No. 14/13 Sun Devil Battle Washington on Champions Weekend

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Date: Saturday, Ocotber 13, 2007
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. MT
Site: Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) - Tempe, Ariz.
Television: FSN
Play-by-Play: Barry Tompkins
Color: Petros Papadakis
Sideline: Jim Watson
Sun Devil Radio: KTAR 620 AM & KMVP/KTAR 92.3 FM
Play-by-Play: Tim Healey
Color: Former ASU QB and 1987 Rose Bowl MVP Jeff Van Raaphorst
Sideline: Amy Bender

• Arizona State is 6-0 for the first time since 1996 and the seventh time in school history
• Dennis Erickson is the first ASU coach to win his first three Pac-10 games at the school
• Senior WR Rudy Burgess is the only active player in the Pac-10 Conference to have surpassed 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and returning during his career
• The Sun Devils have intercepted at least one pass in eight straight games, dating back to last season
• Troy Nolan has four picks on the season, the most in a season since 2004
• The ASU defense has allowed an average of 4.3 points in the fourth quarter this season
• ASU has been in the red zone 23 times in 2007 and has scored on 22 of those chances (16 TDs, 6 FGs)
• Arizona State was ranked 14th in the AP poll this week and 13th by the USA Today/Coaches Poll
• ASU has not suffered back-to-back losing seasons in 59 years, the fourth longest active streak in the nation

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State returns home after two weeks on the road to host the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Sun Devils enter the match-up 6-0 and 3-0 in the Pac-10 after scoring a 23-20 victory over Washington State last Saturday in Pullman. The Huskies enter the contest 2-3, 0-2 in the Pac-10. They are coming off their bye week.

The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU's football games live on its 10-station radio network, including flagship station Sports 620 KTAR AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play) and former Sun Devil quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst) will call the action. Saturday's game will air on 92.3 KTAR FM.

FSN will televise the Sun Devils meeting with Washington. Barry Tompkins will handle play-by-play while Petros Papadakis will provide the color analysis. Jim Watson will patrol the sidelines.

Saturday will be the 27th meeting between the Sun Devils and the Huskies. Washington leads the all-time series 15-11, inlcuding an 8-7 record at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU has won the last three meetings, including a 26-23 overtime thriller last season in Seattle. The Sun Devils beat Washington 44-20 in Tempe in 2005. UW last won in Tempe in 2001, winning 33-31.

Arizona State University will honor the 1957 football team at halftime of the Washington game as part of Champions weekend. The 1957 squad was coached by Dan Devine and went 10-0, shutting out four opponents along the way.

Arizona State emerged victorious after a back and forth battle with the Cougars at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Thomas Weber's 37-yard field goal with 50 seconds left was the difference maker, as Washington State missed a 46-yard attempt that would have tied it with 12 seconds left. The Sun Devils trailed 10-7 at half, but rallied to outscore the Cougars 16-10 over the final two periods. Ryan Torain had 116 yards on the ground, while Rudy Carpenter threw two touchdown passes. Justin Tryon also intercepted an Alex Brink pass and returned it 69 yards for a score.

• Thomas Weber kicked his first career punt in the first quarter
• Justin Tryon's interception return for touchdown was the third interception returned for a touchdown by ASU this season and second in as many weeks
• The third quarter interception by Justin Tryon gave ASU its eighth-straight game with a pick, dating back to 2006
• Justin Tryon's touchdown was the first of his career
• Brady Conrad's third quarter touchdown reception was the first score of his career
• With the win, ASU improves to 6-0 for the first time since 1996.

With his 116-yard day against the Cougars, Ryan Torain tallied his third 100-yard game of the year and seventh of his career. He is the 15th Sun Devil to have at least seven career 100-yard games. ASU is now 248-49-5 when it has a 100-yard rusher.

Justin Tryon picked an opportune moment to record his first interception of the season, jumping a route on WSU's Alex Brink and returning it 69 yards for a touchdown. It was the third pick returned for a score this season by ASU, and the second in as many weeks. Omar Bolden took one back 29 yards in the win over Stanford on Sept. 29. It was the first touchdown of Tryon's career and his second interception.

