May 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's 2013 football season opener against San Jose State set to start at 8 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 7 will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks, as announced Wednesday by the Pac-12 Conference. In addition, Stanford will play host to Oregon at 6 p.m. (PT) on Nov. 7 as ESPN will broadcast the rematch of last season's overtime thriller at Autzen Stadium.
Television coverage for games at Army (CBS Sports Network) and against Notre Dame (FOX or FOX SPORTS 1) was announced earlier this spring. Remaining start times and television broadcast plans will be released six to 12 days prior to respective kickoffs.
One of Stanford's seven home games in 2013, the Cardinal will return to the field for the first time to face San Jose State since its Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game victory. The season-opening matchup has been tabbed "The Bill Walsh Legacy Game" in honor of the late Stanford coach and San Jose State player whose profound impact on football continues to be felt in the Bay Area. Walsh was an assistant coach at Stanford (1963-65), twice the head coach (1977-78, 1992-94) and a special assistant to the athletic director/interim athletic director (2004-07, 2005-06).
San Jose State went 11-2 and earned a win at the Military Bowl in its latest campaign. In what was both team's 2012 season opener, Jordan Williamsonbooted a fourth-quarter field goal to secure a 20-17 Stanford victory. It was the first Friday night game at Stanford Stadium.
The Cardinal has won nine out of the last 10 meetings with the Spartans. Stanford has played San Jose State more times (66) than any other non-conference opponent, ahead of Santa Clara (35) and Notre Dame (27). Stanford is 20-1 (.952) all-time in season openers against San Jose State, with the only defeat coming in a 35-23 decision during the 1998 campaign.
Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime last season as Stanford upset then-No. 1 Oregon, 17-14, derailing the Ducks' second straight shot at the BCS championship game. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, which was the longest current streak in the nation. It was Stanford's fifth straight win.
Down 14-7, Stanford went for it on fourth-and-1 on the Oregon 12 with 2:17 left in regulation, Ryan Hewitt ran for the first down and Kevin Hogan hit Zach Ertz with a 10-yard scoring pass to tie it at 14-14 with 1:35 to go. Ertz fought to gain control of the ball with a defender as he fell to the turf on top of a Ducks player. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but a video review overturned it for the game-tying touchdown.
During the last meeting between the two teams at Stanford Stadium in 2011, Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in a 53-30 loss, ending Stanford's nation-best 17-game winning streak.
The Cardinal was 7-0 at Stanford Stadium in 2012 for its second unbeaten home record in the last three seasons, and owns the nation's fifth-longest home winning streak at nine games.
Fans can buy season tickets to see the nationally ranked and defending Pac-12 champion Cardinal in action by visiting GoStanford.comor calling 1.800.STANFORD.