Oct. 2, 2005
Date: October 8, 2005
Kickoff: 2:00 pm
Site: Pullman, WA
Television: No live television
Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads series 31-23-1
Last Meeting: Stanford 16, WSU 13, Oct. 16, 2004 at WSU
Series Notes Stanford has won last two games at Martin Stadium
Cardinal Takes To The Road With Pac-10 Game at WSU
Stanford (1-2, 0-1) will attempt to rebound from last week's home loss to Oregon and snap a two-game losing skid when it travels to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State (3-1, 0-1) in a key conference game for both teams ... The Cardinal is coming off a 44-20 loss to Oregon at Stanford Stadium while the Cougars, who began the season with three straight wins, are coming off a 44-33 loss at Oregon State ... Stanford will play its next two conference games on the road vs. WSU and Arizona (Oct. 8), then will play two straight Pac-10 games at home against nationally-ranked Arizona State and UCLA ... The Cardinal has had success at Martin Stadium in recent years as it has won the last two meetings in Pullman, four of the last five and 10 of the last 12 ... The Cougars have scored at least 33 points in each of its first four games and enter Saturday's contest averaging 43.5 points per game ... A year ago, Stanford beat WSU 23-17 in Pullman.
Stanford-Washington State Series Notes
Stanford leads the all-time series with the Cougars 31-23-1 after beating WSU last year in Martin Stadium 23-17 ... The Cardinal has won the last two games played at Martin Stadium, four of the last five and 10 of the last 12 since 1974 ... Overall, Stanford is 19-6 vs. Washington State since 1973 ... Last year's win at WSU marked the Cardinal's only Pac-10 road victory in three years (2002-04) ... Cardinal offensive line coach John McDonell, who grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Prep, spent 12 seasons coaching under Mike Price at Washington State (1989-2000) ... McDonell coached the Cougars to three bowl games, including the 1998 Rose Bowl.
Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams
Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-20 who have combined for a 20-3 record to date ... The Cardinal's final eight opponents have an aggregate record of 27-9 and a winning percentage of .750 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (4-0), No. 9 Cal (5-0), No. 12 Notre Dame (4-1), No. 16 UCLA (4-0) and No. 20 Arizona State (3-2) ... The other three opponents are WSU (3-1), Oregon State (3-2) and Arizona (1-3).
A Look Back: Stanford 23, at WSU 17, October 16, 2004
Stanford moved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference after beating the Cougars in Pullman ... It was the Cardinal's first conference road win since the 2001 season ... QB Trent Edwards tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore and the Cardinal defense picked off Washington State QB Josh Swagger three times to spearhead the win ... Stanford led 10-3 in the first quarter despite WSU getting on the board first ... The Cardinal extended its lead to 20-3 in the third period after Edwards and Moore hooked up on their long TD pass play ... WSU scored two TDs in a little over 2:00 early in the fourth quarter to pull within a field goal at 20-17, but a Michael Sgroi field goal with 8:16 to play gave the Cardinal a 23-17 lead.
Cardinal-Oregon: Reviewing Last Week's Game
Oregon then outscored the Cardinal 37-3 to take a commanding 44-13 lead midway through the fourth period.
Oregon's Kellen Clemens completed 22-of-29 for 393 yards and three TDs as the Ducks gained 585 yards in total offense.
The Cardinal lost to Oregon for the fourth straight season
Head Coach Walt Harris
In eight seasons at Pitt, Walt Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 11 as a head coach ... His career record stands at 64-70, which includes a 52-44 record at Pitt, three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and 1-2 at Stanford ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
Final Season in Original Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium, built in 1921, has served as home of the Cardinal football program for the past 83 years ... This season, however, will mark the final year in the original Stadium before a major renovation begins immediately following the Cardinal's season finale vs. Notre Dame on November 26, 2005 ... The Cardinal will play six home games in Stanford Stadium this season and moments after the season finale against the Fighting Irish, the process will begin on an $85-90 million renovation project ... See page 6 of this press release for more details on the Stadium renovation project.
