No. 24 Sun Devil Football Opens Pac-10 Slate At Oregon State
Sept. 22, 2003
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Coming off a 21-2 loss at No. 18/14 Iowa last weekend, the 24th-ranked Sun Devils travel to Corvallis, Ore., to open Pac-10 Conference play with the Oregon State Beavers Saturday night at Reser Stadium. Arizona State will be looking to win back-to-back Pac-10 openers for the first time since the 1996 and 1997 seasons and win the team's first Pac-10 opener on the road in six years. The Sun Devils, who are ranked 24th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, will also be aiming to win their eighth straight game over the Beavers. Oregon State brings a 3-1 record into Saturday's game after downing the Boise State Broncos 26-24 last weekend in Corvallis. The Beavers bring a two-game winning streak into this week's game, rebounding from a 16-14 loss at Fresno State on Sept. 5 with victories over New Mexico State and Boise State.
In the Series
Arizona State holds a 21-7-1 all-time advantage in the series with Oregon State and has won the last seven meetings between the two teams. ASU also holds a 5-4-1 edge in games played in Corvallis, winning the last meeting there with a 13-10 victory in 1997. Last year, Arizona State came out on top in a defensive struggle, downing the Beavers 13-9 on Oct. 12, 2002 at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU held the Beavers to just three field goals in that win and turned in two sacks in a fourth-quarter stand to earn the victory. The Sun Devils have gotten a win or tie in 22 of the last 23 meetings with the Beavers. ASU's only loss in that streak, which dates back to 1972, was a 30-14 defeat in Corvallis in 1993, while the only tie came in 1989 (17-17). During their current seven-game winning streak in the series, the Sun Devils have held the Beavers to 12.4 points per game, including last year's 13-9 win which was the fewest points allowed by ASU in a Pac-10 game since a 28-7 victory over Washington in 1999.
Fox Sports Net will broadcast Saturday's game live to a national cable audience with Barry Tompkins and John Jackson calling the action. It will mark the second television appearance of the year for the Sun Devils who fell at Iowa on ESPN2 last weekend. The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU's football games live on its 11-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta and Paul Calvisi (pregame, halftime and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. Calvisi will also provide reports from the ASU sidelines during home games. ASU games can also be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
Arizona State holds a 8-15-2 all-time record in Pac-10 Conference openers since joining the league in 1978. Last year, the Sun Devils turned in a 65-24 win over Stanford on Sept. 28 at Sun Devil Stadium to open league action, a game which set a school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game. That win over the Cardinal snapped a four-game losing streak in Pac-10 openers for ASU, while Saturday at Oregon State, the Sun Devils will be looking to win back-to-back Pac-10 Conference openers for the first time since starting the 1996 and 1997 league campaigns with wins over Washington and Oregon State, respectively. Saturday's game in Corvallis will also mark the fourth time in the last five years and the fifth time in eight seasons that ASU has opened Pac-10 play on the road. The road game doesn't end for the Sun Devils who are slated to open the Pac-10 season on the road in each of the next four years (at Oregon in 2004) and five of the next six seasons going through the 2009 campaign. Arizona State has not won a Pac-10 opener on the road since a 13-10 victory at Oregon State on Sept. 27, 1997, a streak of three losses when opening league play on the road.
Oregon State Connections
ASU running backs coach Tom Nordquist is a 1993 graduate of Oregon State. Nordquist was the starting center for the Beavers from 1990-91 and spent two years as an assistant coach there in 1992-93. A junior college All-American in 1989, Nordquist transferred to OSU from Arizona Western College...sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller's father, Scott, played at Oregon State from 1962-64 and was a member of the 1965 Rose Bowl squad.
Last Time Out
Held to just 184 yards of total offense, 16th-ranked Arizona State fell to No. 18/14 Iowa Hawkeyes last week in Iowa City, Iowa. After trading punts on the first two possessions, the Sun Devils broke it open when a mishandled Iowa snap became a loose ball on their own 20-yard line. After junior safety Riccardo Stewart knocked the ball out of the hands of Iowa quarterback Nathan Chandler, it was scooped up by senior safety Brett Hudson who brought it down near the goal line before Iowa pried the ball loose and fell on it in the end zone, scoring a safety for ASU which took an early 2-0 lead. Starting their drive from their own nine-yard line, the Hawkeyes looked to make a push up field, but ASU safety Jason Shivers intercepted a pass on the Iowa 35-yard line and returned it 15 yards. However, two plays later, Iowa safety Jovon Johnson cancelled out the Hawkeye turnover, intercepting a pass in the end zone and bringing it out to the 10-yard line. The teams traded punts for the remainder of the first quarter and most of the second until the Hawkeyes scored the first TD of the game when Chandler found receiver Ramon Ochoa 40 yards down field in the end zone to put the Hawkeyes on top 7-2.
