Nov. 21, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #12 - Stanford (1-10, 1-7) at #22 California (8-3, 6-2)
December 2, Memorial Stadium
Berkeley, CA, 12:00 pm, Fox Sports Net
Date: December 2, 2006
Kickoff: 12:00 pm
Site: Berkeley, CA
Television: Live, Fox Sports Net (Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Stanford leads 54-43-11
Last Meeting: Cal 27, Stanford 3 (11/19/05) at Stanford
Series Notes: Cal has won last four Big Games
Stanford-Cal Meet in 109th Big Game
One of the oldest rivalries in college football will be played for the 109th time on Saturday, December 2 when Stanford and Cal meet in Berkeley's Memorial Stadium ... The game will kick off at 12:00 pm and be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net ... The Cardinal are 1-10 overall and 1-7 in the Pac-10 while the Bears are 8-3 and 6-2 after losing their last two games to Arizona and USC ... Stanford is coming off a 30-7 loss to Oregon State while the Bears lost to the Trojans last week 23-9 at the L.A. Coliseum ... Cal, ranked No. 22 in the nation, is headed to a post-season bowl game ... The Bears have won the last four meetings with Stanford after losing seven straight from 1995-2001 ... Stanford's last win at Memorial Stadium came in 2000 when the Cardinal beat the Bears 36-30 in overtime ... The last two Big Games played in Memorial Stadium have been won by Cal: 41-6 in 2004 and 30-7 in 2002.
Cardinal Leads Big Game Series 54-43-11
The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met 108 times on the gridiron, with Stanford holding a 54-43-11 advantage ... The Cardinal has won seven of the last 11 games with Cal and 11 of the last 17 from 1989-05, but the Bears have won the last four, including last year's 27-3 win at Stanford Stadium ... The Cardinal has won three of the last five Big Games played in Memorial Stadium ... The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in college football ... Stanford and Cal have met every year since 1892 with the exception of 1915-18 and 1943-45 ... Since 1961, Stanford leads the series 29-14-1 ... Only 54 points separates the two teams in the previous 107 meetings.
Big Game Streaks
Stanford holds the Big Game record for consecutive wins at seven (1995-2001), but the Bears have won the last four (2002-05), tying their longest winning streak over Stanford since 1936-39 ... A win in '06 would match the Bear's longest winning streak in Big Game history at five (1919-23) ... Stanford had a six-game Big Game winning streak from 1961-66 before winning seven straight from 1995-01.
Close Calls in The Big Game
The Stanford-California rivalry has proven to be one of the most exciting in college football since it began in 1892 ... Of the 108 games, an amazing 50 have been decided by seven points or less, with Stanford holding a 23-16-11 advantage in those games ... Even more impressive, 29 Big Games have been decided by three points less, with Stanford enjoying a 10-8-11 edge ... The Big Game has also produced an NCAA-best five "cliffhangers," which are games decided on the final play (1972, 1974, 1982, 1990, 2000).
Five Big Games Decided on Game's Final Play
Five Big Games have been decided on the game's final play: 1972 - Vince Ferragamo-Steve Sweeney TD pass for 24-21 Cal win; 1974 - Mike Langford 50-yard field goal for 22-20 Stanford win; 1982 - "The Play" gives Cal 25-20 win; 1990 - John Hopkins' 37-yard field goal for 27-25 Cardinal win; 2000 - Randy Fasani-Casey Moore touchdown pass in overtime gives Stanford 36-30 victory.
Big Game Tied for 10th Longest in NCAA History
The Big Game is tied for the 10th longest rivalry in NCAA Division 1-A college football history ... This year's 109th meeting puts the Big Game tied with Purdue-Indiana for 10th on the all-time list.
Final Game for 18 Cardinal Seniors
Saturday's game will mark the final game for 18 Cardinal seniors ... The senior group includes Jon Cochran, Patrick Danahy, Jeff Edwards, Trent Edwards, Nick Frank, Brandon Harrison, Trevor Hooper, David Jackson, David Lofton, David Long, Tiim Mattran, Matt McClernan, Marcus McCutcheon, Michael Okwo, Mike Silva, Ismail Simpson, Matt Traverso and Josiah Vinson.
