Arizona State Heads to Seattle to Face Huskies

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Despite the knockdowns, Carpenter stands alone

Saturday, November 8, 2008
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. PT
Site: Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle, Wash.
Television: FS Arizona
   Play-by-Play: Kevin Calabro
Jason Stiles
Sun Devil Radio: 620 KTAR AM & 92.3 KTAR FM
   Play-by-Play: Tim Healey
   Color: Former ASU QB and 1987 Rose Bowl MVP Jeff Van Raaphorst 

Senior QB Rudy Carpenter is putting his name in the Sun Devil record books, climbing the charts in several significant passing categories
Troy Nolan returned his third career interception for a touchdown last week at Oregon State
• Shaun DeWitty recorded the first 100-yard rushing game of his career at OSU
• Mike Nixon led ASU in tackles for the fourth time this season
• Thomas Weber made four field goals in a game for the second time in his career... he also made four at Stanford in 2007
• Arizona State has now now played 10 true freshmen this season, the most in school history
• The Sun Devils have seen eight different freshmen see their first career action this year
• A combined 27 players have made their NCAA debuts this season for Arizona State
Seven members of the team have already earned their undergraduate degrees

TEMPE, Ariz. - Following a 27-25 loss at Oregon State, the Sun Devils leave the state of Arizona for the final time as they head to Seattle, Washington for a meeting with the Washington Huskies on Saturday, November 8 from Husky Stadium. The Huskies, the only remaining winless team in college football, are 0-8 and 0-5 in Pac-10 play following a 56-0 loss at USC. Arizona State is 2-6, 1-4 in Pac-10 play and is currently on a six-game losing streak.

ASU is celebrating 50 years at Sun Devil Stadium, home stadium of the Arizona State University football team. The Sun Devils have a 244-87-3 record at Sun Devil Stadium, including a 7-1 mark in 2007. In 1996, the playing field was named Frank Kush Field, after the legendary Sun Devil coach. Sun Devil Stadium has played host to 35 Fiesta Bowls, two Insight Bowls and Super Bowl XXX. Over 16 million fans have seen the Sun Devils play at Sun Devil Stadium.

The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU's football games live on their 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. The Washington game can be heard on 92.3 KTAR FM.

Fox Sports Arizona will televise the Sun Devils match-up with the Huskies. Kevin Calabro and Jason Stiles will call the action.

This will be the 28th meeting between Arizona State and Washington and the 12th all-time at Husky Stadium. UW leads the series 14-13, including a 7-4 mark in Seattle. The Sun Devils won last year's meeting in Tempe 44-20. The last time the two met at Husky Stadium was in 2006, when Arizona State won in overtime 26-23. Prior to the 2006 trip to Seattle, ASU had not played at Husky Stadium since 1999.

A see-saw battle in Corvallis did not go Arizona State's way, as a two-point conversion attempt with 21 seconds left failed, giving Oregon State the 27-25 victory. Shaun DeWitty ran for a career-high 110 yards, while Rudy Carpenter threw for 217 yards and a score, but it was not enough to upend the Beavers. Thomas Weber added four field goals for the Sun Devils in the loss.

Now in his fourth season under center, senior QB Rudy Carpenter is the nation's leader for the most consecutive games starting at quarterback in college football. Carpenter has started 39 straight contests and has seen action in 43 career games. In the Pac-10 last year, only two other quarterbacks did not miss a game. But here is the most impressive nugget...when Jake 'the Snake' Plummer started the final 40 games of his career that ended in 1996, ASU began a stretch in 1997 that ended in 2004 (nine seasons) in which eight quarterbacks made at least one start. Rudy took over in the eighth game in 2005 and has started every game since. He has started every game the past two seasons, as only Andrew Walter in 2003 did the same in the past 11 seasons.

Rudy Carpenter continues to be one of the top QBs in the Pac-10 Conference. Carpenter is the active Pac-10 leader in passing attempts, completed passes, passing yards, touchdown passes and 300 yard games. Carpenter now has 75 career touchdown passes and has thrown for 9,835 yards in his ASU career. He currently ranks 9th all-time in Pac-10 history for passing yards, trailing Washington's Cody Pickett (1999-2003) by 385 yards .for 8th place.

Rudy Carpenter now has 75 touchdown passes in his career. He is only the fourth Sun Devil all-time to throw at least 60 touchdowns, joining Andrew Walter (85), Jake Plummer (65) and Danny White (64). The 75 career TD passes is tied for 6th most in Pac-10 with Stanford's Steve Stenstrom (1991-94). He is one behind Washington State's Alex Brink (2004-07) for 5th place.

