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Cardinal Take On Fighting Irish This Saturday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/01/2000

Oct. 1, 2000

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    Saturday, October 7 1:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT

    Notre Dame Stadium (80,232) Notre Dame, IN

    GAME FACTS

    TV and Radio Information

    TVLive, NBC
    1:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT
    Tom Hammond (play-by-play)
    Pat Haden (analyst)
    Paul Sunderland (sideline)

    Radio KTCT (1050 AM)
    Tim Roye (play-by-play)
    Bob Murphy (analyst)
    12:30 p.m. pre-game
    KZSU (90.1 FM)

    Pac-10 Standings

    Pac-10Overall
    Oregon2-04-1
    Oregon State1-04-0
    Arizona1-03-1
    Stanford 1-12-2
    UCLA1-14-1
    Washington State1-12-2
    USC0-13-1
    Arizona State0-13-1
    Washington0-13-1
    Cal0-11-3

    THE CARDINAL Stanford is now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference after losing to Arizona 27-3 on September 20 at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal will make its eighth trip to South Bend on Saturday when they face Notre Dame ... The two teams have played each season since 1988 with the exception of 1995 and `96 ... A year ago, Stanford, a week after clinching its first Rose Bowl appearance in 28 years, beat the Irish 40-37 on a Mike Biselli field goal as time ran out ... Following Saturday's game in South Bend, Stanford will conclude the season with six Pac-10 games, three at home and three on the road.

    SHORT WEEK: The Cardinal will alter its practice schedule this week to accommodate a Thursday (Oct. 5) flight to South Bend ... Rather than having Monday as an off day, the Cardinal will practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 2-4), then depart for Notre Dame on Thursday ... Practice times this week are: Monday 3:45-6:10 pm, Tuesday 3:45-6:15 pm and Wednesday 3:45-6:10 pm.

    TOUGH OPPONENTS: Stanford's 2000 schedule has been ranked as one of the toughest in all of college football ... The Cardinal's next five opponents are all ranked in this week's A.P poll ... Stanford's next five opponents have a combined record of 16-5 while the aggregate record of the Cardinal's 11 opponents in 2000 stands at 31-15 (.674) ... The Cardinal is 1-0 this season vs. ranked teams, having beaten Texas, then ranked No. 5 natioanally, 27-24 on September 16 ... In the upcoming six weeks, Stanford will play at #25 Notre Dame (2-2), at #23 Oregon State (4-0), #18 USC (3-1) and #13 Washington (3-1) at home, at #16 UCLA (4-1) and at home against Arizona State (3-1).

    AGAINST THE IRISH: Stanford and Notre Dame began its current series in 1988 and have played every year since except `95 and'96 ... The two teams are scheduled to play each other annually through the 2000?? season ... Notre Dame leads the series with Stanford 9-5, but the Cardinal has won two of the last three ... In South Bend, the Irish are 5-2 vs. Stanford, including the last two in 1998 (35-17) and 1994 (34-15) ... Two of Stanford's biggest wins in school history occurred in Notre Dame Stadium in 1990 and `92 ... In 1990, head coach Denny Green led his underdog Stanford team to a stunning 36-31 win over No. 1 ranked Notre Dame ... Touchdown Tommy Vardell scored four TDs for Stanford, including the game winner with 36 seconds remaining ... Current Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham was Stanford's running backs coach that day ... Two years later, Bill Walsh had the nation's 18th ranked team when it went to South Bend and beat the sixth ranked Irish 33-16 ... The Cardinal erased a 16-0 deficit and scored 33 unanswered points for the win.

    WILLINGHAM VS. NOTRE DAME: Stanford is 2-1 vs. Notre Dame under Tyrone Willingham ... Both of those wins have come at Stanford Stadium (1997, `99) ... In his only trip to South Bend as the Cardinal head coach, Willingham saw his team lose a 35-17 decision in 1998 ... At home, however, Willingham is unbeaten in two games vs. the Irish ... Stanford beat Notre Dame 33-15 in 1997 and 40-37 in the regular season finale last year.

