Football Travels to No. 8/8 USC Saturday Afternoon
Nov. 11, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Looking to rebound from last week's 55-38 loss to California and snap their first two-game losing streak of the season, the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-4, 4-2 Pac-10) travel to Los Angeles to take on the No. 8/8 Southern California Trojans (7-2, 5-1) Saturday afternooon at Los Angeles Coliseum. It marks the first of back-to-back road trips for the Sun Devils who are playing four of their last six games on the road this year. Arizona State is currently tied for third in the league with UCLA with a 4-2 Pac-10 record. Winner of seven of its last 10 games, Arizona State has its most wins since the 1997 Sun Bowl-bound Sun Devils tallied a 9-3 record on the year. With their 7-4 overall record, the Sun Devils are bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years. USC brings a 7-2 overall record and a 5-1 Pac-10 mark into this weekend's game. The Trojans have won their last four games, including a 49-17 victory at Stanford last weekend.
In the SeriesArizona State and USC are tied 9-9 in the all-time series which dates back to 1978. USC has won the last two meetings and three of the last four, including a 48-17 victory last year in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. The series is also tied 4-4 in games played at USC. ASU's last win in the series was also its last victory in Los Angeles: a 26-16 victory at L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 6, 1996.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter will select single-game captains each week. Koetter's selections for the USC game will be determined later this week.
ExposureTBS will televise this week's game with USC to a national audience with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Craig Sager (sidelines) calling the action.
The 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 on ASU's official web site at www. TheSunDevils.com.
Westwood One Radio, in association with Host Communications, will also broadcast the USC game to a national radio audience with Tony Roberts and Fran Curci calling the game.
What Time is It Anyway?The state of Arizona never changes its clocks remaining on Mountain Standard Time all year. From April to the end of October, Arizona State is on Pacific Daylight Time, while when the rest of the country changes its clocks on October 28, Arizona State remains the same, matching up again with Mountain Standard Time. Therefore, this weekend's game at USC will kick off at 4 p.m. Pacific and 5 p.m. Mountain (Arizona Time).
Tough Road AheadStarting this weekend at No. 8/8 USC, Arizona State plays its last two regular-season games of the year on the road. Next week, the team will wrap up the regular season vs. intrastate rival Arizona in Tucson. In all, ASU will play three of its last four games and four of its last six on the road, including three contests against teams ranked in the national top 10 (at then No. 6/6 Oregon, at then No. 8/9 WSU and at No. 8/8 USC).
Last Time OutDespite 477 yards passing and four touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter, Arizona State lost to California, 55-38, at Sun Devil Stadium last week. Walter completed 29 of 50 passes and broke Arizona State's single-season record for passing yards.
The Sun Devils were doomed by three fumbles deep in their own territory, an interception returned 85 yards for a Cal touchdown, and a blocked punt that was returned for a score.
Junior defensive end Terrell Suggs recorded a sack, giving him 19.5 on the year. Already the NCAA record holder, he broke the school and Pac-10 record of 19 set by ASU's Al Harris and two other league players in 1978.
Cal tailback Joe Igber also had a 17-yard touchdown catch for the Bears in a game that featured six lead changes.
Cal, coming off a bye week, scored the game's final 20 points after ASU took a 38-35 lead on Hakim Hill's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left in the third quarter.
The Golden Bears led the Pac-10 in takeaways going into the game and wound up recovering four fumbles along with the interception. The Sun Devils recovered two Cal fumbles and picked off one pass.
Junior Shaun McDonald caught six passes for 138 yards for the Sun Devils, including touchdown receptions of 28 and 68 yards. McDonald broke Arizona State's single-season record for receiving yards at 1,207.
There were 38 points scored in a third quarter that lasted well over an hour. The quarter ended in a 38-38 tie, and the Bears on the Arizona State 2.
California led 35-24 after Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted Walter's screen pass and raced 85 yards for a touchdown with 7:15 to go in the quarter. The Bears took a 28-17 lead when Ryan Gutierrez blocked Tim Parker's punt and Wale Forrester returned it 18 yards for a touchdown with 10:03 to play in the third quarter.
