Nov. 23, 2003
2003 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #11 - Notre Dame (4-6) at Stanford (4-6)
November 29, Stanford Stadium, 5:00 pm
The Cardinal: Stanford will conclude the 2003 season on Saturday when they host former head coach Tyrone Willingham and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 5:00 game at Stanford Stadium. Both the Cardinal and Irish will enter the game with identical 4-6 records, although the Irish do not conclude their regular season until a December 6 game at Syracuse. Notre Dame is still in bowl contention if it can win its final two games and finish 6-6. Stanford has beaten the Irish the last three times the two teams have met at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal will try and snap its two game losing streak while the Irish will look to extend their two-game winning streak.
Media Coverage: The Stanford-Notre Dame will be broadcast live to a split-national audience on ABC. 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 3:30 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.
Senior Day: Thirteen members of the 2003 Cardinal will be playing in their final collegiate game Saturday at Stanford Stadium. The list includes: FB Cooper Blackhurst, C Drew Caylor, OT Kirk Chambers, MLB Jake Covault, MLB Bran Gaffney, DE Louis Hobson, Pat Jacobs, P Eric Johnson, QB Chris Lewis, TE Brett Pierce, WR Luke Powell, NT Ian Shelswell (injured), and OT Mike Sullivan.
Stanford-Notre Dame Connection: Seven members of the Notre Dame coaching staff were on the Cardinal's staff under Tyrone Willingham. Willingham, of course, was the Cardinal's head coach for seven seasons (1995-01) and an assistant under Denny Green for three years (1989-91). Irish defensive coordinator Kent Baer was on Willingham's Stanford staff for all seven seasons, the last three as defensive coordinator. Bill Diedrick, Notre Dame's offensive coordinator, held the same position at Stanford for four years (1998-01). Mike Denbrock and John McDonell were Stanford's offensive line coaches in 2001, Buzz Preston was the Cardinal's running backs coach from 1999-2001 and Trent Miles was Stanford's wide receivers coach in 2001. Trent Walters, Notre Dame's secondary coach, is the father of Troy Walters, one of Stanford's all-time great receivers who played under Willingham from 1995-99. Erica Genise, Notre Dame's Director of Football Operations, was Willingham's administrative associate at Stanford. Cardinal co-defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff spent two seasons (1984-85) as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame under Gerry Faust.
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).
Stanford-California Game Notes
Academic All-Pac-10: Stanford dominated the Pac-10 All-Academic team with 25 selections, including eight First-Team, eight Second-Team and nine honorable mention selectons. The Cardinal more than doubled the number of All-Academic selections by any other conference member. Two Stanford players earned First-Team recognition for the second straight year: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers and linebacker Kevin Schimmelmann. The other First-Team selections included quarterback Kyle Matter, FB Cooper Blackhurst, WR Brandon Royster, NT Babatunde Oshinowo, MLB Brian Gaffney and CB Leigh Torrence. Earning Second-Team All-Academic were WR Greg Camarillo, WR Nick Sebes, OT Matt McClernan, DE Louis Hobson, NT Ian Shelswell, DE Will Svitek, MLB David Bergeron and OLB Mike Silva. Honorable mention selections were OG David Beall, OT Jon Cochran, RB Gerald Commissiong, RB J.R. Lemon, C Tim Mattran, PK Michael Sgroi, TE Alex Smith, OT Mike Sullivan and OG Josiah Vinson.
Youth Be Served: Stanford may be the youngest team in the nation. Consider that of the Cardinal's 96 players, 47 are either true or redshirt freshman and 66 are either freshman or sophomore. Stanford has just 13 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 (83), forced fumbles (6), fumble recoveries (6), is tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and is second in pass breakups (8). He is fourth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (8.3), he leads the league in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and is tied for ninth in passes defensedŠ Against the Bears, he accounted for six tackles, two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. His 14 tackles at Oregon State on Nov. 15 is the most by a Stanford defender this season. Against USC (Oct. 11), 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 (Oct. 18), 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 (Oct. 25) and vs. UCLA (Nov. 1), he led the team with eight total tackles while also recording one pass break up and one fumble recovery. He turned in another outstanding game a week ago against Arizona State as he tallied 11 tackles, forced two fumbles, had two pass break-ups one tacklke for loss. Atogwe has put himeself in position for post-season honors.
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 40 receptions for 481 yards and three receiving touchdowns. He also has 35 punt returns for 320 yards and one TD, that coming against UCLA on Nov. 1. Powell returned a punt 90-yards for a touchdown against the Bruins, which went 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. Powell now has 123 career receptions for 2,041 yards and 16 touchdowns (14 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 18 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 (82), punt return yards (873) and punt return average (10.6).
Powell Nearing Top-10: Senior Luke Powell needs 48 yards in all-purpose running to move into the school's all-time top-10. Powell currently has 3,017 yards in all-purpose running. No. 10 on the list is Ryan Wells, who gained 3,065 yards during his career (1999-2002). Powell has gained 2,041 yards in receiving yards, 873 in punt returns, 72 on kickoff returns and 31 rushing yards.
