Get ready for some offense.

"There are things we hope we can do to slow him (Joey Harrington) down, but the first thing to remember is that it's not just Joey Harrington," said Stanford Head Coach Tyron Willingham in his weekly press conference. That is how the Stanford coach is looking at the upcoming game with the fifth ranked Ducks this Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled at 12:30PM and will be broadcast on ABC

"I don't know if there is a certain weakness but the strength of their (Oregon) football team has really been their offense which has kept their defense off the field," said Willingham. An interesting observation by Willingham who will bring a very similar team back to Autzen for the first time since 1998. The last time the two teams met at Autzen the Ducks won in a blow out 63-28. Stanford is 3-1 for the season and lost to Washington State last week in a shootout 45-39.

Stanford brings a well-balanced offense to Autzen Stadium this Saturday. Quarterback Randy Fasani is currently eighth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (155.07 rating.) Fasani is tied for sixth in the NCAA and third in the conference in points responsible for (18.0 ppg) and second in the Pac-10 and 25th in the nation in total offense (253 ypg.) Fasani has gained 180 yards rushing through four games.

Stanford's running backs tandem of Brian Allen (59-382) and Kerry Carter (60-245) are the main ball carriers behind Stanford's experienced offensive line

This week, Stanford's offense ranks 12th in the nation in scoring (37.2 ppg), 18th in total offense (444.0 ypg), 19th in pass efficiency offense (145.29 rating) and 2nd in rushing offense (201.2 ypg) ...

Through four games, tight ends Brett Pierce, Matt Wright and Darin Naatjes have combined to catch 12 passes for 140 yards and four touchdowns

Senior Eric Heitmann, is on the "Watch List" for the 2001 Lombardi Award given to the top lineman in college football.

Stanford secondary coach Denny Schuler is a 1969 graduate of Oregon and was defensive coordinator from 1986 to 1992. Schuler, came to Stanford in 1999.

Inside linebacker David Bergeron, 6-4 245 sophomore, is from Lake Ridge High School in Lake Oswego. Tight end Brett Pierce, 6-6 245, junior is from Columbia River High School in Vancouver.

Scoring comparisons show very similar numbers in rushing and passing yardage gained, but a big difference in points allowed. Both teams have allowed more passing yardage gained against them, yet both teams have rushed for more yards than their opponents.

  Stanford Oregon
Scoring 37.2 38.0
Opp Scoring 27.8 19.6
Rushing (ypg) 201.2 191.7
Opp Rush (ypg) 89.5 121.8
Passing (ypg) 242.8 260.5
Opp Pass (ypg) 275.0 290.2
Total Offense (ypg) 444.0 452.2
Opp Total Off (ypg) 364.5 412.0

The statistics would indicate that Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith could have a tough day against Stanford. However, the same statistics indicate Harrington and the arsenal of Oregon receivers could be very productive. Oregon hopes to have the same results the 1998 squad had against Stanford and on the way record the third straight blow out against a Pac-10 team.

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