Cardinal Head Coach Walt Harris
Now in his second season at Stanford, Walt Harris took over a Cardinal team that finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 record in 2004 and, a year later, had his team 4-4 in the conference and in fourth place ... Harris led the Cardinal of a 5-6 overall record and was one win shy of having his team in position for a post-season bowl game ... In eight seasons at Pitt (1997-2004) prior to coming to Stanford, 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 12 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 69-80 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and a 6-15 record as the Cardinal head coach ... 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.
The Last Time: California 27, Stanford 3 (November 19. 2005)
The Bears recorded their fourth straight Big Game win with a 27-3 decision at Stanford ... Cal led 6-3 at the half, then scored three TDs in the second half to earn the victory ... Stanford entered the game with a 5-4 record and needed a win to become bowl eligible, but the Bears proved to be too strong up front ... Cal rushed for 226 yards, led by Marshawn Lynch (24-123-1) and Justin Forsett (7-50-1), and limited the Cardinal to just 16 net yards rushing while recording nine quarterback sacks ... Trent Edwards started the game for Stanford, but T.C. Ostrander finished up, completing 15-of-23 for 152 yards.
Pacific-10's No. 1 Tackler: Michael Okwo
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo has recorded 86 tackles in nine games this season and is currently the No. 1 tackler in the Pacific-10 Conference with an average of 9.6 per game ... Okwo, who is 14th nationally in tackles per game, did not play the first two games of the year due to a fractured thumb ... But, since then, he has emerged as one of the top linebackers in the conference ... He set a new career high on Sept. 23 when he registered 15 tackles against the Cougars ... In his first game back (Sept. 16 vs. Navy), he had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss ... Against UCLA on Sept. 30, he was again the team leader in tackles with 11 ... Against Notre Dame on Oct. 7, he had 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry ... Okwo added 13 tackles to again lead the team in Stanford's game vs. Arizona ... In the Cardinal's win at Washington, he had five tackles, four pass break ups, one sack and one tackle for loss ... Okwo is a three-year letter-winner who was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a special teams player in 2004, entered the 2006 season having received pre-season All-Pac-10 recognition.
Ostrander Takes Over as Cardinal's Number One QB
Senior T.C. Ostrander (still has one more year of eligibility remaining in 2007) took over the reigns of the Cardinal offense after starter Trent Edwards suffered a season-ending injury against Arizona on October 14 ... Ostrander played most of the Arizona game and started Stanford's last four games at Arizona State, at home vs. USC, at Washington and at home vs. Oregon State ... Ostrander has played in 21 games in his Stanford career, including six starts, and has completed 152 of 320 for 2,157 yards and six TDs ... He started the final two games of the 2004 season vs. Oregon State and Cal after Edwards was not able to play due to injury ... Ostrander, from nearby Atherton, Calif., reshirted his true freshman season in 2003 ... He will return in 2007 as the favorite to earn the starting spot ... In his four starts since replacing Edwards, Ostrander has completed 43-of-100 for 575 yards ... Ostrander has played in the past two Big Games and was the Cardinal's starter in 2004 ... In two games vs. Cal, he has completed 23-of-49 for 300 yards.
Harrison, Hooper Lead Cardinal Secondary
The backbone of the Cardinal secondary in 2006 has been seniors Brandon Harrison and Trevor Hooper ... Both are three-year starters who have been leaders for the Cardinal both on and off the playing field ... Harrison, from Baton Rouge, LA., has played in all but one game during the past three-plus seasons ... He has started 31 games and played in 42 of 43 ... This season, Harrison began the year as a cornerback after starting 22 games the past two years at strong safety ... He moved back to strong safety in game seven this year ... Despite battling a series of injuries, he has started 10 of 11 games and is fourth on the team with 67 total tackles ... Hooper, from Moutain View, CA., has started 28 games as a Cardinal, including all 11 this season ... He was a starter as a sophomore in 2003 and again as a junior a year ago ... Hooper, who had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against USC, is second on the team with 84 total tackles and sixth in the Pac-10 averaging 7.55 per game.
Cardinal Leads Pac-10 With 14 Academic All-Conference Selections
Stanford had 14 players selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team, more than any other team in the conference ... The Cardinal had seven players earn first team honors, five second team selections and two honorable mentions ... Earning First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors: OG Josiah Vinson and DL Chris Horn for the second straight season, RB Anthony Kimble, WR Kelton Lynn, DL Tom McAndrew, LB Michael Okwo and LB Mike Silva ... Second-team honors went to WR Michael Miller, WR Evan Moore, DL Gustav Rydstedt, LB Clinton Snyder and PK Aaron Zagory ... Earning honorable mention recognition were OT Chris Marinelli and LB Will Powers.