There were four touchdowns scored in a 3:17 span in the third period. The final one, an 85-yard pass from Walter to Daryl Lightfoot, cut Cal's lead to 35-30 with 6:36 to play in the third. Hill's 2-yard run, and Walter's 2-point conversion pass to Skyler Fulton, gave Arizona State its brief, final lead. Mark Jensen's 48-yard field goal tied it at 38 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
Two plays later, a blitzing Paul Ugenti knocked the ball loose from Walter and Tully Banta-Cain recovered for Cal at the Sun Devil 13. The defense held at the 2, but Jensen's 20-yard field goal put the Bears up for good 41-38 with 14:20 to play.
A personal-foul facemask penalty set up Boller's TD pass to Igber. Jonathan Makonnen caught his second touchdown pass of the night, from 28 yards, to seal the victory with 5:58 remaining.
100-Yard ReceiversArizona State has had two wide receivers top the century mark in the same game twice this year, including last week vs. California. Against the Golden Bears, sophomore Daryl Lightfoot led the team with six catches for a career-best 163 yards, while junior Shaun McDonald made six catches for 138 yards. This other time this year came against 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 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.
Suggs Sets NCAA, Pac-10 & ASU Sacks RecordsWith his sack of California's Kyle Boller last week, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs has set the NCAA, Pac-10 Conference and ASU single-season marks with 19.5 sacks. Syracuse's Dwight Freeney previously held the NCAA mark with 17.5 sacks in 2001, while ASU's Al Harris (1978), Arizona's Tedy Bruschi (1993) and USC's Tim Ryan (1989) all shared the previous Pac-10 mark with 19. The NCAA did not record sacks as an official statistic until 2000, while the Pac-10's defensive stats date back to 1984. Next up for Suggs is the unofficial national record of 24.5 sacks achieved by Pittsburgh's Zeke Gadson in 1987. In addition to setting the school single-season mark, Suggs has also moved into second place on the ASU career list with 39.5 sacks in his three years in Tempe and needs just 1.5 more sacks to tie Shante Carver (1990-93) for the ASU career mark.
A semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Awards this season, Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 in sacks (19.5) and tackles for loss (26.0) this year. He has tallied at least four sacks in two games this year, including a career-best 4.5 sacks Oct. 19 vs. Washington and four sacks Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina. His 4.5 sacks vs. the Huskies were the most for a Sun Devil since Derrick Rodgers had 4.5 in ASU's Rose Bowl-clinching win over California on Nov. 9, 1996.
With his sack at Washington State on Nov. 2, Suggs also set the school single-season and career marks for tackles for loss. He has 26.0 tackles for loss this season, surpassing the 24.0 that Derrick Rodgers (1996) and Al Harris (1977) each had, and 60.0 tackles for loss in his career, which overtakes the 58 that Bob Kohrs tallied in his four years (1976-79). Suggs needs just two more TFLs to tie the Pac-10 single-season mark of 28 currently held by Stanford's Ron George (1990).
The team leader in each category in each of the last two seasons, Suggs had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season opener and three sacks in each of ASU's next two games (Eastern Washington, UCF). Despite having a quiet game by his standards vs. No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19 with just three tackles, including one for a loss, Suggs' tackle on the Ducks' last play turned out to be one of his biggest of the year. Suggs hit UO quarterback Jason Fife on the pass play that resulted in junior Brett Hudson's interception to secure the ASU victory.
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 (10-57) and tackles for loss (18-79) in 2001.
