Stanford Cardinal Notes

News and notes on the Stanford Cardinal.

Head coach:  Buddy Teevens (3rd year at Stanford)
(At Stanford: 37-9 | Pac-10 record: 5-17)

Current ranking: NR
Current record: 4-5, 2-4
Last year's record: 4-7, 2-6
Bowl game: Was not eligible for a bowl game
Streak:  Three game losing streak; three game losing streak to OSU


Last week...
Lost to Arizona State in Tempe 34-31.
Andrew Walter threw four yards to Matt Miller - his fourth touchdown pass of the night - with nine seconds to play Saturday to give No. 23 Arizona State a wild 34-31 victory over Stanford.

Cardinal backup quarterback T.C. Ostrander had given his team a 31-26 lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02 remaining. recap | box score


Last time Stanford and OSU met...
Nov. 15, 2003, Oregon State 43, Stanford 3
Last year's game was all OSU as the Beavers held Stanford to season lows in both rushing yards (-12)and total offense (133)…Derek Anderson passed for 383 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Hass had eight catches for 225 yards and two scores, giving Oregon State a 43-3 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Steven Jackson, who leads the Pacific-10 in rushing, ran for 148 yards on 21 carries and another touchdown in nearly constant drizzle as the Beavers (7-3, 4-2) all but assured themselves a bowl bid. recap | box score | what they're saying


Last time Stanford and OSU met in Stanford Stadium...
Nov. 16, 2002, Oregon State 31, Stanford 21
Steven Jackson ran for 230 yards and a touchdown as Oregon State rallied for a 31-21 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Derek Anderson's 46-yard pass to James Newson with 9:36 remaining put the Beavers (7-4, 3-4 Pac-10) ahead to stay and made them bowl-eligible with their third win in four games. recap | box score


Series history (Stanford leads 46-21-3)...
Oregon State has won the last three meetings with Stanford, four of the last five, and five of the last seven...the series dates back to 1919…Stanford's last win over OSU was a 21-17 victory at Stanford Stadium in 1999 … Prior to the last five games, the Cardinal had a 23- 3-1 record vs.Oregon State from 1969-95...OSU's 40-point victory last year was the biggest for OSU in the series and the most overall in the series since Stanford’s 45-5 win in 1982...In the last three games OSU has an advantage of 551-247 in average yards per game.


Who's going bowling...
Oregon State and Stanford both need to win their final two games of the season to become bowl eligible.  Whoever wins on Saturday will be playing in December, the other will be watching on TV.


Three and out...
Both of Saturday’s teams probably wish they could stop after three quarters -- Oregon State has been outscored 66-43 in the fourth while Stanford is on the downside of 65-47.


Stanford connections...
Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker came to OSU for his second tenure after spending the 2002 season as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Stanford. Linebackers coach Charlie Camp and Cardinal running backs coach Jay Boulware were on the Arizona staff in 2002; Tight ends coach LaCharls McDaniel and Stanford receivers coach Ken Margerum were at California in 2001; Running backs coach Lee Hull and Stanford defensive ends/special teams coach Tom Quinn were at Holy Cross in 1996-98; Cardinal Assistant Head coach/defensive tackles coach Dave Tipton was the defensive line coach at OSU in 1988.


On offense...
Senior tight end Alex Smith became the most prolific receiving tight end in school history last Saturday after his five reception,112-yard, two touchdown performance at Arizona State…Smith,a fifth-year senior from Denver,Colorado, now has 104 career receptions, breaking the old mark of 100 set by Bob Moore (1968-70)…Smith, who has 49 receptions this season for 644 yards and three touchdowns...Smith currently ranks third in the conference in receptions per game (5.44) and fifth in receiving yards per game (71.5) both marks are tops among Pac-10 tight ends.

The Cardinal's starting offensive line consists of four sophomores and a junior…All four sophmores spent time in the starting lineup as redshirt freshman a year ago while two, Ismail Simpson and Jeff Edwards, were full-time starters in 2003.