Thanks to Tryon's interception, ASU has picked off a pass in all six games so far this season and eight straight, dating back to 2006. Arizona State now has 11 interceptions this season after totaling 15 in 2006.

Troy Nolan has four interceptions on the season. The four picks by Nolan is the most by a Sun Devil in a single season since Emmanuel Franklin had four in 2004.

Rudy Burgess achieved another career milestone on Saturday against the Cougars. With his 64 kickoff return yards, Burgess topped the 1,000-yard mark for career return yardage. He now has over 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and returning, the only active player in the Pac-10 with those numbers. On his career, he has 1,048 yards on the ground, 1,325 yards through the air and 1,025 yards returning punts and kickoffs. He has scored 17 times as a Sun Devil, six rushing and 11 receiving. He also threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Derek Hagan in 2005 against Washington State. Hagan set the school record for career touchdown receptions on that pass.

Redshirt freshman kicker Thomas Weber has begun his Sun Devil career like no other kicker before him. With his 37-yard game-winning field goal against Washington State, Weber has now made 11 consecutive field goal attempts. Not only is that the best streak in ASU history to begin a career, it's also a school record for most consecutive made field goals. Alan (1987) and Luis (1981) Zendejas shared the previous record of nine, and Mike Richey held the previous record of consecutive field goals to begin a career at eight in 1989 and 1990. Eight of Weber's 11 field goals have been from at least 30 yards, including his long of 47. He has scored 56 points on the year. Weber also punted for the first time in his career against the Cougars, averaging 41.5 yards on six kicks. He had two downed inside the 20-yard line.

Robert James continues to keep his name at the top of the tackle ledger week after week. James had a team-leading nine tackles against Washington State, the fifth time this season he has led the Devils in tackles. On the year he has 59 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to go with his three interceptions this season. He leads the Pac-10 with his 59 total tackles and 39 solo tackles.

Rudy Carpenter continues to be one of the top QBs in the Pac-10 Conference. Carpenter is tied with WSU's Alex Brink as the active leader among Pac-10 quarterbacks with eight career 300-yard games. Carpenter ranks second to Brink, who is a year of eligibility ahead of Carpenter, in passing attempts, completed passes, passing yards and touchdown passes. Carpenter now has 54 career touchdown passes and has thrown for 6,299 yards.

Rudy Carpenter now has 54 touchdown passes in his career. He is only the fourth Sun Devil all-time to throw at least 50 touchdowns, joining Andrew Walter (85), Jake Plummer (65) and Danny White (64). The 54 career TD passes are tied for 20th most in Pac-10 history, and he is one shy of tying UW's Cody Pickett and OSU's Jonathan Smith for 18th. He is currently tied with USC's Rodney Peete and Cal's Pat Barnes.

Sophomore defensive end Dexter Davis enjoyed one of the most sensational freshman seasons by a Sun Devil defender in school history last season, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors and honorable mention freshman All-America recognition by The Sporting News. The Phoenix, Ariz., native recorded a team-best and Pac-10 freshman season-high 6.0 quarterback sacks, the third-most by a Sun Devil rookie in school history. Davis' total trails only those by Terrell Suggs (2000) and Shante Carver (1990), who each posted 10.0 sacks as a freshman and in total, Suggs (44 career sacks) and Carver (41) rank first and second on ASU's all-time career sacks list. Also, Davis totaled 40 tackles on the season, the most by an ASU freshman since TSN freshman All-America safety Jason Shivers' team-high 89 total stops in 2001. Davis has picked up right where he left off, as he has already racked up a team leading 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.

Arizona State is ranked nationally in many major categories on both offense and defense. The Sun Devils are ranked 9th nationally in pass efficiency defense (96.53) and 20th in total defense (307 ypg). The defense is also ranked 7th in the country in scoring defense (14.17 ppg/allowed) and 9th in the nation in rushing defense (80.83 ypg). The Sun Devils are 4th in the country in Time of Possession at 33:46 and 10th in the country in Pass Efficiency (161.77). Troy Nolan is tied for 10th in the nation with four interceptions. Rudy Carpenter is 11th nationally in pass efficiency (162.17), while Thomas Weber is 8th nationally with 11 field goals.