    LATELY: Stanford is 12-6 in its last 18 games and 10-2 in its last 12 Pac-10 games ... The Cardinal, which went 8-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference last season, finished the `98 campaign with two Pac-10 wins (Washington State, Cal) and are currently 1-1 in conference play in `00 ... Washington and Arizona are the only Pac-10 teams to beat the Cardinal in its last 12 league games.

    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 Ralson's nine-year run from 1963-71 ... Willingham has compiled an overall record of 32-29-1 ... His resume during his first five years 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 (`78-79), 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 as head coach to replace Bill Walsh on Nov. 28, 1994.

    REVIEWING ARIZONA: The Cardinal had a frustrating day against the Wildcats as it lost a 27-3 decision at Stanford Stadium last Saturday ... Chris Lewis made his starting debut at quarterback for Stanford, but the Arizona defense made things difficult for the second-year player from Long Beach, Calif. ... Arizona jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and led 20-0 at the half as Stanford could muster just five first downs and 103 yards of total offense by the intermission ... The Cardinal committed six turnovers on the day as Arizona took home a win at Stanford Stadium for the fifth straight time ... Lewis, in his first collegiate start, completed 14-of-32 for 177 yards.

    AFTER A LOSS: The Cardinal will have a chance on Saturday to continue its streak of winning the next game following a loss ... Stanford has won its last six games after losses, including one in 1998, three in `99 and two in 2000 ... The Cardinal beat Washington State in 1998 after losing to USC the week before ... In `99, Stanford's losses to Texas, San Jose State and Washington were followed by wins over Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State ... Stanford lost its `99 season finale to Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, then opened the 2000 campaign with a win at Washington State ... Stanford's 40-27 loss to San Jose State earlier this year was followed by a 27-24 win over Texas, ,which entered the game ranked fifth in the nation.

    YearLossNext Game Win
    1998USC34-9Wash. St.38-28
    1999@Texas69-17Wash. St.54-17
    1999SJSU44-39Oregon St.21-17
    1999@Wash35-30@Ariz. St.50-30
    99/00Wisc. (1/1/00)17-9@Wash. St.24-10
    2000San Jose State40-27Texas27-24
    2000Arizona3-27@Notre Dame??

    THE LONG BALL: Stanford is averaging 16.6 yards per reception (64 receptions, 1,061 yards) in 2000 ... Those numbers include three plays of over 60 yards, two of which are among the longest in school history, and 17 pass plays of 20 yards or more ... Five players are averaging over 19 yards per catch ... Leading the long ball brigade is sophomore Luke Powell, who has a team-high four catches over 20 yards (37 vs. Texas, 67 and 21 vs. SJS, 33 vs. WSU) and is averaging 29.2 yards per catch (six receptions, 175 yards) ... TE Russell Stewart, who sat out the first two games of the year due to injury, also has four catches for more than 20 yards (20, 37, 25 vs. Texas, 31 yards vs. Arizona) ... In two games this season, Stewart has caught five passes for 124 yards - an average of 24.8 yards per catch ... In the season opener at WSU, QB Randy Fasani and RB Kerry Carter hooked up on an 84-yard touchdown pass play, tying it for the fifth longest in school history ... Against. San Jose State, Fasani had two plays of over 40 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to Jamien McCullum ... That play went into the record book tied for the 15th longest touchdown pass in school history ... Fasani has also hooked up with Powell for 67 yards.

    FIRST HALF OFFENSE: Stanford has been a first half offense through its first three games in 2000 ... The Cardinal has scored 58 of its 81 points (72%), gained 955 of its 1,548 total yards (62%) and thrown for 687 of its 1,061 yards (65%) through the air in the first half of its first three games vs. Washington State, San Jose State and Texas ... Against the Cougars, the Cardinal scored all 24 of its points, threw for 220 yards and gained 302 yards in the first half ... Against San Jose State, Stanford scored 21 of its 27 points and gained 366 yards in the first half.