Defensive Effort Against Washington Among Best Ever
The three points given up by the Cardinal defense against Washington was the lowest total by a Cardinal opponent since the 1998 Big Game (10-3 Stanford win) ... The Cardinal's effort against the Huskies almost made it in the school record book as one of the best defensive efforts of all-time ... Stanford allowed Washington 122 yards passing and 161 yards in total offense, which both just missed placing among the top-10 performances in Cardinal history (No. 10 lowest passing yards allowed is 104; No. 10 lowest total yards is 155).
Osaisai Among Stanford's Top Sprinters
Junior Wopamo Osaisai (Pinole HS, Pinole, CA) moved into the starting lineup four games ago at one cornerback position and has shown tremendous speed and athleticism as a defender, special teams player and kick returner ... Osaisai (pronounced OH-SI-SI) joined the football program after spring practice last year after competing on the Cardinal track team ... He earned his first career start after an impressive performance at Notre Dame on Oct. 7 in which he had five tackles and three pass break ups ... He made his second collegiate start a memorable one as he returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown vs. Arizona on Oct. 14, the fourth longest in Stanford history ... A sprinter on the Cardinal track team, Osaisai is the school record holder in the 100m (10.39) and the 60m indoor (6.83). Osaisai in the Cardinal Track Record Book
100m - 10.39 (2005) - school record holder
200m - 21.04 (2005) - No. 5 all-time at Stanford
60m indoors - 6.83 (2005, '06) - school record holder
200m indoors - 21.60 (2006) - No. 3 all-time at Stanford
Sherman Emerges as Stanford's Top Receiving Threat
True freshman Richard Sherman has caught 11 balls for 267 yards and one touchdown the past two weeks and has emerged as Stanford's leading receiver in 2006 ... Sherman was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in Stanford's 20-3 win at Washington when he caught six passes for 177 yards and one touchdown, that coming on a 74-yard pass play from T.C. Ostrander ... The 177 receiving yards is the 13th highest single game total in school history ... Sherman had receptions of 74, 41 and 34 yards vs. the Huskies ... He came back the following week against Oregon State to lead the team with five catches for 90 yards, including a 45-yard reception ... Sherman leads the team with 28 receptions for 500 yards (17.9 average) and two touchdowns.
Great Big Games
November 17, 1990 - Stanford scored nine points in the final 12 seconds to win 27-25 ... Stanford's Jason Palumbis hit Ed McCaffrey for a 19-yard TD with :12 left to make the score 25-24 Cal ... When the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt failed, Cal appeared to have the victory ... But, the Cardinal recovered the onsides kick and after a 15-yard Cal penalty put the ball on the Bear's 22, Stanford's John Hopkins hit a 39-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Cardinal to a stunning 27-25 victory.
November 19, 1988 - Stanford's Tuan Van Le blocked a 20-yard FG attempt by Cal's Robbie Keen with four seconds to play to preserve a 19-19 tie ... It was the 11th tie in Big Game history.
November 20, 1982 - The Play became one of the most famous plays in college football history. Stanford led 20-19 after Mark Harmon kicked a 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to put the Cardinal on top. On the ensuing kickoff, Cal scored a TD on an incredible five-lateral, 57-yard return that ended when the Bear's Kevin Moen bowled over Gary Tyrell, the trombonist in the Stanford band, for the TD.
November 20, 1976 - In a game that saw 5 lead changes, Stanford, behind its alternating QB tandem of Mike Cordova and Guy Benjamin, beat Cal 27-24. The Bears led 24-19 late in the game, but Cal's Markey Crane fumbled on the Bear's two yard line and with 1:31 left in the game, Stanford's Ron Inge scored the winning TD.
November 23, 1974 - Stanford won 22-20 when Mike Langford connnected on a 50-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game ... Cal's Steve Bartkowski hit Steve Rivera for a TD with 26 seconds to play, but Guy Benjamin need just 19 seconds to put Stanford in field goal range.
