Nov. 13, 2011
After suffering its first loss of the season, the Stanford Cardinal (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12 North) will look to rebound on Saturday in the 114th Big Game against California (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12 North). Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. at Stanford Stadium/Foster Field (50,360) and the game will be televised on ESPN. The Cardinal dropped a 53-30 decision last Saturday to Oregon, while Cal downed Oregon State, 23-6 at AT&T Park. Stanford is ranked No. 8 in this week's AP Top 25, No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the BCS Standings. Cal is unranked.
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Saturday's Big Game will be televised by ESPN, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (analyst) and Shelley Smith (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.
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In a series that dates back to 1892, Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 56-46-11. Cal has had the upperhand in the series since 2002, winning seven out of the last nine meetings with Stanford victories coming in 2007 (20-13) and 2010 (48-14).
The two teams last met at Stanford in 2009, with Cal coming out on top, 34-28 as Shane Vereen ran for 193 yards on 42 carries. Prior to Cal's recent success in the series, Stanford had won seven straight Big Games from 1995-2001 and held a 14-3-1 advantage in the series from 1984-2001.
- Now 9-1 (7-1 Pac-12 North) after suffering its first loss of the season last Saturday to against 6th-ranked Oregon, 53-30...the loss snapped Stanford's school-record 17-game winning streak and 11-game home winning streak.
- Ranked No. 8 this week by AP, No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 9 in the BCS standings...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 19 straight weeks, marking the program's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history...were ranked as high as No.3 in the AP poll on Nov. 6.
- Has posted a 34-14 (.708) record since 2008 and are 29-7 (.806) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
- Is 21-3 in its last 24 home contests dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season, with losses coming against USC (2008), Cal (2009) and Oregon (2011).
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and fifth nationally in scoring, averaging 46.40 points a game...has scored 40 or more points 17 times in the last 36 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 43.0 ppg (988 total) over the last 23 contests...on pace to break the school's scoring record for a third straight year.
- Have scored 30 or more points in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season and has scored 40 or more in nine of the 13 games.
- Rank second in the Pac-12 and 19th nationally in rushing offense at 215.10...rushed for a school-record 446 yards against Washington.
- Offense has had just nine three-and-outs all season.
- Leads the Pac-12 in three defensive categories -- rushing defense (94.20), red zone defense (70.0) and third down conversion defense (36-126; 28.57)...rank second in total defense (330.30), scoring defense (20.20), sacks-per-game (3.00) and fewest first downs (17.0)...rush defense ranks 7th nationally.
- Defense has held the opponent to just 18 points in the first quarter and just 40 points in the third quarter this season.
- Has outscored its last 23 opponents 496-180 in the first half...have led or been tied at the half in 23 of the last 24 games.
- Has trailed in just two games this season -- USC and Oregon.
- Was 5 for 5 in the red zone vs. Oregon and has come away with points on all 57 trips to the red zone this season (45 TDs, 12 FGs)...rank first nationally in red zone offense.
- With his three TD passes vs. Oregon, Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck rank his career total to 74, three shy of John Elway's (1979-82) school-record mark of 77...Luck has 29 TD passes this season and needs just three more to tie his own single-season record, set last year.
- Wide receiver Griff Whalen has caught 36 passes for 550 yards and four TDS over the last six games...he leads the team in receptions (45) and receiving yardage (641).