Nov. 2, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #8 - ASU (4-5, 1-4) at Stanford (3-4, 1-4)
November 8, Stanford Stadium, 2:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford improved its record to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10 after last Saturday's 21-14 win over UCLA. The win snapped the Cardinal's four-game losing streak and assured Stanford of finishing the 2003 campaign with a better record than a year ago. The Cardinal will play three of its final four regular season games at home, including Saturday's game with Arizona State. The Sun Devils, who lost to Cal last Saturday 51-23, are 4-5 and 1-4 in the conference. Saturday's matchup will be the 20th meeting between the two schools with ASU holding a 19-7 advantage. Stanford has won the last two meetings with Arizona State at Stanford Stadium (29-7 in 2000, 51-28 in 2001). Following the ASU game, the Cardinal will finish the regular season at Oregon State and at home against Cal and Notre Dame.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-Arizona State game will be televised live in the Bay Area on KRON with Greg Papa (play-by-play) and former Stanford and San Francisco 49er head coach Bill Walsh (analyst). 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 12:30 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.
Hall of Fame: Ten former Cardinal greats will be formally inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, November 7 and honored at halftime of Saturday's Stanford-Arizona State football game. The Class of 2003 includes Olympic champions, All-Americans, bowl game heroes, record breakers and one of the great coaches in NCAA history. The list of inductees are: Don Bunce (football), Dante Dettamanti (water polo coach), Steve Dils (football), Patty Fendick-McCain (tennis), Jenna Johnson-Younker (swimming), Alan Mouchawar (water polo), John Revelli (basketball), Larry Reynolds (baseball), Kim Schnurpfeil-Griffin (track/cross country) and Teresa Smith-Richardson (volleyball).
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).
Arizona Cardinal: Stanford has four players from the state of Arizona, including Fr. Mikal Brewer (Peoria, Centennial HS), Sr. Brian Gaffney (Phoenix, Brophy Prep), So. Nick Silvas (Phoenix, Brophy Prep) and Fr. Udeme Udofia (Scottsdale, Chaparral HS).
Stanford-UCLA 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.
Atogwe's Way: 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 the most active player on the Cardinal defense. He has recorded 52 total tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, five 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 at Oregon and last week vs. UCLA, he led the team with eight total tackles while also recorded one pass break up and one fumble recovery.
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 four times in seven games this season (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State, UCLA). Stanford's run defense is giving up an average of 100 yards per game (17th NCAA, 4th Pac-10). 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 32 receptions for 345 yards and two receiving touchdowns through seven games. He also has 26 punt returns for 248 yards and one TD, that coming in last week's game vs. UCLA. Powell returned a punt 90-yards for a touchdown against the Bruins, which goes in the record book as the second longest in school history. He also had a 68-yard return at BYU. 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 115 career receptions for 1,905 yards and 15 touchdowns (13 by receiving, two punt returns). His 16.6 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 (73), punt return yards (801) and punt return average (11.0).
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 41 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 1,148 yards on 248 carries (4.6 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. He carried the ball 24 times for 87 yards against UCLA. He is fourth 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 has not played in the last two games at Oregon and at home vs.UCLA. 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, has started the past two games at Oregon and vs. UCLA. Lewis returned to the starting lineup after Edwards was knocked out of the WSU game (Oct. 18) . Against Oregon (Oct. 25), Lewis completed 12-of-26 for 188 yards. He was 12-of-20 for 91 yards against UCLA, including a touchdown pass and the first rushing TD of his career. 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 297-602 for 3,646 yards and 28 TDs. His 28 career TDs puts him in a tie for No. 8 on Stanford's all-time list with Bobby Garrett (1951-53). Lewis' career passing total of 3,646 yards is 91 shy of Dick Norman (3,737 yards, 1958-60) for No. 10 on Stanford's all-time passing chart. In total offense, his 3,637 yards is 147 behind Chad Hutchinson (3,784 yards, 1996-97) for No. 10 on the Farm and 149 behind Mike Boryla (3,786 yards, 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. At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshman Patrick Danahy. Through seven games, Cardinal tight ends have accounted for 21 catches for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Smith leads all tight ends with 14 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Pierce has recorded five receptions for 46 yards and Traverso and Danahy each have one reception 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 seven games for the Cardinal. Junior Brian Head started the first four games, but has missed the last three due to a knee injury, forcing converted defensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role. 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 seven games and started the past four against USC, Washington State, Oregon and UCLA. He is second on the team with 18 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 at Oregon (Oct. 25) 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 18 receptions for 301 yards and his 16.7 average leads the team. Moore has six catches for 71 yards.
