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Live Blog from Stanford-Cougars football game
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|David Kiefer's live blog from Saturday's Stanford-Washington State football game can be found here.
Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Networks with Rich Cellini (play-by-play), Coy Wire (analyst) and Erin Coscarelli (sideline). Saturday's game will be carried on all seven Pac-12 Networks: the national and six regional Pac-12 channels. Visit Pac-12.com for the new and updated Channel Finder to locate the channel for Pac-12 Networks on your carrier.
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Tim Roye (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Inside the Huddle
• The Cardinal returns to Stanford Stadium on Saturday versus Washington State for its fifth home game this season. Stanford is 4-0 at home in 2012 while also riding a six-game winning streak at Stanford Stadium. Stanford has posted 17 victories in its last 18 affairs at Stanford Stadium.
• The game against Washington State is a Pac-12 North contest and the second of a six-game conference stretch to close the regular season for the Cardinal.
• Stanford has won four straight over the Cougars with an average margin of victory of 31 points.
• The Cardinal bring the Pac-12's top-ranked rushing defense - and fourth in the NCAA (77.0 yards/game) - against the conference's last-place rushing offense (40.6) of Washington State. However, the Cougars throw the ball on more than 71 percent of their offensive plays.
• Stanford won its first road game of the season last week, a 21-3 victory at Cal in the 115th edition of the Big Game. The Cardinal offense scored its first, second and third offensive road touchdowns of the year.
• Senior RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for a career-high 189 yards on 28 carries at Cal and passed several legends in the Stanford record books. Taylor's 3,616 career rushing yards surged past Toby Gerhart (3,522) for second all-time at Stanford and his 696 career carries also moved him into second place ahead of Gerhart (671) and Brad Muster (686). Now seven games into his senior season, Taylor needs 417 yards and seven carries to catch Darrin Nelson atop the respective Stanford records.
• Stanford's senior tight ends have led the Cardinal in receiving six straight games - Zach Ertz: 134 yards at Cal, 55 at Notre Dame, 106 at Washington and 71 vs. USC. Levine Toilolo: 141 yards vs. Arizona and 59 vs. Duke.
• The Cardinal defense ranks third in the NCAA in tackles for loss, tied for eighth in sacks and fourth in rushing defense. Stanford allowed three total rushing yards against Cal - an average of less than 3.9 inches per carry.
• Stanford owns active winning streaks against nine of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), Cal (W3), Washington State (W4), Colorado (W3), Oregon State (W2) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal has a two-game losing streak to Oregon and lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
Washington State Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 36-25-1 (.589)
First meeting: 1936 at Washington State - Stanford 13, Washington State 14
Last meeting: 2011 at Washington State - Stanford 44, Washington State 14
Last Washington State win: 2007 at Washington State - Stanford 17, Washington State 33
Series streak: Stanford - W4 (2008-11)
Longest winning streaks: Stanford - 8 (1973-1982), Washington State - 8 (1957-64)
• Stanford defensive assistant Tavita Pritchard is the nephew of former Washington State quarterback Jack Thompson, nicknamed "The Throwin' Samoan". Thompson passed for a then NCAA-best 7,818 yards and set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and touchdowns.
• Pritchard's brother, Tana, is a redshirt freshman linebacker on this season's Washington State roster.
• Washington State defensive line coach Joe Salave'a played at Arizona when Stanford special teams coordinator Pete Alamar coached the Wildcats from 1995-97.
— David Kiefer/Stanford Sports Information
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