November 18, 1972 - Cal won 24-21 on the game's final play - an 8-yard TD pass from Vince Ferragamo to Steve Sweeny ... Cal coach Mike White elected to go for the win rather than a field goal for the tie.
November 22, 1947 - In what was considered the best Big Game to date, the 50th meeting almost produced an unthinkable upset ... Winless Stanford (0-8) had the 8-1 Bears down 18-14 with less than three minutes left ... But Cal QB Jackie Jensen hit Paul Keckley on an 80-yard TD pass play to lift Cal to a 21-18 win.
Big Game History
Close Series: Only 54 points separates the two teams in their previous 108 games ... Stanford has scored 1,728 points to the Bears 1,674.
The Axe: To the winner of the Big Game goes "The Axe"... The Axe made its first appearance at a Stanford-Cal baseball game on April 13, 1899, but it wasn't until 1933 that the two universities decided that The Axe would be a trophy given to the winner of The Big Game.
Series History: The Big Game was interrupted from 1915-18 and again from 1943-45 (World War II) ... When the two schools disagreed over freshman eligibility, athletic relations were severed from 1915-18 ... Stanford's "Big Game" became their annual rugby match with Santa Clara.
The First Big Game: The first Big Game was played on March 10, 1892 at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco ... Cal had fielded a team for 10 years, but for upstart Stanford University, which opened on October 1, 1891, this was to be their first intercollegiate football game ... Stanford pulled off the upset, beating the more experienced Bears 14-10.
First Big Game Crowd: An overflow crowd of 20,000 witnessed the first Big Game ... Stanford's manager was Herbert Hoover, later to become the 31st President of the United States.
The Immortal Twenty-One: A group of Stanford students added to Big Game lore by stealing the Axe at Cal's annual Axe Rally on April 3, 1930. The Axe, which had been in a bank vault for 31 years, was now in possession of the Immortal Twenty-One. When the students returned to campus, the celebration began. Classes were canceled for two days and the University presented each member of the Immortal twenty-One with a block "S" letter.
Trent Edwards finished his career with his name firmly planted in the Cardinal record book ... Edwards, who played in 35 games and started 31 for Stanford from 2003-06, injured his right foot October 14 vs. Arizona and will not play again for the Cardinal this season ... He had started 18 straight games for Stanford before the injury ... Here's where Edwards finished in the Cardinal record book:
- Career Passing - 7th (5,429)
- Career TD Passes - 7th (36)
- Career Total Offense - 7th (5,628)
- Career Pass Attempts - 6th (865)
- Career Pass Comp. - 6th (487)
- Career Comp. Pct. - 10th (.563)
- Season Comp. Pct. - 10th (.627, 2005)
Stanford has allowed just 118 yards rushing in its last three games after giving up 270 yards per game on the ground through the first six games.
In the last five games, the Cardinal defense has given up an average of 315 yards per game ... Through its first six games, Stanford had given up 455 yards per game.
Five of Stanford's top six receivers did not play for the Cardinal in 2005 ... They include a walk-on, three true freshman and a sophomore (redshirt freshman).
Stanford has three of the top 10 tacklers in the Pac-10 ... LB Michael Okwo (9.6) leads the league, S Trevor Hooper is sixth in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.6) and LB Clinton Snyder is 10th (7.3)
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (54), fewest penalty yards (383) and fewest penalty yards per game (34.8).
The Cardinal has the 12th toughest schedule in the nation according to the NCAA ... Including Cal, 10 of Stanford's 11 opponents in 2006 are bowl eligible.
The Cardinal has had six players start at the two inside linebacker positions this season ... The list includes Michael Okwo (8 starts), Pat Maynor (8), Mike Silva (3) and one each by Brian Bulcke, Fred Campbell and Peter Griffin.
Stanford has had seven, second-year players (redshirt freshman) start in 2006 ... The list includes S Bo McNally, LB Clinton Snyder, LB Will Powers, NT Ekom Udofia, OT Chris Marinelli, TE Jim Dray and LB Fred Campbell.
Head Coach Walt Harris will be participating in his sixth Big Game ... He was 1-3 as an assistant coach at Cal from 1974-77 ... Harris was on the Cal sideline for two of the greatest games in Big Game history: a 22-20 Stanford win in 1974 and a 27-24 Stanford victory in 1976.