ASU Single-Season Sacks1. 19.5 Terrell Suggs, 20022. 19 Al Harris, 19783. 14 Bob Kohrs, 19784. 12 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 12 Vernon Maxwell, 19826. 11 Shante Carver, 1991
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 39.5 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 Single-Season Tackles for Loss1. 26 Terrell Suggs, 20022. 24 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 24 Al Harris, 19774. 23 Jeremy Staat, 19975. 22 Brett Wallerstedt, 1992 22 Bob Kohrs, 1979 22 Al Harris, 19788. 21 Adam Archuleta, 1999
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 60 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present2. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-793. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-785. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-826. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-007. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Walter's WorldWith his 477-yard passing performance last week vs. California, sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter has set the school single-season record with 2,992 passing yards so far this season, passing the previous school record of 2,878 by Danny White in 1973. Despite starting just seven games this season, Walter has also turned in the 11th-best single-season performance in Pac-10 history and stands just 645 yards shy of the Pac-10 single-season mark of 3,637 passing yards thrown by Washington State's Ryan Leaf in 1997 (not including bowl game). Only Washington's Cody Pickett, who has started all 10 of the Huskies' games this year, has more passing yards than Walter among the league's signal-callers this season (3,502).
With his 536-yard passing performance to upend No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, Walter set Pac-10 Conference and Arizona State school records for single-game passing yards, surpassing the previous mark of 534 yards by fellow Sun Devil Paul Justin vs. Washington State in 1989. In fact, Sun Devils now hold the top three single-game passing marks in Pac-10 history, including the 532-yard effort by Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State in 1984, four of the top five records and seven of the top 13 marks in league history. Walter himself has turned in three of the top 11 single-game performances in Pac-10 history. He has also become the first quarterback in Pac-10 history to turn in four 400-yard passing games in a season. No Pac-10 quarterback has ever thrown for more than three in a season and Washington's Pickett and Walter are the only two to ever have four in a career.
The Oct. 20 Sporting News, cnnsi.com and USAToday.com Player of the Week, Walter, who ranks second in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in passing efficiency at 149.4, is the first player in school history to notch four 400-yard passing games in a career, let alone a season as he has done this year. Justin and Jeff Van Raaphorst were the only other Sun Devils to have more than one 400-yard game in their careers, each notching two. Earlier this year, he also 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 (fourth on the ASU single-season charts and T9th in Pac-10 history). His 888 yards in two games 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).
He has already shattered several of ASU's total offense records, gaining the most yards in school history in consecutive games with 901 yards (422 vs. Stanford and 479 vs. UNC) as well as the most in four consecutive games with 1,594 yards of total offense (422 vs. Stanford, 479 vs. UNC, 185 vs. OSU and 508 at Oregon). He has also tied Danny White (1973) with four games with at least 300 yards this year, ranks second on the ASU single-season total offense list with 2,839 yards and needs just 268 yards to tie the school record of 3,107 yards set by Danny White in 1973. Walter is averaging 258.1 yards of total offense per game which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation. At his current pace, he also has a chance of setting the school mark for yards per game currently held by Danny White at 258.9 ypg.
On the season, Walter, who did not earn a starting role until the fifth game of the season vs. Stanford, has completed 197 of 342 attempts for 2,992 yards (third in the Pac-10 at 272.0 yards per game) and 25 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
With four TD passes Nov. 9 vs. California, he has climbed to second on ASU's single-season touchdown passes list with 25 and needs just four more to tie the school record of 29 set by Mike Pagel in 1981. Walter also needs just six more attempts and two more completions to tie ASU's single-season marks for in both categories, records currently held by Jake Plummer with 348 attempts in 1996 and Todd Hons with 199 completions in 1983.