Rudy is also climbing the Pac-10's All-Time Total Offense chart. Carpenter currently ranks 9th all-time in total offense, accumulating 9,560 total yards. He is 482 yards shy of Washington's Cody Pickett (1999-2003) for 8th all-time in conference history. Winning Tradition: Rudy Carpenter has 23 wins as the starting quarterback for Arizona State, the fourth most wins as a starter in school history. Danny White holds the all-time record for wins by a starting quarterback, going 30-3 from 1971 to 1973. Dennis Sproul is second with 26 wins from 1974-77. Carpenter passed Jeff Van Raaphorst, who went 21-9-1 from 1983 to 1986, with the win over NAU on August 30. He is one win shy of Jake Plummer for third place. Plummer went 24-16 from 1993 to 1996. Van Raaphorst, Plummer and Carpenter are the only three QBs in ASU history who have led the Sun Devils to a Pac-10 title.

Against NAU on August 30, Carpenter tied a 56-year old school by completing 13 consecutive passes. The only other Sun Devil to complete that many in a row was Dick Mackey, who accomplished the feat against San Diego Navy in 1952. The NCAA record is 24, held by Tennessee's Tee Martin in 1998 and Cal's Aaron Rodgers in 2004. Carpenter also had a string of 10 straight completions against the Cardinal.

Carpenter continues to etch his name into the ASU annals of passing history. He is now second in career completions with 734, touchdowns with 75, attempts with 1,196 and yards with 9,835. He is 43 completions shy of Andrew Walter for first all-time.

Over his three seasons at Arizona State, Rudy Carpenter has found success achieved by few who wore maroon and gold. Carpenter has started three bowl games (2005 Insight, 2006 Hawai'i and 2007 Holiday), only the second quarterback in school history to accomplish that feat. Danny White is the only other, starting the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Rudy also joins Jeff Van Raaphorst (1986) and Jake Plummer (1996) as ASU quarterbacks to lead the Sun Devils to a Pac-10 title.

Carpenter isn't just highly ranked in the Pac-10, but in the nation as well. The senior signal caller ranks in the top five among active FBS quarterbacks in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He is fifth in yards, 907 yards behind Purdue's Curtis Painter for fourth. He is fifth in touchdown passes.

300 GAME
Carpenter's 345 yards against Stanford was his 11th career 300-yard game and second straight, tops among active Pac-10 quarterbacks. The Sun Devils are 8-3 when Rudy throws for over 300 yards, including a 6-0 mark at home. He has thrown for over 300 yards against nine different teams, including Northern Arizona on August 30. Washington State and Stanford are the only schools he has done it against twice.

Carpenter went 22-28 against NAU on August 30, a completion percentage of .786. It marked his second-highest career completion percentage in a game he had at least 20 passing attempts. His career best was in 2005 against Washington at Sun Devil Stadium, when he completed 27 of 34 passes for a .794 completion percentage. In that game he threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-20 victory. Against Stanford, Carpenter went 27-36, a 75% completion rate.

Carpenter's 388 yards against the Lumberjacks set a new school record for most passing yards in the first game of a season. Joe Spagnola held the previous record of 369 on Sept. 20, 1969 vs. Minnesota.

Entering his final season, Carpenter was a candidate for several major awards. He was on the Watch List for the Maxwell Award, presented to the top player in college football, the Davey O'Brien Award, awarded to the best quarterback in the country, the Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year award.

Oregon State became the fifth straight opponent to score first against the Sun Devils...Thomas Weber's first quarter field goal was his first made attempt since the Georgia game on September 20. The field goal also marked Arizona State's first points in the first quarter since the UNLV game on September 13.

When OL Zach Schlink took the field against Georgia on September 20, he set a new school record by becoming the 10th true freshman to play this year. The previous record was held by the 1994 team, which saw nine true freshmen see game action. The 10 who have played this year are: OL Zach Schlink, WR Gerell Robinson, S Clint Floyd, RB Ryan Bass, CB Josh Jordan, LB Shelly Lyons, LB Brandon Magee, DL Lawrence Guy, SN Thomas Ohmart and DE Jamaar Jarrett. Eight redshirt freshmen have also played this year: OL Adam Tello, LB Oliver Aaron, DE James Brooks, TE Dan Knapp, WR T.J. Simpson, DL Bo Moos, LB Colin Parker and OL Garth Gerhart. Florida State is the national leader, with 22 true freshmen having seen action. The 10 for ASU ties the Devils for 14th most in the nation, tied with four other teams.

