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Cardinal Awaits Huskies
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/30/2013
No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (4-0 • 2-0 Pac-12)
No. 15/18 Washington Huskies (4-0 • 1-0 Pac-12)
October 5, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,424) • Stanford, Calif.

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 Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 85) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 85) will carry a national broadcast.

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

Polls • Stanford (5th - AP, 5th - USA Today) • Washington (15th - AP, 18th - USA Today)

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Social Hour • • • #GoStanford

Game Notes: Stanford  |  Washington  |  Depth Chart: Stanford  |  Media Guide: Stanford 

Inside the Huddle
• The Cardinal begins the month of October by playing host to Washington in a 7:30 p.m. (PT) game that will be televised on ESPN.

• Stanford enters the weekend with the nation’s second-best overall winning streak at 12 games (Ohio State leads all FBS programs with 17 consecutive wins).

• Stanford’s active 11-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the nation, behind Michigan (17), Georgia (15) and South Carolina (13).

• Stanford has won each of its last 10 home games in the month of October. Its last loss at home during the month came in 2007 vs. TCU.

• Stanford is 9-1 (.900) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (2-1 vs. top 10), including wins over No. 23 Arizona State (2013), No. 2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24 Washington (2009). The home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).

• Washington put the lone Pac-12 blemish on the Cardinal’s 2012 schedule with a 17-13 upset at CenturyLink Field in Seattle against No. 8/9 Stanford.

• Last week at CenturyLink Field, Stanford broke open a 3-3 game against Washington State with 45-straight points en route to a 55-17 victory over the Cougars.

• Last week’s win over Washington State gave the Cardinal a 4-0 record to start the season for the third time in the last four campaigns. Since World War II, Stanford has started 4-0 seven times (2013, 2011, 2010, 1986, 1952, 1951, 1950).

• The Cardinal is 32-3 (.914) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
Washington Series Notes

Series: Stanford trails, 38-41-4 (.482)
First meeting: 1893 at Washington - Stanford 40, Washington 0
Last meeting: 2012 at CenturyLink Field (Seattle) - Stanford 13, Washington 17
Last meeting at Stanford: 2011 - Stanford 62, Washington 21
Series streak: Washington - W1

• In a series that dates back to 1893, Stanford trails the all-time series with Washington, 38-41-4. Saturday’s game marks the 84th meeting between the two programs.

• The Cardinal has won six of the last eight games between the two schools. Prior to last season’s defeat in Seattle, Stanford carried a four-game winning streak against the Huskies -- its longest since winning 10 in a row from 1967-76.

• Despite Stanford’s recent success in the series, the Cardinal is just 8-22 (.267) against Washington dating back to 1977, posting wins in 1982, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

• There have been several lengthy streaks in the series. From 1959-1966, the Huskies won eight consecutive meetings; from 1983-1993, the Huskies won 10 straight; from 1995-2001, the Huskies won six straight. Stanford rattled off a 10-game winning streak from 1967-76.

Last Matchup Against Washington - Sept. 28, 2012
• Kasen Williams took a quick screen pass from Keith Price, broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and raced 35 yards for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left, and Washington rallied from 10 points down to stun No. 8 Stanford, 17-13.

• Trailing 13-3 late in the third quarter, the Huskies got a 61-yard touchdown sprint from running back Bishop Sankey.

• Stanford was held without an offensive touchdown for the first time since a 23-6 loss at Oregon State on Oct. 27, 2007 - a span of 59 games. It also snapped a streak of 11 straight wins in the month of September.

• Stanford’s only touchdown came on Trent Murphy’s athletic 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Cardinal a 13-3 lead.

• The Huskies converted on fourth-and-1 at their own 44 with Dezden Petty bulling for two yards and eventually got to the Stanford 35 with five minutes remaining. Williams broke the tackle of Terrence Brown at the line of scrimmage then sprinted down the sideline ahead of safety Ed Reynolds, who caught up enough to knock the ball loose but only after Williams had crossed the goal line.

• Facing fourth down at the Washington 34 with two minutes left, Josh Nunes tried to throw a fade route down the sideline to 6-foot-8 tight end Levine Toilolo. But Desmond Trufant was in position to intercept the pass at the 8-yard line with 1:46 left.

• Stanford finished with just 235 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed by Washington since the 2010 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska.

It Happened Against Washington
1934 - Stanford picked off a school-record seven Husky passes in a 24-0 win at Stanford Stadium. Bobby Grayson had four of the seven interceptions and returned two for touchdowns.

1958 - Rick McMillen rushed for 185 yards on 26 carries in a 22-12 victory at Stanford Stadium.

1971 - Stanford’s Benny Barnes picked off three Sonny Sixkiller passes in a 17-6 win in Seattle.

1977 - Guy Benjamin completed 28-of-47 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns but Stanford saw its 10-game winning streak against the Huskies come to an end in Seattle, 45-21.

1981 - Darrin Nelson became the first running back in school history to rush for four touchdowns in a game despite a 42-31 loss at Washington.