As a second-year player in the Cardinal program, linebacker Clinton Snyder has given notice that he could become one of the top players in the Pac-10 Conference ... Snyder, from San Diego, Calif., has started 10 of 11 games this season and his third on the team, and 10th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game at 7.3 ... Snyder is also tied for second in the conference in forced fumbles (0.27 per game) ... He has three forced fumbles in '06 to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and two pass break ups.
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 177 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 34 starts, Ismail Simpson has 31, followed by Josiah Vinson with 30, Jon Cochran with 29, Alex Fletcher with 20 and Allen Smith with 18 ... The Cardinal has had nine different players start on the offensive line this season.
#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Has returned to the starting lineup at right guard for the past three games after not starting in the previous two contests and has started nine of 11 games this season at the position Had made 20 previous starts at tackle and has totaled 29 starts in his career
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, starting 10 of the 11 games at the position and catching 17 passes for 154 yards to rank tied for third and fifth on the club, respectively Caught his first career touchdown on a 19-yard scoring strike from Trent Edwards at San Jose State (9/6/06)
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has a career-high 44 tackles (first among Stanford's defensive linemen) and has started all 11 contests Had a career-best seven tackles in the season-opener at Oregon (9/2/06) Had a career-high five solo tackles at Washington (11/11/06) Had a sack at Arizona State (10/21/06) and ties for fourth on the club with 1.5 sacks on the season with the other half coming against Navy (9/16/06) Tied for third on the club with 4.5 tackles-for-loss, including a career-best 2.0 at Arizona State (10/21/06)
#60 - Alex Fletcher, C, 6-3, 300, JR., 2V
Earned 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second Team selection by The Sporting News Has not played in Stanford's last two games due to injury after having started all previous possible 20 contests over the last two seasons on the offensive line with 12 starts at center (including the team's first nine games this year) and eight at right guard Was named a First Team Frosh All-American, First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Freshman All-American in 2005 when he was the team's only offensive lineman to start all 11 contests The team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Stanford's second-leading rusher with 331 yards on 93 rushes for a 3.6 yard per carry average but has just 70 yards on 31 carries in his last five contests after picking up 261 on 62 rushes over his first six games Stanford's leading rusher on four occasions this season at Oregon (9/2/06, 16-55), at San Jose State (9/9/06, 13-82), versus Navy (9-40, 9/16/06) and at UCLA (12-32, 9/30/06) Has Stanford's second-longest run of the campaign when he broke free for a 38-yarder at San Jose State (9/9/06) Was a two-sport (baseball, football) prep standout at Norco High School (Norco, CA) from 2002-05, rushing for an amazing 9622 yards in his career to set the all-time California high school record and accumulate the third-highest rushing total ever by a high school player in the nation, including a senior season in which he rushed for 3233 yards and scored 39 TD's Also a member of the Stanford Baseball team
#23 - Brandon Harrison, S/CB, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Has started 32 of the team's last 33 games with the only blemish in his starting streak an appearance off the bench at San Jose State (9/9/06) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2/06) Has split up his 10 starts this season between two positions with five of them coming at cornerback and five at safety Started all 22 games the last two seasons at strong safety Has played in 43 of 44 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in interceptions (5), while ranking second among current Stanford players in tackles (185) Picked up his fifth career interception at UCLA (9/30/06) Fourth on the team this season with 67 tackles (#18T Pac-10) while his 44 solo stops are fourth on the club Leads the team with five pass breakups Recorded one of Stanford's seven fumble recoveries this season versus Navy (9/16/06) Has nine career tackles versus California, including 1.0 sack