Following the score, Iowa forced the Sun Devils into a quick three-and-out, taking over on the Sun Devil 40-yard line following a 14-yard punt return. Chandler led the Hawkeyes down to the goal line with two long passes, setting up a score by tight end Erik Jensen on a two-yard rollout pass. Iowa led 14-2 at halftime, holding ASU to just 79 offensive yards in the first half.
Iowa continued to hold ASU in check on the first drive of the second half, regaining position near midfield. Iowa tailback Fred Russell found a hole and ran the ball 38 yards to the ASU 12-yard line, allowing the Hawkeyes to score on a three-yard pass from Chandler to Ochoa, his second TD reception of the game. The ASU offense advanced to the Iowa 20-yard line on its next possession before penalties got them stuck. True freshman kicker Jessie Ainsworth missed a 33-yard field goal attempt, ASU's first kicking attempt of the year.
Junior quarterback Andrew Walter finished the game with 160 yards on 25-of-44 passing with one interception. Sophomore wide receiver Matt Miller had a career day with eight catches for 45 yards as did senior fullback Mike Karney who caught four passes for 36 yards. ASU's defense had four sacks with junior Jimmy Verdon, sophomore Matt Fawley, redshirt freshman Jordan Hill and junior Gabe Reininger all getting into the action.
Getting to the Quarterback
Arizona State's defense has turned in 14 quarterback sacks through its first three games this season, which ties for third in the Pac-10. It is just one fewer than the 15 the 2002 team, led by NCAA record-holder Terrell Suggs, amassed in the first three games of last season (4.0 vs. Nebraska, 5.0 vs. Eastern Washington, 6.0 vs. Central Florida). The Sun Devils had four sacks last week against Iowa, while the team sacked Utah State quarterback Travis Cox a total of seven times on Sept. 13, the most since the team had eight (led by Suggs' four) in a Oct. 26 win over Washington last year. Last season, the Sun Devils finished second in the Pac-10 with a total of 51.0 sacks. Junior Jimmy Verdon leads the team and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with three sacks for a loss of 12 yards so far this year, while senior Brian Montesanto and sophomore Nick Johnson each have a pair of sacks. Conversely, the Arizona State offensive line is tied for first in the Pac-10 with Oregon State in sacks allowed, giving up just three sacks on the year.
Arizona State has had five different players grab interceptions this year with junior free safety Jason Shivers getting his first pick of the season last week at No. 18/14 Iowa.Shivers, junior safety Riccardo Stewart, senior safety Brett Hudson, senior defensive tackle Shane Jones and junior cornerback R.J. Oliver have all picked off passes for the Sun Devils this season. Last year, the Sun Devils also spread the wealth in interceptions with 13 players combining for ASU's Pac-10-leading 22 interceptions (led by R.J. Oliver and Brett Hudson who each had four picks last year). ASU grabbed three interceptions Sept. 13 against Utah State, including an interception return for touchdown by Stewart. Hudson also snagged his first interception of the year and the fifth of his ASU career vs. the Aggies, while Jones had his first career pick in that game. Stewart's touchdown marked the second straight game that an ASU player returned an interception for TD after Oliver tied the ASU mark for longest return with a 100-yarder in ASU's season-opener vs. Northern Arizona. Oliver became the 10th player in Pac-10 history (and the second Sun Devil) to return an interception 100 yards for touchdown (ASU junior Emmanuel Franklin also had a 100-yard interception return in the 2001 season-opener against San Diego State). That marked the team-leading seventh career interception for Oliver, who led the Pac-10 in passes defended last year and is on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Shivers Causing Shivers
Shivers' 2003 Statistics
In addition to getting his first interception of the season, junior free safety Jason Shivers led the team and tied career highs with 17 tackles and 13 solo stops last week at Iowa. That marked the most for Shivers since turning 17 tackles (13 solo) vs. Washington on Oct. 27, 2001 in Tempe. Both marks were the most tackles for a Sun Devil since Joe Cesta had 18 tackles (12 solo) vs. Oregon in 1998. Shivers, who led the team in tackles in each of his first two seasons in Tempe, is averaging 8.6 tackles per game in his short career with nine games in double figures in the category. At 10.5 tackles per game this year, he would rank third in the Pac-10 but does not meet the Pac-10's minimum of participation in 75 percent of ASU's game after he missed the Utah State game with an injury. On the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe award, Shivers led the team in tackles last week for the 14th time in his two-plus years in Tempe with his 17 tackles at Iowa.