1982 - John Elway completed 20-of-30 passes for 265 yards and Mike Dotterer rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries as Stanford upset second-ranked Washington at Stanford Stadium. The performance landed Elway on the front cover of the following week’s edition of Sports Illustrated.

1988 - Jon Volpe rushed for 220 yards on 29 carries to set a single-game rushing record that stood for over 20 years.

1994 - Backup quarterback Scott Frost, who had started five games at free safety, came on in relief after Steve Stenstrom broke his finger in the second quarter. The sophomore engineered three second-half scoring drives, tacking on 88 rushing yards and a 10-yard touchdown run to upset No. 12 Washington at a rain-soaked Stanford Stadium, 46-28.

2006 - T.C. Ostrander connected with Richard Sherman for a 74-yard touchdown pass and Bo McNally returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Stanford defeated the Huskies, 20-3, snapping a 12-game losing streak to Washington. The win was Stanford’s lone victory in a 1-11 campaign.

2008 - Anthony Kimble came off the bench to rush for a career high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries while quarterback Tavita Pritchard completed 16-of-24 passes for a season-high 222 yards and three touchdowns.

2009 - For the second straight week, Chris Owusu returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown while Toby Gerhart reached the 200-yard mark in rushing for the first time in his career.

2010 - Stanford limited Washington to 107 yards of total offense and seven first downs while blanking the Huskies in Seattle, 41-0. Stanford scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and its defense shut out the Huskies at home for the first time since 1976.

2011 - Stanford took the ground route and buried the Huskies, 65-21, at Stanford Stadium. Stanford rushed for 446 yards to set a school single-game record. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 138 yards on 10 carries and Tyler Gaffney, running out of the Wildcat formation, gained 117 yards on nine attempts. It marked the first time Stanford had two 100-yard rushers since 2007.

2012 - Washington receiver Kasen Williams took a quick screen pass 35 yards for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left as Washington rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Stanford at CenturyLink Field, 17-13. The Cardinal was held without an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2007, using Trent Murphy’s 40-yard interception return for a score to keep the visitors alive until Williams’ fourth-quarter burst.

Stanford-Washington Connections
• Saturday’s matchup between Stanford and Washington will feature 80 players from the state of California (30 California natives on Stanford’s roster, 50 California natives on Washington’s roster).

• Between Stanford and Washington, there will be 35 players hailing from the state of Washington on the field Saturday. There are five Stanford players hailing from the state of Washington, including freshman SS Calvin Chandler (Lakewood/Bellarmine), sophomore OG Joshua Garnett (Puyallup/Puyallup), junior TE Charlie Hopkins (Spokane/Gonzaga), sophomore WR Michael Rector (Gig Harbor/Bellarmine) and sophomore OLB Sam Shober (Monroe/Archbishop Murphy).

• Stanford head coach David Shaw and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian have both previously worked for the Oakland Raiders, though without overlap.

• Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator at USC in 2007 when Stanford special teams graduate assistant Derek Belch, then the Cardinal kicker, booted the game-winning PAT for Stanford that gave it a historic upset over the top-ranked Trojans.

• Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart spent 21 years serving in the same capacity at Washington.

• Stanford special teams coordinator Pete Alamar, Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau previously coached together at California from 2003-05. Alamar also coached at Cal with Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi from 2008-09.

• Stanford assistant Mike Sanford played quarterback at Boise State at the same time Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was a graduate assistant for the Broncos in 2001-02.

• Washington tight ends coach Jordan Paopao served as a recruiting assistant at Stanford under David Shaw and former head coach Jim Harbaugh, while also playing for the duo and Stanford assistant Lance Anderson while at the University of San Diego.

A Look Back at Washington State
• Stanford improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference play for the program’s seventh 4-0 start to a season since World War II.

• With the game tied at 3-3, Stanford posted 45 unanswered points before Washington State’s Gabe Marks broke the streak with a fourth-quarter score.

• Stanford extended its streak of consecutive games with a takeaway to 28 with junior SS Jordan Richards’ third-quarter interception return for a touchdown.

• Stanford snapped its streak of 36 straight trips to the red zone with a score (nation’s second longest) on junior QB Kevin Hogan’s second-quarter interception.

• Stanford’s 55 points were the most by the Cardinal since a 56-48 win at USC on Oct. 29, 2011.

• Stanford recorded a season-high 311 first-half yards. In its first three contests, Stanford had 258 first-half yards vs. Arizona State, 223 at Army and 186 vs. San Jose State.

• The Cardinal has won the last six games in its series with Washington State, and during that span, Stanford has averaged 43.0 points per game.

• Stanford improved to 25-1 under head coach David Shaw when out-rushing an opponent.

• Junior QB Kevin Hogan became the only active FBS quarterback to lead his team to nine straight wins in as many consecutive starts. Hogan finished 16 of 25 passing for a career-high 286 yards and three scores.

• Sophomore WR Michael Rector made his first career start and snagged a 45-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to help give Stanford a 31-3 lead.

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