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Second on the club with 84 tackles (#6 Pac-10), shares the team lead with 2.0 sacks, has 3.0 tackles-for-loss and an interception Has led or co-led Stanford in tackles four times this season (12, at Oregon, 9/2; 13, vs. Arizona, 10/14; 9, vs. USC, 11/4; 7, at Washington, 11/11) Has three double-digit tackle game this season with back-to-back efforts in the first two games of the year (12, at Oregon, 9/2; 10 at San Jose State, 9/9) before getting a third when he recorded a career-high 13 tackles (also a career-high eight assisted tackles) against Arizona (10/14/06) Recorded a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles-for-loss and the first solo sack of his career versus USC (11/4/06) and then came back two weeks later with another solo sack versus Oregon State (11/18/06) Picked up his fourth career interception at UCLA (9/30/06) Stanford's active career tackle leader with 197 Recorded his 100th career solo tackle at Arizona State (10/21/06) and now has 116 Has played in 39 career games with 28 starts, including all 11 contests this season Started all 11 games in 2003 and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth on the club with 60 tackles A local product from nearby Mountain View High School (Mountain View, CA), where he was the first student-athlete from the school to earn a Pac-10 scholarship Writing a weekly column throughout the 2006 football season for the Palo Alto Daily News Had six tackles and blocked an extra point attempt versus California in 2005 after recording just one tackles in his only other game against the Golden Bears in 2003
#95 - Chris Horn, DE, 6-5, 270, SR., 3V
Tied for fourth on the team in both sacks (1.5) and tackles-for-loss (3.5) Has 24 total tackles to rank third among Stanford's defensive linemen Picked off the first ball of his career and the only by a Stanford defensive lineman this season at Washington (11/11/06) Had a career-high six tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06), including the team's first solo sack of the season and a forced fumble Recorded a career-best four assisted tackles in his most recent game versus Oregon State (11/18/06) Did not record a tackle as a starter in his first career action against California in 2005
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher with 425 yards on the ground after leading the club in rushing in four straight games and six of the last eight Had an exciting 36-yard TD run in the first quarter to give Stanford an early 7-0 lead over Oregon State (11/18/06) and finished the game with 78 yards and the TD on just eight carries Rushed for a career-best 83 yards on 11 carries at Arizona State (10/21/06) on a day that included a 58-yard run that was the longest of his career and the longest rush by a Stanford player this season Had 63 yards rushing on a season-high-tying 15 carries at Notre Dame (10/7/06) while also connecting with Kelton Lynn for a 57-yard TD pass (the third-longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage this season) on a halfback option Caught a career-high-tying four passes for a career-high-tying 48 yards versus Washington State (9/23/06) Has started 10 of the team's 11 games at running back Has two of the team's three rushing touchdowns by scoring the first Stanford TD at the new Stanford Stadium on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06) and then scoring on his 36-yard jaunt against Oregon State (11/18/06) Had just one rush for two yards in his lone career action against California in 2005
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Second on the club with 19 catches and 254 receiving yards despite just one reception for six yards over his last five games Tied for first on the club with two touchdowns (both on receptions) and tied for second with 12 points scored Has paced the team in both receptions and receiving yards three times this year -- versus Navy (9/16/06, 6-72), in his first career start against Washington State (9/23/06, 5-65, TD) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06, 4-86, TD) with his six catches against the Midshipmen a career-best and his game-high 86 receiving yards versus the Irish the top contest of his career Had his first career TD reception on a 25-yarder from Trent Edwards versus Washington State (9/23/06) and then was involved in the team's third-longest play from the line of scrimmage this season when he caught Anthony Kimble's halfback option pass for a 57-yard TD at Notre Dame (10/7/06)
#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
Leads the team with a pair of quarterback hurries Has 36 tackles, including a career-best nine at San Jose State (9/9/06), and has started eight of 11 games in 2006 Has started the last two games after missing the previous two due to injury
#8 - Evan Moore, WR, 6-7, 235, SR., 3V
Third on the club with 179 receiving yards and co-leading the team with two TD receptions despite having played in only seven games and making just three starts Third on the club with a 16.3 yard per reception average on his 11 catches Returned to action in the season-opener at Oregon (9/2/06) for the first time since missing nearly all of 2005 with a dislocated hip he suffered in the first game of the 2005 season at Navy (9/10/05), catching four balls for 62 yards (all in the first quarter) Had four more catches for 84 yards (three shy of his career-high) and a career-high-tying two TD receptions at San Jose State (9/9/06) Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition in 2004 when he had 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns Went over the 1000-yard career receiving mark versus USC (11/4/06) and now has 1011 career receiving yards on 61 catches for a 16.6 average with 10 touchdowns Has played only one game in his career versus California, catching one ball for five yards in 2004