In the Rankings
The Sun Devils dropped eight spots to 24th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The team dropped out of this week's Associated Press poll but is still receiving 90 votes to rank 27th in that poll. The team's No. 16 ranking in each of the previous two polls matched the highest rank of last season when the Sun Devils climbed to 16th in the Oct. 27 AP poll before falling out two weeks later. It was also the highest national ranking for the Sun Devils since the 1997 Sun Bowl Championship squad finished at 14th in each of the final national polls. ASU was ranked 22nd in this year's preseason AP poll and 23rd in the preseason coaches poll, marking the first time that the team has been ranked in the preseason since 1999 (25th-AP). Oregon State is not ranked but did receive three votes in this week's coaches poll.
Fulton Named to AFCA Good Works Team
Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton has been named to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for his dedication and commitment to community service. The AFCA selected 11 players for the Division I-A Good Works Team. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities and display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Athletic ability is not a criterion. Fulton, who is also the Sun Devils' leading receiver this year, has worked and taught in three schools whose population is primarily minority and underprivileged. He has also helped to raise his teammate's and close friend's toddler son, watching the child so his teammate can attend class, workout and meet with tutors. Additionally, during the fall semesters, he spends a great deal of time with the incoming freshman football student-athletes to help them transition into the culture of intercollegiate athletics. Fulton is the first Sun Devil on the Good Works Team since fellow wide receiver Mike Aguirre in 2000.
Low Offensive Output
Arizona State gained just 184 yards of total offense (24 rushing yards, 160 passing yards) in last week's loss at No. 18/14 Iowa, which marked the lowest total since ASU gained 174 yards in a 29-7 loss at Stanford on Nov. 11, 2000 (23 rush, 151 pass). The Sun Devils' 21-2 loss at Iowa also marked the first time that ASU had gone without a touchdown since ASU's 23-3 loss to Wake Forest in the 1999 Aloha Bowl (field goal) and the first time that the ASU offense had been held scoreless since a 31-0 loss at USC on Sept. 30, 1995.
Spreading the Wealth
The Sun Devils have completed passes to 12 different receivers this season, including eight in ASU's season-opening victory over NAU, seven Sept. 13 vs. Utah State and eight last week at Iowa. Junior quarterback Andrew Walter completed four touchdown passes to three different Sun Devils vs. Northern Arizona. Sophomore Moey Mutz, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship this spring, led the Sun Devil receivers with three catches for 75 yards and two TDs vs. NAU, while senior Skyler Fulton led the team with eight catches for 172 yards and a pair of TDs vs. Utah State. Last week at Iowa, the Sun Devils had three players turn in career highs in receiving led by sophomore Matt Miller who caught a career-high seven passes for 45 yards. Senior fullback Mike Karney turned in a pair of career bests with four receptions for 36 yards, while redshirt freshman Terry Richardson did the same with four catches for 34 yards vs. the Hawkeyes.
Fulton's Career Day
Fulton's 2003 Statistics
Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton had a career day in ASU's Sept. 13 win over Utah State, catching eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns (all career highs). Of his career-high eight catches vs. the Aggies, seven were for 15 or more yards and five resulted in a first down. Fulton ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with 76.0 receiving yards per game (14 catches for 228 yards and two TDs), while he is 10th in the league with 4.7 receptions per game. Fulton is averaging 16.3 yards per catch, while six of his 14 catches this season have resulted in a first down.
Junior quarterback Andrew Walter has turned in solid efforts in each of the first three games of the 2003 season. Last week at No. 18/14 Iowa, he completed 25 of 44 passes for 160 yards, while against Utah State, he was 20-of-37 for 277 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (his first of the year in 61 attempts). In ASU's season-opening victory against Northern Arizona, Walter completed 15-of-24 passes for 224 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Walter threw four TD passes to three different receivers vs. NAU, marking the fifth time in his career that the national awards candidate has had at least four scoring strikes in a game.
This season, Walter ranks fourth in the league in passing yards per game (220.3) and total offense (213.0). Walter holds a 7-8 record as ASU's starter and has completed 372 passes for 5,084 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career. Walter needs just 112 yards to move into the ASU career top six for passing yards and seven passing TDs to do the same in that category.
