Football to Take 2-0 Pac-10 Record to Oregon Saturday Afternoon.
Oct. 14, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off last week's 13-9 victory over Oregon State and sitting atop the Pac-10 standings as one of three teams unbeaten in league play, the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2, 2-0 Pac-10) hit the road for the first of four Pac-10 road trips, heading to Eugene, Ore., to take on the No. 6/6 Oregon Ducks (6-0, 2-0). Off to their first 2-0 Pac-10 start since the 1996 Rose Bowl campaign, the Sun Devils earned their first back-to-back conference wins since 1999 with last week's defensive thriller over the Beavers. The victory over Oregon State also improved the Sun Devils to 5-2 on the year, which surpasses the team's wins total from all of the last season, while the team's next win will match the Sun Devils' total of victories from each of the previous two years (6-6 in both 1999 & 2000). Arizona State heads to Oregon's Autzen Stadium looking to end a four-game Pac-10 road losing skid (with the team's last conference road win coming in 2000 at Arizona), while the team is also looking to end a four-game losing streak to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon heads into the game riding an 11-game winning streak, including perfect 6-0 overall and 2-0 league marks this season following the team's 31-30 win at UCLA last weekend.
In the SeriesArizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon 13-9 dating back to a first meeting in 1966. Oregon has won the last four meetings in the series, including the last three at Autzen Stadium. The series stands at 6-6 in games played in Eugene, including a 42-24 win by the Ducks last year on Nov. 3.
ASU's last victory over the Ducks came on Nov. 15, 1997 when the Sun Bowl-bound Sun Devils racked up 623 yards of total offense, including 405 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, en route to a 52-31 victory at Sun Devil Stadium, while the team's last win at Autzen Stadium came on Oct. 28, 1995 when ASU downed the 10th-ranked and defending Pac-10 champion Ducks 35-24.
In recent years, the meetings between ASU and Oregon have had a tendency to get a little wild. Prior to last year's 42-24 victory, Oregon had won the last two games by a combined four points, including a wild 20-17 come-from-behind victory in 1999 which saw Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington throw a 29-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game and a 56-55 double-overtime victory in Tempe in 2000. In that 2000 game, the two teams combined for an ASU-record 111 points, 866 passing yards and 1,232 yards of total offense. Even in last year's 42-24 Oregon win, the two teams combined to score 66 points and rack up 809 yards of total offense.
ExposureThe Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 13 of ASU's football games this season live on its 14-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta (pre- and postgame) and Dave Burns (sidelines) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can also be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com. There will be no television for this week's Oregon game.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter will select single-game captains each week. Koetter's selections for the Oregon game are junior defensive end Terrell Suggs, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald and senior linebacker Mason Unck.
Oregon ConnectionsThree members of the Arizona State coaching staff, including head coach Dirk Koetter, have ties to the University of Oregon. Koetter spent two seasons in Eugene (1996-97) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach ... Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Tom Osborne came to Tempe after spending six seasons at Oregon (1995-00) where he coached the two top tight ends in Duck history and transformed Oregon's special teams into the best unit in the Pac-10 and one of the best in the country. During his tenure, the Ducks' special teams units accounted for 10 touchdowns and blocked 22 kicks ... Quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich, a 1996 graduate of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and a Coos Bay native, spent one season in Eugene, serving as Oregon's offensive graduate assistant in 1997 under then offensive coordinator Koetter.
Last Time OutArizona State sacked Derek Anderson seven times for 75 yards, including the last two plays of the game, as the Sun Devils held off Oregon State 13-9 at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Beavers drove to the Arizona State 9 in the final minute, but senior safety Alfred Williams sacked Anderson for a 6-yard loss, then senior linebacker Josh Amobi got him for a 17-yard loss. There were 19 seconds left for a final play, but the game ended before Oregon State snapped the ball.
Anderson was also intercepted three times as the Beavers lost their seventh in a row to the Sun Devils and 15th straight to ASU in Tempe. The last time OSU beat ASU at Sun Devil Stadium was 1969, nine years before the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10.