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Leads the team with 86 tackles and has 9.56 tackle per game average that leads the Pac-10 and ranks 14th in the NCAA as he has accumulated his total in just nine contests after missing the first two with a broken thumb suffered in training camp Ranks second on the team with 49 solo stops and 20th nationally with an average of 5.44 per contest One of three players tied for the team lead with 2.0 sacks, while ranking second in tackles-for-loss (5.0) and quarterback hurries (1), as well as tied for second in pass breakups (4) and forced fumbles (1) Had a career-high four pass breakups and his second sack of the season at Washington (11/11/06) Set a career-high with 15 tackles versus Washington State (the most by a Stanford player this season), while picking up a new career-best nine solo stops at UCLA (9/30/06) Recorded the first five double-digit tackles of his career in each of the first five contests he played this season Picked up his first sack of the season at Arizona State (10/21/06) Selected by The Sporting News as a preseason 2006 Second Team All-Pac-10 player Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player during the 2004 campaign Has 172 career tackles with 15.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks Recorded the 100th solo tackle of his career versus USC (11/4/06) and now has 109 in his career Has had very active games against California each of the past two seasons, making six tackles with 2.0 tackles-for-loss and recovering a fumble in 2004, before following that up with five tackles, a sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss in 2005
#21 - Wopamo Osaisai, CB, 5-11, 200, JR., 2V
Tied for second on the team with four pass breakups, including a career-high three at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while contributing 48 tackles with 2.0 tackles-for-loss Returned an interception 72 yards versus Arizona (10/14/06) for his first career touchdown to mark the fourth-longest interception return for a TD in school history and one of Stanford's two interception returns for a TD in 2006 Had a career-best eight tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06) Had a career-high-tying five solo stops at Oregon (9/2/06) and at Washington (11/11/06) Has started five of the team's last six games at cornerback
#13 - T.C. Ostrander, QB, 6-3, 215, SR., 3V
Became the team's starting quarterback when Trent Edwards broke his right foot against Arizona (10/14/06) and has started each of the club's four games since Completed 9-of-21 passes for 125 yards and was picked off once in his most recent game versus Oregon State (11/18/06) Passed for a season-high 206 yards and a TD on 11-of-20 passing at Washington (11/11/06) when he moved past the 2000 career passing yards mark and also completed his longest pass of the season on a 74-yard TD pass to Richard Sherman Had season-highs in completions (16) and pass attempts (30) versus USC (11/4/06) but did have two passes picked off in a game for the first time in his career Has completed 57-of-127 passes for 714 yards and one touchdown with five interceptions in nine games and four starts this season Has appeared in 21 career contests with six starts, completing 152-of-320 passes for 2157 yards and six touchdowns with eight interceptions Was 56-of-126 for a career-high 914 yards and two TD's in 2004 with four interceptions in six games and two starts Was 8-for-26 for 148 yards and was sacked six times at California in 2004 as the team's starter at quarterback in that contest Had a nice game versus California in 2005 in relief of starter Trent Edwards, completing 15-of-23 balls for 152 yards
#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
Earned 2006 Pre-Season First Team (Steele's), Second Team (The Sporting News) and Third Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors In his third season as Stanford's starting punter Has punted 189 times in his career for 7670 yards and a 40.6 average Averaging a career-low 39.6 yards per punt in 2006 Has trapped opponents inside their own 20-yard line seven times in the last three games Ran for 11 yards and a first down on a fake punt in his most recent game versus Oregon State (11/18/06) Punted a season-high eight times against USC (11/4/06) Had his best game of the season versus Arizona (10/14/06) when he punted seven times for a season-best 45.3 yard average Has a pair of season-best-tying 52 yard punts at UCLA (9/30/06) and at Arizona State (10/21/06) Has landed 57 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 19 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards per punt in 22 of 33 career games Became the first freshman punter in Stanford history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average in his 2004 freshman campaign Had never had a punt blocked prior to the season before getting three punts blocked this year -- against Washington State (10/23/06), at UCLA (10/30/06) and at Washington (11/11/06) Punted a career-high nine times at California in 2004 for a 42.0 average with a long of 58 yards, before being forced to kick the ball eight more times against the Golden Bears in 2005 for a 40.2 average with four balls putting California behind its own 20-yard line
#9 - Richard Sherman, WR, 6-3, 185, FR., HS
