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Football Prepares for ASU
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

Oct. 12, 1998

Next Game: October 22
Stanford (1-5, 0-3) at Arizona State (2-4, 1-2)

THE CARDINAL: Stanford has a bye this week, then plays a rare Thursday game October 22 at Arizona State ... The Cardinal will practice three times this week (see schedule below), take Friday and Saturday off and begin game week preparations for the ASU game on Sunday, Oct. 18 ... Stanford (1-5, 0-3) has lost two straight to the Sun Devils and five of the last six ... The Cardinal last beat ASU in Sun Devil Stadium in 1995 by a 30-28 count ... ASU entered the '98 campaign a consensus top-10 team, but have lost four of their six games, including the last two to USC and Notre Dame.

BYE WEEK SCHEDULE: Below is Stanford's practice schedule for the bye week and the week prior to the Thursday evening game at Arizona State:

Mon.,  Oct. 12   Off             Mon., Oct. 19   3:45-6:05 pm
Tue.,  Oct. 13   4:15-6:00 pm    *** Press Conference at 11:30 am ***
Wed.,  Oct. 14   3:45-6:05 pm    Tue., Oct. 20   3:45-5:35 pm
Thu.,  Oct. 15   3:45-5:35 pm    Wed., Oct. 21   Depart for ASU 2:45 pm
Fri.,  Oct. 16   Off             Thu., Oct. 22   Stanford-ASU 7:00 pm
Sat.,  Oct. 17   Off             Fri., Oct. 23   Off
Sun.,, Oct. 18   3:45-5:55 pm    Sat., Oct. 24   Off

HUSAK SETS PASSING RECORD: Quarterback Todd Husak broke a 20-year old Stanford record for most passing yards in a game when he threw for 450 against Oregon State (Oct. 10) ... Husak, in his first year as the Cardinal's starter, eclipsed the previous record of 430 set in 1978 by Steve Dils ... Husak completed 26-of-48 against OSU to go along with TD passes of 27 yards to DeRonnie Pitts and 30 yards to Dave Davis.

Top-10 Passing Games
1. Todd Husak, '98 vs. OSU        450   6. John Elway, '82 vs. Ohio St. 407
2. Steve Dils, '78 vs. WSU        430   7. S. Stenstrom, '93 vs. Oregon 407
3. John Elway, '81 vs. Purdue     418   8. S. Stenstrom, '93 vs. OSU    407
4. John Paye, '85 vs. Oregon      408   9. Jason Palumbis, '90 vs. SJSU 387
5. Steve Stenstrom, '94 vs. UCLA  408  10. J. Paye, '85 vs. San Diego St.  385 HUSAK IN THE PAC-10 RECORD BOOK:  Todd Husak's 450 passing yards against Oregon State is the 10th highest single game total in Pac-10 Conference history ... Husak also entered the conference record book in the OSU game, but was quickly replaced ... He ran his string of consecutive passes without an interception to 159, breaking the Pac-10 season record of 150 set in 1996 by Pat Barnes of Cal ... Later in the game, however, Husak's record was broken by the Beavers' Terrance Bryant, who ran his string to 170 before being intercepted.   

THE WALTERS WATCH: Pre-season All-America FL Troy Walters returned to the lineup last Saturday against Oregon State, catching six balls for 159 yards and moving into ninth on Stanford's career receiving yards list with 1,947 ... Since suffering an ankle sprain in the first quarter of game two vs. Arizona, Walters did not play in games against North Carolina and Oregon and played just two plays at Notre Dame ... He has played just two full games this season: the season opener vs. San Jose State and last Saturday against Oregon State ... After averaging 14.1 yards per punt return a year ago, including two for touchdowns, Walters has not returned a punt through six games this year ... He had an 86-reception, 1,206-yard season in '97 and began the '98 campaign as a pre-season First-Team All-America receiver and a First-Team All-America return specialist ...

One publication called him the "second most exciting player in college football" ...In the season opener vs. San Jose State, Walters had six receptions for 71 yards, including a 28-yard TD pass from Husak,and three kickoff returns for 71 yards ... Walters will be among the school's all-time top-10 receivers in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions by the end of the '98 campaign ... He is two TDs and nine receptions shy of the all-time top-10 ... Walters, the son of Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Trent Walters, has two years of eligibility remaining (1998, 1999) and could contend for every Cardinal receiving record by the time he leaves The Farm.