Sophomore quarterback Trent Edwards has started all nine games for Stanford in 2004…He was replaced in the second half of last week's game at Arizona State due to an injury to his left shoulder and his status for this week's game vs.Oregon State is uncertain … For the season he has completed 148-of-274 for 1,732 yards and eight TDs…Redshirt freshman quarterback T.C.Ostrander has played in only four games this season, all in a reserve role, but has been impressive when given the opportunity … Most of his playing time has come in the two games Trent Edwards was knocked out due to injury (Oregon, Arizona State)… For the season, Ostrander has completed 31-of-55 (.564) for 519 yards and three touchdowns…In last week's game at ASU, he went eight-of-15 for 161 yards and a touchdown that coming on a 67-yard pass play to tight end Alex Smith...A graduate of nearby Menlo-Atherton High School, Ostrander could receive his first start on Saturday against Oregon State if Edwards is unable to play.

Stanford's passing offense in 2004 has utilized 12 receivers thus far, including four who have more than 20 receptions each …Tight end Alex Smith leads the way with 49 catches for 644 yards, followed by Evan Moore with 34 receptions for 533 yards, Mark Bradford (27 receptions, 378 yards)and Justin McCullum (23 receptions, 329 yards)…Moore is the team's biggest target at 6-7, 235, followed by Smith at 6-5, 255, McCullum at 6-4, 220 and Bradford at 6-2,190.

Junior placekicker Michael Sgroi hit 10 consecutive field goals earlier this season, the third longest streak in school history...Sgroi is now 12 of 17 in 2004…Sgroi began the year by missing his first three field goals,one in the season opener vs.San Jose State and the first two he attempted against BYU … But, he came back to make three straight against BYU, three at Notre Dame and three at Washington State, including a career-best 47-yarder …He hit his first attempt vs..Oregon before missing a 38-yarder in the second quarter to end the streak.


On defense...
Junior outside linebacker Jon Alston has emerged in 2004 to become not only one of Stanford's big playmakers on defense, but one of the best in the Pac-10…He played one of his best games last week at Arizona State when he accounted for four quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…For the season, he now leads the team in sacks (eight), tackles for loss (11.5)and forced fumbles (three), is tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and is third on the team in total tackles with 54.

Now in his fourth season, ILB Kevin Schimmelmann may have finally found a home -and a position -that suits him …The junior from Marietta, Georgia, had played free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker prior to moving to inside linebacker for the 2004 campaign …And, after nine games, he has emerged as the team leader in tackles with 58 and a solid contributor to the Cardinal defense.

Now in his third season in the starting lineup, senior free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe enters the 2004 campaign as one of the top safeties in college football and the top play-maker on the Cardinal defense …has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award "Watch List"and ranked as one of the top safeties in the nation…He is second on the team with 56 tackles while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles, five pass break ups and two tackles for loss.

Stanford sports an experienced trio of cornerbacks in seniors Leigh Torrence and Stanley Wilson and junior T.J. Rushing … The trio has taken virtually all the snaps at cornerback since 2002 and is among the most experienced units in the Pac-10 …Torrence has started 29 games, Wilson 25 and Rushing eight from 2002-04 …Torrence leads the team with four interceptions and his 0.44 interceptions per game rank tied for second in the Pac-10 and tied for 15th in the NCAA… Rushing has 28 tackles and six tackles for loss...Wilson leads the corners with 42 total tackles and five pass break ups.


Players to watch:

TE Alex Smith - a future NFL player with good hands and good size...the quarterbacks love to throw to him and look for him on third down and in the redzone

CB T.J. Rushing - leads the conference and is seventh in the nation in kickoff returns with a 29.67 average...against BYU he returned a kick 99-yards for a touchdown, the longest in school history

LB Jon Alston - a playmaker with a nose for the ball...accounted for four quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss, seven total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery last week


The Stanford and Oregon State weekly releases contributed to this report.

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