November 6, 2007

Home Away From Home

Stanford University has always been a tough out for Washington State University no matter which sport it is, but recently, it has been tougher than usual for Wazzu to beat Stanford - especially at Martin Stadium in Pullman - which just so happens to be where they will be playing this Saturday.

As an extra added bonus for the Cardinal, Stanford will be starting Tavita Pritchard at quarterback - the nephew of Cougar quarterbacking great, Jack Thompson. It will undoubtedly be an emotional game for Pritchard but Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh says he and his young quarterback have discussed that connection and Pritchard is prepared for the game.

"We've talked about that a bit. He's got great admiration for his Uncle Jack. This is definitely a special week for Tavita," says Harbaugh.

Despite their success in Pullman, Stanford has had maddening intermittent success elsewhere and this season has been no different so far. The Cardinal have one gigantic upset - over USC last month - an impressive win over Arizona and an easy win over San Jose State to show for their wins but also a loss to last-place Washington last week. Part of those unpredictable results can be attributed to injuries that have decimated Stanford over the past month, costing them their tight end, some running backs, and various linemen. But through it all, the Cardinal have maintained a tough persona.

"Our team has done a good job of playing hard and fighting and being competitive," says Harbaugh.

The Cardinal have already received a few breaks on the injury front this week. Pritchard is starting after being questionable beginning the week, defensive back Nick Sanchez will have a possibility of playing after it was determined his knee injury was not as severe as first thought and running back Anthony Kimble may return to the rotation at that position.

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