HUSAK'S NUMBERS: First-year starting quarterback Todd Husak is putting up numbers that will rank him among the all-time top-10 single season leaders in school history in passing yards, completions and attempts ... After six games, Husak has completed 137-of-256 for 1,772 yards and 11 TDs ... He ranks second in the Pac-10 and 11th in the nation in total offense, averaging 289.8 yards per game ...He has a chance to become only the third QB in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season ... The other two are Steve Stenstrom, who threw for a school and Pac-10 record 3,627 yards in 1993, and John Elway, who in 1982 threw for a school and Pac-10 record 3,242 yards ...

Husak is on pace to pass for 3,249 yards ... Husak is also on pace to break the school record for most pass attempts in a season ... He is averaging 43 attempts per game - 469 over an 11 game season ... Stenstrom holds the school record of 455 set in 1993 ... Husak's 1.8 TD passes per game would give him 20 for the season, which would rank among the top five all-time on The Farm ... Husak had his first 300-yard passing game against North Carolina on Sept. 19 when he completed 23-for-38 for 313 yards ... In the first half, Husak completed 16-of-24 for 227 yards and one TD ...

His next 300-yard passing game occurred last week vs. Oregon State when he broke the school's single game record by throwing for 450 yards on 26-of-48 ... Husak placed his name in the Cardinal record book by throwing 54 passes - the sixth highest single game total in school history - and the most under head coach Tyrone Willingham, in his debut as the starter in the season opener vs. San Joe State ... He completed 29-of-54 for 298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Spartans ... Husak was not officially named the Cardinal's starter until September 1, just four days before the season opener ...

His 298 yards passing in his starting debut was better than the debuts of the top eight passers in Stanford history, including John Elway in 1980 (250 yards) and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett in 1968 (277 yards) ... Husak's father, Dr. Bill Husak, is the athletic director at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Husak's in 1998  (6 games): PC-137  PA-256  Yds-1,772   TD-11
11-game projection:         PC-251  PA-469  Yds-3,249   TD-20

In The Record Book (Husak stats are full season projections) Season Passing Season Attempts Season TD Passes 1. Steve Stenstrom, '93 3,627 1. Stenstrom, '93 455 1. Elway, '80 27 2. John Elway, '82 3,242 2. Elway, '82 405 Stenstrom, '93 27 3. Steve Dils, '78 2,943 John Paye, '85 405 3. Elway, '82 23 Husak, '98 3,249 Husak, '98 469 4. Dils, '78 22 Husak, '98 20

PASSING ATTACK: Stanford's passing attack is on pace to become one of the most prolific in school history ... As a team, the Cardinal is averaging 24.8 pass completions per game, 46.8 attempts and 320.8 passing yards ... Those numbers over an 11 game season would give Stanford 515 pass attempts and 3,529 yards ... The current team record for most pass attempts in a season is 474 set in 1993 ... Stanford's projected 3,529 passing yards is off record pace (3,709 set in '93), but it would rank second in the record book ... Stanford currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the NCAA in passing offense ... Stanford has thrown over 40 passes in five of its six games, including two games in which it threw over 50 passes.

Top Passing Teams in Stanford History
Year        Head Coach / Quarterback          Yards
1.  1993    Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom      3,709
2.  1994    Bill Walsh / Steve Stenstrom      3,358
3.  1982    Paul Wiggin / John Elway          3,311
4.  1981    Paul Wiggin / John Elway          3,066
??  1998    Tyrone Willingham / Todd Husak    3,529 (projected)

OVER 1,000: DeRonnnie Pitts and Dave Davis are both on pace to top the 1,000 yard mark for season receiving yards, which would make them the first duo in school history to surpass the 1,000 yard milestone in the same season ... In fact, only three players in school history have recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season: Troy Walters in 1997 (1,206), Gene Washington in 1968 (1,117), and Justin Armour in 1994 (1,092) ... Davis' 100.7 yards per game average puts him on pace to gain 1,108 for the season while Pitts' average of 95.3 per game would give him 1,048 for the season ... The best duo to date for the Cardinal was Armour and Brian Manning (899 yards) in 1994.

