Nov. 21, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12 North) will close out its regular season on Saturday as it welcomes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3) to Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,360). Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ABC. Both teams are coming off narrow victories last weekend. The Cardinal scored a 31-28 decision over California while the Irish prevailed in its game with Boston College, 16-14. Stanford enters the contest ranked 4th by AP, 5th in the USA Today Coaches poll and 6th in the BCS Standings. Notre Dame is ranked 22nd by AP and 24th in the coaches poll.
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Saturday’s Stanford-Notre Dame game will be televised by ABC, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play) and Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Heather Cox (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.
Stanford-Notre Dame Series
In a series that dates back to the 1925 Rose Bowl, Stanford trails the all-time series with Notre Dame, 8-17-0. The two schools have met each of the last 14 seasons and 21 out of the last 23 campaigns dating back to 1988. Stanford has won the last two games in the series, winning last year’s affair in South Bend, 37-14 along with the 2009 meeting in the Bay Area, 45-38. It marks the first time in the series the Cardinal has won back-to-back games against the Irish. In May, the two schools announced the series would be extended through the 2019 season.
- Now 10-1 (8-1 Pac-12 North) on the year after Saturday’s 31-28 victory over California in the Big Game...had won its first nine games of the season and 17 in a row before suffering its first loss of the season to Oregon on Nov. 12.
- Has posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history...marks Stanford’s fifth, 10-win season overall.
- Ranked No. 4 this week by AP, No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 6 in the BCS standings...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 20 straight weeks, marking the program’s longest run as a Top 10 team in school history.
- Has posted a 35-14 (.714) record since 2008 and are 30-7 (.811) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Is 22-3 in its last 25 home contests dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season, with losses coming against USC (2008), Cal (2009) and Oregon (2011).
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and fourth nationally in scoring, averaging 45.00 points a game...has scored 40 or more points 17 times in the last 37 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 42.4 ppg (1019 total) over the last 24 contests...on pace to break the school’s scoring record for a third straight year.
- Have scored 30 or more points in 14 consecutive games dating back to last season and has scored 40 or more in nine of the 14 games.
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in rushing offense at 209.0...rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington.
- Offense has had just 10 three-and-outs all season.
- Leads the Pac-12 in four defensive categories -- rushing defense (93.0), red zone defense (75.0), third down conversion defense (42-137; 30.66) and sacks-per-game (3.00; 33 total)...rank second in total defense (330.9), scoring defense (20.91), and fewest first downs (17.55)...rush defense ranks fifth nationally.
- Defense has held the opponent to just 28 points in the first quarter and just 40 points in the third quarter this season.
- Has outscored its last 23 opponents 510-193 in the first half...have led or been tied at the half in 24 of the last 25 games.
- Has trailed in just three games this season -- USC, Oregon and Cal.
- Was 4 of 5 in the red zone vs. Cal and have come away with points in 61 of 62 (98.0) trips to the red zone this season (48 TDs, 13 FGs)...rank first nationally in red zone offense.
- With two TD passes vs. Cal, Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck rank his career total to 76, one shy of John Elway’s (1979-82) school-record mark of 77...Luck has 31 TD passes this season and needs just one more to tie his own single-season record, set last year.