Noting Quarterback Trent Edwards
Senior Trent Edwards, who started nine games last year, has started 16 games and played in 20 in his Cardinal career ... He has started all three games this season, but was limited to just two series in the second game of the year vs. UC Davis due to injury ... Edwards has completed 38-of-65 for 40 yards and two touchdowns this year ... He was named the team's starting quarterback on August 28 after an intense competition with junior T.C. Ostrander ... Edwards, who has one more year of eligibility remaining after the 2005 season, completed 21-of-33 against Navy in the season opener for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... He has thrown for 2,869 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing 263-of-506 passes ... Trent came to Stanford as one of the nation's most highly sought-after prep quarterbacks from nearby Los Gatos High School in 2002 and, after sitting out his true freshman season, he earned a starting role during the 2003 and '04 campaigns ... He was the team's starter a year ago over the first nine games before an injury forced him to miss the final two ... He threw for 1,732 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 while completing 149-of-274 (.544) ... Missed the final two games of the year vs. Oregon State and California ... He began the year by completing 14-of-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 43-3 win over San Jose State ... He came back the next week to throw for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over BYU ... Edwards was impressive in game three vs. top-ranked USC as he engineered two long drives in the first half and finished the game completing 23-of-35 for 183 yards and two TDs ... He had seven touchdown passes and just one interception through the first three games of the year ... In game four, he was equally effective in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington as he completed 23-of-33 for 254 yards ... He set career high marks by completing 24 passes and attempting 46 at the Rose Bowl vs. UCLA ... Injuries forced him from game seven against Oregon and game nine against Arizona State.
Schimmelmann Second in Pac-10 in Tackles Per Game
Three-year letter-winner and two-year starter Kevin Schimmelmann is second in the Pacific-10 Conference in tackles per game at 10.0 ... The fifth-year senior recorded eight tackles in Saturday's game with Oregon and now has 30 in the first three games of the year ... He also leads the team in tackles for loss with four and quarterback sacks with two ... Schimmelmann has also recorded a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass break up ... In the season opener at Navy, he had 12 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... In game two vs. UC Davis, Schimmelmann had 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... He scored a touchdown against the Aggies after he sacked QB Jon Grant in the end zone and recovered the fumble for Stanford's first TD of the game ... He was leading the Cardinal in tackles last season when an injury forced him to miss the final two games of the year ... In nine games, he had 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and interception ... In 2003, he played in all 11 games and started six, finishing with 49 tackles and eight tackles for loss as an outside linebacker ... Schimmelmann, a three-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, has played in 33 games and started 18 for Stanford since 2002 ... Throughout his career on The Farm, Schimmelmann has played four positions, including inside and outside linebacker and free and strong safety
Stanford's Starting Nose Tackle: Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo, a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Pac-10 Conference ... A native of Naperville, Ill., Oshinowo is of Nigerian decent and his full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr. ... He entered the 2005 season as a First-Team preseason all-conference pick and ranked among the top defensive lineman in the nation ... In the season opener against Navy, Oshinowo recorded eight tackles and one tackle for loss ... A 6-2, 320-pounder, he has started 25 straight games for the Cardinal (2003-05) and played in all 36 in his Stanford career (2002-05) ... He is tops among Cardinal lineman with 101 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks ... Oshinowo, a two-time First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection the last two years, is a co-term student working on his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering.
9 Returning Letterman Lead Experienced Offensive Line
Nine returning lettermen, all five starters from 2004 and a group of four prep All-Americas who redshirted last season help give the Cardinal one of its most experienced groups of offensive linemen in recent memory ... Stanford's roster includes six players who started a total of 83 games for the Cardinal and earned 15 letters prior to the 2005 season ...Two of the Cardinal's returning starters are in their third season in the starting lineup, including OT Jeff Edwards (22 career starts) and C Brian Head (15) ... Both OT Jon Cochran (16) and OG Josiah Vinson (16) were starters in 2004 and part-time starters in '03 while sophomore Alex Fletcher made his debut in the starting lineup in the season opener at Navy ...OG Ismail Simpson started 22 games in 2003 and '04 while Mikal Brewer started three games last season ... Reserves Preston Clover, David Long and Tim Mattran are also returning letter-winners ... In addition, the Cardinal has four sophomores who were prep All-Americas in 2003, redshirted their freshman season on The Farm a year ago and are now in position to play a significant role in 2005 ... The foursome includes Bobby Dockter, Ben Muth, Allen Smith and Fletcher, who has earned a spot in the starting lineup.