DAVIS' DRIVE: Sophomore WR Dave Davis, who redshirted as a freshman a year ago, has caught 40 passes for 604 yards and five touchdowns in his first six games as a Cardinal ... No player in Stanford history has had a better start to his Cardinal career as a receiver than Davis ... Those numbers are better than the first six games of each of the top 10 receivers in the Cardinal record book ...Davis' 6.7 receptions per game rank him fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 17th nationally and his 100.7 receiving yards per game place him third in the Pac-10 and 21st in the NCAA ... Those numbers are also the best in the nation for a freshman or redshirt freshman ... Last week against Oregon State, he recorded career bests for both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (151) ... He has three 100-yard receiving games this season (127 vs. Arizona, 108 vs. North Carolina, 151 vs. Oregon State) and is on pace to become only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... He is on pace to catch 73 passes for 1,108 yards ... The school record for receiving yards in a season is 1,206, set last season by Troy Walters.

PITTS' PLACE: In the absence of Troy Walters, junior DeRonnie Pitts has emerged as Stanford's go-to receiver ... He has registerd three straight 100-yard receiving games and is among the conference and national leaders in receptions per game (7.7) and receiving yards per game (95.3) ... Pitts had nine catches for 124 yards and one TD vs. OSU last week ... In his previous two games, he had eight catches for 112 yards at Notre Dame and 10 receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown at Oregon ... He currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in and ninth in the nation in receptions per game ... He also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game ... Pitts has 27 catches for 394 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games ... A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Pitts is in his first year as a starter for Stanford ... He redshirted the 1996 season and was used in a reserve role last year, recording 13 receptions for 195 yards (15.0 ypc) and one touchdown in eight games.

SMITH PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Junior free safety Tim Smith is enjoying an outstanding 1998 after missing the final nine games of 1997 and spring practice because of an ACL injury to his left knee ... Smith is currently second in the Pac-10 with 65 tackles (48 unassisted, 17 assisted), good for an average of 10.8 per game Last week, Smith had a career-high 15 tackles, all unassisted, against Oregon State ... Smith, who redshirted the 1995 season as a quarterback, had 28 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks in '96 as the backup free safety ... Smith recorded four unassisted tackles in '97 before suffering the ACL injury on a special teams play at North Carolina.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: The Pacific-10 Conference has announced that the Stanford-UCLA game on Oct. 31 in Los Angeles will start at 3:30 pm ... The game will be televised by FX.

TYRONE WILLINGHAM: Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham, the 1995 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has compiled a 20-20-1 record in three-plus years on The Farm (1995-98) ... He has led the Cardinal to two bowl appearances and is only the third coach in school history to lead Stanford to a bowl game in his first two years on The Farm (the other two are Tiny Thornhill in 1933 and '34 and Bill Walsh in '77 and '78) ... Willingham spent 17 years as an assistant coach on the college and professional levels - including three as Stanford's running backs coach under Denny Green from 1989-91 - before being named Stanford's head coach on Dec. 9, 1994.

HOWARD MAKES HIS MARK: Junior defensive tackle Willie Howard, the only returning starter on Stanford's defensive line, has continued to establish himself as a force up front ... Howard had 28 tackles (21 unassisted), 2 sacks and two tackles for loss as the starter last season, but has already surpassed that total through the first six games of 1998 ... Howard has 30 tackles (21 unassisted), and is among the Pac-10 leaders in sacks and tackles for loss ... He is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (eight) and tied for 10th in sacks (three) ... Last week against Oregon State, Howard had seven tackles (three unassisted), two tackles for loss and one sack ... He also added the first blocked field goal of his career in last week's loss to the Beavers.

STRONG SCHEDULE: Stanford's schedule was ranked prior to the season as the ninth toughest in college football ... The Cardinal has already played pre-season top-10 North Carolina, #11 Oregon, #16 Arizona and #22 Notre Dame ... Still ahead are road games at #2 UCLA (Oct. 31) and pre-season top-10 Arizona State (Oct. 22) and a home date with #31 USC ... Seven of Stanford's opponents played in post-season bowl games a year ago.

