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Stanford Football vs. Colorado: Cardinal Look To Extend Win Streak To 13 Games

We break down some of the key notes and stats as Stanford football prepares to meet the Colorado Buffaloes at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. For more on the Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree.

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 01: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Stanford Cardinal welcome the Colorado Buffaloes to Stanford Stadium this Saturday looking to continue their recent run of success. The Cardinal defeated the UCLA Bruins 45-19 to improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-12 play. The Buffaloes look to notch their first Pac-12 win following a 31-27 home loss to the Washington State Cougars. Colorado is currently 1-4 overall and 0-1 in Pac-12 play. Stanford and Cardinal have split their previous six meetings with Stanford winning the last two contests in 1991 and 1993.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30pm PT and will be televised on VERSUS. Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (sidelines) will call the action. The game will also be carried live on Stanford's flagship station, KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming (play-byplay), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday's game. All Stanford radio broadcasts can also be heard on via the All-Access player.

Here are some notable stats and notes about the Cardinal heading into this game.

  • Now 4-0 (2-0 Pac-12 North) after Saturday's 45-19 home victory over UCLA..has won 12 straight games dating back to last season, marking the program's longest winning streak since 1939-41, when Stanford won 13 straight over the course of three seasons, tying a school record...streak is the longest in the nation among FBS teams and tied for second longest in school history.
  • Has posted a 29-13 (.691) record over the last three-plus seasons and are 24-6 (.800) dating back to the 2009 campaign.
  • Ranked 7th this week in the AP Top 25 and 4th in the USA Today Coaches poll...have been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for 13 straight weeks, marking the program's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history.
  • Have won eight straight home games and are 19-2 in its last 21 home games at Stanford Stadium dating back to the final home game of the 2007 season.
  • Last Stanford first year head coach to start his career 4-0 was Chuck Taylor, who led the Indians to nine straight wins in his inaugural season in 1951.
  • Lead the Pac-12 in fi ve defensive categories -- rushing defense (62.25), total defense (312.0), scoring defense (11.50), tackles-for-loss per game (8.50) and sacks per game (3.50).
  • Defense has held the opponent scoreless in nine out of 16 quarters this season and have allowed just five offensive touchdowns...have not been scored upon in either the first quarter and has allowed just six points in the third quarter over its first four games.
  • Ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 45.75 points a game...have scored 40 or more points 13 times in the last 30 games dating back to the 2009 season...averaging 41.6 ppg (707 total) over the last 17 contests..have set school scoring record each of the last two seasons.
  • Built a 17-7 halftime lead against UCLA...have outscored its last 17 opponents 378-117 in the first half...last trailed at halftime vs. Notre Dame in 2009 (24-20)...were tied at the half last year against USC (14-14)
  • Was 6 for 6 in the red zone vs. UCLA and have come away with points in all 22 trips to the red zone this season (5 TDs, 2 FGs)...have converted 91.3 (84-92) of its red zone chances over the last two seasons.
  • Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 23 of 27 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns vs. has 56 career TD passes which rank third on Stanford's all-time list behind only John Elway (77) and Steve Stenstrom (72)...Stanford is 24-5 (.827) in Luck's 29 career starts...his 24 career wins as a starter are tied with Stenstrom for fi rst all-time among Stanford QBs.
  • Tight ends Coby Fleener (5), Zach Ertz (3) and Levine Toilolo (1) have accounted for nine of Stanford's 12 TD receptions this season and 13 of the last 16 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.
  • Are averaging 197.5 yards on the ground after averaging 213.8 a year ago...Stepfan Taylor has rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games at Arizona (153) and vs. UCLA (112).