Stanford vs. SJSU Things to Know

September, 2, 2011
9/02/11
12:30
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Some fun facts about Stanford and San Jose State heading into tomorrow's season opener:
  • This marks the 20th time Stanford will open its season against the Spartans. The Cardinal are 18-1 in the previous 19, with the only loss coming back in 1998. This is the 65th meeting of the two schools -- the most of any non-conference opponent Stanford has played. Stanford holds a 49-14-1 advantage.
  • Saturday has been billed as the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, in honor of the San Jose State graduate and Hall of Fame coach who had two coaching tenures at Stanford.
  • Stanford enters the game ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, matching its highest preseason ranking. The Cardinal were 7th in 1950. (As a point of reference, Fats Domino was tearing up the airwaves with "The Fat Man").
  • Head coach David Shaw becomes the fifth Stanford alumnus to take up the reins of the Cardinal program. He was a wide receiver for Stanford from 1991-1994 and as a player, was 3-0 against the Spartans. He also grabbed a pair of touchdowns.
  • Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is 20-5 as a starter and enters the game with the highest winning percentage by a quarterback in school history. He has 45 touchdowns (tied with Guy Benjamin for fourth on Stanford's all-time list) and needs just one to move into third. San Jose State's passing defense ranked 111th out of 120 FBS schools last year. Think he'll get it?
  • San Jose State has dropped 14 straight road games, including six in a row against ranked opponents. The last time the Spartans won away from Spartan Stadium was Nov. 1, 2008 at Idaho. Stanford is 17-2 in its last 19 home games dating back to 2007.

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