yards and scoring just one rushing TD through the first six games of the year ...Last week at UCLA, the Cardinal was once again effective on the ground as it rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries (4.4 ypc) ... Three weeks ago against USC,the Cardinal rushed for 198 yards on a season-high 55 carries while scoring a season-best four rushing touchdowns ... Two weeks ago, Stanford rushed for 182 yards and two TDs on 44 carries against Washington ... Prior to the last three games, the Cardinal had gone five games without a rushing touchdown after scoring one in the season opener at Washington State.
HEAD COACH TYRONE WILLINGHAM:
Now in his sixth season at the helm of the Cardinal football program, Tyrone Willingham has the longest tenure on The Farm since John Ralston's nine-year run from 1963-71 ... Willingham has compiled an overall record of 33-33-1 ... His resume at Stanford includes three bowl games, two Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors (1995, `99), a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance ... Willingham previously held assistant coaching positions at Central Michigan (1978-79), Michigan State (1980-82), North Carolina State (1983-85), Rice (1986-88), Stanford (1989-91) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992-94) ... He first came to Stanford as the running backs coach under Dennis Green in 1989, then returned to the Farm as head coach to replace Bill Walsh on Nov. 28, 1994.
Stanford's 2000 schedule is among the best in college football ... Seven of the Cardinal's nine opponents this season have been ranked among the nation's top-25, including four that have appeared in the top-10 (Texas, Washington, USC, Oregon State) ... Stanford's opponents have a cumulative record of 54-27 - a winning percentage of .667.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
In the six games in which Randy Fasani has started at quarterback, the Cardinal has seen a significant improvement in its offensive production ... Consider the facts: in Fasani's six starts, Stanford is averaging 28.8 points (173 total), 427.8 yards of total offense (2,567 total), 265.0 yards passing (1,590 total) and 162.8 yards rushing (977 total) ... In the three games in which Fasani did not play, Stanford went 0-3 and averaged 7.6 points, 320 yards of total offense, 201 passing yards and 119 yards rushing ... In addition to Fasani's play in his six starts, Chris Lewis has also contributed in a backup role ... Lewis threw a game-winning 20-yard TD pass against USC on the game's final play and has come off the bench to throw for 418 yards and five touchdowns against Texas and UCLA.
In his first season after redshirting the 1999 campaign, Chris Lewis has, 1) been the team's backup quarterback behind Randy Fasani for six games, 2) started three games agains three teams likely headed to bowl games and, 3) come off the bench to throw two, game-winning touchdown passes in the final moments vs. Texas and USC ... Lewis repalced Fasani in the Texas game and threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:12 to play ... He came off the bench against USC and threw the game-winning TD pass on the game's final play ... Last week at UCLA, Lewis played the entire second half and almost led the Cardinal to another come-from-behind win, this time, however, coming up short in a 37-35 loss ... He threw for 204 yards and two TDs against the Bruins ... In his three starts vs. Arizona, Oregon State and Notre Dame, Lewis threw for 604 yards, two TDs and had five interceptions ... As a reserve, Lewis has thrown for 451 yards, six TDs and no incerceptions.
Stanford's turnover margin in 2000 has not been as successful as it was a year ago, when the Cardinal ranked second in the conference and tied for sixth in the nation with a +0.91 turnover margin ... For the season, Stanford was +10 in turnovers ... A year ago, Stanford took 30 turnovers and turned them into 87 points ... In 2000, however, the Cardinal has scored 13 points off turnovers ... In Stanford's three wins (Washington State, Texas, USC), the Cardinal is +3 in turnovers while in its five losses, Stanford is -9 in turnovers ... In the last 21 games ('99, '00), Stanford is 7-2 when it wins the turnover battle, 2-7 when it loses and 2-1 when the turnovers are even.
Stanford fields one of its youngest teams in recent years ... Only seven players, including six starters, off the current two-deep chart are in their final season of eligibility ...Of the 44 players listed on the team's regular two-deep chart, 19 players will return in 2001 for their final season of eligibility, 12 players have two years remaining (2001, '02), six have three years remaining after the 2000 season (2001, '02, '03) and seven will not return in 2001 ... Offensively, starting WR DeRonnie Pitts and TE Russell Stewart along with backup FB Emory Brock are the only three players currently in their final year of eligibility ... On the defensive side of the ball, Stanford returns everyone with the exception of DT Willie Howard, DE Sam Benner, OLB Riall Johnson and SS Aaron Focht.
Stanford once again leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalties ... The Cardinal is tops in the league in fewest penalties (52), penalty yards (376) and penalty yards per game (41.8) ... Stanford has led the Pac-10 in fewest penalties and penalty yards per game in each of the last four seasons ... A year ago, the Cardinal averaged 42.9 penalty yards per game (58 penalties, 472 penalty yards) ... Stanford, which was second in the league in 1995, also led the league in 1996 (59 penalties, 539 yards), `97 (66-596) and `98 (73-544).
Stanford's roster includes players from two countries and 28 states, making the Cardinal perhaps the most diverse team in college football ... Stanford has players from Canada and every region in the U.S. ... The Cardinal roster includes 24 players from California, seven from Pennsylvania, six each from Washington and Texas, four from Florida and Utah, three from Michigan, Ohio and Idaho, two from Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia and Missouri and one each from Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Stanford's Coaching Legacy Only four coaches in Stanford football history have been at the helm of the Cardinal football program longer than Tyrone Willingham, who is now in his sixth season ... Willingham's current tenure is the longest on The Farm since John Ralston's nine-year run from 1963-71 ... Three of the four coaches ahead of Willingham (Ralston, Pop Warner, Chuck Taylor) have been elected tothe College Football Hall of Fame
Stanford's Passing Attack
(1998-2000) In the last three seasons under offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick and his staff, Stanford has been one of the most successful passing teams in college football ... During this time, which spans 32 games, the Cardinal has thrown for over 400 yards in a game four times, over 300 yards on 12 occasions and more than 250 yards in 24 of the 32 games ... Stanford is averaging 286.2 yards per game through the air (9,158 yards) ... Below are Stanford's 250-yard passing games from 1998-2000:
Stanford's 2000 schedule has been ranked as one of the toughest in all of college football ... Eight of Stanford's 11 opponents have been nationally ranked this season, including five that are ranked in the top-25 this week ... Five of Stanford's seven opponents have been ranked this year (Texas, Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon State, USC) ... The Cardinal's next three opponents (Washington, UCLA, Arizona State) have a combined record of 16-5 - a winning percentage of .762 ... The Cardinal beat No. 5 ranked Texas 27-24 on September 16, but have lost their last three games to nationally ranked opponents (Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon State) ... Still ahead is #9 Washington (6-1), at UCLA (4-3), at home vs. Arizona State (5-2) and the Big Game at Cal ... Stanford's 11 opponents this season have a combined record of 49-30 and a winning percentage of .620.
DT Willie Howard started his 42nd consecutive game last Saturday against Washington and, barring injury, has a chance to start every game of his college career if he remains in the starting lineup for the rest of the 2000 season ... Howard has started every game since being inserted into the lineup to begin the 1997 season ...