Oct. 23, 2012
Washington State Cougars (2-5 0-4 Pac-12)
October 27, 2012 3:15 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,000) Stanford, Calif.
Television Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Networks with Rich Cellini (play-by-play), Coy Wire (analyst) and Erin Coscarelli (sideline). Saturday's game will be carried on all seven Pac-12 Networks: the national and six regional Pac-12 channels. Visit Pac-12.com for the new and updated Channel Finder to locate the channel for Pac-12 Networks on your carrier.
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Tim Roye (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com.
Polls Stanford (19th - AP, 19th - USA Today) Washington State (NR - AP, NR - USA Today).
Tickets Stanford Athletics Ticket Office GoStanford.com 1.800.STANFORD
On the Web GoStanford.com WSUcougars.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
The Cardinal returns to Stanford Stadium on Saturday versus Washington State for its fifth home game this season. Stanford is 4-0 at home in 2012 while also riding a six-game winning streak at Stanford Stadium. Stanford has posted 17 victories in its last 18 affairs at Stanford Stadium.
The game against Washington State is a Pac-12 North contest and the second of a six-game conference stretch to close the regular season for the Cardinal.
Stanford has won four straight over the Cougars with an average margin of victory of 31 points.
The Cardinal bring the Pac-12's top-ranked rushing defense - and fourth in the NCAA (77.0 yards/game) - against the conference's last-place rushing offense (40.6) of Washington State. However, the Cougars throw the ball on more than 71 percent of their offensive plays.
Stanford won its first road game of the season last week, a 21-3 victory at Cal in the 115th edition of the Big Game. The Cardinal offense scored its first, second and third offensive road touchdowns of the year.
Senior RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 28 carries at Cal and passed several legends in the Stanford record books. Taylor's 3,616 career rushing yards surged past Toby Gerhart (3,522) for second all-time at Stanford and his 696 career carries also moved him into second place ahead of Gerhart (671) and Brad Muster (686). Now seven games into his senior season, Taylor needs 417 yards and seven carries to catch Darrin Nelson atop the respective Stanford records.
Stanford's senior tight ends have led the Cardinal in receiving six straight games - Zach Ertz: 134 yards at Cal, 55 at Notre Dame, 106 at Washington and 71 vs. USC. Levine Toilolo: 141 yards vs. Arizona and 59 vs. Duke.
The Cardinal defense ranks third in the NCAA in tackles for loss, tied for eighth in sacks and fourth in rushing defense. Stanford allowed three total rushing yards against Cal - an average of less than 3.9 inches per carry.
Stanford owns active winning streaks against nine of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), Cal (W3), Washington State (W4), Colorado (W3), Oregon State (W2) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal has a two-game losing streak to Oregon and lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
Washington State Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 36-25-1 (.589)
First meeting: 1936 at Washington State - Stanford 13, Washington State 14
Last meeting: 2011 at Washington State - Stanford 44, Washington State 14
Last Washington State win: 2007 at Washington State - Stanford 17, Washington State 33
Series streak: Stanford - W4 (2008-11)
Longest winning streaks: Stanford - 8 (1973-1982), Washington State - 8 (1957-64)
Last Matchup Against Washington State - Oct. 15, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - After a sluggish first half, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck tossed four second-half touchdown passes to lead Stanford to a 44-14 triumph. It was the 14th straight win by the Cardinal, establishing a new school record and extending the nation's longest winning streak.
Stanford led only 10-7 at halftime, but erupted for 14 points in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth. Luck hit tight end Levine Toilolo for scoring passes of 10 and 26 yards in the third quarter to help the Cardinal take command. In the fourth quarter, Luck found running back Stepfan Taylor for an 8-yard score and also hit tight end Coby Fleener for a 28-yard score. Ty Montgomery completed the Stanford scoring with a 96-yard kickoff return.
Luck completed 23 of 36 passes for 236 yards, while Taylor rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries. The Stanford defense limited the Cougars to 48 yards rushing and recorded six sacks.
It Happened Against Washington State
1969 - Stanford's defense limited the Cougars to just 109 yards in total offense, the second lowest output ever by a Cardinal opponent.
1970 - Jim Plunkett connected with Randy Vataha on a 96-yard touchdown pass at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter, which at the time was the longest pass play in school history. Plunkett finished the day with 275 yards in total offense to become the NCAA's all-time career record holder for total offense.
1975 - Stanford rushed for 395 yards in a 54-14 victory over the Cougars in Pullman. The rushing performance ranked as the second best in school history.
1978 - Quarterback Steve Dils set Pac-10 single-game records for passing yards (430), total offense (438) and touchdown passes (5) in Stanford's 43-27 win over the Cougars in Pullman. Dils' performance overshadowed another Cardinal-record breaking performance by Darrin Nelson, who set the school's all-time career rushing record in just his 18th varsity game.
1980 - Darrin Nelson ran for 202 yards on 21 carries in a 48-34 win in Pullman. The rushing performance ranked as the fifth-best in school history. John Elway threw for 379 yards, including five touchdowns.
1986 - Brad Muster rushed for 190 yards on 37 carries in a 42-12 victory over the Cougars at Stanford Stadium. The rushing performance tied for the ninth-best single-game mark in school history and was the second-best rushing performance of Muster's career.
2008 - Stanford's Toby Gerhart rushed for four first-half touchdowns to tie a single-game record as Stanford blanked the Cougars, 58-0 in a driving rainstorm at Stanford Stadium.. The 58-point margin of victory was Stanford's second largest in the post-World War II Era.
2009 - Andrew Luck threw for 193 yards in his collegiate debut and Toby Gerhart ran for 121 yards as Stanford won its season opener in Pullman, 39-13. Chris Owusu returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, his first of three kickoff returns for scores during the 2009 season.
2010 - Running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for a then-career high 143 yards and two touchdowns while Andrew Luck threw for 190 yards and three scores to lead the Cardinal to a 38-28 victory over the Cougars at Stanford Stadium.
2011 - Stanford's Andrew Luck tossed four second-half touchdown passes to lead Stanford to a 44-14 triumph in Pullman. Ty Montgomery completed the Stanford scoring with a 96-yard kickoff return. It was the 14th straight win by the Cardinal, establishing a new school record and extending the nation's longest winning streak.
Stanford defensive assistant Tavita Pritchard is the nephew of former Washington State quarterback Jack Thompson, nicknamed "The Throwin' Samoan". Thompson passed for a then NCAA-best 7,818 yards and set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and touchdowns.
Pritchard's brother, Tana, is a redshirt freshman linebacker on this season's Washington State roster.
Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave'a played at Arizona when Stanford special teams coordinator Pete Alamar coached the Wildcats from 1995-97.
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