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 has been the unquestioned leader of the unit. Chambers, who is the oldest player on the team at 24, has started all 44 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.. An honors candidate in 2003, Chambers was recently named First-Team District-8 Academic All-America and First-Team Academic All-Pac-10. 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 1,175 yards on 261 carries (4.5 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.
Lemon Takes Advantage: Sophomore running back J.R. Lemon has made the most of his oportunities in 2003. With starter Kenneth Tolon limited in the season opener against San Jose State, Lemon carried the day with a career best 18 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Lemon played a reserve role for several weeks in mid-season with Tolon getting the majority of the carries, but with Tolon again slowed by injury against Arizona State (Nov. 8), Lemon made the most of his opportunity. He wound up setting career bests again with 34 carries for 151 yards and two toucdowns. The 34 carries tied for the fourth highest single game total in school history and his 151 yards gained was the most by a Cardinal back since Mike Mitchell in 1994 (179 yards vs. San Jose State). In those two games in which he was the primary ball carrier (San Jose State and Arizona State), Lemon rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries (4.9 ypc) while scoring four touchdowns. Lemon, who has started the last two games vs. Oregon State and Cal, had 17 carries for 84 yards vs. the Bears. For the season, Lemon has gained 457 yards and scored a team leading four rushing touchdowns on 113 carries (4.0 ypc).
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 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 did not play against Oregon and UCLA and has seen action in a reserve role the past three weeks vs. Arizona State, Oregon State and Cal. 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 five games (vs. Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State and Cal). Lewis returned to the starting lineup after Trent 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. In Stanford's 38-27 win over ASU (Nov. 8), Lewis completed 18-of-34 for 279 yards and two touchdowns while also running for another TD. It was the second best passing day of his career, surpassed only by his 390 yard effort in the 2001 Big Game vs. Cal. 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, and came off the bench vs. USC and Washington State. For his career, has completed 336-684 for 4,178 yards and 32 TDs. He is No. 7 all-time in career touchdown passes, No. 8 in total offense (4,157 yards) and No. 9 in passing
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 Š At the other tight end spot, Smith's backup is true freshman Patrick Danahy. Thus far in 2003, Cardinal tight ends have accounted for 35 catches for 262 yards and five touchdowns. Smith leads all tight ends with 22 catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns, while Pierce has recorded 11 receptions for 84 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. This season, however, Pierce (ACL) and Traverso (ankle) have remained healthy. 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 38 passes in his career for 391 yards and three TDs, was a pre-season First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while Smith garnered Second-Team pre-season All-America honors.
Smith's Status: By the time junior Alex Smith concludes his Cardinal career at the end of the 2004 season, his name will likely appear on a list of the best tight ends in school history. That's because Smith has been one of the most prolific tight ends on The Farm in the past 25 years, and potentially of all-time. The Denver, Colorado native and son of former NFL player Edwin, Smith already has 53 career receptions for 575 yards and five touchdowns - numbers that rank among the best in school history for tight ends. Smith caught one pass as a redshirt freshman in 2001 as a backup, then recorded 30 (for 380 yards and two TDs) as a starter in 2002.He has caught 22 balls in '03. Over the past 25 years, the only Cardinal tight ends with similar or better numbers than Smith are Greg Baty (85 receptions, 1982-85), Jim Price (79, 1985-89), Tony Cline (51, 1989-92) and Greg Clark (43, 1995-96). All four went on to play in the NFL.
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) have started all 10 games for the Cardinal while RG and redshirt freshman Jeff Edwards started the first eight before suffering a knee injury vs. Arizona State on Nov. 8Š Head started the first four games before a season-ending knee injury at USC (Oct. 11) forced converted defensive end Drew Caylor into the starting role. Redshirt freshman Jon Cochran has started two games in place of senior Mike Sullivan and redshirt freshman Josiah Vinson has started the last two games in place of theinjured Jeff Edwards. 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 - Josiah Vinson, David Beall (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 10 games and started the past seven. He is second on the team with 30 receptions. Evan Moore has caught eight balls for 150 yards and one touchdown while TE Patrick Danahy recorded his first TD reception at USC (Oct. 11) . RB David Marrero has carried the ball 32 times for 90 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 30 receptions for 458 yards and an impressive 15.3 average . Moore, who suffered injuries to his shoulder and ankle on Nov. 8 vs. Arizona State and has not played the past two games at Oregon State and vs. Cal, has eight catches for 150 yards and one TD.
More Bradford: Mark Bradford's 30 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 six games (vs. Washington State, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State and Cal), Bradford has been the team's top receiver with 24 catches for 366 yards and two TDs. 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.
Corner Trio: Stanford's three man rotation at cornerback continues to improve and become a force in the Pac-10. Juniors Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson along with sophomore T.J. Rushing have provided the Cardinal with quality play in the defensive backfield. Torrence is among the league leaders with 11 pass breakups and is first among CBs on the team with 56 total tackles. Rushing, who has 17 tackles, two forced fumbles and a quarterback sack the past three games, has 39 tackles and five breakups while Wilson has 25 tackles, one interception and six breakups. The trio have shared the two cornerback position all season long with Torrence starting eight games, Wilson and Rushing six. All three will return for the Cardinal in 2004.