No team in the Pac-10 showcased as many talented defensive freshmen as ASU did in 2006, headlined by defensive end Dexter Davis and linebacker Travis Goethel, both of whom earned Pac-10 All-Freshman and honorable mention Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News. Both Davis and Goethel anchor the Sun Devil defense in 2007.

The Sun Devils showcase one of the most experienced and honored offensive lines in the Pac-10, as ASU boasts the only unit of linemen in the conference which returns all five starters from the conclusion of the 2006 season. Also, ASU returns three offensive linemen that received All-Pac-10 honors in 2006, trailing only Oregon State for most in the conference and five Sun Devil linemen, including four starters, have already earned their undergraduate degree. The Sun Devil front five is led by second-team All-Pac-10 center, graduate Mike Pollak and honorable mention All-Pac-10 recipients junior guard Paul Fanaika and graduate tackle Brandon Rodd. Graduate guard Robert Gustavis and graduate tackle Julius Orieuwku also provide starting experience for 2007. Last season, Gustavis and Pollak started all 13 games at right guard and center, respectively, while Rodd started all 11 games in which he played at left tackle. After injuries suffered by 2006 seniors Andrew Carnahan and Stephen Berg, Faniaka started the season's final 10 games, while Orieukwu was a starter in the final seven contests. Sophomore tackle Richard Tuitu'u adds depth in 2007 after filling in as a starter for Rodd last season. Graduate Zach Krula will be welcomed back to the line in 2007, having earned a sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA after missing the majority of the past two seasons due to injury. A starter in nine of 17 career games at guard, Krula was moved to right tackle this season. In 2006, the Sun Devil blockers helped enable ASU to gain its greatest rushing total since 1999 and showcase the team's first 1,000-yard runner since 2001. So far this season, the line has done their job again. ASU is averaging 157.3 yards per game on the ground and Ryan Torain has reached the 100 yard mark on the ground three times. Keegan Herring also has a 100-yard game under his belts. Also, ASU has rushed for nine touchdowns so far this year.

After establishing itself in recent years as a national offensive powerhouse predominately predicated on its passing attack, ASU proved it could attack opposing defenses with a punishing ground game last season. The Sun Devils boast the most potent running backs combination in the Pac-10, as senior Ryan Torain and junior Keegan Herring combined for 1,778 rushing yards in 2006, more than any pair of returning Pac-10 teammates. Torain and Herring have combined for 885 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns so far this year. In total, ASU showcases three of eight active Pac-10 ballcarriers to have surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards, including Herring and Torain as well as senior wide receiver Rudy Burgess, who is a dangerous all-purpose threat and was ASU's starting tailback during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Senior running back Ryan Torain enjoyed one of the most incredible rushing seasons in school history in 2006, totaling 1,229 rushing yards on 223 carries. Torain became the first Sun Devil to surpass 1,000 rushing yards since Delvon Flowers in 2001 and produced the greatest single-season rushing output since Sun Devil great Freddie Williams' total of 1,427 for head coach Frank Kush's legendary 1975 squad. The 1,229 yards was the most ever by a Sun Devil running back since ASU joined the Pac-10 in 1978. The 6-1, 213-pounder earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors while rushing for over 100 yards in four games and more than 80 yards in eight contests. Torain has his sights set on an even better 2007, totaling 524 yards and five rushing touchdowns so far this year. He has also added two TD receptions in 2007 and has three 100-yard games so far.

Ryan Torain is only the seventh returning 1,000 yard rusher in school history, and the first since Darryl Harris in 1987. Only Woody Green, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in three straight years, and Freddie Williams have ever put together back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons for the Sun Devils.