Walter's five touchdown passes vs. Stanford on Sept. 28 tied for third-best in school history with Jeff Krohn who also threw five TD passes in a loss to Oregon in 2000, while he has also thrown four touchdown passes in three games this year, which ranks fifth on the ASU single-game charts. In his last eight games, Walter has completed 183 of 317 attempts (.577) for 2,840 yards and 22 touchdowns, while in seven games as a starter (4-3 record), he has completed 172 of 297 passes for 2,599 yards (371.3 yards per game) and 18 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, 20005. 4 21 times (three times by Andrew Walter in 2002: vs. Cal, at San Diego State and at Oregon)
ASU Single-Game Passing Yards1. 536 Andrew Walter at Oregon, 2002**2. 534 Paul Justin vs. Washington State, 19893. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State, 19844. 511 Ryan Kealy vs. Arizona, 19985. 477 Andrew Walter vs. California, 20026. 474 Andrew Walter vs. North Carolina, 2002 474 Paul Justin vs. Houston, 19908. 466 Mike Pagel vs. Stanford, 19819. 437 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Arizona, 1986** also the Pac-10 single-game record
ASU Single-Season Touchdown Passes1. 29 Mike Pagel, 19812. 25 Andrew Walter, 20023. 24 Jake Plummer, 1996 24 Danny White, 19735. 23 Danny White, 19726. 20 John Torok, 19647. 19 Three players tied
ASU Single-Season Passing Yards1. 2,992 Andrew Walter, 20022. 2,878 Danny White, 19733. 2,776 Jake Plummer, 19964. 2,591 Paul Justin, 19895. 2,484 Mike Pagel, 19816. 2,394 Todd Hons, 1983
ASU Single-Season Passing Attempts1. 348 Jake Plummer, 19962. 342 Andrew Walter, 20023. 337 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 19854. 336 Todd Hons, 19825. 334 Mike Pagel, 19806. 324 Todd Hons, 1983
ASU Single-Season Passing Completions1. 199 Todd Hons, 19832. 198 Jake Plummer, 19963. 197 Andrew Walter, 20024. 188 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 19855. 185 Todd Hons, 19826. 184 Mike Pagel, 1980
ASU Single-Season Total Offense Yards1. 3,107 Danny White, 19732. 2,839 Andrew Walter, 20023. 2,834 Jake Plummer, 19964. 2,511 Mike Pagel, 19815. 2,460 Paul Justin, 19896. 2,443 Danny White, 1972
Racking up the Receiving TDsWith six catches for 138 yards last week vs. California, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald set the school single-season record forreceiving yards with 1,207 yards, surpassing the previous mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. He already holds the school single-season catches with 71, surpassing the previous mark of 64 by Ron Fair in 1989. He also owns the seventh-best season performance in Pac-10 history and needs just 249 more yards to reach the Pac-10 single-season mark of 1,456 set by Stanford's Troy Walters in 1999 (bowl game not included).
A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, McDonald continues to threaten every single-season and career receiving mark in ASU history in just two and a half seasons of action. He is the first player in school history to notch two 200-yard receiving games in a career, let alone a season, with his two coming this year with 10 catches for 221 yards vs. Stanford on Sept. 28 and 12 catches for 204 yards at No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19.
McDonald, the sixth Sun Devil in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards, has moved into fourth place on the ASU career charts with 2,669 receiving yards. McDonald needs just 324 more yards to reach College Football Hall of Fame inductee John Jefferson's career mark of 2,993.
McDonald, who reached the 2,000-yard plateau with his first catch of the game vs. North Carolina (13 yards) on Oct. 5, has topped the century mark in receiving yards in five games this year. 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 a school-record 71 passes for a school-best 1,207 yards and 12 TDs this season. He currently ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation with 109.7 receiving yards per game and second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with 6.45 receptions per game. At his current pace, he will surpass the school record he set last year of 100.4 yards per game. He has also become just the first player in school history to tally 1,000 career receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.
McDonald has already surpassed his TD production of one year ago (10 last season) and is currently tied for second on ASU's list for single-season TD catches with 12. McDonald has caught 23 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just two shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84). He is also tied for 13th in the Pac-10 in career touchdown receptions. Stanford's Ken Margerum holds that record with 32 in his four-year career (1977-80).
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 26 games, dating back to the 2000 season. With his four TD catches at San Diego State, 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.