Redshirt junior running back Shaun DeWitty had a memorable trip to Corvallis last weekend. Making his second career start, DeWitty rushed for a career high 110 yards against the Beavers. Coming into the game, he had rushed for 197 yards in his career. His evening was highlighted by a career long 54-yard run, the longest play from scrimmage by Arizona State this season. DeWitty becomes the 81st Sun Devil to gain 100-yards in a game.

True freshman defensive tackle Lawrence Guy has made an immediate impact on the Sun Devils during his debut season. The Las Vegas, Nevada product, who made his first career start at California, has recorded 32 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and has a quarterback sack so far this year. The 32 tackles is the second most in the conference by a defensive tackle, second only to UCLA's Brigham Harwell, a redshirt senior.

Senior safety Troy Nolan recorded his ninth career interception last week against the Beavers, returning it 41 yards for a touchdown. It was the third career interception return for a score for Nolan. He has a particular knack for victimizing Oregon State QB Sean Canfield, picking him off twice last year in Tempe and this season in Corvallis. Nolan leads the Sun Devils with three interceptions this season.

Senior Nate Kimbrough took over the punt returning duties against the Beavers, filling in for the injured Kyle Williams. He returned three punts for 85 yards, including an electrifying 58-yarder. Kimbrough returned four punts last season.

Senior WR Mike Jones has been a two-sport athlete at ASU for three years, spending his springs with the Sun Devil baseball team. But this summer was different for Jones, who was drafted in the 29th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. Jones spent his summer in Tampa, Florida as a member of the Gulf Coast Yankees in the Rookie League. He appeared in 15 games, collecting nine hits, including five doubles. Jones showed no rust from his summer of baseball, hauling in a team-leading 39 receptions for 507 yards and two touchdowns. He had 162 yards against NAU on Aug. 30, his fourth career 100-yard game. Jones has been invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation Collegiate All-Star Game, one of three all-star games being played in January.

Arizona State boasts one of the top returning wide receiving corps in the Pac-10. Mike Jones, Chris McGaha and Kyle Williams all return for the Sun Devils, giving Rudy Carpenter and ASU a dangerous arsenal. Kerry Taylor has added himself to that arsenal, grabbing 23 balls for 361 yards and two scores so far this year. Taylor had 53 receiving yards all of last season. The four wide receivers have combined for 245 receptions, 3,502 yards and 24 touchdowns dating back to last season. McGaha led the 2007 team with 61 catches for 830 yards, while Jones was the scoring leader, finding the end zone 10 times. He had 46 receptions for 769 yards to go along with the 10 TDs. Williams caught 29 passes for 360 yards and six scores. Williams did not make the trip to Oregon State.

Sophomore kicker Thomas Weber returns in 2008, after turning in one of the greatest seasons by a kicker in Arizona State history in 2007. The winner of the 2007 Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker, a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and a First-Team All-Pac-10 honoree, Weber was sensationally consistent during his freshman season, connecting on 24-of-25 field goals (96.0 pct.), with a long of 53 yards. A three-time Pac-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week in 2007, Weber set numerous Sun Devil records in only his first college season, including a record streak of 17 made field goal attempts to begin the year (also a nation-leading streak for the season) and a nation-high accuracy rating.  The Downey, Calif., product ranked first in the Pac-10, fifth in the nation and tied the Sun Devil single-season record for points by kicking (118) set by Mike Barth as a senior in 2002, while also placing sixth in the country with 1.85 made field goals per game. A sharpshooter off the kicking tee and in the classroom, Weber added First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors to his list of accomplishments as a rookie in 2007. In addition to his near-perfect kicking reputation, Weber took on the added challenge of taking over punting duties midway through the season and averaged 39.3 yards on 47 punts for the year. This year, he has scored 52 points and has also punted 35 times for an average of 41.0 yards a kick. He made four field goals last week against the Beavers.

Junior defensive end Dexter Davis has wasted no time this season establishing himself as one of the best pass rushers in the Pac-10. So far in 2008, Davis has 5.0 QB sacks, nine tackles for loss and 24 total tackles. He has started all 34 games in his Sun Devil career and has already totaled 21.5 sacks, 33 tackles for loss and 98 tackles. Davis enjoyed one of the most sensational freshman seasons by a Sun Devil defender in school history in 2006, 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. He was just as impressive during his sophomore campaign, posting a team-leading 10.5 sacks, third most in the Pac-10. He was a Second Team All-Pac-10 selection after recording 33 total tackles, including 13.5 for loss. He also forced three fumbles and recovered another. Davis is on the preseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award. His 21.5 sacks put him sixth in school history. Terrell Suggs is ASU's all-time sack leader, recording 44 from 2000 to 2002.

