No. 11/11 Stanford Cardinal (0-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
UC Davis Aggies (0-0 • 0-0 Big Sky)
August 30, 2014 • 1 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.
Television • Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Ashley Adamson (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 on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 137) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 203) will carry a national broadcast.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Polls • Stanford (11th - AP, 11th - USA Today) • UC Davis (NR)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • UCDavisAggies.com • Pac-12.com • BigSkyConf.com • #GoStanford
Promotions • Kids Free with advance registration • Free petting zoo • Educator Appreciation Day (free admission Bay Area educators K-12)
• Stanford opens its 120th season on Saturday (1 p.m.) at home against UC Davis. The matchup is designated as the annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game in honor of the late Stanford coach whose impact continues to be felt at all levels of football in the Bay Area and the country. Walsh spent 14 years at Stanford -- as an assistant coach (1963-65), head coach (1977-78, 1992-94), and in administration as a special assistant to the athletic director and interim athletic director (2004-07, 2005-06).
• For the second consecutive season, Stanford opens on the Pac-12 Networks and against a Northern California foe. Last year, the Cardinal beat San Jose State, 34-13.
• The UC Davis series is tied at 1-1. Stanford won the first meeting, 59-0, on Nov. 12, 1932, against the team known as the California Aggies. It served as a tuneup for the Big Game and was the last victory in the Stanford coaching career of Glenn “Pop” Warner, who went 71-17-8 (.781) from 1924-32. The College Football Hall of Famer coached Stanford to its first two Rose Bowls. However, UC Davis stunned the Cardinal in 2005 with 20 unanswered points in a 20-17 upset at Stanford Stadium.
• Stanford is 11-3 (.786) in its past 14 season openers, with six consecutive victories dating back to 2008. David Shaw could become the first Stanford head coach to win his first four season openers since Glenn “Pop” Warner from 1929-32.
• This is the fourth game ever played by Stanford in the month of August, in a football history that goes back to 1892. The previous three were Aug. 31, 2012 (vs. San Jose State - W, 20-17); Aug. 28, 2008 (vs. Oregon State - W, 36-28); and Aug. 26, 1992 (vs. Texas A&M in Anaheim, Calif. - L, 10-7).
• The Cardinal is 37-3 (.925) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007. Stanford’s 16-game home winning streak is the nation’s second-longest behind South Carolina (18). Stanford is 10-0 in its past 10 home games against non-conference opponents. Its last loss came against Notre Dame in 2007.
• Stanford has won 33 of its past 36 games played in California. The only losses came against No. 4 Michigan State in the 2014 Rose Bowl, at USC in 2013 and against visiting No. 6 Oregon in 2011.
• The Cardinal returns 49 letterwinners (22 offense, 24 defense, three specialists) and 14 starters (five offense, seven defense, two specialists) from last season’s Pac-12 championship team that finished 11-3 overall.
• Stanford’s ongoing streak of five consecutive winning seasons is the longest in program history since an 11-season streak from 1968-78 under John Ralston, Jack Christiansen and Bill Walsh. The program’s longest streak (not including the rugby years) is 13, from 1923-35 under coaches Andrew Kerr, Pop Warner, and Tiny Thornhill.
Series: Tied, 1-1 (.500)
At Stanford: Tied, 1-1 (.500)
At UC Davis: 0-0 (.000)
First meeting: 1932 at Stanford - Stanford 59, UC Davis 0
Last meeting: 2005 at Stanford - Stanford 17, UC Davis 20
Last Stanford win: 1932 at Stanford - Stanford 59, UC Davis 0
Last UC Davis win: 2005 at Stanford - Stanford 17, UC Davis 20
Longest Stanford win streak: 1 (1932)
Longest UC Davis win streak: 1 (2005-active)
Largest Stanford victory: 59-0 (1932 at Stanford)
Largest UC Davis victory: 20-17 (2005 at Stanford)
Series streak: UC Davis - W1
• Both Stanford and UC Davis have one win apiece in the two-game series which originated in 1932.
• The 2005 matchup with the Aggies marked the first time Stanford played a (then) non-Division I-A opponent since the Cardinal beat Cornell, 56-6, in 1991. The Aggies, who were in the third year of a four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I, previously had not played a Division I team since a 44-14 loss to Idaho in 1997.
• Before the two teams faced off in 2005, Stanford and UC Davis last met at Stanford Stadium in what turned out to be a 59-0 Stanford win in the 1932 series inaugural.
• UC Davis visited Stanford Stadium prior to the 2003 campaign for a “scrimmage” in which both teams competed against one another in a game-like setting.
• Stanford played the UC Davis reserves in 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1950, going 2-1-1 in that span.
• The Aggies mounted the game-winning drive after Emmanuel Benjamin missed two field goals earlier in the fourth quarter that could have tied the game at 17-17. UC Davis took over at its 28-yard line with 2:37 to play. On third-and-4 from the Stanford 25, Grant hit a wide-open Tony Kays for 19 yards over the middle for a first down. After a three-yard keeper and an incomplete pass, Grant found Smith open in the front corner of the end zone to cap the 11-play drive.
• Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards left the game after two series with an injury and was replaced by T.C. Ostrander. Both Stanford touchdowns came on fumble recoveries in the first half. Ostrander was 7 of 17 passing for 108 yards.
• Turnovers played a key role in the scoring, with Stanford scoring twice on fumble recoveries in and UC Davis’ first two touchdowns coming after Stanford fumbles.
1932 - Stanford left little doubt while cruising to a 59-0 victory at Stanford Stadium. Stanford held a 20-0 halftime lead before pouring it on throughout the second half.
2005 - UC Davis’ Jon Grant threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Blaise Smith with eight seconds left as the Aggies posted a 20-17 win to spoil Stanford head coach Walt Harris’ home debut. UC Davis held Stanford to 180 yards of total offense, as the Cardinal managed two first-half touchdowns on a pair of fumble recoveries.