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Cardinal Takes on Cougars
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/23/2013
No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (3-0 • 1-0 Pac-12)
Washington State Cougars (3-1 • 1-0 Pac-12)
September 28, 2013 • 7 p.m. (PT)
CenturyLink Field (67,000) • Seattle, Wash.

Television • Live national broadcast on ESPN with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst)  and Maria Taylor (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 137) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 192) will carry a national broadcast.

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

Polls • Stanford (5th - AP, 5th - USA Today) • Washington State (NR - AP, NR - USA Today)

On the Web • • • • WatchESPN

Social Hour • • • #GoStanford

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

Inside the Huddle

• The Cardinal ends the month of September by traveling to Seattle for a neutral site game against Washington State. It is Washington State’s annual “Seattle Game and Foundation Weekend at CenturyLink Field,” home of the Seattle Seahawks. The game starts at 7 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast on ESPN.

• In last year’s meeting with the Cougars, Stanford recorded a school-record 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

• Stanford jumped out to a 29-0 halftime lead last week against No. 23/23 Arizona State and led the Sun Devils, 39-7, before Arizona State scored 21 fourth-quarter points to keep the game interesting.

• Last week’s win over Arizona State gave 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 11 games (Ohio State leads all FBS programs with 16 consecutive wins).

David Shaw is the first Stanford head coach to start 3-0 in each of his first three seasons on The Farm since George J. “Press” Presley did so from 1909-1911 (playing rugby-style rules).

• Stanford’s active 11-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the nation, behind Michigan (17), Georgia (14) and South Carolina (13).

• Stanford is 9-1 (.900) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls (1-2 vs. top 10) since 2009, including wins over No. 23 Arizona State (20130, 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 loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).

• Stanford is 15-2 (.882) during the month of September dating back to 2009, including a 9-0 mark at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal is 32-3 (.914) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.

• The Stanford and Washington State coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

Washington State Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 37-25-1 (.595)
First meeting: 1936 at Washington State - Stanford 13, Washington State 14
Last meeting: 2012 at Stanford - Stanford 24, Washington State 17
Last Washington State win: 2007 at Washington State - Stanford 17, Washington State 33
Series streak: Stanford - W5 (2008-12)
Longest Stanford winning streak: 8 (1973-1982)
Longest Washington State winning streak: 8 (1957-64)

• The Cardinal has won the last five games in the series, and during that span, Stanford has averaged 40.6  points per game.

• The most points scored by the Cardinal came in 1970, when it romped 63-16 at Washington State.

• There have been seven shutouts in the series: five by Stanford and two by Washington State. The most recent was a 58-0 Cardinal win in 2008 at Stanford Stadium.

Last Matchup Against Washington State - Oct. 27, 2012

Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown and Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel a school-record 10 times during a 24-17 victory over Washington State.

• Reynolds ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone to give Stanford a two-touchdown lead, highlighting another swarming defensive effort that held the Cougars to minus-16 yards rushing and forced the Cougars’ aerial offense to throw 60 times.

• With its win over Washington State, Stanford assured itself a trip to a fourth straight bowl.
Stanford-Washington State Connections

• This week’s matchup between Stanford and Washington State will feature 68 players from the state of California, including 30 Californians from Stanford and 38 from Washington State. The matchup will also feature a combined eight players who prepped outside of the United States.

• 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 special teams coordinator Pete Alamar, Washington State head coach Mike Leach  and running backs coach Jim Mastro all started their coaching careers at Cal Poly - Alamar in 1983, Leach and Mastro in 1987.

• Alamar coached tight ends, linebackers and special teams at Arizona from 1995-97, while Washington State’s defensive line coach Joe Salave’a played defensive tackle at Arizona for those three seasons.

• Stanford assistant Tavita Pritchard is the nephew of former Washington State quarterback Jack Thompson, nicknamed “The Throwin’ Samoan.” Thompson passed for a then NCAA-best 7,818 yards and set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and touchdowns. Pritchard’s brother, Tana, is a redshirt sophomore linebacker on this season’s Washington State roster.

It Happened Against Washington State

1969 - Stanford’s defense limited the Cougars to just 109 yards in total offense, the second lowest output ever by a Cardinal opponent.

1970 - Jim Plunkett connected with Randy Vataha on a 96-yard touchdown pass at the 10:12 mark of the second quarter, which at the time was the longest pass play in school history. Plunkett finished the day with 275 yards in total offense to become the NCAA’s all-time career record holder for total offense.

1975 - Stanford rushed for 395 yards in a 54-14 victory over the Cougars in Pullman. The rushing performance ranked as the second best in school history.

1978 - Quarterback Steve Dils set Pac-10 single-game records for passing yards (430), total offense (438) and touchdown passes (5) in Stanford’s 43-27 win over the Cougars in Pullman. Dils’ performance overshadowed another Cardinal-record breaking performance by Darrin Nelson, who set the school’s all-time career rushing record in just his 18th varsity game.

1980 - Darrin Nelson ran for 202 yards on 21 carries in a 48-34 win in Pullman. The rushing performance ranked as the fifth-best in school history. John Elway threw for 379 yards, including five touchdowns.

1986 - Brad Muster rushed for 190 yards on 37 carries in a 42-12 victory over the Cougars at Stanford Stadium. The rushing performance tied for the ninth-best single-game mark in school history and was the second-best rushing performance of Muster’s career.

2008 - Toby Gerhart rushed for four first-half touchdowns to tie a single-game record as Stanford blanked the Cougars, 58-0, in a driving rainstorm at Stanford Stadium. The 58-point margin of victory was Stanford’s second largest in the post-World War II Era.

2009 - Andrew Luck threw for 193 yards in his collegiate debut and Toby Gerhart ran for 121 yards as Stanford won its season opener in Pullman, 39-13. Chris Owusu returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, his first of three kickoff returns for scores during the 2009 season.

2010 - Stepfan Taylor rushed for a (then) career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns while Andrew Luck threw for 190 yards and three scores to lead the Cardinal to a 38-28 victory over the Cougars at Stanford Stadium.

2011 - Andrew Luck tossed four second-half touchdown passes to lead Stanford to a 44-14 triumph in Pullman. Ty Montgomery completed the Stanford scoring with a 96-yard kickoff return. It was the 14th straight win by the Cardinal, establishing a school record and extending the nation’s longest winning streak.

2012 - Washington State rallied behind quarterback Jeff Tuel, who totaled 401 yards on an arm-weary 43-of-60 passing, with two touchdowns and one interception. But with the game tied 10-10 at halftime, Stanford’s defense came up big as Ed Reynolds returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and the Cardinal tallied a school-record 10 sacks. Stanford shut down the Cougars’ ground attack, which finished with minus-16 yards (third fewest allowed in Stanford history).

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