Senior Mike Barth, who missed four field goals two weeks ago, missed a 28-yarder and had a 53-yard attempt blocked but made a career-long 50-yarder and another from 46 yards. Sophomore Andrew Walter connected with redshirt freshman Hakim Hill on a 46-yard screen pass in the third quarter for the game's only touchdown. After throwing for 888 yards in his previous two outings, Walter completed 14-of-34 attempts for 186 yards and was intercepted twice.
Oregon State managed only three field goals by Kirk Yliniemi and was held to just 3-of-17 on third-down conversions.
The Beavers nearly pulled it out after Anderson connected with Steven Jackson on a 28-yard play on fourth-and-7 at the Oregon State 48. The Beavers moved to the 9, but Anderson's pass was deflected, then he was sacked twice.
Oregon State rushed for just nine yards in the game, while Jackson, the No. 2 rusher in the Pac-10 entering the game, gained just 58 yards in 14 carries. Anderson completed 16 of 40 attempts for 224 yards.
Hill took the screen pass from Walter, dodged a tackler, then followed blockers down the sidelines to put Arizona State ahead 10-9 with 10:08 left in the third quarter.
The Sun Devils drove to the Oregon State 1 on their next possession, but on third down, Hill fumbled out of the end zone at the goal line for a touchback. Two plays later, the Beavers' Dan Haines was stripped of the ball by sophomore safety Jason Shivers, and Amobi recovered at the OSU 37. Barth's 46-yard field goal put the Sun Devils ahead 13-9 with 3:50 to go in the third.
The Beavers led 6-3 at halftime on a pair of 37-yard field goals by Yliniemi. Yliniemi's 47-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half put Oregon State ahead 9-3.
Barth's line-drive 50-yard field goal made it 3-0 with 9:19 to play in the first quarter. It was the longest field goal for Arizona State since Jon Baker's 51-yarder against Stanford on Oct. 23, 1993.
Sophomore defensive end Jimmy Verdon had perhaps his best game, collecting seven tackles (five solos) and two quarterback sacks for a loss of 25 yards. Junior Terrell Suggs registered his nation-leading 13th sack.
Tough Road AheadArizona State will hit the road in four of its last six games of the season with four of those contests coming against opponents ranked in the national top 25, starting with this week's game at No. 6/6 Oregon. Following this week's matchup with the Ducks, ASU will play host to No. 22/17 Washington on Oct. 26, then travels to Pullman to take on No. 10-11 Washington State, plays host to California (receiving votes in the AP poll) on Nov. 9 and wraps up the regular season with back-to-back road trips to No. 19/20 USC on Nov. 16 and intrastate rival Arizona on Nov. 29. Those four ranked opponents have a combined record of 20-5 this season (Oregon 6-0, Washington 4-2, Washington State 6-1, USC 4-2).
Lighting Up the ScoreboardThe Sun Devils are averaging 35.1 points per game, which is tied for third in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation. The team set a school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game Sept. 28 with its 65-24 win over Stanford, besting the previous mark of 62 points, which also came against Stanford in a 1981 game (62-36 win). The 65 points ASU scored vs. the Cardinal were the most since the team tallied 66 against UTEP on Oct. 22, 1977. It also marked the fifth time that a Dirk Koetter-coached team has topped the 60-point mark (twice at Arizona State).
Since managing just 10 points in their season opener at Nebraska, the Sun Devils have averaged 39.3 ppg in the last six contests (5-1 record) and have outscored their opponents 236-114 in that stretch.
Last year, the Sun Devils averaged 34.0 points per game in 2001, which tied for third in the Pac-10 with conference champion Oregon and 19th in the nation. The total marked the most for the team since 1996 when the Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils averaged 40.7 points per contest.
