Friday, September 2, 2011
Stanford vs. SJSU Things to Know
By Kevin Gemmell
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.