Seven members of the 2008 Sun Devil football team have already earned their degrees from Arizona State University. Rudy Carpenter, Mike Jones, Wes Evans, Angelo Fobbs-Valentino, Nate Kimbrough, Troy Nolan and David Smith have all graduated from Arizona State University. The seven graduates is tied for 8th-most in the nation.

Mike Nixon will be writing a weekly diary for The Sporting News about the 2008 season. He is one of 22 FBS student-athletes who will write the weekly column, and one of only two from the Pac-10. It can be read at

Arizona State has one of the smallest senior classes in the nation. ASU has 17 seniors on their roster, one of the smallest senior classes in the nation. The seniors are QB Rudy Carpenter, S Rodney Cox, TE Wes Evans, OL Paul Fanaika, S Angelo Fobbs-Valentino, OL Brent Good, DB Cameron Harkey, TB Keegan Herring, WR Mike Jones, WR Nate Kimbrough, S Troy Nolan, TE Andrew Pettes, LB Anthony Reyes, DT David Smith, DL Paul 'Unga, DE Luis Vasquez and LB Morris Wooten.

From the moment he set foot on ASU's campus, senior Keegan Herring has had a smile on his face and a hunger for yards. Over his three seasons with the Devils, Herring has been one of the most dependable backs in the Pac-10. He leads all Pac-10 returners with 2,398 career yards, good for 10th most in school history. One of the quickest athletes in the conference and a home run threat on every carry, Herring has scored 19 times and has had at least one carry for over 65 yards in each of his three seasons. Arizona State's leading rusher a season ago, Herring totaled 815 yards on 154 carries, the third straight he has gained over 500 yards.

With his 2,398 career rushing yards, Herring finds himself 10th on Arizona State's all-time rushing list. He is 76 yards short of Ben Malone (1971-73) for 9th on the list. Herring also has six career 100-yard games, including three in 2007. His career high for yards in a game is 197 against Northwestern in 2005.

Several Sun Devils are on preseason watch lists for national awards. Senior Safety Troy Nolan, who led the team with six interceptions a year ago, is on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy, the Thorpe Award and the Lott Trophy. He is also a candidate for the senior CLASS Award. Seniors Rudy Carpenter and Keegan Herring are both on the Maxwell Award watch list, while junior Dexter Davis joins Nolan on the Nagurski Trophy watch list. Davis is also on the Lombardi Award list and the Hendricks Award list. Carpenter is also on the Davey O'Brien Watch List, given to the nation's top QB and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Watch List. 2007 Lou Groza Award winner Thomas Weber is on the watch list for the 2008 award as well as for the Ray Guy Award. Herring is also on the Doak Walker Award list. LB Anthony Reyes has been named a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy. Keegan Herring was named to the AFCA Good Works Team.

Senior quarterback Rudy Carpenter and senior safety Troy Nolan were named team captains after a vote by the team. Head coach Dennis Erickson will designate two additional game captains on a weekly basis. Shawn Lauvao and Luis Vasquez were the game captains against Oregon State.

Senior quarterback Rudy Carpenter is one of only five four-year starters at the quarterback position in the Bowl Subdivision. Curtis Painter of Purdue, Mike Teel of Rutgers, Willie Tuitama of Arizona, Pat White of West Virginia and Drew Willy of Buffalo are the others.

Rudy Carpenter has now completed a pass to 32 different receivers in his four years at Arizona State. All but two of those were completed to a wide receiver, tight end or running back. The other two? OL Brandon Rodd and himself. The following players have caught a pass from Rudy Carpenter:
Gerell Robinson, Michael Jones, Kerry Taylor, Kyle Williams, Chris McGaha, Jovon Williams, Shaun DeWitty, Dimitri Nance, T.J. Simpson, Dan Knapp, Rudy Burgess, Brent Miller, Tyrice Thompson, Keegan Herring, Ryan Torain, Brady Conrad, Andrew Pettes, Nate Kimbrough, Zach Miller, Jamaal Lewis, Brandon Smith, Terry Richardson, Derek Hagan, Matt Miller, Moey Mutz, Chad Christensen, Jeff Gray, Stephen Bisnett, Cornell Canidate, Preston Jones, Brandon Rodd and Rudy Carpenter.

Arizona State returns home for Homecoming against the Washington State Cougars on November 15. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from Sun Devil Stadium.

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