Or Not...Despite the team's season average of 35.1 points per game, Arizona State managed just 13 points in last week's victory over Oregon State, the fewest points in a Sun Devil win since the team turned in a 13-10 victory over Colorado State in 2000 at Sun Devil Stadium. It was also the fewest points scored by the Sun Devils in a Pac-10 win since the team downed the Beavers 13-10 on Sept. 27, 1997 in Corvallis.
On the defensive side, the nine points scored by Oregon State (three field goals) were the fewest allowed by the Sun Devils in a Pac-10 win since a 28-7 win over Washington in Seattle in 1997, while it was also the first time that ASU did not allowed a touchdown in a Pac-10 game since a 24-3 victory over Oregon State in 1998. Earlier this season, ASU held Eastern Washington without any offensive points in a 38-2 victory (safety in the third quarter), which marked the first shutout by the ASU defense since a 19-0 victory over Nebraska in 1996.
Rush DefenseArizona State has not allowed a rushing touchdown in its past 11 quarters of football, dating back to the Stanford game on Sept. 28. The last rushing score given up by ASU was a 68-yarder by the Cardinal's Casey Moore in the first quarter of that game. In fact, ASU, which ranks third in the Pac-10 and 11th in the nation in rushing defense at 95.7 yards per game, has allowed a total of just four rushing touchdowns through seven games this season. The other three all came in ASU's season-opener vs. Nebraska on Aug. 24. ASU shut out its other five opponents from scoring via the ground (Eastern Washington, Central Florida, San Diego State, North Carolina and Oregon State). That means ASU has allowed just one rushing touchdown in its last six games (24 quarters of football).
Turnover TaleAfter forcing just one turnover in their first two games, the Sun Devils have forced 23 in the last five games, including a season-high seven Sept. 28 vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles) and four last week vs. Oregon State (three interceptions, one fumble). Arizona State is tied for third in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the nation in turnover margin (1.00). Already this season, ASU has forced 25 total turnovers (14 interceptions, 10 fumbles), surpassing the 18 turnovers the team caused last year.
Sacking the QuarterbackArizona State's defense continues to lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 33 for a loss of 228 yards. The team had just 28 sacks all of last season, while ASU has also tallied 72 tackles for loss (339 yards) so far this year compared to 82 for a loss of 304 yards all of last year. Led by junior Terrell Suggs, the nation's leader in the category, the Sun Devils have turned in 13.0 sacks in the last two games, including a season-high seven last week vs. Oregon State.
Climbing the Career Sack ChartsWith one sack vs. Oregon State last weekend, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 with 13.0 sacks this year. He turned in a career-high four sacks two weeks ago vs. North Carolina, the most for a Sun Devil since Derrick Rodgers had 4.5 sacks in ASU's Rose Bowl-clinching win over California on Nov. 9, 1996.
On the watch list for both the Lombardi and Nagurski Awards this season, Suggs has moved into sole possession of second on the ASU career list with 33 sacks in his three years in Tempe. On ASU's single-season chart, Suggs' 13 sacks put him into third, surpassing the 12 sacks Derrick Rodgers (1996) and Vernon Maxwell (1982) each had. Suggs has a shot at breaking the school single-season mark, currently held by Al Harris who had 19 sacks in 1978, the Pac-10 Conference mark of 19, held by Tedy Bruschi of Arizona (1993) and Tim Ryan of USC (1989), and the NCAA mark, set by Dwight Freeney of Syracuse with 17.5 in 2001. The NCAA did not record sacks as an official statistic until 2000, while the Pac-10's defensive stats date back to 1984.
Suggs also continues to climb the ASU career chart for tackles for loss and is sixth on that list with 51 career tackles for loss. The team leader in each category in each of the last two seasons, he had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season opener and three sacks in each of ASU's next two games. Last year, the third-team Football News All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection led the Pac-10 in solo sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. He also finished second in total sacks (10 for 57 yards) and tackles for loss (18 for 79 yards) in 2001.