    IMPROVING DEFENSE: Under the direction of defensive coordinator Kent Baer and his staff, Stanford's defense has shown marked improvement from a year ago ... Stanford has improved in all four defensive categories from 1999 and has gone from averaging 452.8 yards per game in total defense and 31.5 points per game to 367.0 and 25.3, respectively, in `00 ... The Cardinal defense has limited two of this four opponents to under 100 yards rushing (91 vs. Washington State, 13 vs. Texas) ... If you add last year's season finale - the Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin - then the Cardinal has given up an average of 359.8 yards in total offense and 23.6 points in its last four games.

    TOUCHDOWNS: Nine of Stanford's 10 offensive touchdowns have come via the pass ... WR DeRonnie Pitts, who is among Stanford's all-time leaders in receiving TDs (tied for third all-time with 20) has four thus far in `00 ... Jamien McCullum has two TDs while Luke Powell, Casey Moore and Kery Carter each have one ... Stanford has scored one touchdown on the ground (Casey Moore, six yards vs. Washington State) and one on special teams, that coming on an Emory Brock blocked punt and 22-yard return vs. Texas.

    PENALTY BOX: Stanford once againn leads the Pac-10 in fewest penalties ... The Cardinal is tops in the league in fewest penalties (22), penalty yards (122) and penalty yards per game (30.5) ... 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).

    Media Services

    Weekly Luncheon

    Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham hosts a weekly news conference each Tuesday throughout the 2000 season beginning at 11:30 am in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center ... Selected Stanford players are also in attendance ... A teleconference from the opposing head coach is conducted ... A transcript of Willingham's comments will be available at www.gostanford.com following each news conference.

    Practices

    All practices are open to the media and fans unless otherwise noted ... Media credentials for field access are required and can be obtained by contacting the Media Relations Office ... Players and coaches will be available to the media for approximately 15 minutes following each practice.

    www.gostanford.com

    All Stanford news releases, updated statistics, depth chart, player bios and historical data is available at www.gostanford.com.

    Willingham Availability

    Head Coach Tyrone Willingham will be available for interviews between 2:45-3:15 pm Mon-Thurs. ... Contact the Media Relations Office at least 24 hours in advance to coordinate interviews ... Out-of-town interviews will also be conducted at this time.

    Radio Network

    KTCT (1050 am in San Francisco) will serve as Stanford's flagship radio station in 2000 ... The Cardinal football network includes KFIA (710 am in Sacramento), KBID (1350 am in Sacramento), KHJJ (1380 am in Palmdale), KIEZ (540 am in Monterey), KEZY (1190 am in Anaheim), KPSI (920 am in Palm Springs), KVTA (1520 am in Ventura), KVON (1440 am in Napa) and KFIG (1430 am in Fresno).

    Stanford Sports Magazine

    Fox Sports Net Bay Area will televise Stanford Sports Magazine each week throughout the 2000 season ... Each show will include comments and analysis from Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham as well as player features and interviews.

    Pac-10 Coaches Teleconference

    The Pacific-10 Conference will host five coaches teleconferences throughout the season ... Each coach is scheduled for 10 minutes ... Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham is scheduled for 9:55 -10:05 am ... The teleconferences begin at 9:30 am PT on the following dates: Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 ... The number for media to call and participate is 913-981-5507.

    Pac-10 Satellite Feed

    A weekly satellite feed of Pac-10 highlights is available every Wednesday on Telstar 5, Transponder 16 from 12-12:30 pm PT.

