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Stanford Looks to Rebound, Host USC Saturday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/04/2010

Oct. 4, 2010

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The Game
After playing two straight road games, Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10) return home on Saturday to play host to the USC Trojans (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10) at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Kick off is set for 5:12 p.m. Both teams are coming off conference losses last weekend, with Stanford falling at Oregon, 52-31 and USC dropping a 32-31 decision at home to Washington. Stanford is ranked 16th in this weeks's AP poll and 18th in the USA Today Coaches poll, while USC is unranked.

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Television Coverage
Saturday's game will be carried live on ABC, with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Craig James (analyst) calling the action. Saturday's game marks the fifth consectutive national telecasts involving Stanford.

Radio Plans
Saturday's Stanford-USC 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-USC Series
In a series that dates back to 1905, Stanford trails the all-time series with USC, 26-58-3. Stanford has won two of the last three games played in the series, including a 55-21 upset of 11th-ranked USC last year at the Coliseum. The Cardinal also defeated No. 2 Troy in 2007, posting a 24-23 win in Los Angeles. The two teams last met at Stanford Stadium in 2008, with the Trojans prevailing, 45-23. Stanford has dropped four straight to USC at Stanford Stadium dating back to 2002. The Cardinal last defeated USC at home in 2000, 32-30. Series Note: Stanford does not count the 1918 contest won by the Trojans in its series scores, as it was played as part of an unofficial schedule.

Cardinal Clips

  • Are 4-1 on the season after falling to Oregon, 52-31 last Saturday in Eugene...the 52 points were the most allowed by Stanford since the third game of the 2007 season, when the Cardinal dropped a 55-31 decision at home to Oregon...the 21-point loss was Stanford's largest margin of defeat since it suffered a 22 point loss to USC in 2008.
  • Were also 4-1 after five games last season...a win on Saturday would give Stanford its first 5-1 start since the 2001 season.
  • Are ranked 16th this week in the AP Top-25 poll and 18th 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 five straight weeks, marking Stanford's longest presence in the AP poll since the 2001 campaign, when in nine straight polls to close the season.
  • Saturday's game marks just the fifth time Stanford has entered a game against USC ranked higher than the Trojans in the AP poll...other such matchups came in 1940, `41, `71 and `86.
  • Defeated USC, 55-21 last season in Los Angeles...the last time Stanford defeated USC in back-to-back seasons was 1999-2001, when the Cardinal won three straight over the Trojans to match its longest winning streak in the series.
  • Are 2-0 at home this season with wins over Sacramento State and Wake Forest...are 13-2 in the last 15 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season...USC (2008) and Cal (2009) account for Stanford's only two losses in the last 15 home games.
  • Averaging 44.6 points a game to rank fourth in the nation in scoring offense...have scored 30 or more points 13 times in the last 18 games dating back to last season and have topped the 50-point mark four times during that stretch.
  • Also rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense (469.60), ruhsing offense (214.0) and passing offense (255.60),..rank second nationally in third down conversions (57.81).
  • Yielded 626 yards in total offense to Oregon, which was the eighth highest total ever by a Stanford opponent and the most since UCLA tallied 624 yards in 2007.
  • Outscoring its first five opponents 139-47 in the first half...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half.
  • Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last two games vs. Notre Dame (108) and Oregon (113).
  • Lou Groza Award candidate Nate Whitaker is 9-for-9 in field goal tries this season and has made his last 14 attempts in a row dating back to last season.
  • A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season.




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