ASU Single-Season Sacks1. 19 Al Harris, 19782. 14 Bob Kohrs, 19783. 13 Terrell Suggs, 20024. 12 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 12 Vernon Maxwell, 19826. 11 Shante Carver, 1991
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 33 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present3. 28 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-824. 26 Scott Stephen, 1983-865. 22 Bob Kohrs, 1978-796. 20 Jim Jeffcoat, 1979-82
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-792. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-784. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-825. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-006. 51 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present7. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Suggs' Game-by-Game in 2002Opponent Tackles (Solo) TFL Sacksat Nebraska 4 (2) 1.0-1 1-1Eastern Washington 5 (3) 2.0-20 3-20Central Florida 7 (6) 4.5-24 3-14at San Diego State 4 (3) 3.0-13 1-5Stanford* 3 (1) 0-0 0-0North Carolina* 7 (5) 4.5-32 4-31Oregon State 3 (2) 2.0-8 1-7Totals 33 (22) 17.0-98 13-78* Suggs also had an interception vs. Stanford and two forced fumbles vs. North Carolina
Interception ConnectionWith 14 interceptions on the year including three last week vs. Oregon State, ASU has already surpassed its total of nine from all of last year. Ten players have combined for ASU's 14 interceptions with junior Brett Hudson picking of the first pass of his ASU career last week vs. Oregon State.
Sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver leads the team with four picks this year, including one last week vs. Oregon State, a total which puts him in a tie for second in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation. Oliver's four interceptions mark the most for a Sun Devil since Nijrell Eason had five in 2000.
The Sun Devils snagged four interceptions in the team's Sept. 28 win over Stanford, the most in a single game since ASU had five in a 1998 win over California.
Walter's WorldSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter, who ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 12th in nation in passing efficiency at 151.6, became the first player in school history to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. Walter completed 22 of 37 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns Sept. 28 vs. Stanford and followed that up with a 27-for-45 effort for 474 yards Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina. His 888 yards in two games also mark the most passing yards for a Sun Devil quarterback in back-to-back contests, surpassing the previous school mark of 873 yards by Paul Justin in 1989 (534 yards vs. Washington State, 339 vs. Washington).
Walter's 474-yard performance vs. UNC ties for fourth on the ASU single-game passing charts with Paul Justin who threw for 474 yards vs. Houston at the Coca Cola Bowl in Japan in 1990. It also ties with Justin as the eighth-best passing effort in Pac-10 Conference history. Walter also set the school record for passing yards per attempt for 41-50 attempts at 10.5 yards, a mark previously held by John Torok at 8.38 (47 attempts for 394 yards vs. Arizona in 1964).
On the season, Walter has completed 88 of 161 attempts for 1,467 yards (ninth in the Pac-10 at 209.6 yards per game) and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions.
Walter's five touchdown passes vs. Stanford on Sept. 28, his first start of the year, tied for third-best in school history with Jeff Krohn who also threw five TD passes in a loss to Oregon in 2000. In his last four games, Walter has completed 74 of 136 attempts (.544) for 1,315 yards and 10 touchdowns.
ASU Single-Game Touchdown Passes1. 7 Mike Pagel, vs. Stanford, 19812. 6 Danny White, vs. New Mexico, 19713. 5 Andrew Walter, vs. Stanford, 2002 5 Jeff Krohn, vs. Oregon, 20004. 4 20 times (last by Andrew Walter, at San Diego State, 2002)
ASU Single-Game Passing Yards1. 534 Paul Justin vs. Washington State, 19892. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State, 19843. 511 Ryan Kealy vs. Arizona, 19984. 474 Andrew Walter vs. North Carolina, 2002 474 Paul Justin vs. Houston, 19906. 466 Mike Pagel vs. Stanford, 19817. 437 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Arizona, 1986
Racking up the Receiving TDsWith four catches for 53 yards last week vs. Oregon State, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald has moved into fifth place on the ASU career charts with 2,199 receiving yards. McDonald is the sixth Sun Devil in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards in his career. McDonald, who reached the 2,000-yard plateau with his first catch of the game vs. the Tar Heels (13 yards) on Oct. 5, he has topped the century mark in receiving yards in three of the last four games. Last year, he accomplished that feat in four straight games and turned in a total of five 100-yard receiving games, which matched the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and was just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989
With 10 catches for 221 yards Sept. 28 vs. Stanford, McDonald turned in the third-best receiving performance in ASU history, trailing just the 227 yards by Ron Fair in 1989 (19 catches) and the 232 yards by Eric Guliford (12 catches) in 1990. McDonald also set the school record for yards per catch for 10 receptions with a 22.1 yards-per-catch mark vs. the Cardinal, a record previously held by Aaron Cox (191 yards vs. Arizona in 1986).
