Sept. 27, 2010
Weekly Press Release | Video Preview
The Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will travel to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) Saturday night at Autzen Stadium (54,000). Kick off is set for 5:00 p.m. The Cardinal is coming off a 37-14 victory at Notre Dame on Saturday, while Oregon defeated Arizona State in Tempe, 42-31. A win on Saturday would give Stanford its first 5-0 start since 1951, when the team won its first nine games out of the gates en route to the Rose Bowl. Stanford is ranked ninth in this week’s AP Poll and 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll, while Oregon is ranked fourth in both polls.
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 game marks the fourth of five consectutive national telecasts involving Stanford. Next week’s home game against USC is also slated for national viewing on ABC.
Saturday’s Stanford-Oregon game will be carried live on KNBR 1050 AM with David 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 1900, Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 44-28-1. Stanford broke Oregon’s seven-game winning streak in the series last season with a 51-42 victory over the seventh-ranked Ducks at Stanford Stadium. However, the Ducks have won seven out of the last eight and eight out of the last 10 games between the two schools dating back to 1998. Stanford’s last two wins in the series have come over top-10 Oregon teams. In 2001, the Cardinal upset the fifth-ranked Ducks, 49-42 in Eugene, handing Oregon its only loss of the season. The Cardinal had the upper hand in the series from 1964-97, posting a 23-8 record, which included a pair of five game winning streaks (1967-71; 1973-77). Since 1998, Stanford is 2-8 vs. Oregon.
- Are 4-0 on the season after defeating Notre Dame, 37-14 Saturday in South Bend...it marked Stanford’s first win at Notre Dame Stadium since 1992 and gave the Cardinal its first ever back-to-back wins over the Irish.
- Stanford is enjoying its first 4-0 start since the 1986 season...have won its first four games to start the season just six times since 1940 (1940, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1986, 2010).
- A win Saturday would give Stanford its first 5-0 beginning since 1951, when the team won its first nine games of the season en route to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
- Are ranked ninth in this week’s AP poll, Stanford’s first top-10 national ranking since 2001, when the Cardinal was ranked 10th heading into its seventh game of the season at Washington...hold down the 13th spot in the USA Today Coaches poll.
- Stanford has dropped eight out of the last 10 games against Oregon...however, both of Stanford’s wins during the stretch have come against Duck teams which were ranked in the top-10.
- Face a ranked team for the first time on Saturday...were 3-0 against ranked teams last season and are 4-2 against ranked opponents dating back to the 2007 season.
- Two of the nation’s top offenses will be on display on Saturday...Stanford enters the game ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (48.0) while Oregon is ranked first (57.7).
- Have scored 192 points in four games which is the second-highest point total after four games in school history...the 1923 squad tallied 206 points after its first four games and had 213 after its first five contests.
- Have scored 35 or more points in 10 of its last 17 games dating back to last season and have topped the 50-point mark four times in the last nine games.
- Rank second nationally in third down conversions at 59.18 (29-for-49).
- Rank 11th nationally in total defense (256.1), 11th in passing defense (144.25), tied for 12th in scoring defense (13.75) and are tied for sixth in sacks per game (3.5).
- Outscoring its first four opponents 108-23 in the first half, including 53-6 in the second quarter...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half.
- Are 2-0 on the road this season and are now 7-11 in road games dating back to the 2007 campaign...last posted a winning road record in 2005, going 4-1 in five away games.
- A total of 15 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season.