Kimble Now Starting Running Back After Move From WR
A year ago at this time, Anthony Kimble was a true freshman wide receiver who had just come on the Stanford campus from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Now, Kimble is the team's number one running back and one of the team's main offensive weapons ... He has started the first three games at RB and has gained 133 yards on 28 carries for a team-leading 4.8 yards per carry average ... He has also caught five passes for 33 yards ... Kimble made his collegiate debut on September 10 at Navy and gained 59 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run ... He also added three catches for 28 yards ... In his second game, Kimble rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries ... After redshirting the 2004 season, Kimble was moved to running back last spring under new head coach Walt Harris ... Kimble was impressive during spring drills and his continued improvement vaulted him into the No. 1 role ... He played some running back in high school, but came to Stanford as a highly-touted wide receiver ... Kimble, 6-1, 195, only played two years of football in high school and redshirted last season on The Farm ... While other running backs were limited due to injury during fall camp, Kimble continued to impress.
Evans Moves Into Prominent Role on Offense
Running back Jason Evans, a junior from Acworth, Ga. now in his third season on the Farm, has become a key figure in the Cardinal offense after receiving little playing time his first two years ... Evans rushed for 3,850 yards and scored 32 touchdowns his final two seasons in high school and came to Stanford has a prep All-America ... He was listed among the nation's Elite 100 recruits and ranked as high as the 10th best running back prospect in the country ... He redshirted his freshman season at Stanford in 2003 and played in just two games and carried the ball twice in 2004 ... Although he has not started in 2005, Evans has teamed with Anthony Kimble to spearhead the Cardinal's running game ... Evans leads the team with 33 carries for 142 yards and has been the team-leader in rushing in two of Stanford's three games this season ... He had 10 carries for 63 yards in the season opener vs. Navy and 12 carries for 62 yards in game three vs. Oregon ... He has also added five catches for 39 yards.
Alston, 8 Others Earn Pre-Season Honors
Fifth-year senior OLB Jon Alston was tabbed a consensus First-Team All-Pac-10 selection while several other Cardinal player earned pre-season honors recognition ... Alston, who was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 a year ago, was also named to a few pre-season All-America teams while being ranked among the top outside linebackers in the country ... Other Cardinal players receiving First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition include DT Julian Jenkins, NT Babatunde Oshinowo and KOR T.J. Rushing ... Also earning pre-season honors were ILB Kevin Schimmelmann, WR Evan Moore, PK Michael Sgroi, OT Jeff Edwards and SS Brandon Harrison.
Alston Named One of Nation's Top Outside Linebackers
Senior outside linebacker Jon Alston entered his fifth season on The Farm as one of the top defensive players in the Pac-10 and in the nation ... At 6-2, 220, Alston is Stanford's best pass rushing threat in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense ... He was the only player in the Pac-10 to be among the top six in the conference in sacks (fourth with 9.5), forced fumbles (tied for fifth with three) and tackles for loss (sixth with 14.0) ... A three-year letter-winner, Alston has recorded 125 total tackles, 15.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in his career and has received pre-season All-America recognition in 2005.
Jenkins Among Top Defensive Lineman in Pac-10
Senior defensive end Julian Jenkins, recognized as one of the best in the Pacific-10 Conference, began his final season on The Farm in the season opener at Navy by recording eight tackles in Stanford's win at Navy ... Jenkins, who has record 94 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, has appeared in 34 games and started 15 since playing as a true freshman in 2002 ... A 6-4, 275-pounder from Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins continues to be one of the team leaders both on and off the field ... He was named First-Team preseason All-Pac-10 and rated among the top defensive lineman in the country heading into the 2005 campaign.