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 and against UCLA on Nov. 1, he added seven tackles, forced one fumble, had one pass break up, one sack and one tackle for loss. He had an interception, two pass break ups and six tackles at Oregon State on Nov. 15. In the Big Game vs. Cal, he equalled his career-high with 10 tackles. Newberry, who has started all 10 games this season, is second on the team with 61 tackles while leading the team with 10 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 against UCLA on Nov. 1. And Craven did not dissapoint as he accounted for seven tackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacks against the Bruins. For his efforts, Craven was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. 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 he has 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 30 total tackles.He has also accounted for six tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, four pass deflections, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Gordon is Stanford's most experienced defensive lineman with 17 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 with 25 total tackles and he leads all lineman - and the team - with four quarterback sacks. He is second on the team - first among linemen - with eight tackles for loss. He recorded a career-high seven tackles at Oregon State on Nov. 15. Against Washington, Oshinowo had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss. He had three tackles, which included two sacks and two tackles for loss, against UCLA on Nov. 1. 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.
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.).
In the Middle: Junior David Bergeron, who sits in the middle of the Cardinal defense, has started the past 19 games at MLB, is one of the team's most experienced players and has developed into one of the team leaders on defense. After equalling his career-high with 10 tackles in last week's Big Game vs. Cal, Bergeron now has 59 total tackles in 2003 to go along with five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups. He established a career-high with 10 tackles against the USC on Oct. 11 and followed that with eight tackles vs. Washington State. 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 . Bergeron redshirted the 2000 season, played on special teams and as a reserve in '01 before moving into the starting lineup in game two last year.
Punting Records: Fifth-year senior punter Eric Johnson is on the verge of breaking Cardinal single season records for most punts and most punting yardage. The Antioch, Calif., native is having one of the finest seasons in school history. His current average of 43.3 is not only among the best in the nation, but in the Cardinal record book only three punters in school history have enjoyed better seasons. His 2003 season totals of 78 punts for 3,379 yards is nearing the school's single season records of 82 punts for 3,427 yards, both set by Paul Stonehouse in 1992. Johnson almost broke one of the oldest records in the Cardinal record book at Oregon State (Nov. 15) when his punted for 516 yards. The school record for most punting yardage in a game is 565 set by the great Ernie Nevers vs. USC in 1925.
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 five times this season (San Jose State, BYU, Washington State, UCLA, ASU). This Week's Opponent - Notre Dame (4-6)
About the Irish: Notre Dame has lost to three top-5 teams in Michigan, USC and Florida State, but at 4-6 they are still in bowl contention if they can win their final two games. Julius Jones has rushed for 996 yards and scored nine of the team's 17 touchdowns while freshman QB Quinn Brady, a starter in seven games, has completed 131-of-285 (.460) for 1,455, six TDs and 13 interceptions. ILB Courtney Watson (102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss) and DE Justin Tuck (65 tackles, 15 TFL, 9.5 sacks) lead the Irish defense.
Stanford-Notre Dame Series: The Irish lead the all-time series with Stanford 11-6, but the two teams have split the last six games with each team winning three games on their home field. The Cardinal, with Willingham as its head coach, beat Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium in 1997 (33-15), 1999 (40-37) and 2001 (17-13). Notre Dame won five of the first six games in the series, but in the last 11 - from 1990-2002 - the Irish have won six of the 11. Stanford is 4-3 all-time vs. Notre Dame in Stanford Stadium.
Last Year's Game: The Cardinal scored first and led 7-3 at the half, but 21 third quarter points in a span of 3:13 put Notre Dame on top and enabled the Irish to beat the Cardinal 31-7 on October 5 at Notre Dame Stadium. Chris Lewis hit Teyo Johnson on a 14-yard scoring pass with :46 left in the first quarter to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead. Stanford held the lead at 7-3 until late in the third quarter when the Irish scored 21 points in just over three minutes on a three-yard run by Rashon Powers-Neal, a 34-yard interception return by Shane Walston when he stripped the ball from Cardinal tight end Alex Smith, and an 18-yard interception return by Courtney Watson.
Head Coach Tyrone Willingham: The Irish head coach spent 10 seasons at Stanford, three as an assistant coach under Denny Green (1989-91) and seven as its head coach (1995-2001). Willingham compiled a record of 44-36-1 as the Cardinal's head coach while leading Stanford to four bowl games, including the 2000 Rose Bowl, Stanford's first Rose Bowl appearance in 27 years. He was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and his 44 wins ranks third on Stanford's all-time list. He was named the Irish coach in January 2002. His record at Notre Dame stands at 14-9, which includes a 10-3 record and Gator Bowl appearance in 2002.
Opponent: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: November 29, 2003
Kickoff: 5:00 pm
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Series: Notre Dame leads 11-6
Television: ABC (split national), live
Radio: Talk 910 KNEW
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live game audio and live game stats)