    Stanford Football On-Line at www.gostanford.com

    Below is the weekly schedule of information available at www.gostanford.com

    Saturday (gameday): Live game audio, live game stats, post game notes and quotes, game story, complete game statistics
    Sunday: press release, updated season statistics
    Monday: Q&A with Tyrone Willingham
    Tuesday: Tyrone Willingham Press Conference quotes and audio
    Wednesday: Stanford Spotlight (feature story on Cardinal player/coach)
    Thursday: Q&A with Cardinal player
    Friday: Cardinal Capsules (profile of Cardinal player)

    The Opponent

    About Notre Dame
    Location: Notre Dame, IN
    Enrollment: 10,311
    Nickname: Fighting Irish
    Colors: Gold and Blue
    President: Rev. Edward A.Malloy, C.S.C.
    Athletic Director: Kevin White
    Head Coach: Bob Davie
    Record at Notre Dame: 23-18 (4th season)
    Overall Record: same
    2000 Record: 2-2
    2000 National Ranking: #25 AP
    1999 Final Record: 5-7
    SID: John Heisler (219-631-7516)

    Noting the Irish

    The Irish have played one of the most difficult schedules to date ... All four of Notre Dame's games this season have come against nationally-ranked teams, including No. 1 Nebraska, No. 13 Purdue, No. 23 texas A&M and No. 23 Michigan State ... Notre Dame was ranked as high as No. 16 on Sept. 17, but fell out of the national polls after losing to Michigan State ... The Irish had a bye last week and have not played a game since Sept. 23 at Michigan State ... Notre Dame has lost two of its better players to injury: QB Arnaz Battle (fractured wrist, Sept. 12, out indefinitely) and DE Grant Irons (dislocated shoulder, Sept. 12, out for season) ... The Irish are averaging 151 yards per game on the ground ... Julius Jones (73 carries, 294 yards, 4.0 avg, 3 TDs) has taken over as the Irish's top rushing threat ... Replacing Battle at quarterback will be either sophomore Gary Godsey (18-of-40, 178 yards, 1 TD) or freshman Matt LoVecchio, who has thrown just one pass this season ... FS Tony Driver, a pre-season All-American, leads the Irish defense.

    Head Coach Bob Davie

    Bob Davie is in his fourth year Notre Dame's head coach ... Davie has compiled an overall record of 23-18 since becomming Notre Dame's head coach in 1997 ... In his first three seasons as head coach, Davie's teams went 7-6 in `97 (Independance Bowl), 9-3 in `98 (Gator Bowl) and 5-7 last year ... Prior to being named Notre Dame's head coach, Davie had spent 20 years as a college assistant coach ... In order, he coached at Youngstown State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Tulane, Texas A&M (1985-93) and Notre Dame (`94-96) under Lou Holtz.

    The Last Time

    Stanford scored a 40-37 win over the Irish to end the `99 season ... Mike Biselli kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinal the three-point victory ... ND tied the score at 37-37 with 1:32 remaining on a five-yard pass from Jarius Jackson to Jabari Holloway and a two-point conversion by Joey Getherall ... QB Todd Husak then drove the Cardinal 67 yards on eight plays to set up Biselli's field goal ... Husak was five-for-five for 53 yards on the drive ... Troy Walters caught eight passes for 183 yards and two TDs while Husak threw for 334 yards.

    Passing Fancy

    Stanford's Passing Attack (1998-2000)

    In the last two-plus 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 27 games, the Cardinal has thrown for over 400 yards in a game four times and over 300 yards on 11 occasions ... Stanford is averaging 297.2 yards per game through the air (8,025 yards) ... Below are Stanford's passing numbers in the past two-plus sesons (1998-2000)


    465 *UCLA,1999
    450 +Oregon State,1998
    422 #UCLA,1998
    400 Arizona State,1998
    385 Notre Dame,1999
    373 San Jose State,2000
    364 Arizona 1999
    339 North Carolina,1998
    313 San Jose State,1999
    312 Oregon State,1999
    311 Arizona State,1999
    304 Washington State,1998
    299 California,1998
    298 San Jose State,1998
    296 USC ,1999
    287 Arizona,1998
    284 Notre Dame,1998
    271 Texas,1999
    267 Washington,1999
    267 Oregon,1998
    264 Wisconsin,1999
    256 Washington State,2000
    255 Texas,2000
    216 California,1999
    215 Washington State,1999
    177 Arizona,2000
    166 USC,1998
    * #2 all-time
    + #3 all-time
    # #5 all-time