Swedish Native Gustav Rydstedt Moves Into Starting Role
When fifth-year senior Casey Carroll suffered a season-ending knee injury during fall camp, it vaulted second-year sophomore Gustav Rydstedt into the No. 1 spot opposite Julian Jenkins at defensive end ... Rydstedt, who redshirted last season as a true freshman, is a 6-3, 290-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden who is still learning the game of football ... He was one of the top junior players in Europe and was named the No. 1 player in his age group in Sweden in 2003 ... He played for the Swedish National Team and was a starter for Team Europe, which played in the 2003 NFL Global Junior Championships in San Diego ... He played one year of high school football in the United States as a foreign exchange student at Southhaven High School in Mississippi ... Rydstedt, who is 21 years old, was invited to play in the NFL Europe Youth Elite Camp ... And now, in his second year at Stanford, Rydstedt will be asked to play a key role on the Cardinal defense in 2005.
Okwo Moves From Special Teams to Starter at ILB
A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection last year as a special teams player, junior Michael Okwo is now one of Stanford's key players in the middle of its defense and one of the top young players in the conference ... Okwo earned his reputation as a special teams player last year, but after starter Kevin Schimmelmann went out with an injury the final two games of the 2004 season, Okwo moved in to the starting lineup and made an immediate impact (22 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, fumble recovery over last three games) ... In his first game as a full-time starter, Okwo continued to impress as he accounted for six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in Stanford's win at Navy ... He added eight tackles, a tackle for loss and a half-sack against UC Davis and recorded his first collegiate interception in game three vs. Oregon ... He is fourth on the team in tackles (16) and second in tackles for loss (three).
Cardinal Finds New Fullback in Former Defensive Tackle
Now in his third season on The Farm, Nick Frank, has transformed himself from backup defensive tackle to first team fullback ... He made his debut at fullback in Stanford's season opening win at Navy and was an integral part of the Cardinal offense as he played virtually every snap ... He wound up scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a two-yard run ... He is currently second on the team in receptions with eight ... In 2003 and '04, Frank played in 21 of Stanford's 22 games at both nose and defensive tackle and tallied 17 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks ... He was moved to fullback last spring and continued to climb up the depth chart until eventually landing at the No. 1 spot ... Frank, who plans to pursue a career in medicine, is Stanford's only player from New Orleans.
Rushing Among All-Time Best Kickoff Return Specialists
Senior T.J. Rushing, a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a kickoff return specialist last season, took his first kickoff return of the season and raced 93 yards for a touchdown in the Cardinal's season opening win at Navy, the second touchdown return of his career (99-yard return last year vs. BYU) ... He had two returns against the Mids for 127 yards - a 63.5 yards per return average ... In his career, Rushing has 38 kickoff returns for 1,069 yards and two touchdowns ... His 28.1 career kickoff return average currently places him No. 1 in the Cardinal record book ahead of Ron Inge (27.8, 1973-76) ... He is the seventh player in school history to amass 1,000 yards in kickoff return yards ... Last year, he led the conference and was sixth in the nation with a 28.4 yard average ... In 2005, Rushing has returned seven kicks for 235 yards and his 33.6 average ranks him first in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation.
Sgroi Among All-Time Best Placekickers
Fifth-year senior placekicker Michael Sgroi has placed his name among the school's all-time best placekickers ... He has hit five field goals in eight attempts in three games this season and his 37 career field goals places him sixth on the school's all-time list ... Sgroi is four-of-six from 40-49 yards out this season and has a season long of 48 yards, that coming in game two vs. UC Davis ... Sgroi is averaging 1.67 field goals per game and is currently ranked 21st in the nation and fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He is also eighth all-time with 75 PATs ... Walt Harris called Sgroi the "difference maker" in Stanford's 41-38 win at Navy in the season opener ... That's because Sgroi hit two, fourth quarter field goals, from 40 and 47 yards out to help the Cardinal hold off Navy ... Sgroi, who made 16-of-24 field goals in 2004, has now made 37-of-60 in his career... Last season, Sgroi made 10 consecutive field goals, which tied for the third longest in school history.