McDonald has caught eight touchdown passes in the last six games, including a school-record-tying four Sept. 14 at San Diego State. He needs just two more touchdown catches to tie his TD production of one year ago and just one more to move into ASU's top six for single-season TD catches. McDonald has caught 43 passes for 737 yards and eight TDs this season and currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 18th in the nation with 6.1 receptions per game and second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation with 105.3 receiving yards per game.
With his four TD catches vs. the Aztecs on Sept. 14, McDonald tied the school single-game record he holds along with John Allen. McDonald also caught four TD passes in 2001 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, and Allen did it in 1953 vs. San Jose State. McDonald has caught 19 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just six shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84).
McDonald opened the 2002 season with a solid performance, catching seven passes for 73 yards at Nebraska. The speedy junior turned in a then season-high eight catches for 175 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, since bested by his career-high 10 receptions for 221 yards vs. Stanford. McDonald has caught at least one pass in each of the last 22 games, dating back to the 2000 season.
A 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, McDonald finished second on the ASU single-season charts with 1,104 receiving yards last year, just 40 yards shy of the single-season mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. He led the Pac-10 and finished 10th in the nation with an average of 100.4 yards per game. He also shattered ASU season marks for receiving yards per game (100.4 ypg) and receiving yards per catch (23.5 ypc), records previously held by Ron Fair (98.3 yards per game in 1989) and Morris Owens (22.0 yards per catch in 1973), respectively. McDonald also caught 10 touchdown passes in 2001 which ranks fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)4. 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)6. 20 John Jefferson (1974-77)7. 19 Shaun McDonald (2000-present)8. 17 Morris Owens (1972-74)9. 16 Aaron Cox (1984-87)10. 15 Lenzie Jackson (1995-98)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19732. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20013. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19894. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19955. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19706. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Quick StrikesThe Sun Devils have made a habit of scoring quickly this season, averaging just 2:18 per scoring drive. Of the team's 37 scoring drives this year, only six have taken longer than four minutes, while the team has scored in less than one minute on 10 occasions including six times in 30 seconds or less. The team has had five one-play scoring drives this season, including two on sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter's first two passes at San Diego State on Sept. 14 and two vs. Stanford on Sept. 28.
100-Yard ReceiversArizona State had two wide receivers top the century mark vs. North Carolina on Oct. 12 with junior Shaun McDonald turning in eight catches for 156 yards and junior Skyler Fulton having a career day with five catches for 122 yards. That marked the first time that ASU has had two 100-yard receivers in the same game since a Nov. 27, 1999 win over Arizona when tight end Todd Heap had seven catches for 170 yards and wide receiver Richard Williams caught six passes for 149 yards.
