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Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/16/2013

No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (2-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
No. 23/23 Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0 • 0-0 Pac-12)
September 21, 2013 • 4 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.

Television • Live national broadcast on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play),
Charles Davis (analyst) and Kristina Pink (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 Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 91) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 91) will carry a national broadcast from Sports USA with John Ahlers (play-by-play), Gary Barnet (analyst) and Ray Woodsen (sideline).

Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via

Polls • Stanford (5th - AP, 5th - USA Today) • Arizona State (23rd - AP, 23rd - USA Today)

On the Web • • • • #GoStanford •

Game Notes: Stanford  |  Arizona State  |  Depth Chart: Stanford  |  Media Guide: Stanford


Inside the Huddle

• Arizona State unexpectedly returned a number of visitor tickets, and we’re trying to get them in the hands of Stanford fans to pack Stanford Stadium with Cardinal faithful (#FillTheFarm). Purchase tickets HERE.

• The Cardinal returns to Stanford Stadium for its Pac-12 opener against Arizona State at 4 p.m. (PT) on game that will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

• Stanford made a rare trip to the East Coast last week, downing Army, 34-20, with the Black Knights scoring a late touchdown.

• A win over Arizona State would give the Cardinal a 3-0 record to start the season for a fourth straight year. The last time Stanford started 3-0 in four consecutive seasons was 1908-11 (playing rugby-style rules).

• Stanford enters the weekend with the nation’s second-best overall winning streak at 10 games (Ohio State leads all FBS programs with 15 consecutive wins).

• Stanford’s active 10-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the nation (behind Michigan, Georgia and South Carolina).

• David Shaw looks to become the first Stanford head coach to win his first three games in his first three seasons on The Farm since George J. “Press” Presley did so from 1909-1911 (playing rugby-style rules).

• Stanford is 8-2 (.800) at home against ranked opponents (1-2 vs. top 10) since 2009, including wins over No. 2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24 Washington (2009). The home losses to ranked opponents since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011) and No. 11 USC (2009).

• Stanford is 14-2 (.875) during the month of September dating back to 2009, including an 8-0 mark at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal is 31-3 (.912) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.

• Stanford has averaged 38.1 points per game (1,257) in its last 33 home games while allowing 21.6 (713).


Arizona State Series Notes

Series: Stanford trails, 11-16-0 (.407)
First meeting: 1978 at Arizona State - Stanford 21, Arizona State 14
Last meeting: 2010 at Arizona State - Stanford 17, Arizona State 13
Last Arizona State win: 2008 at Arizona State - Stanford 17, Arizona State 41
Series streak: Stanford - W2

• Dating back to 1978, Stanford trails the all-time series with Arizona State, 11-16-0.

• 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 has won five of the last six meetings between the two teams at Stanford Stadium dating back to 2000, with the lone loss during that stretch coming in 2007.


Last Matchup Against Arizona State - Nov. 13, 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 the Cardinal to a defense-dominated 17-13 win over the Sun Devils.

• The Cardinal defense did its job, though, holding the Sun Devils (4-6, 2-5) to 268 yards to give Luck one final chance. Luck came through, guiding Stanford 85 yards in 10 plays to set up Marecic’s 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 their first win in Tempe since 1999.

• The Sun Devils stifled Stanford’s running game, holding the Cardinal to 128 yards on 42 carries. They also forced Luck to throw underneath instead of downfield, prevented him from hurting them with his legs and forced two Luck turnovers.


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 Saturday.

• 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.


Setting the Stage

• Arizona State played at home last week but had to sweat out both the thermostat, which read 97 degrees at kickoff, as well as a bizarre ending that saw the Sun Devils emerge victorious against No. 20 Wisconsin, 32-30.

• Stanford and Arizona State are both playing their conference openers on Saturday in the only Pac-12 matchup this week.

• Stanford and Arizona State have not played each other in the past two seasons. The last meeting came in 2010 as the seventh-ranked Cardinal downed the Sun Devils, 17-13, in Tempe. The last meeting at Stanford came in 2009,  a 33-14 Cardinal victory.

• Arizona State last came into Stanford Stadium as a ranked team during the 2007 season when the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils won, 41-3.

• The two programs have never met while each was ranked in the top 25.


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.

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