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By: Ana Kieu
After this year’s Big Game was rescheduled for Dec. 1, the Stanford Cardinal had no other option, but to focus on their soon-to-be opponent, the UCLA Bruins, whom they’ll take on this Saturday inside the Rose Bowl.
Here’s what you need to know about Stanford-UCLA:
Stanford Cardinal (6-4, 4-3)
UCLA Bruins (3-8, 3-5)
Nov. 24, 2018 at Noon PT
Rose Bowl (90,888) in Pasadena, Calif.
Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Jill Savage (sideline).
Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station–KNBR 1050 AM–with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and Troy Clardy ’97 (sideline). The broadcast begins one hour before kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and concludes with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report.
The game can be heard on Stanford student radio–KZSU 90.1 FM–and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
What You Need to Know
- 1 • Stanford is 6-0 this season when forcing at least one turnover, and 0-4 when not forcing a turnover.
- 3 • Stanford football players have conducted interviews in three foreign languages this season—JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Spanish), Jesse Burkett (Japanese) and Osiris St. Brown (German). All other Stanford football interviews this year have been done in English.
- 3 • Kaden Smith is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, joining T.J. Hockenson (Iowa), Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri). The winner will be announced on Dec. 5.
- 4 • Stanford’s four losses this season have come against the AP’s curent No. 3, No. 7, No. 16 and No. 18th-ranked teams in the nation (Notre Dame, Washington State, Washington, Utah). Those four teams have a combined record of 37-7 (.841) this season.
- 4 • Colby Parkinson tied a school single-game record with four touchown receptions against Oregon State on Nov. 10. The only other Cardinal to pull off that feat was Ty Montgomery against Cal in 2013 and Ken Margerum against the Beavers in 1980. Parkinson is the first FBS tight end with four touchdown catches in a game since 2011 (Northwestern’s Drake Dunsmore), and just the fifth to do so since 1996. Parkinson also finished with a career-high six receptions and 166 receiving yards— the most receiving yards by a Cardinal tight end since Coby Fleener’s 173-yard game in the 2011 Orange Bowl.
- 7 • The last time a Cardinal had seven-plus receptions in three straight games was DeRonnie Pitts in 2000. This season, Trent Irwin and JJ Arcega-Whiteside each had seven-plus receptions in the same three-game span (Utah, Arizona State and Washington).
- 8 • Parkinson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after his four-touchdown performance against Oregon State. Since it was established in 1983, Parkinson is just the eighth tight end to win the conference’s weekly offensive award, and the first since Stanford’s Zach Ertz in 2012.
- 10 • Stanford has won a series-record 10 consecutive games over the Bruins, dating back to 2009 and including the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game. It is the all-time longest winning streak by any opponent against the Bruins.
- 11 • Biletnikoff Award semifinalist JJ Arcega-Whiteside ranks fifth nationally–and first among Pac-12 players–with 11 receiving touchdowns. That’s the second-most in a season in Stanford history and the most receiving touchdowns for a Cardinal in 38 years–Ken Margerum had 11 in 1980, while James Lofton set the school record with 14 in 1978.
- 13 • In addition to his 49 receptions and 754 receiving yards this season, Arcega-Whiteside has drawn 14 penalties this year–12 pass interference and two holding calls for 190 penalty yards (1.6 penalties/game and 21.1 penalty yards/game).
- 15 • Paulson Adebo ranks second nationally with 16 pass breakups and sixth in the NCAA with 17 passes defended. He ranks atop the Pac-12 in both categories.
- 20 • K.J. Costello ranks among the Top 20 nationally in completion percentage (12th), completions per game (15th), passing efficiency (18th), passing touchdowns (20th), passing yards (17th), passing yards per game (13th) and yards per attempt (17th). He leads the Pac-12 in efficiency (156.9) and is second in the conference in passing yards (2,854) and yards per attempt (8.65).
- 21 • Stanford’s seniors finished their careers 20-5 (.800) at Stanford Stadium. In the last four years, the Cardinal has won 37 games, three Big Games, two Pac-12 North titles, a conference championship, and has played in the Rose Bowl, Sun Bowl and Alamo Bowl.
- 25 • Don’t expect many points immediately after halftime. Stanford has allowed just one touchdown and never more than seven points in the third quarter this season. The Cardinal has only allowed 25 third-quarter points in its first 10 games (2.5/game). The only touchdown allowed was vs. Washington State.
- 37 • Trenton Irwin has at least one reception in 38 consecutive games, a streak that ranks seventh nationally.
- 43.64 • Jake Bailey’s 43.64 career punting average ranks first in program history. Bailey posted the second-best punting season in school history last year, averaging 45.4 yards/punt. He led the Pac-12 and ranked seventh nationally.
- 121 • The 121st Big Game was rescheduled due to the poor air quality caused by the devastating wildfires in Butte County. The game will be played on Dec. 1 at noon on Pac-12 Network. Cal is Stanford’s most common opponent (next is USC with 98 all-time meetings). Stanford’s 63 wins over the Bears are also its most against any opponent.
- 387 • Costello’s 387 yards of total offense (45 rush, 342 pass) vs. Oregon State on Nov. 10 were the most for a Cardinal since Josh Nunes had 393 against Arizona in 2012, and 14th-most in school history.