No. 11/13 Arizona State Sun Devils (10-2 • 8-1)
Pac-12 Football Championship Game
December 7, 2013 • 4:45 p.m. (PT)
Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) • Tempe, Ariz.
Television • Live national broadcast on ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline).
Radio • Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station – KNBR 1050 AM – with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can be heard live on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 113) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 194) will carry a national broadcast.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Polls • Stanford (7th - AP, 10th - USA Today, 9th - BCS) • Arizona State (11th - AP, 13th - USA Today, 25th - BCS)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • TheSunDevils.com • Pac-12.com • WatchESPN
Social Hour • tagboard.com/GoStanford • GoStanford.com/FrontRow • #GoStanford
Inside the Huddle
• Stanford looks for its second straight Pac-12 Football Championship Game victory as the Cardinal travels to South Division champion Arizona State in a 4:45 p.m. (PT) kickoff Saturday on ESPN.
• Prior to this season, Stanford and Arizona State had never met while each was ranked in the top 25. The teams will meet for a second time this season as members of the top 25.
• In the regular-season matchup between the two teams on Sept. 21, Stanford defeated Arizona State, 42-28. Stanford jumped out to a 29-0 halftime cushion and led 39-7 entering the fourth quarter before Arizona State scored three late touchdowns.
• Stanford and Arizona State did not play each other in 2011 nor 2012. Prior to the 2013 regular-season meeting, the two teams last met in 2010 as the seventh-ranked Cardinal downed the Sun Devils, 17-13, in Tempe.
• Stanford and Arizona State posted identical 7-0 home records during the regular season. Stanford, the only Pac-12 team to defeat Arizona State this season, is 3-2 on the road.
• Stanford’s two losses this season have come on the road to unranked opponents the week following a home victory over a top-15 team.
• Stanford is 9-0 in its last nine games against opponents ranked in the AP top 25.
• Head coach David Shaw owns a 3-1 record on the road against top-25 opponents over the past two seasons with all three wins coming against Pac-12 foes (2012 at No. 1 Oregon, 2012 at No. 15 UCLA, 2011 at No. 20 USC). The lone loss came in 2012 at No. 7 Notre Dame.
• Stanford, Alabama and Oregon are the only FBS teams with at least 10 wins in each of the last four seasons.
• Stanford is 47-18 (.723) all-time when ranked in the top 10.
Arizona State Series Notes
Series: Stanford trails, 12-16-0 (.429)
First meeting: 1978 at Arizona State - Stanford 21, Arizona State 14
Last meeting: 2013 at Stanford - Stanford 42, Arizona State 28
Last Arizona State win: 2008 at Arizona State - Stanford 17, Arizona State 41
Series streak: Stanford - W3
• Dating back to 1978, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona State, 12-16-0.
• The Cardinal won the 2010 affair in Tempe to give the Cardinal a two-game winning streak after a three-game skid to the Sun Devils. Stanford picked up its third straight win over the Sun Devils with a 42-28 victory at Stanford Stadium in the season’s third week.
Last Matchup Against Arizona State - Sept. 21, 2013
• Tyler Gaffney ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and another score, and No. 5 Stanford started strong and struggled late in a 42-28 victory over No. 23 Arizona State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
• The defending conference champions controlled every facet of the game to turn the only matchup between ranked opponents this week into a lead of 29-0 at halftime and 39-7 through three quarters. The Cardinal scored twice in the air and three times on the ground, forced two interceptions, blocked two punts, tallied 10 tackles for loss and recorded three sacks.
• Arizona State outgained Stanford 417 to 391 yards.
• Kevin Hogan completed 11 of 17 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns to Ty Montgomery to lift Stanford to its 11th straight victory.
Stanford-Arizona State Connections
• This week’s matchup will feature 69 players from the state of California, including 30 Californians from Stanford and 39 from Arizona State.