Leads Stanford in catches (28), receiving yards (500) and yards per catch (17.9), while tying for the club lead in both touchdowns (2) and TD receptions (2) Had a solid game in his most recent outing versus Oregon State with five catches for 90 yards, including a 45-yarder Posted a huge game in his previous contest at Washington (11/11/06) when he was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his effort, catching a career-high-tying six passes for a career-high 177 yards (the most by a Stanford player this season) including a 74-yard TD pass that is the longest Stanford play from the line of scrimmage in 2006 and the longest of his career Has led or co-led the club in both catches and receiving yards six times in his first 11 collegiate games (at San Jose State, 9/9/06, 6-71-TD; at UCLA, 9/30/06, 4-50; at Arizona State, 10/21/06, 3-38; vs. USC, 11/4/06, 3-58; at Washington, 11/11/06, 6-177-TD; vs. Oregon State, 11/18/06, 5-90)
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Fifth on the team with 52 tackles, while leading the club with 5.5 tackles-for-loss for a team-best 27 yards lost Had a career-high nine tackles (also a career-best seven solos) to go with 1.0 tackle-for-loss and two pass breakups at UCLA (9/30/06) before getting seven more with six solos and a tackle-for-loss at Notre Dame (10/7/06) Started six straight games (9/3 - 10/4/06)
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Third on the club with 80 tackles (#10 Pac-10) while leading the team with 52 solo stops Tied for second in the Pac-10 and paces the squad with three forced fumbles after getting his third at Washington (11/11/06) Has a sack in back-to-back games versus USC (11/4/06) and at Washington (11/11/06) Had his first career pick at San Jose State (9/9/06) Has double-digit tackles in three contests, including a career-high 11 (also a career-high nine solo) versus Navy (9/16/06) when he added his first two forced fumbles Picked up 10 tackles both against Washington State (9/23/06) and at Notre Dame (10/7/06), while getting nine with eight of them solos in his most recent game versus Oregon State (11/18/06)
#2 - Nick Sanchez, CB, 6-0, 190, SR., 3V
Had a season-high-tying four solo tackles in his most recent game versus Oregon State (11/18/06) Had two of his three pass breakups this season at Washington (11/11/06) Made a season-high six tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) Recorded a season-high-tying four solo tackles at Arizona State (10/21/06) Recorded six tackles with 0.5 tackles-for-loss against California in 2005
#48 - Mike Silva, LB, 6-2, 230, SR., 4V
Has played in 42 of 44 possible contests over the past four seasons but has come off the bench in seven of his last eight games following a previous 10-game starting streak Has posted career totals of 85 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, three pass breakups and two interceptions with one that he returned 26 yards for a TD against Arizona State in 2005 Had a tremendous campaign in 2005 when he was fourth on the club with 57 tackles, while adding 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble A three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection Has four career tackles in three games against California
#79 - Ismail Simpson, OG, 6-4, 305, SR., 4V
Had played in all 42 possible games over the past four seasons with 31 starts before not playing at Washington (11/11/06) Started all 22 contests in 2003 and 2004 at left guard, before adding four starts last season and five this year
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started 19 straight contests and played in 27 in a row Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com as a redshirt rookie in 2005
#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
Leads the team with a pair of fumble recoveries (#6T Pac-10), getting one at Oregon (9/2/06) and one versus Washington State (9/23/06) Had a career-best and team co-leading nine tackles in his most recent contest versus Oregon State after a previous career-best seven against Navy (9/16/06) Has 39 tackles to rank second among defensive linemen
#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
Had contributed 36 tackles, while adding one forced and one recovered fumble as well as one tackle-for-loss Set career-bests for tackles in three straight games, most recently with nine against Washington State (9/23/06) when he also added his forced fumble and recovered fumble Had a career-best five solo tackles at Arizona State (10/21/06) Has five career tackles versus California with 0.5 tackles-for-loss
#38 - Austin Yancy, WR, 6-4, 195, FR., HS
Has contributed 16 catches and 168 yards receiving Has started six of the team's last eight games Had career-bests of four catches and 65 receiving yards versus Navy (9/16/06)
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Leads the club in scoring with 32 points Kicked a career-long 37-yard FG at Washington (11/11/06) and also made two field goals for the first time in his career Scored the first Stanford points of the new Stanford Stadium versus Navy (9/16/06) when he connected on a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made seven of his 11 field goal attempts, including six of his last eight, and 11 of his 13 PAT's Converted successful on-side kickoffs in back-to-back games at Arizona State (10/21/06) and versus USC (11/4/04) A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season