Nov. 1, 2010
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The 10th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10), off to its best start since 1970, will face the 13th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) Saturday at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,000). The game will be televised by ABC and will kick off at 5:12 p.m. Stanford and Arizona are tied for second place in the Pac-10 Conference race and are meeting as ranked teams for the first time in the history of the the series. Both teams are coming off road wins last Saturday. Stanford shut out Washington, 41-0 while Arizona downed UCLA, 29-21 at the Rose Bowl.
Saturday's game will be carried live on ABC, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), and Erin Andrews (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday's Stanford-Arizona game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave 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.
In a series that dates back to 1979, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona, 11-14-0. Stanford has won two of the last three games in the series and are 6-3 against the `Cats dating back to a 50-22 victory in 1999, which snapped Arizona's six-game winning streak in head-to-head meetings. Arizona won last year's game in Tucson, 43-38, as the two teams combined for 1,137 yards in total offense, including 849 in the air. Stanford is just 4-7 in 11 home games against Arizona, including a victory in the `Cats last visit to the Bay Area in 2008, 24-23. The teams also played one neutral site game in 1986, with Stanford claiming a 29-24 victory in Tokyo, Japan.
- Are 7-1 on the season after shutting out Washington last Saturday, 41-0...are off to its best start since 1970, when Stanford began the season with an 8-1 record on its way to the Pacific-8 Conference and a Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State.
- Are ranked 10th this week in the AP Top-25 poll and 12th in the USA Today Coaches poll...have been ranked for nine straight weeks, marking Stanford's longest presence in the AP poll since the 2001 campaign, when it was also ranked in nine straight polls to close the season...check in at No. 13 in this week's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
- Coming off one of the most dominating defensive performances in school history in its 41-0 shutout victory at Washington...allowed the second fewest total yards (107) in school history and gave up just seven first downs....allowed the Huskies past midfield just once.
- Are 4-0 at home this season and are 15-2 in its last 17 home games dating back to the final home contest of the 2007 season.
- Averaging 42.38 points a game to rank second in the Pac-10 Conference and fifth in the nation in scoring offense...have scored 30 or more points in eight straight games, which is a school record...are on pace to break the school's single-season point total of 461 set last season.
- Also rank in the top-30 nationally in total offense (16th; 466.8), rushing offense (12th; 223.7), passing efficiency (10th; 163.5), first downs (11th; 24.50), third down efficiency (2nd; 57.69) and red zone efficiency (t-8th; 92.0).
- Outscoring its first eight opponents 205-68 in the first half, including 107-27 in the first quarter...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half...have not trailed at halftime this year.
- Stanford has punted just 16 times this season, the fewest attempts in the nation along with Nevada among FBS teams...Boise State has punted 17 times.
- Davey O'Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck ranks first in the the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in passing efficiency at 162.51...he also ranks first in the conference and 19th nationally in total offense (283.12) and 34th nationally in total passing yards (1,920)...Stanford is 15-5 over the last two seasons with Luck as its starting quarterback.
- Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last five games, which is the second longest streak of its kind in school history...he is averaging 114.2 yards a game in his last five contests.
- A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, which is tops in the nation, along with Central Florida.