    PITTS LEAPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT: Fifth-year senior WR DeRonnie Pitts is establishing himself as one of the top pass catchers in Stanford football history ... After catching 132 passes as the Cardinal's No. 2 wideout the last two seasons behind 1999 Biletnikoff Award winner Troy Walters, Pitts hasn't missed a beat as the Cardinal's top pass catcher this season ... Through the first four games of this season, Pitts has accounted for 39 percent of the Cardinal's receptions - 25 of a possible 64 - for team-highs of 299 yards and four touchdowns ... He had a career-high 11 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State on Sept. 9, and had two more touchdowns against Texas, including a dramatic game-winning 15-yard reception with 1:12 left in the contest ... Pitts leads the Pac-10 and is tied for 13th in the nation with 6.25 receptions per game and is third in the conference and tied for 44th in the country in receiving yards per game (74.75) ... He is also tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.00 pg) and eighth in the conference in all-purpose rushing (97.42 pg) ... Pitts, who will likely be second or third in every all-time school receiving category by the end of the season, had his breakout year in `98 with 74 receptions (tied for the third highest single season total in school history) for 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns ... Pitts' accomplishments have been well noticed, as he ranked among the best receivers in the nation in the preseason by The Sporting News and Lindy's, and is on the "watch list" for the Biletnikoff Award.

    PITS MOVES INTO FIFTH ON SCHOOL RECEIVING YARDAGE LIST: Fifth-year senior WR DeRonnie Pitts moved into fifth place on Stanford's all-time receiving yardage list with 2,359 yards, which moves him past Denver Broncos' standout Ed McCaffrey (2,333, 1986-90) ... Pitts, who was not among the school's top 10 in career receiving yards at the outset of the season, is only 123 yards away from second place ... He is just nine yards shy of fourth place Darrin Nelson (2,368, 1977-81), 71 yards behind third place Ken Margerum (2,430, 1977-80) and 123 yards back of second place Justin Armour (2,482, 1991-94) ... Pitts also ranks tied for third in school history in touchdown receptions with 20 and is fourth in career receptions with 170.

    HOWARD LIVES UP TO PRESEASON BILLING: Fifth-year senior DT Willie Howard entered the 2000 season as one of the most highly touted defensive linemen in the nation ... Howard was tabbed as a First-Team Preseason All-American by Athlon and Second Team Preseason All-American by Street & Smith's, who also ranked him as the fourth best defensive lineman in the country ... Howard was on The Sporting News' and Street & Smith's lists of Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award candidates ... Thus far this season, Howard, who has made 38 consecutive starts dating back to 1997, has 15 tackles (10 unassisted), four tackles for loss (-16 yards) and two quarterback sacks (-14 yards) ... His best outing of the season came on Sept. 16 vs. Texas when he had a team-high seven tackles, including two for a loss, and a crucial fourth quarter quarterback sack as the Cardinal held the Longhorns to just 13 net yards rushing ... He has recorded a tackle for loss in three of the four games this year, and 14 of his last 17 dating back to `98 ... All totaled, he has 35 career tackles-for-loss (-147 yards) and 19.5 career sacks (-114 yards) ... Last season, Howard emerged as the leader - both on and off the field - of Stanford's defensive line unit known as the "Trench Dogs" ... Howard finished third in the Pac-10 in both quarterback sacks (10, -60 yards) and tackles-for-loss (19, -79 yards) in `99 ... He recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin despite playing with ACL damage and an MCL sprain to his right knee that was suffered in the regular season finale against Notre Dame just five weeks earlier.

