Stanford (0-0, 2-0) at #18 Washington (0-0, 2-1)|
Saturday, September 27 - 12:35 PM (PDT) - No live TV
Husky Stadium - Seattle, WA
Series All-time: Washington leads, 38-32-4
Last Meeting: November 3, 2001 - Washington 42, Stanford 28
Line: Washington by 14
Most pundits figured that the Cardinal would likely drop three of their first four; interest would fade as soon as hoops season drew near, and any post-September Stanford football talk would revolve around Tyrone Willingham's return to The Farm on November 29 when Notre Dame comes to call.
"We're still a work in progress," Teevens underscores with well-intentioned coach-speak. "But there's no question this team is committed to doing what it takes to become a winner. Our guys are excited to move on to league play this weekend - Washington has a great football team and is well deserving of its national ranking."
Next week, both teams will be in Los Angeles, where Washington tests UCLA and Stanford faces the Trojan juggernaut. Being that this is the PAC-10 opener for both, and as far as confidence goes, Gilbertson chimes, "Are we ready for conference play? I hope so. We have to be, because we weren't a year ago.
"We are going to go out there and try not to make that same mistake."
Confidence. No doubt, at around 4:00 PM on Saturday, the winner is going to be taking a Bowl full next week to Tinseltown.
TEAM STATS: 24.5 points, 328.5 yards (154.0 rush, 174.5 pass) 8-10 in the red zone (.800, 5 TD, 3 FG, 5th PAC-10) RUSHING: Kenneth Tolon 38-172-1 TD (4.5), long 18 J.R. Lemon 20-103-2 TD (5.2), long 23 PASSING: Trent Edwards 31-60-4 (.517), 303 yards, 2 TD RECEIVING: Luke Powell 17-187-2 TD (11.0), long 30 Alex Smith 4-5-0 TD (1.3), long 9 Greg Camarillo 3-30-0 TD (10.0), long 13
QB Trent Edwards
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WR Luke Powell
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Junior running back Kenneth Tolon needs 132 yards to break 1,000 in his career – not bad considering he's been in the shadow of Kerry Carter. Tolon tallied 141 yards and one TD on a career-high 32 carries against BYU, and the Cardinal hope is that he can see it as often here in offensive coordinator David Kelly's one-back set. A high school All-American out of Georgia, sophomore J.R. Lemon is Stanford's short-yardage back at 225 pounds. Lemon posted career highs with 103 rushing yards and two scores against SJSU.
RB J.R. Lemon
GAME OUTLOOK: Washington bothered Idaho's Michael Harrington in his first big-stadium start, and they figure to try and do the same to Edwards in his first conference start. It looks as if Teevens might be spoon-feeding the freshman, so look for plenty of Tolon and - like the Huskies do with Reggie Williams - getting the ball out to Powell as often as they can. The Cardinal will have to improve on last week's 2-for-16 showing on third downs.
TEAM STATS: 12.0 points, 287.5 yards (2.0 rush, 285.5 pass) 1-3 in the red zone (.333, 1 TD, 0 FG, 1st PAC-10) TACKLES/TFL: Trevor Hooper 13/2.0 Kevin Schimmelmann 11/2.0 Leigh Torrence 10/0.0 PASSES DEF/INT: Leigh Torrence 5/0 Oshiomogho Atogwe 4/2 Stanley Wilson 3/1 SACKS: Jon Alston 2.0 Jared Newberry 1.0 Amon Gordon 1.0
Though the Cardinal welcomed back eight starters from a year ago, it is nevertheless one of youngest units in the PAC-10. Only two seniors grace co-defensive coordinators A.J. Christoff and Tom Williams' 22-man two-deep chart, and only one starts. But this speed-filled unit was expected to provide the early fireworks while a new offense was being broken in, and so far they've come through with flying colors – red and white, to be exact. Registering five sacks and five turnovers against BYU, it's apparent this defense likes to fly around.