FRESHMAN IMPACT: Prior to this season, only two true freshman had seen playing time in Tyrone Willingham's three seasons at Stanford ... Those two included QB Todd Husak in 1996, who was forced to play due to injuries, and RB Juan-Carlos Lacey, who played just one game in '96 and was able to receive a redshirt year ... In 1998, however, six true freshmen have seen playing time ... OG Eric Heitmann and RB Brian Allen have played in all six games this year, Brian Taylor has started the last three games at cornerback and DB Tank Williams, ILB Cooper Blackhurst and WR Ryan Fernandez have played in reserve roles ... Taylor became the first true freshman to start under Willingham when he replaced sophomore Ruben Carter as the starter against Oregon ... Heitmann has been used extensively as a reserve offensive guard and has seen his playing time increase ... Allen has been used on kickoffs (8-136-17.0) and as a reserve running back (7-11) ... Fernandez has one reception for 34 yards in his role as a backup wide receiver while Williams' playing time has increased (14 tackles).

YOUTH MOVEMENT: To say that the Cardinal is a youthful team lacking in game experience is an understatement ... Consider the facts: of the 92 players on Stanford's roster, 54 had never played in a game prior to the start of the '98 season and only five are seniors in their final year of eligibility ... Nine players (4 offense, 5 defense) made their starting debuts against San Jose State in the season opener and 18 others played in their first collegiate game ... Making their first career starts against the Spartans were WR DeRonnie Pitts, QB Todd Husak, RB Coy Wire, FB Maxwell Stevenson, DE Sam Benner, NT Andrew Currie, DE Riall Johnson, FS Jamien McCullum and CB Ruben Carter ... Three of them - Wire, McCullum and Carter - made their college debuts ... Six true freshman and 18 sophomores (or redshirt freshman) have also played this season ... In Willingham's three previous seasons at Stanford, only two true freshman had played - and neither one played enough to earn a letter (Todd Husak and Juan-Carlos Lacey in '96) ... This season, no less than six true freshman have seen extensive playing time.

GAME FACTS

TV and Radio Information TV Live, Oct. 22, 7:00 pm Fox Sports Net (nationally) (Bay TV in Bay Area) Steve Physioc (play-by-play) Tom Ramsey (analyst) Radio KTCT (1050 AM) Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Bob Murphy (color) 6:00 pm pst pre-game KZSU (90.1 FM) - student Stanford (1-5, 0-3) 9/5 San Jose State L 23-35 9/12 Arizona* L, 14-31 9/19 North Carolina (Fox) W, 37-34 9/26 at Oregon* (FSBA) L, 28-63 10/3 at Notre Dame (NBC) L, 17-35 10/10 Oregon State* L, 23-30 10/22 at Arizona State* (Fox) 7:00 pm 10/31 at UCLA* (FX) 3:30 pm 11/7 USC* 12:30 pm 11/14 Washington State* 12:30 pm 11/21 at California* (KGO) 12:30 pm

Arizona State (2-4, 1-2) 9/5 Washington* L, 42-38 9/12 at BYU L, 26-6 9/19 North Texas W, 34-15 9/26 Oregon State* W, 24-3 10/3 at USC* L, 35-24 10/10 Notre Dame L, 28-9 10/22 Stanford* (Fox) 7:00 pm 10/31 at Washington State* TBA 11/7 California* 4:00 pm 11/14 at Oregon* 1:00 pm 10/27 at Arizona* 4:30 pm

Pac-10 Standings Pac-10 Overall Oregon 2-0 5-0 UCLA 2-0 4-0 California 2-0 4-1 Arizona 2-1 5-1 USC 2-1 4-2 Washington 1-1 3-2 Oregon State 1-2 4-2 Arizona State 1-2 2-4 Washington State 0-3 3-3 Stanford 0-3 1-5