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 then 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 ranked fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Receiving Yards1. 2,993 John Jefferson, 1974-772. 2,694 Aaron Cox, 1984-873. 2,691 Keith Poole, 1993-964. 2,669 Shaun McDonald, 2000-present5. 2,408 Eric Guliford, 1989-926. 2,149 John Mistler, 1977-80
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 23 Shaun McDonald (2000-present)4. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)5. 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,207 Shaun McDonald (55), 20022. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19733. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20014. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19895. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19956. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 1970
Single-Season Catches (Yards)1. 71 Shaun McDonald (991), 20022. 64 Ron Fair (1082), 19893. 62 Greg Hudson (974), 19734. 61 J.D. Hill (1009), 19705. 58 John Jefferson (968), 19776. 55 Four players tied
In the RankingsArizona State fell out the national rankings this week after being ranked for the previous three weeks but continues to receive votes in each of the national polls (three votes for 37th in this week's AP poll). ASU first broke into the national rankings on Oct. 20 at 23rd and 25th, marking the first time since the 1999 season that ASU had been ranked. In 1999, the Sun Devils were ranked 25th in the first poll of the year and climbed to 22nd the following week before falling out of the polls the following week. The team had climbed as high as 16th and 17th this year before its loss at No. 8/9 Washington State on Nov. 2, which was ASU's highest ranking since the 1997 Sun Bowl squad was ranked 14th in each of the final national polls.
Hill Sets ASU Single-Game Kickoff Return RecordsWith nine kickoff returns for 162 yards Nov. 2 at Washington State, redshirt freshman Hakim Hill set Arizona State single-game records in both categories. Hill's effort passed the previous marks of seven kickoff returns and 159 yards, both set by Kevin Galbreath vs. Houston in 1990. Hill ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns this year (21.9 yards per return), and with 32 kickoff returns for 701 yards on the season, Hill has tied the school single-season mark for kickoff returns with 32 and needs just 12 more yards to tie the single-season yardage mark of 713 yards. Chris Hopkins set both marks in 1995. 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. He had 157 kickoff return yards (five attempts) vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7, which now ranks third on the ASU single-game charts.
Sacking the QuarterbackArizona State's defense continues to lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 45.0 for a loss of 319 yards. The team had just 28 sacks all of last season, while ASU has also tallied 105 tackles for loss (481 yards) so far this year, including a season-high 17.0 for a loss of 89 yards Oct. 26 vs. Washington, 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 25.0 sacks in the last six games, including a season-high eight Oct. 26 vs. Washington.
Turnover TaleAfter forcing just one turnover in their first two games, the Sun Devils have forced 32 in the last nine games, including a season-high seven Sept. 28 vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles) and four Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State (three interceptions, one fumble). Arizona State ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (0.36). Already this season, ASU has forced 33 total turnovers (19 interceptions, 14 fumbles), surpassing the 18 turnovers the team caused all of last year.
Interception ConnectionWith 19 interceptions on the year including another by junior Brett Hudson last week vs. Cal, ASU has more than doubled its total of nine from all of last year. Twelve players have combined for ASU's Pac-10 leading 19 interceptions this year with sophomore free safety Jason Shivers getting his first pick of the season Nov. 2 at Washington State. The team's 19 picks are also the most for an ASU squad since the 1991 Sun Devils had nine players pick off 23 passes. 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.
Sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver and Hudson lead the team with four picks each this year, including one Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State, a total which puts them both in the Pac-10's top 10. Their four interceptions mark the most for a Sun Devil since Nijrell Eason had five in 2000.
Consistent FootSenior Mike Barth has firmly established himself as one of the best placekickers in ASU history. He has moved into second on the ASU career lists for field goals made with 43 and points by kicking with 254 points (43 FGs, 125 PATs) so far in his career. Former All-American Luis Zendejas holds both of those records with 81 career field goals and 380 career points. With 17 field goals this year, Barth has also surpassed his previous career high of 16 from the 2000 season and now ranks tied for sixth on the ASU single-season charts.
A semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last season, Barth had drilled eight consecutive field goals over the last four games, until his miss into the wind vs. Cal on Nov. 9. He drilled all three of his attempts in ASU's upset of then No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, the last a 29-yard game-winner with 1:58 left in the game, which earned him Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Barth also nailed the game-securing field goal Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State, ensuring the ASU victory with a 46-yarder in the third quarter to put ASU up 13-9. Since missing four field goals vs. North Carolina on Oct. 5, Barth has gone 9-for-11, including four 40 yards or longer.
Barth ranks fifth in the league and 12th in the country in field goals made (1.55 per game), fourth in the Pac-10 in kick scoring (8.4 points per game) and fourth in the league in scoring (8.6 ppg).
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