Oct. 22, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas has been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following Stanford's 21-3 victory over Cal in the 115th Big Game last Saturday. The honor is the second of his career and the fourth Pac-12 Player of the Week recognition for a Stanford player this season. Thomas also received the honor on Nov. 29, 2010.
Thomas led an historic Stanford defensive performance that held the Pac-12's third-best rushing offense to three yards rushing, the fewest allowed by a Stanford defense since 2003 (when it allowed minus-5 against BYU) and tied for the seventh best in school history. Cal entered the game averaging 5.0 yards/carry, and the Thomas-led Cardinal defense held the Bears to 3.9 inches/carry.
Thomas had 3.0 tackles for loss in the game along with a seven-yard sack, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Stanford's dominating defense recorded 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and allowed only three points - the lowest since the 2011 season opener versus San Jose State and fewest in a Big Game since 1998.
No. 19 Stanford (5-2, 3-1) next plays host to a Pac-12 North contest at Stanford Stadium this Saturday against Washington State (2-5, 0-4). The 3:15 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
Two regular season home games remain for the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium this season - Oct. 27 versus Washington State and Nov. 10 versus Oregon State - and tickets may be purchased online at GoStanford.com, at the Stanford Stadium ticket office or by calling 800-STANFORD.