THE OPPONENT

About Arizona State Location: Tempe, Arizona Enrollment: 44,255 Nickname: Sun Devils Colors: Maroon and Gold Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (73,379) President: Dr. Lattie F. Coor Athletic Director: Dr. Kevin White Head Coach: Bruce Snyder Record at ASU: 43-31 (7th season) Overall Record: 111-92-5 (19th season) 1998 record: 2-4 (1-2 Pac-10) 1997 Final Record: 9-3 (6-2) SID: Mark Brand (602) 965-6592

Noting the Sun Devils

Arizona State dropped a 28-9 home decision to Notre Dame on Saturday to fall to 2-4 ... The nine points was ASU's lowest since it was shut out at USC (31-0) in 1995 ... Running back J.R. Redmond rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to lead Arizona State ... The Fighing Irish racked up 263 yards rushing against ASU, just one week afer rushing for 305 yards against Stanford ... The loss was the Sun Devils' second in a row, and dropped them to 1-2 at Sun Devil Stadium this season ... Redmond currently ranks fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards (203.17 pg) and 20th in rushing (108.17 pg) ... Last season, the Sun Devils got off to a 3-2 start but won six of their last seven games, including a 17-7 win over Iowa in the Sun Bowl.

Head Coach Bruce Snyder

Snyder has led ASU to back-to-back bowl appearances after going 21-23 in his first four seasons in Tempe ... Despite being picked fifth in Pac-10 preseason polls in 1996, Snyder led his team to a Rose Bowl appearance (20-17 loss to Ohio State) and an 11-1 record ... Prior to ASU, Snyder was 29-24-4 in five seasons at Cal (1987-91) ... He led the Golden Bears to a 17-6-1 mark in his last two seasons, including a 37-13 victory over ACC champion Clemson in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1992 ... In his first head coaching stop, Snyder went 39-35-1 in seven seasons at Utah St.

Series History

Arizona State leads the all-time series 10-4, including 10 wins in the last 12 meetings ... Stanford is 2-5 all-time at Sun Devil Stadium, but beat ASU 30-28 in 1995 in their last meeting in Tempe ... Arizona State has beat the Cardinal each of the last two years at Stanford Stadium - 41-9 in 1996 and 31-14 in 1997.

The Last Time

Arizona State broke a 7-7 tie with 24 unanswered points en route to a 31-14 win at Stanford Stadium on Oct. 18, 1997 ... The Sun Devils racked up 259 yards on the ground, with Marlon Farlow (13-129) and Michael Martin (23-124) both going over 100 yards ... Troy Walters caught eight passes for 113 yards to lead Stanford.

Stat Rankings

Stanford
Category                 Avg.     NCAA/Pac-10
Rushing Offense          94.5     98  / 9
Passing Offense         320.8     8   / 1
Total Offense           426.3     30  / 4
Scoring Offense          23.7     63  / 7
Rushing Defense         217.3     98  / 10
Pass Eff.  Defense      155.2     107 / 10
Total Defense           481.3     109 / 10
Scoring Defense          38.0     106 (t) / 10
Turnover Margin .          00     56 (t)  / 6 (t)

Arizona State Category Avg. NCAA/Pac-10 Rushing Offense 162.8 98 / 3 Passing Offense 218.3 49 / 7 Total Offense 381.2 46 / 5 Scoring Offense 22.5 70 / 9 Rushing Defense 130.3 42 / 2 Pass Eff. Defense 122.7 71 / 8 Total Defense 339.0 44 / 4 Scoring Defense 24.8 61 / 6 Turnover Margin -1.33 104 (t) / 10

Individual Stat Rankings

Stanford


Todd Husak, Total Offense (289.83)
11th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10
DeRonnie Pitts, Receptions/game (7.67)
7th (tie) NCAA, 2nd Pac-10
Dave Davis, Receptions/game (6.67)
17th (tie) NCAA, 3rd Pac-10
Dave Davis, Receiving yds/gm (100.67)
21st NCAA, 3rd Pac-10

Arizona State


J.R. Redmond, Rushing (108.17)
20th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10
Stephen Baker, Punting (46.42)
4th NCAA, 1st Pac-10
J.R. Redmond, All-Purpose Yards (203.17)
4th NCAA, 1st Pac-10


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