After breaking ASU's freshman rushing record by totaling 870 yards in 2005, junior Keegan Herring rushed for 549 yards on 94 carries in 2006 as part of the most dynamic rushing combination in the Pac-10 Conference. One of the quickest athletes in the Pac-10, Herring led all Sun Devil runners last season averaging 5.8 yards-per-carry and is one of only four active ballcarriers in the conference to have rushed for over 500 yards in each of the past two seasons. He's already over halfway to that mark again, with 361 yards so far this year. In 30 career games, the Peoria (Ariz.) High School product has totaled 315 carries for 1,780 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.


With the win over Washington State, Rudy Carpenter is now 18-7 as Arizona State's starting quarterback. His 18 victories ties him for the third-most in ASU history with Andrew Walter and Ryan Kealy. Jake Plummer is the all-time leader with 24 victories while Jeff Van Raaphorst finished his career with 21.

Dennis Erickson is one of three first-year coaches who has his team unbeaten. Coach Erickson joins Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski and Cincinnati's Brian Kelly as coaches who are 6-0 in their first season at their respective schools. The 6-0 start for Erickson is the best start for an ASU coach in his first season in school history.

The 6-0 start at ASU for Dennis Erickson is not only the best start by a coach in school history, it's one of the best starts in the history of the Pac-10 Conference. The 6-0 mark is the third best start by a Pac-10 coach in the Post-War Era, and the best start in the past 56 years. In 1951, USC's Jess Hill started 7-0, while Stanford's Charles Taylor started 9-0. Coach Erickson is also the first ASU coach to ever win his first three Pac-10 games at ASU.

The wins at Stanford and at Washington State mark the first time the Sun Devils have won consecutive Pac-10 road games since 1997. That year, ASU defeated Stanford 31-14 in Palo Alto, then beat Cal 28-21 in Berkeley the following week.

At halftime of the USC game on Thanksgiving, Sun Devil fans will be treated to musical legend Little Richard. He is an inaugural member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and will perform with the Sun Devil Marching Band.

The Arizona State football team has several two-sport athletes on the roster. WR Mike Jones has spent the past two seasons as a centerfielder for the baseball team, including last year's Pac-10 Championship team that advanced to the College World Series. Jones was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 42nd round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, but has opted not to sign a contract and will return to the baseball team in 2008. WR Kyle Williams will also play baseball for ASU in 2008. He took the 2007 baseball season off to concentrate on football, but hopes to compete for an infield spot in 2008. In addition to the baseball players, ASU football also has three student-athletes who participated in the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships last season. WR Rodney Glass, CB Justin Tryon and WR Brandon Smith all ran for the Devils in Palo Alto, Calif.

Eight members of the Arizona State football team have already earned their undergraduate degrees, tied for the fifth most players in the country. Five of the ASU grads are offensive linemen.

Josh Barrett, Michael Marquardt, Mike Pollak and Ryan Torain have been named the team captains for the 2007 season in a vote by the players.

ASU was picked to finish fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-10 champion USC was the unanimous choice to win their fifth straight conference crown, garnering all 39 first place votes. ASU and USC will meet at Sun Devil Stadium on Nov. 22 on ESPN. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 24 of 46 previous polls, including the last seven years.

Arizona State is one of 11 FBS (Division I-A) teams in the country that is still undefeated. California is the other Pac-10 school who has not suffered a loss. The Golden Bears visit Tempe on October 27.

Several Sun Devils are on watch lists for national awards. Josh Barrett finds himself on four lists for the 2007 season. He is on the watch list for the Lott Trophy, the Nagurski Award, the Bednarik Trophy and the Thorpe Award. Senior running back Ryan Torain is on the Maxwell Award watch list, the award given to the most outstanding college football player. Senior center Mike Pollak is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and the Rimington Trophy, given to the top center in the nation. Junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter was named to the Manning Award Watch List. Senior offensive linemen Mike Pollak and Brandon Rodd are both on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Jonathan Johnson is on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, given to the top punter in the nation.

Arizona State will enjoy their bye week next week. The Devils will take the field again on October 27, when they host the California Golden Bears.

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