    LEWIS RUNS THE SHOW: Redshirt freshman QB Chris Lewis, who is subbing for the injured Randy Fasani, made his first collegiate start on Saturday vs. Arizona ... Lewis, who was the first redshirt freshman to start at QB for Stanford since St. Louis Cardinals farmhand Chad Hutchinson did it in `96, went 14-of-32 for 177 yards and two interceptions ... Two weeks ago against #5 Texas, Lewis entered the game in the first quarter in place of the injured Fasani and led the Cardinal to the 27-24 upset by going 12-of-33 for 214 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions ... The last of those three touchdown passes was a game-winning 15-yard strike to DeRonnie Pitts with 1:12 remaining that capped a dramatic four-play, 59-yard drive ... On the season, Lewis has thrown for 397 yards on 27-of-68 with three touchdowns and two interceptions ... Lewis, who starred at Long Beach Poly High School, came to The Farm after being named the 1998 Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year and a Parade Magazine First Team Prep All-American ... As a senior, Lewis completed 59.4 (174-of-293) percent of his passes for 3,170 yards and 43 touchdowns ... He finished his prep career with a California state record 107 TD passes to go along with 8,616 yards through the air.

    FASANI UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY: Senior quarterback Randy Fasani (two years of eligibility remaining) underwent arthroscopic surgery on on Sept. 29 at Stanford Hospital to repair a strained ligament and torn cartilage in his left knee ... Fasani, who suffered the injury on Sept. 16 against Texas, is expected to return this season ... Fasani, who started the first three games of the season, ranks among the national leaders in virtually every passing category ... He is an impressive 37-of-71 (52.1 percent) for 664 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception to go along with a 155.7 pass efficiency rating ... Those numbers rank Fasani first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in pass efficiency, 29th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in total offense (232.33 ypg) and tied for 29th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in points responsible for (12.00 pg) ... Against San Jose State, Fasani threw for 373 yards - the 20th highest single game total in school history - and went 18-of-42 with four touchdowns and one interception ...Prior to this season, Fasani appeared in 13 games off the bench in `98 and `99, and went 9-of-22 for 94 yards with one touchdown and one interception in addition to also seeing time at tight end, on special teams and at linebacker.

    RIALL ROLLS ON: Fifth-year senior OLB Riall Johnson showed why he is one of the top pass rushers in the nation by recording three quarterback sacks in the upset victory over Texas ... Four of Johnson's five tackles were for a loss (-26 yards) in the victory, including the three quarterback sacks of Major Applewhite - two of them in the fourth quarter - for a total of -19 yards ... For his efforts, Johnson was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week by USATODAY.com ... It also marked the sixth time in Johnson's career that he has recorded two or more sacks in a game ... On the season, Johnson, who started the first two games at defensive end in the Cardinal's nickel package and moved back to OLB against Texas and Arizona, has recorded 14 tackles (10 unassisted), seven tackles-for-loss (-41 yards), five quarterback sacks (-25 yards) and two pass break-ups ... The seven tackles-for-loss and five quarterback sacks both rank among the national leaders ... For his career, Johnson has 25 career sacks (-191 yards) and 39 tackles-for-loss (-237 yards) ... Johnson also had a banner year in `99 - tying for the 1999 Pac-10 lead in sacks with 13 (-108 yards) en route to second team all-conference honors ... In the preseason, The Sporting News tabbed Johnson No. 7 on its list of the nation's top outside linebackers while Lindy's had him at No. 14 ... Johnson's younger brother, Teyo, who was one of the nation's prized recruits, is currently the Cardinal's second-string quarterback.

    FERNANDEZ STRIKES AGAIN: Junior CB Ryan Fernandez, who came to Stanford as a wide receiver out of Oakland's Skyline High School, recorded his third interception of the season on Saturday against Arizona to vault into the top five nationally in that category ... Fernandez' 0.75 interceptions per game ranks tied for fifth in the nation and leads the Pac-10 ... He grabbed his first two interceptions of the season in the upset win over Texas on Sept. 16, marking Stanford's first multi-interception game since Tim Smith grabbed two at Washington on Oct. 30 of last season ... Fernandez also leads the team in passes defensed with six, and is fourth on the team in tackles with 20 (17 unassisted) ... Fernandez was one of just five true Stanford freshman to earn a letter in `98, and at wide receiver, caught two passes for 40 yards ... He was moved to the secondary prior to last season, and recorded 12 tackles, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery in a reserve role in `99.

