Oct. 30, 2012
No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (6-2 4-1 Pac-12)
Colorado Buffaloes (1-7 1-4 Pac-12)
November 3, 2012 11 a.m. (PT)
Folsom Field (53,613) Boulder, Colo.
Television Live national broadcast on FX with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Eric Crouch (analyst) and Darius Walker (sideline).
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com.
Polls Stanford (15th - AP, 15th - USA Today) Colorado (NR - AP, NR - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com CUBuffs.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
The Cardinal travels to Colorado's Folsom Field on Saturday for the start of a road-heavy finish to the regular season, with three of Stanford's final four games away from home. The Cardinal is 1-2 on the road this season.
This will be the first time for Stanford to play in Boulder, Colo., since its season opener in 1990, when Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw was a freshman wide receiver for the Cardinal.
Stanford is tied for second-place in the Pac-12 North, where three teams are within one game of each other. Stanford (4-1 Pac-12), Oregon State (4-1) and Oregon (5-0) all play each other in remaining games on the schedule.
The Cardinal brings the Pac-12's No. 1 turnover margin (+8) to face the Pac-12's last place turnover margin (-8) at Colorado. Stanford ranks t-13th in the nation in turnover margin.
Stanford won its seventh straight game at home with a 24-17 victory over Washington State at Stanford Stadium. A fourth-quarter pick-six interception by junior FS Ed Reynolds proved to be the winning score last Saturday - the fourth game this season with a Stanford defensive touchdown.
The Cardinal defense ranks first in the NCAA in tackles for loss (9.50/game), third in sacks (4.00/game) and second in rushing defense (65.1 yards/game). Stanford held Washington State to minus-18 yards rushing last week while recording a school-record 10 sacks.
Senior RB Stepfan Taylor is 96 yards away from his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, which would be a first in Stanford history. Taylor carried 21 times for 58 yards last week versus Washington State.
Stanford started three true freshmen in last week's Washington State game: CB Alex Carter, OG Joshua Garnett and LS Reed Miller. SS Zach Hoffpauir and OT Andrus Peat also played expansive roles in the second half, as part of the 11 true freshmen playing this season for the Cardinal.
Stanford owns active winning streaks against nine of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), Cal (W3), Washington State (W5), Colorado (W3), Oregon State (W2) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal has a two-game losing streak to Oregon and lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
The next contest at Stanford Stadium will be the Cardinal's home finale against Oregon State (Nov. 10). The game will be televised on ESPN with a kickoff time set be announced next Sunday (Nov. 4) or Monday (Nov. 5).
Colorado Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 4-3 (.571)
First meeting: 1904 at Colorado - Stanford 33, Colorado 0
Last meeting: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 48, Colorado 7
Series streak: Stanford - W3 (1991-2011)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 3 (1991-2011), Colorado - 3 (1977-90)
In a series that began in 1904, this marks the eighth meeting between the schools, with the Cardinal holding a slim 4-3 edge. Stanford has won three-straight, including last year's 48-7 victory on the Farm.
Last Matchup Against Colorado - Oct. 8, 2011
With former Stanford greats John Elway and Tiger Woods looking on from the sideline, quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stanford to a resounding 48-7 win in front of a sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium. Luck was almost unstoppable, recording his 25th career win, the most of any Cardinal quarterback.
Linebacker Max Bergen ignited the Stanford scoring by blocking a 29-yard field goal attempt by Will Oliver, returning it 75 yards for a touchdown. Running back Stepfan Taylor's one-yard run gave the Cardinal a 13-0 lead after one quarter of play, and Stanford was never challenged.
Fullback Ryan Hewitt caught a pair of scoring passes from Luck, covering one and 10 yards, and wide receiver Griff Whalen contributed a 30-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
THE LAST MEETING
October 8, 2011
Stanford Routs Colorado
Andrew Luck completed 26 of 33 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns to lead Stanford to a 48-7 victory over visiting Colorado, giving the Cardinal its 13th consecutive victory.
For the fourth time in five games, the Stanford defense held an opponent to a touchdown or less. The unit limited the Buffaloes to 264 yards in total offense and only 60 yards rushing. Colorado was only 2-of-13 on third down conversions.
The 13th consecutive win by the Cardinal dating back to 2011 equaled a school record and extended the nation's longest winning streak. It also marked its eighth-straight victory at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford racked up 28 first downs compared to only 11 by Colorado. The Cardinal also finished with 553 total yards.
Whalen caught four passes for a career-high 92 yards, while tight end Zach Ertz made four receptions for 78 yards.
It Happened Against Colorado
1977 - In Bill Walsh's first game as Stanford head coach, the Cardinal fell to the 12th-ranked Buffaloes, 27-21, at Folsom Field. Darrin Nelson, playing in his first collegiate game, ran for 99 yards on 15 carries and caught four passes for 77 yards.
1987 - Colorado's wishbone offense rolled up 413 rushing yards as the Buffaloes posted a 31-17 victory at Folsom Field.
1990 - Stanford built a 14-0 lead against the sixth-ranked Buffaloes only to see Colorado rally with two third-quarter touchdowns to tie the game. Stanford regained the lead and was poised to upset the eventual national champions until Eric Bieniemy's controversial game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds remaining on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Glyn Milburn accounted for 158 yards in total offense in his first game as a Cardinal.
1991 - Tommy Vardell (114) and Glyn Milburn (106) combined for 220 yards rushing as Stanford posted a 28-21 victory over the defending co-national champions at Stanford Stadium.
1993 - Before a national television audience on ESPN, No. 20 Stanford and No. 7 Colorado combined for 1,022 yards of total offense as the Cardinal scored 14 points in the final 3:33 - including the game-winner with eight seconds remaining - to upset Colorado, 41-37, at Stanford Stadium. Steve Stenstrom connected with tight end Tony Cline over the middle for the winning touchdown.
2011 - Andrew Luck completed 26 of 33 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal cruised to a 48-7 win in front of a sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium. Former Stanford greats John Elway and Tiger Woods were on the sideline as the Cardinal won its 13th straight game dating back to 2010 to extend the nation's longest winning streak.
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