Last year, Walter turned in one of the finest seasons in school history, setting almost every school record for passing yards and total offense. Walter shattered the school record for passing yards in a single season, throwing for 3,877 yards to become the first passer in school history to top 3,000 yards and surpass the previous school record of 2,878 by Danny White in 1973. Despite not earning his first start until the fifth game of the year, Walter, who finished third in the Pac-10 and 19th in the nation in passing efficiency at 137.10, turned in the fourth-best single-season performance in Pac-10 history and became the first quarterback in Pac-10 history to turn in four 400-yard passing games in a season. No Pac-10 quarterback had ever thrown for more than three in a season and Washington's Cody Pickett and Walter are the only two to ever have four in a career. Walter completed 274 of 483 pass attempts, breaking ASU's single-season marks for attempts and completions - records previously held by Jake Plummer with 348 attempts in 1996 and Todd Hons with 199 completions in 1983 - while Walter's 28 touchdown passes marked the second-best effort in school history behind Mike Pagel who threw 29 TD passes in 1981.
With a 536-yard passing performance to upend No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, Walter set Pac-10 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. He was named the Oct. 20 Sporting News, cnnsi.com and USA Today.com National Player of the Week in addition to earning his first career Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honor. Walter also shattered the majority of ASU's total offense records, setting the marks for total yards (3,661 yards) and yards per game (261.5 ypg). He also tied Danny White (1973) with four games with at least 300 yards of total offense and turned in the sixth-best season in Pac-10 history. He finished third in the league and 18th in the nation in total offense.
Putting the Special in Special Teams
Senior punter Tim Parker ranks 12th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 this season, averaging 45.5 yards per punt with six of his 22 punts downed inside the 20...he tied his career high with 10 punts last week vs. Iowa, gaining 437 yards with three touchbacks and one punt downed inside the 10...Parker handled both the punting and placekicking duties vs. NAU and Utah State, becoming the first Sun Devil to handle both duties since Stephen Baker was the placekicker and backup punter in 1998 and 1999...true freshman kicker Jesse Ainsworth replaced Parker as the placekicker on ASU's last extra-point attempt in the Utah State game... sophomore Josh Golden continues to lead the Pac-10 and rank 15th in the nation in punt returns, averaging 14.9 yards per return...he had four punt returns for 78 yards in ASU's season-opener vs. NAU which was the most for a Sun Devil since Justin Taplin had four punt returns for 84 yards vs. Oregon State in 2001...Golden's 42-yarder in the second quarter of that game was also the longest since Taplin had a 62-yard punt return in that 2001 game...as a team, Arizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th in the nation in kickoff returns (28.5 yards per return), second in the league and 24th in the nation in punt returns (13.2 ypr) and third in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation in net punting (40.3 ypp).
Notes on the Defense
The Sun Devils are ranked sixth in the Pac-10 and 21st in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 91.7 yards per game...the team is also tied for fourth in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 17.0 points per game...sophomore safety Matt Fawley turned in a career-high 11 tackles in last week's loss at Iowa...ASU's interception returns for touchdown by R.J. Oliver and Riccardo Stewart in the first two games marked the first TDs by the ASU defense in back-to-back games since the 1995 season when Scott Van der Ahe had a 31-yard interception return for TD vs. BYU and Mike Langridge had a 32-yard fumble return for TD the following week vs. Oregon...the two interception returns for TD also matched the two the Sun Devils had all of last year. Last season, graduated senior Josh Amobi and current senior Connor Banks both returned interceptions for touchdowns in the third quarter of a 46-13 win over Central Florida on Sept. 7...Stewart led the team in tackles in each of the first two games this season, marking the fifth and sixth times in his career that he has paced the Sun Devils in tackles...he had 10 tackles (8 solo) Sept. 13 vs. Utah State and matched his career best with 11 tackles (8 solo) in the season-opening win vs. Northern Arizona...Stewart is fourth in the Pac-10 with 9.0 tackles per game this year, while Fawley is seventh in the league at 8.3 stops per game.
Scoring Through the Air
Junior quarterback Andrew Walter threw four touchdown passes Sept. 6 against Northern Arizona, marking the fifth time in his career that he has had at least four TD passes in a game. Walter added a pair more in ASU's Sept. 13 win over Utah State and has 37 in his career, while ties him for 40th with USC's Paul McDonald (1976-79) and Oregon's Dan Fouts (1970-72) on the Pac-10's career touchdown passes list. Walter also needs seven more TD passes to move into ASU's career top six in the category after only 28 career games. His career high in a single game is five in last year's 65-24 win over Stanford.