    KERRY CARTER LEADS RUSHING ATTACK: Sophomore RB Kerry Carter, who burst onto the scene last fall with impressive early season performances against Texas (9-69, TD) and Arizona (3 TDs), has been the Cardinal's main threat out of the backfield in 2000 ... Carter rushed for 69 yards on nine carries and a touchdown in the season opener against Texas, and two weeks later, rushed for three scores in the upset win at Arizona ... He is off to another fast start this season, rushing for a team-high 251 yards on 62 carries (4.0 ypc) through the first four weeks ... His best performance this season was a 17-carry, 90-yard effort against San Jose State ... He also has one reception this season - an 84-yard TD against Washington State that is tied for the fifth longest pass play in school history ... He currently ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in all-purpose rushing (99.33 pg) and eighth in rushing (62.75 pg) ... As a true freshman last season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Carter finished with 87 carries for 330 yards (3.8 ypc) and a team-high six rushing TDs ... Carter came to Stanford as a prized recruit out of Vaughn, Ontario, Canada despite playing only one game in his senior year because a teacher's strike forced the cancellation of most of the season.

    2000 Team Rankings

    CategoryAvg.NCAA/Pac-10
    Rushing Offense121/7576/10
    Pass Eff. Offense127.1742/3
    Passing Offense265.322/1
    Total Offense387.0047/4
    Scoring Offense20.2577/8
    Rushing Defense145.060/7
    Pass Defense222.0085/8
    Pass Eff. Defense 115.1159/8
    Total Defense367.0071/9
    Scoring Defense25.375/10
    Turnover Margin-0.5077 (t)/9
    Punt Returns7.1184/6
    Kickoff Returns21.5331/3
    Individual Stat Rankings

    Randy Fasani, Pass Efficiency
    (155.7 rating)
    6th NCAA, 1st Pac-10

    Randy Fasani, Total Offense (232.3)
    29th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

    Randy Fasani,
    Points responsible for/gm. (12.00)
    29th (tie) NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

    DeRonnie Pitts, Receptions/gm. (6.25)
    13th (tie) NCAA, 1st Pac-10

    DeRonnie Pitts, Receiving Yds/gm (74.75)
    44th (tie) NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

    DeRonnie Pitts, Scoring/gm. (6.00)
    5th (tie) Pac-10

    DeRonnie Pitts, All-Purpose Running (98.75)
    8th Pac-10

    Ryan Fernandez, Interceptions/gm. (0.75)
    5th (tie) NCAA, 1st (tie) Pac-10

    Ryan Wells, Kickoff Returns (21.75)
    47th NCAA, 4th Pac-10

    Kerry Carter, All-Purpose Running (99.33)
    7th Pac-10

    Kerry Carter, Rushing (62.75)
    8th Pac-10

    IN THE RECORD BOOKS ...

    Career Receptions

    1. Troy Walters, 1996-99244
    2. Darrin Nelson, 1977-81214
    3. Brad Muster, 1984-87 194
    4. DeRonnie Pitts, 1997-170
    5. Vincent White, 1979-82162
    6. Justin Armour, 1991-94154
    6. Jeff James, 1984-87 154
    8. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-90146
    9. Glyn Milburn, 1990-92141
    9. Chris Walsh, 1988-91 141
    9. Ken Margerum, 1977-80141

    Career Receiving Yards

    1. Troy Walters, 1996-993986
    2. Justin Armour, 1991-942482
    3. Ken Margerum, 1977-802430
    4. Darrin Nelson, 1977-812368
    5. DeRonnie Pitts, 1997-2359
    6. Ed McCaffrey, 1986-902333
    7. Brian Manning, 1993-962280
    8. Emile Harry, 1981-842270
    9. Jeff James, 1984-872265
    10. Tony Hill, 1973-762225