S Oshiomogho Atogwe
Stanford returns their top six linebackers from 2002, plus they have budding new stars in sophomore OLBs Kevin Schimmelmann and Michael Craven. Both Craven and junior Jared Newberry have fumble recoveries this season, while Schimmelmann and Newberry lead the way with 20 tackles between them. Sophomore reserve Jon Alston leads the Cardinal with two sacks – both coming in game-saving fashion during the final series at BYU. The middle is manned by two-year starter David Bergeron, who moved from the outside during the spring.
DB Stanley Wilson
GAME OUTLOOK: Now here's a double-take for you – Stanford's immovable object vs. Washington's unstoppable force. Stanford has allowed a total of FOUR yards rushing in two games – by far, tops in the nation. Granted, they were against teams that won't conjure up memories of the Four Horsemen. Meanwhile, Washington has rushed for 426 yards in its past two games – granted, they were against teams that won't conjure up memories of the 1991 Husky defense. So we'll get to see which entendre is the true aberration. The Cardinal played a lot of man defense against BYU – will they do the same against a much more seasoned Cody Pickett?
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PLACEKICKING: Michael Sgroi 3-5 FG (long 38), 4-5 XP PUNTING: Eric Johnson 14-42.7 (long 60), .286 inside the 20 KICK RETURNS: Kenneth Tolon 2-31.0 (long 45), 0 TD Nick Sebes 1-52.0 (long 52), 0 TD PUNT RETURNS: Luke Powell 11-10.6 (long 68), 0 TD
As usual, Stanford has been excelling at the discipline. They average a nation-leading 38.0 yards per kickoff return, though granted it is on three kicks. Junior Nick Sebes has a 52-yard return in the books, and Powell returned a punt 68 yards in Provo to spark the Cardinal's comeback effort.
P Eric Johnson
GAME OUTLOOK: Not only does Stanford lead the NCAA in kick return average - they also lead the PAC-10 in kick return coverage. Meanwhile, Washington ranks dead last in the conference – there's a paper difference of 22 yards per kickoff between them. That's a chunk of field position Washington will have to buck up on.
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KIBBLES AND BITS: Danger, Will Robinson! Stanford has won three of its last four conference openers, with two of those coming on the road. Their next four games are all against current Top-25 teams (Washington, USC, Washington State and Oregon) . . . The game also marks the return of three former Husky assistants now on the Stanford staff – Wayne Moses, Steve Morton and Tom Williams . . . Two of BYU's four sacks of Trent Edwards last Saturday came courtesy of former Husky Levi Madarieta . . . 47 of Stanford's 94-man roster are either true or redshirt freshmen. And in a bit of a geographical oddity, the Cardinal roster boasts 11 players from the state of Georgia . . . Seventeen different Huskies have at least one pass reception so far this year – and most likely will count two more before the season is out . . . Stanford is the only PAC-10 team that hasn't attempted a fourth down conversion . . . Surprisingly, lowly Arizona leads the PAC-10 in red zone percentage (5-for-5). Of course, their new non-flex defense has allowed 16 scores in 17 red zone entries . . . It's not often you see a place-kicker with a better field-goal percentage than extra points. But WSU's Drew Dunning is 13-14 on three-pointers and only 8-10 on PATs . . . Since when is getting NO votes in the ESPN/USA TODAY TOP-25 poll newsworthy? A quick glance at the very bottom of this weeks' "Others Receiving Votes" list heralds "Notre Dame, 0". Call me nit-picky, but isn't that a little like keeping Ted Williams on baseballs' "injured reserve" list, since he's being cryogenically preserved? . . . Luke Powell's 31-yard completion on a double-lateral wasn't the only Cardinal trick play last Saturday – Stanford also called a tackle-eligible, but the pass intended for Provo native Kirk Chambers sailed out of bounds. Said Chambers after, "If I didn't have 20 pounds of pads on, I might have had a chance to catch it" . . .