• There are seven Stanford players hailing from the state of Arizona: senior FS Devon Carrington (Chandler/Hamilton), sophomore SS Zach Hoffpauir (Glendale/Centennial), sophomore ILB Blake Martinez (Tucson/Canyon del Oro), fifth-year senior OLB Trent Murphy (Mesa/Brophy), senior WR Keanu Nelson (Tucson/Sabino), sophomore OT Andrus Peat (Chandler/Corona del Sol) and junior DE Alex Yazdi (Cave Creek/Cactus Shadows).
• Between Stanford and Arizona State, there will be 31 players from Arizona and 21 players from Texas on the field.
• Arizona State wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator DelVaughn Alexander coached running backs at the University of San Diego from 2005-06, when Stanford head coach David Shaw and outside linebackers coach Lance Anderson also coached at San Diego.
• Arizona State graduate assistant T.J. Rushing played at Stanford from 2002-05 and stands fourth all-time on the program’s list of career kickoff return yards with 1,409. Rushing is also tied for most career kickoff returns for touchdowns with three.
• Fifth-year senior OLB Trent Murphy’s sister, Kayli, played basketball at Arizona State.
It Happened Against Arizona State
1981 - In one of the of the greatest offensive shootouts in program history, Stanford rolled up a school-record 693 yards in total offense, but dropped a wild, 62-36, game to the Sun Devils at Stanford Stadium. The two teams combined to break five NCAA and 11 Pac-10 records in the game, including NCAA marks for combined total offense (1,436 yards and passing yardage by two teams (1,092). John Elway completed 10-of-17 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game with 8:10 left in the second quarter due to a concussion and sprained index finger. Backup Steve Cottrell came off the bench to complete 21 passes for 311 yards. Darrin Nelson set a Stanford-record for receiving yardage with 237 yards on nine catches.
1989 - Brian Johnson hooked up with Jon Pickney for an 83-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but Stanford fell in Tempe to the Sun Devils, 30-22. The reception ranked as the seventh longest in school history.
1993 - Ethan Allen broke loose for an 82-yard touchdown run down the left sideline in the second quarter, which went down as the sixth-longest run in program history. Stanford went on to lose, 38-30.
1994 - Damon Dunn returned a second-quarter kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to become the second player in school history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a score, joining Bob Bryan, who accomplished the feat against USF in 1950. At the end of the day, Jon Baker’s 38-yard field goal with 0:06 remaining gave Arizona State a 36-35 victory.
1999 - Todd Husak threw four touchdown passes in a 50-30 victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe.
2001 - Randy Fasani threw four touchdown passes in a 51-28 Cardinal triumph at Stanford Stadium.
2005 - Mark Bradford caught nine passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns during a 45-35 win for the home team in Stanford Stadium. The receiving performance was the 10th-best in school history.
2009 - Andrew Luck completed 17-of-28 passes for 236 yards while Toby Gerhart rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries to pace Stanford to a 33-14 victory, ending the Sun Devils four-game winning streak in the series. Stanford collected 473 yards of offense and held the Sun Devils to 290 yards.
2010 - Andrew Luck threw for 292 yards and engineered a long fourth-quarter scoring drive to set up Owen Marecic’s second one-yard touchdown dive, lifting Stanford to a defense-dominated 17-13 win over Arizona State. Luck guided Stanford 85 yards in 10 plays to set up Marecic’s bulldozing touchdown run with just over five minutes left. The defense came back out and held, and the offense was able to grind away the final four minutes to give the Cardinal its first win in Tempe since 1999.
2013 - Tyler Gaffney ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and another score, and No. 5 Stanford started strong and struggled late in a 42-28 victory over No. 23 Arizona State. Stanford controlled every facet of the game to turn the matchup into a lead of 29-0 at halftime and 39-7 through three quarters. The Cardinal scored twice in the air and three times on the ground, forced two interceptions, blocked two punts, tallied 10 tackles for loss and recorded three sacks.