More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 18 receptions is the most in recorded history for receptions by a true freshman receiver. Bradford's total surpassed the 1993 numbers put up by Brian Manning, who had 17 catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns for the entire season. Bradford's 153 receiving yards at Oregon was the first 100-plus receiving day by a true freshman receiver since Manning in '93. In the last three games vs. Washington State, Oregon and UCLA, Bradford has been the team's top receiver with 12 catches for 209 yards and one TD. 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 27 tackles in the last four games. He had a career-high with 10 tackles against the Trojans and eight vs. Washington State. He is tied for fourth on the team with 39 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 17 games, second only on the Stanford defense to Oshiomogho Atogwe's 18 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. Last week vs. UCLA, he added seven tackles, forced one fumble, had one pass break up, one sack anone tackle for loss. Newberry, who has started all seven games this season, is tied for second on the team with 42 tackles. He leads the team with nine tackles for loss.
Craven Returns to Lineup: Sophomore Michael Craven began his redshirt freshman season in 2002 as a starter at outside linebacker, but after four games he was moved into a reserve role where he remained for the final seven games. After beginning the '03 season as a reserve for the first six games, the 6-1, 230 pounder from La Quinta, Calif., was inserted into the starting lineup in last week's game vs. UCLA. And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted for seven tackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacks against the Bruins. He played well the week before at Oregon as he recorded five tackles in a reserve role. Craven was a consensus First-Team Prep All-America in 2000 out of La Quinta High School.
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 18 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 14 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 with16 total tackles and he leads all lineman - and the team - with four quarterback sacks. He is tied for second on the team - first among linemen - with seven tackles for loss. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss. Last week vs. UCLA, he had three tackles, which included two sacks 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.
Sack Attack: Stanford recorded a season high eight sacks in last week's game vs. UCLA and have now recorded 19 for the season (3.2 per game). A year ago, Stanford had 24 sacks in 11 games, an average of 2.18 per game. NT Babatunde Oshinowo leads the team with four while OLBs Jon Alston and Jared Newberry each have three.
Walk-on: The 2003 Stanford Cardinal has three former walk-ons either starting or playing key roles. The group includes outside linebacker Jared Newberry (redshirt junior), punter Eric Johnson (fifth-year senior from Antioch, Calif.) and flanker Greg Camarillo (redshirt junior from Menlo Park, Calif.).
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.
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 Sun Devils: Arizona State has lost its last two games, both in conference play, to drop to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils won their first two games of the season, but have won just of two of seven since. Loren Ward and Hakim Hill have combined to rush for over 1,000 yards for the Sun Devils, who average 116 yards per game. QB Andrew Walter has completed 53.1% of his passes on 163-of-307 for 2,144 yards and 16 TDs. His favorite receivers have been Derek Hagen (47-674-4) andn Skyler Fulton (45-621-8). Defensively, ASU has given up over 27 points and almost 400 yards per game. Jason Shivers leads the team with 80 tackles
Stanford-Arizona State Series: Arizona State has won 12 of the 19 games in the series, including last year, but the Cardinal has won the last two played at Stanford Stadium (2000, 2001). In fact, Stanford has won three of the last four games in a series that has been dominated by offense in recent years. In four of the last five games, the winning team has scored 44, 50, 51 and 65 points. The two teams have averaged over 73 points in the last five games. The Cardinal has scored over 50 against the Sun Devils twice in the last four years (50 in 1999, 51 in 2001).
Last Year's Game: Stanford began the game with an impressive four play, 65-yard drive and an early 7-0 lead, but by halftime ASU had opened up a 38-16 lead on the strength of four touchdown passes by quarterback Andrew Walter, who finished the day with 414 yards and five TDs. Casey Moore's 68-yard run in the first quarter brought the Cardinal within a point at 14-13, but ASU added 24 points before the end of the first half to open up a big lead. Moore finished the game with 116 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter: Now in his third season at Arizona State, Dirk Koetter enters Saturday's game with a career record of 42-28, including a 16-18 record as the Sun Devil's head coach. Koetter posted a 26-10 record in three seasons at Boise State (1998-2000) that included two Big West Conference championships and two trips to the Humanitarian Bowl. His ASU team played Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl and finished 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10. Koetter's assistant coaching stops included San Francisco State, UTEP, Missouri, Boston College and Oregon.
Opponent: Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: November 8, 2003
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Series: ASU leads 12-7
Television: KRON, live (local)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)
Television and Radio Information
TV: KRON, live (local)
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Ted Robinson (play-by-play)
Bob Murphy (analyst)
Pre-game show - 12:30 pm