No. 20 Football Faces No. 7 California Saturday In Berkeley
Oct. 25, 2004
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Saturday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. - Berkeley, Calif.
What's On Tap
Following a come-from-behind 48-42 victory over UCLA, the No. 20/21 Arizona State Sun Devils return to the road this week, traveling to Berkeley, Calif., for the first time in five years to take on the No. 7/8 California Golden Bears on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Saturday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. Pacific Time and will be televised nationally by TBS. With last week's win over the Bruins, the 6-1 Sun Devils became bowl eligible for the sixth time in nine years and the first since earning a spot in the 2002 Holiday Bowl. ASU is off to the team's best start since the team reeled off 11 straight wins to open the 1996 Pac-10 Championship & Rose Bowl campaign. At 3-1 in Pac-10 play, Arizona State sits in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with Cal and Oregon. Heading to Berkeley this weekend, the Sun Devils have already surpassed their wins total from last season (5-7 record), while the team looks to snap a two-game losing streak to California and get its first win over the Golden Bears since 2000. Cal brings a 5-1 overall mark and a 3-1 Pac-10 record into Saturday's game after turning in a 38-0 win over Arizona last weekend in Tucson.
After traveling to Cal this week, the Sun Devils return to Sun Devil Stadium for back-to-back contests. ASU will play host to Stanford for Homecoming on Nov. 6 and to Washington State on Nov. 13 when the team will retire fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman's jersey and celebrate Senior Day. With last week's victory over UCLA, the Sun Devils have won five straight games at Sun Devil Stadium for the first time in seven years.
TBS will televise the Arizona State at California game to a national television audience with Rob Thulin (play-by-play), Charles Davis (color) and Craig Sager (sidelines) calling the action. It marks the eighth consecutive television appearance for the Sun Devils and the second time this year that ASU has appeared on TBS. ASU turned in a 28-13 victory at Oregon on Oct. 2 in its first TBS appearance of the season. ASU will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net in next week's game with Stanford, marking the Sun Devils' ninth straight TV game this year.
The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 11 of ASU's football games live on its 12-station radio network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix. Tim Healey (play-by-play), former Sun Devil quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst) and Paul Calvisi (pregame 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 the Sun Devils' official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
In the Series
Arizona State holds a 13-11 advantage in the series with California, while the Golden Bears have won the last two games and three of the last four between the two teams. Last year, Cal turned in a 51-23 victory over ASU on Nov. 1 at Sun Devil Stadium. The Golden Bears hold a 5-4 advantage in games played in Berkeley with the series going back to Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1999 (a 24-23 Cal win). Prior to their losses in 2002 and 2003, the Sun Devils had won five of the six previous games in the series with their last victory coming with a 30-10 home win on Oct. 7, 2000 in Tempe.
Walter Named a Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist
Senior quarterback Andrew Walter is one of nine outstanding quarterbacks who have been selected as finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.
The other eight finalists for the award include Jason Campbell (Auburn), Timmy Chang (Hawaii), Charlie Frye (Akron), David Greene (Georgia), Stefan LeFors (Louisville), Dan Orlovsky (Connecticut), Kyle Orton (Purdue) and Jason White (Oklahoma). The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The 2004 recipient will be announced Dec. 1, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 10 at the Clarion Conference Center.
Last Time Out
In a game full of touchdowns and turnovers, senior Andrew Walter threw for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdowns as the Arizona State Sun Devils staged a rally late in the fourth quarter to down the UCLA Bruins 48-42 last week at Sun Devil Stadium.
Wasting no time, the Sun Devils opened the game with an eight-play, 69-yard drive, which was highlighted by a 29-yard ruh by redshirt freshman Preston Jones and a three-yard touchdown pass from Walter to redshirt freshman Rudy Burgess for an early 7-0 lead.
Forcing a punt, the Sun Devils were looking to add to their lead when UCLA cornerback Matt Clark intercepted a pass from Walter on the UCLA 14-yard line. However after a 63-yard drive, the Bruins settled for three points as kicker Justin Medlock hit a 40-yard attempt to set the score at 7-3. Following the kickoff, Walter found junior Derek Hagan on the sideline just three plays later for a 79-yard touchdown completion that increased the Devils' lead to 14-3 as the first quarter ended.
UCLA opened the second quarter with a 38-yard completion from quarterback Drew Olson to Tab Perry which set up a two-yard touchdown run by Maurice Drew. Looking to take the lead following an ASU punt, UCLA's drive short circuited on their own 39-yard line when senior linebacker Justin Burks intercepted his first career pass and returned it to the UCLA 11-yard line. From there, Walter found Hagan on a 12-yard slant for their second TD hookup of the game. With 5:58 remaining in the first half, ASU increased its lead to 21-10.
UCLA went to no-huddle offense and drove 84 yards in just 1:14, scoring a touchdown on a three-yard pass from Olson to Marcedes Lewis. With under a minute remaining in the half, UCLA cornerback Trey Brown intercepted a Walter pass on the ASU 48-yard line, setting up a 48-yard field goal that sent UCLA into the halftime break down by one, 21-20.
Regaining their momentum to start the third quarter, ASU forced UCLA into a quick punt and drove 80 yards downfield for a score as Walter found freshman tight end Zach Miller in the end zone on a 15-yard completion. Following the kickoff, UCLA's Manuel White took the ball on a handoff and rushed 32 yards to the ASU 35-yard line when junior safety Maurice London knocked the ball loose. After White picked up his own fumble and dropped it again, White's teammate Perry picked up the ball and returned it 12 yards for an UCLA score, a play that spanned 67 yards. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was tied at 28-28.
The Sun Devils took over on offense following the kickoff and drove 61 yards, calling on sophomore kicker Jesse Ainsworth for a 36-yard field goal to regain the lead at 31-28. However, ASU led for less than a minute as UCLA's Chris Markey rushed 61 yards to set up a three-yard touchdown run by White, which gave the Bruins a 35-31 lead to take into the fourth quarter.
Another interception by Walter set up the Bruins at the ASU 38-yard line, where Olson was able to chew up 5:27 before finding Perry in the end zone on a nine-yard completion. With just 7:12 remaining, the Devils found themselves trailing by 11, 42-31. Walter took the field and immediately found Richardson on a 37-yard completion. Two plays later, Walter found Hagan again on the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown pass. After a failed fake PAT, the Devils trailed 42-37.
The Sun Devil defense forced a quick three-and-out, holding the Bruins to -7 yards on the drive. Taking over on the ASU 27-yard line after a punt, Walter led another air attack, hooking up with Richardson for a 65-yard touchdown pass to take the lead back for the Sun Devils at 45-42. With 4:51 remaining in the game, junior linebacker Dale Robinson stepped in front of a pass from Olson on the UCLA 28-yard line to give the Sun Devils their fourth takeaway of the day and help set up a 26-yard field goal from Ainsworth. Leading by six, the Devils defense took the field again and sealed the victory at 48-42, forcing the Bruins to turn over the ball on downs.
Hagan hauled in a career-high three touchdown receptions as he collected five catches for 160 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Richardson set career bests with seven catches and 159 yards and scored his fourth TD of the year. Jones gained 69 yards rushing on 16 carries in his first collegiate start, and Burgess contributed 41 yards on the ground and seven catches for 39 yards and a score through the air. Junior Josh Golden, sophomore Kyle Caldwell, and senior Ishmael Thrower each had a sack for the Sun Devil defense, which was led in tackles by junior Jamar Williams who collected 10 (four solo).
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