Oct. 24, 2011
The Stanford Cardinal (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12 North) will look to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games on Saturday when it travels to Los Angeles to face the USC Trojans (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12 South). Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607). Both teams are coming off impressive victories last weekend, with Stanford defeating No. 22 Washington, 65-21, while USC downed Notre Dame, 31-17, in South Bend. The Cardinal is ranked 4th by AP and 3rd in the USA Today Coaches polls this week, while USC is ranked 20th in the AP poll.
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Saturday's Stanford-USC game will be televised nationally by ABC, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford's flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. All radio 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. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on GoStanford.com via the All-Access player.
In a series that dates back to 1905, Stanford trails the all-time series with USC, 27-58-3. Stanford has won two straight and three of the last four games played in the series, including a 37-35 victory last year at Stanford. The Cardinal has also come away with victories in its last two trips to the Coliseum. In 2009, Stanford defeated 11th-ranked USC, 55-21 two years after posting a 24-23 victory over No. 2 Troy in 2007. Series Note: Stanford does not count the 1918 contest won by the Trojans in its series scores, as it was played as part of an unofficial schedule.
- Now 7-0 (5-0 Pac-12 North) after Saturday's 65-21 victory over No. 22 Washington...has won a school-record 15 straight games dating back to last season, extending the nation's longest streak among FBS teams.
- Ranked 4th this week by AP, 3rd in the USA Today Coaches poll and 6th in the BCS standings...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 16 straight weeks, marking the program's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history...highest regular season ranking in AP poll since 1970.
- Has posted a 32-13 (.711) record since 2008 and are 27-6 (.818) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Has defeated its last 10 opponents by 25 or more points a game, compiling an average margin of victory of 35.2 points (352 total) during that stretch...the streak is believed to be the longest of its kind since 1936 according to ESPN.
- Is 6-1 in its last seven games against ranked opponents.
- Rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington...rank second in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally in rushing offense at 219.43.
- Leads the Pac-12 in eight defensive categories -- rushing defense (75.57), total defense (314.14), scoring defense (12.57), sacks per game (3.57), tackles-for-loss (8.14), red zone defense (0.61, third down conversion defense (30.21) and fewest first downs allowed (16.29)...rush defense ranks third nationally behind Alabama (44.88) and Cincinnati (72.71).
- Defense has held the opponent scoreless in 15 out of 28 quarters this season and have allowed just 11 offensive touchdowns...has allowed just seven points in the first quarter and just six points in the third quarter over its first seven games.
- Ranks first in the Pac-12 and third nationally in scoring offense, averaging 48.57 points a game...have scored 40 or more points 16 times in the last 33 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 43.2 ppg (864 total) over the last 20 contests...on pace to break the school's scoring record for a third straight year.
- Has outscored its last 20 opponents 453-145 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20)...were tied at the half last year against USC (14-14) and Arizona State (7-7).
- Was 7-for-7 in the red zone vs. Washington and have come away with points in all 38 trips to the red zone this season (30 TDs, 8 FGs)...rank first nationally in red zone offense.
- Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck has completed 88-of-117 passes (75.2) for 1,102 yards and 12 TDs over last four games...Stanford is 27-5 (.844) in Luck's 32 career starts...his 27 career wins as a starter rank first all-time among Stanford QBs.
- Tight ends Coby Fleener (7), Zach Ertz (3) and Levine Toilolo (3) have accounted for 13 of Stanford's 21 TD receptions this season and 17 of the last 25 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.