More Notes on the DefenseSun Devils lead the Pac-10 in four individual statistical categories with junior defensive end Terrell Suggs first in sacks (13-78) and tackles for loss (16.5-98), sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver first in passes defended (17), senior linebacker Mason Unck first in fumbles forced (four) and senior linebacker Josh Amobi first in fumbles recovered (four)... three Sun Devils rank in the top 10 in the Pac-10 in tackles led by sophomore safety Riccardo Stewart who ranks third (8.7), sophomore free safety Jason Shivers who is tied for fifth (8.3) and Unck who is sixth (8.1 tackles per game)... prior to giving up 24 second-half points to North Carolina Oct. 5, the Sun Devils had allowed just 14 second-half points in the previous four games (two field goals at San Diego State and a TD and two-point conversion by Stanford)... the Sun Devils held Oregon State to just a field goal in the second half... ASU is ranked third in the Pac-10 and 11th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 95.7 yards on the ground per game... the Sun Devils held Eastern Washington to minus-13 rushing yards on Aug. 31, the lowest total in 10 seasons since Howard Schnellenberger's Louisville struggled to minus-78 rushing yards in 1992 at Sun Devil Stadium, while Oregon State had just nine yards on the ground Oct. 12... ASU held Eastern Washington scoreless with the Eagles' only points in the game coming on a team safety in the third quarter on Aug. 31... that marked the first time since the Sun Devils' 19-0 shutout of Nebraska in 1996 that ASU's defense did not allow a point in a game... ASU recorded a safety for the first time since Nov. 11, 2001 vs. No. 11 Washington State when Suggs posted a sack in the endzone against Central Florida.
On the GroundArizona State scored five rushing touchdown Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina, including two each by junior Mike Williams and redshirt freshman Hakim Hill and one by redshirt freshman Cornell Canidate, which was the most since the team had five in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette last year. The Sun Devils scored eight TDs on the ground vs. UNC and Stanford (five vs. UNC, three vs. Stanford), which was the most in two contests since the team had eight in two games in 1986 (2 vs. Cal, 6 vs. Wichita State).
The Sun Devils continue to use a rotation of three tailbacks as Canidate (85 carries), Williams (53) and Hill (56) are all carrying the leather. Canidate, who has led the team in rushing in six of seven games this season, is ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in rushing with 51.6 yards per game and tied for seventh in touchdown scoring with 6.0 points per game. Canidate turned in 15 carries for 77 yards and three touchdowns in ASU's win over Stanford on Sept. 28. He also caught a touchdown pass in that game, making him the 19th Sun Devil in school history to score at least four touchdowns in a game. His three rushing touchdowns vs. the Cardinals were the most since Delvon Flowers scored three times on the ground last year at Oregon.
Canidate turned in 15 carries for 85 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, while he tallied 15 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31 to become the first rookie to top the century mark in a game since Mike Williams. Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State in 2000 as a true freshman. ASU is 234-42-5 (.842) all time when a player gains 100 yards or more on the ground.
Putting the Special in Special TeamsASU currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (21.9 yards per return) and kickoff coverage (17.4 yards per return)... the Sun Devils also rank second in punting (37.5 yards per punt), while junior Tim Parker ranks second in the Pac-10 and 18th in the nation in the category... redshirt freshman Hakim Hill currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (23.0 yards per return)... he is also fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (122.4 ypg) and seventh in the Pac-10 in punt returns (10.4 ypr)... Hill was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 9 to become the Sun Devils' first special teams 'returner' to be named POW since Terry Battle on Nov. 2, 1996... Hill had 157 kickoff return yards (five attempts) vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7, which was just two yards short of the school record held by Kevin Galbreath vs. Houston in 1990... true freshman linebacker Jamar Williams blocked a punt that was recovered by redshirt freshman wide receiver Matt Miller for a touchdown vs. San Diego State on Sept. 14, the first time ASU scored a touchdown off a blocked punt since 1994 (Damien Richardson vs. Arizona)... senior Mike Barth drilled a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter vs. Oregon State on Oct. 12, which was the first 50-yard field goal for a Sun Devil since Jon Baker vs. Stanford on Oct. 23, 1993... Barth attempted a 57-yard field goal vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31. Had it not missed wide left, Barth would have bettered the school record of a 55-yarder kicked by Luis Zendejas vs. Oregon State in 1982... Barth ranks tied for fourth in the league in kick scoring (8.0 points per game) and field goals made (1.29 per game).
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