    Career Touchdown Receptions

    1. Ken Margerum, 1977-8030
    2. Troy Walters, 1996-9926
    3. Justin Armour, 1991-9420
    3. DeRonnie Pitts, 1997-20
    5. Vincent White, 1979-8218
    5. Tony Hill, 1973-7618
    7. Jeff James, 1984-8716
    7. James Lofton, 1975-7716
    7. Darrin Nelson, 1977-8116
    10. Emile Harry, 1981-8415

    Career Field Goals

    1. John Hopkins, 1987-9059
    2. Eric Abrams, 1992-9552
    3. Mark Harmon, 1981-8450
    4. Rod Garcia, 1971-7342
    5. Ken Naber, 1977-8039
    6. Kevin Miller, 1995-9827
    7. Mike Langford, 1974-7524
    8. David Sweeney, 1984-8723
    9. Steve Horowitz, 1968-7021
    10. Braden Beck, 1963-6417
    Mike Biselli 1999-16

    Career PATs

    1. Eric Abrams, 1992-95126
    2. Ken Naber, 1977-80119
    3. Mark Harmon, 1981-84102
    4. Steve Horowitz, 1968-7086
    4. Gary Kerkorian, 1949-5186
    6. John Hopkins, 1987-9077
    7. Rod Garcia, 1971-7371
    8. Kevin Miller, 1995-9868
    8. David Sweeney, 1984-8768
    10. Mike Biselli 1999-58

    Notebook

    * - Fith-year SS Aaron Focht, a native of Germantown, Ohio, is enjoying his best season as a Cardinal ... Focht leads the team in both tackles (31) and unassisted tackles (21), and also has two tackles-for-loss and one interception.

    * - Starting CB Ruben Carter is the only player on Stanford's roster from the state of Indiana ... Carter, who is from Indianapolis and Lawrence North High School, was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection a year ago after leading the team and ranking sixth in the conference with 12 pass break-ups ... He also had two interceptions in `99 and was among the team leaders in tackles with 40 ... This season, Carter ranks third on the team with 21 tackles (15 unassisted) and also has four passes defense and one tackle-for-loss.

    * - Notre Dame OL (guards and centers) coach Dave Borbely served as an assistant to Tyrone Willingham on The Farm prior to moving to South Bend ... Borbely was an OL coach at Stanford from 1995-97, including a Liberty Bowl appearance in `95 and Sun Bowl trip in `96 ... He is now in his third season at Notre Dame.

    * - Junior WR Ryan Wells (three years of eligibility remaining) emerged as one of the top kickoff returners in Division I-A football last season, and has continued that trend this year ... In `99, Wells ranked third in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation with a 27.5 yard average per return (15 returns, 412 yards) ... The average was also the sixth best single season mark in school history. ... This season, the Middletown, Ohio native has a 21.8 yard average per return (8-174), which ranks 47nd in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10.

    * - Senior PK Mike Biselli (two years of eligibility remaining) became the third player to play punter for the Cardinal in 2000 when he handled the chores for the final three quarters against Arizona ... Biselli punted six times for a 38.0-yard average, marking just the second time in his career that he has handled those chores (10/23/99 at USC) ... As a placekicker, Biselli has emerged as one of the best in the nation ... He is 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) on career field goal attempts, including a perfect 13-of-13 from inside the 40 ... He is also just one field goal shy of breaking into Stanford's all-time top 10 in that category ... Biselli enjoyed the best day of his career last season against Notre Dame, as he kicked four field goals, including the game-winning 22-yarder as time expired.

    * - The emergence of WRs Jamien McCullum and Luke Powell have given the Cardinal two more receiving threats to go alongside DeRonnie Pitts ... Powell, who is a redshirt freshman from Smyrna, Tennessee, has six catches for 175 yards and one touchdown ... The 175 receiving yards ranks second on the team ... McCullum, who is a senior (two years of eligibility remaining) from Mercer Island, Washington, has eight receptions for 165 yards and two scores ... McCullum came to Stanford as a receiver, but was moved to free safety in `98 before being moved back to receiver last season.


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