A total of 20 Sun Devils saw the first action of their Arizona State careers in the Sun Devils' first two games including seven true freshmen, nine redshirt freshmen and four juniors. Eighteen of those Sun Devils played in the season opener vs. Northern Arizona, while true freshmen DE Kyle Caldwell and LB DeAndre Johnson saw the first action of their careers last week vs. Utah State. Seven true freshmen have played this year including Caldwell, Johnson, quarterback Sam Keller, kicker Jesse Ainsworth, safeties Josh Barrett and Daniel Varvel and linebacker Mark Washington. ASU's current roster now features 17 players who saw action as true freshmen: Mike Davis Jr., Matt Fawley, Derek Hagan, Nick Johnson, Ali Likio, Mike Talbot, Chaz White and Jamar Williams in 2002; Lamar Baker, Barton Hammit, Daryl Lightfoot and Jason Shivers in 2001; and Mike Karney, Mike Williams and Skyler Fulton in 2000.
Good to Have Him Back
Junior cornerback Emmanuel Franklin has started each of the last two games, which marks his first starts since starting six games as a redshirt freshman in 2001. He made his first appearance on the field for the Sun Devils in over a year Sept. 6 against Northern Arizona after missing the 2002 season following brain surgery. Franklin suffered a subdural hematoma following a concussion during 2002 spring workouts and missed the 2002 season after undergoing surgery to relieve the bleeding on his brain.
Walter on Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp Preseason Watch Lists
Junior quarterback Andrew Walter has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. The watch list is comprised of 42 Division-I quarterbacks and will be narrowed down to the semifinalists in early November. Three finalists will be chosen later in November, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 11 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando. Walter is one of 42 players on the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, which is presented by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November. The 2003 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 117 Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Feb. 14, 2004 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn. Walter has also been named a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by both Athlon Sports and The Sporting News and is listed as the eighth-best quarterback in the nation by The Sporting News.
Oliver, Shivers on Watch List for Jim Thorpe Award
Juniors R.J. Oliver and Jason Shivers are on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top defensive back. Oliver is coming off a season that saw him lead the Pac-10 in passes defended with 22 (4 interceptions, 18 PBU's) on his way to earning honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors. Shivers has led the Sun Devils in tackles both of his seasons in Tempe. A 2002 honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honoree, Shivers tallied 121 tackles in 2002, which tied for the most in the Pac-10. The Thorpe Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 3 and then to three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at ESPN's College Football Awards Show. The award will be officially presented Feb. 9 in Oklahoma City.
Parker on Watch List for Ray Guy Award
Senior punter Tim Parker is one of 32 players on the preseason watch list for the 2003 Ray Guy Award which is annually presented to the top collegiate punter by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Parker returns for his senior year after leading the Pac-10 Conference in punting and earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season. He averaged 42.7 yards per punt to pace the league and rank 16th in the nation. He turned in 3,372 punting yards which puts him second all time at ASU for punting yards in a season. This year, Parker is listed as the eighth-best punter in the country by The Sporting News and was picked as a third-team preseason All-American by Street & Smith's. The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in early November. The national voting body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced in late November. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando.
Sun Devils Picked Second in Pac-10 Media Poll
Arizona State was picked to finish second in the Pac-10, just three points behind first-place USC, in the league's preseason poll of West Coast media members. The Trojans garnered 10 of 25 first-place votes, with the Sun Devils getting nine. It marks the highest preseason pick for the Sun Devils since 1998 when the team picked to finish second behind UCLA.
Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. USC (10) 2272. Arizona State (9) 2243. Washington (4) 1984. Oregon State (2) 1725. Oregon 1396. UCLA 1387. Washington State 1078. California 689. Stanford 5710. Arizona 46
Lighting Up the Scoreboard
In his two-plus seasons at the helm, head coach Dirk Koetter's offense has turned in an average of 31.7 points per game. Last year, the Sun Devils averaged 32.3 points per game, which ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation. ASU's 45 points in its 45-42 upset at sixth-ranked Oregon on Oct. 19 were the most points in a Pac-10 road game for the team since defeating Arizona 56-14 in Tucson on Nov. 23, 1996, ASU's last regular-season game in that Rose Bowl campaign. 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 ASU). In 2001, the Sun Devils averaged 34.0 points per game, 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.
The Sun Devils forced a Pac-10 Conference-leading 40 turnovers last season, including 22 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles. In 2001, the team forced just 18 turnovers all season. Last year, the Sun Devils had a season-high seven turnovers Sept. 28 vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles) and four Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State (three interceptions, one fumble).