Sept. 26, 2011
Following a bye week, the Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12 North) returns to action on Saturday to face the UCLA Bruins (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12 South) at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). Stanford is coming off a 37-10 victory at Arizona on Sept. 17, extending its winning streak to 11 games, which is the longest active winning streak in the country. UCLA won its conference opener last Saturday, defeating Oregon State in Corvallis, 27-19. The Cardinal is ranked sixth by AP and fourth in the USA Today Coaches polls this week while UCLA is unranked.
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Saturday's Stanford-UCLA game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net, with Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford's flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio 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. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
In a series that dates back to 1925, Stanford trails the all-time series with UCLA, 33-45-3. The two schools have met each season dating back to 1946. Stanford has won the last two games in the series, including a 38-0 shutout of the Bruins last year at the Rose Bowl and a 24-16 triumph at Stanford Stadium in 2009. UCLA had won five in a row in the series prior to Stanford's current two-game winning streak. Stanford's last three-game winning streak in the series came between 1925-31 in the midst of a five-game winning streak.
- Now 3-0 (1-0 Pac-12 North) after defeating Arizona 37-10 on Sept. 17...opened the season with a 57-3 victory over San Jose State and followed with a 27-17 victory at Duke.
- Has won 11 straight games dating back to last season, marking the program's longest winning streak since 1939-41, when Stanford won 13 straight games over the course of three seasons, tying a school record...streak is the longest in the nation among FBS teams and fourth longest in school history.
- Has posted a 28-13 (.683) record over the last three-plus seasons and are 23-6 (.793) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Ranked 6th this week in the AP Top 25 and 4th in the USA Today Coaches poll...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 10 straight weeks, marking the program's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history.
- Have won seven straight home games and are 18-2 in its last 20 home games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final home game of the 2007 seasaon.
- Last Stanford first year head coach to start his career 3-0 was Jack Christiansen in 1972...Chuck Taylor (1951) was the last first year head coach to start 4-0.
- Rank first nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 36.0 yards per game...also rank in top-20 nationally in TFL (1st; 10.33), red zone defense (t-3rd; 50.0), sacks per game (t-4th; 4.33), third down defense (4th; 23.8) and scoring defense (t-4th; 9.00).
- Defense has not allowed points in eight out of 12 quarters this season and have allowed just two offensive touchdowns...have not been scored upon in either the first of third quarters this season.
- Ranks ninth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 46.0 points a game over its first three contests...have scored 40 or more points 12 times in the last 29 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 41.4 ppg (662 total) over the last 16 contests..have set school scoring record each of the last two seasons.
- Built a 16-10 halftime lead against Arizona...have outscored its last 16 opponents 361-110 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20).
- Was 4 for 4 in the red zone at Arizona and have come away with points in all 16 trips to the red zone this season...have converted 90.7 (78-86) of its red zone chances over the last two seasons.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 20 of 31 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns at Arizona...now has 53 career TD passes which rank third on Stanford's all-time list behind only John Elway (77) and Steve Stenstrom (72)...Stanford is 23-5 (.821) in Luck's 28 career starts.
- Tight ends Coby Fleener (3), Zach Ertz (3) and Levine Toilolo (1) have accounted for seven of Stanford's nine TD receptions this season and 11 of the last 13 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.
- Are averaging 196.0 yards on the ground after averaging 213.8 a year ago...Stepfan Taylor ran for a career-high 153 yards on 22 carries at Arizona.