Sun Devils Face Cougars on Homecoming

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Despite the knockdowns, Carpenter stands alone

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. MT
Site: Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium (71,706), Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Radio: 620 KTAR AM
   Play-by-Play: Tim Healey
   Color: Former ASU QB and 1987 Rose Bowl MVP Jeff Van Raaphorst 

• Washington State head coach Paul Wulff played two years for Dennis Erickson at WSU
Senior QB Rudy Carpenter is putting his name in the Sun Devil record books
Keegan Herring recorded his seventh 100-yard rushing game in his career
• Dexter Davis has his third multi-sack game of the season against Washington and seventh of his career
• Zach Schlink made his first career start against the Huskies, the 19th Sun Devil to do so this season
• Arizona State has now now played 10 true freshmen this season, the most in school historyory
• 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

TEMPE, Ariz. - After snapping a six-game losing streak with a 39-19 win over Washington in Seattle, the Sun Devils will celebrate Homecoming by welcoming Washington State to Tempe on Saturday, November 15. The Cougars, who fell 59-28 to Arizona last weekend, are 1-9 and 0-7 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State is 3-6, 2-4 in Pac-10 play.

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 State game can be heard on 620 KTAR AM.

This will be the 35th match-up between Arizona State and Washington State. ASU leads the series 20-12-2, including a 12-5-2 mark in Tempe. Arizona State won last year's meeting in dramatic fashion, beating the Cougars 23-20 in Pullman on a Thomas Weber field goal late in the fourth quarter. Arizona State has won the last four meetings, including two straight in Tempe.

Mike Jones set a new career high with 11 receptions, including two touchdowns, helping Arizona State pull away from Washington late for a 39-19 victory. The ASU defense forced three turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 44-yards by Troy Nolan for a score, and held the Huskies to only 52 yards rushing in the win.

MR. 10,000
Rudy Carpenter has now thrown for over 10,000 yards in his career, becoming only the second Sun Devil and ninth player in Pac-10 history to ever top that mark. Carpenter joins Andrew Walter, who threw for 10,492 from 2001-04 as the only Sun Devils to accomplish the feat. Carpenter has thrown for 10,053 yards in his carerer.

Start Me Up
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 40 straight contests and has seen action in 44 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.

One Of The Pac-10's Finest
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 77 career touchdown passes and has thrown for 10,053 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 167 yards for 8th place.

Touchdown Rudy
Rudy Carpenter now has 77 touchdown passes in his career. He is only the second Sun Devil all-time to throw at least 70 touchdowns, joining Andrew Walter (85), who has the second highest total in Pac-10 history. The 77 career TD passes is tied for 4th most in Pac-10 with NFL Hall of Famer and Stanford's John Elway (1979-82). He is two behind Oregon State's Derek Anderson (2001-04) for 3rd place.

Total Package
Rudy is also climbing the Pac-10's All-Time Total Offense chart. Carpenter currently ranks 9th all-time in total offense, accumulating 9,768 total yards. He is 274 yards shy of Washington's Cody Pickett (1999-2003) for 8th all-time in conference history.

Winning Tradition
Rudy Carpenter has 24 wins as the starting quarterback for Arizona State, tied for third 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 is tied with Jake Plummer for third place. Plummer went 24-16 from 1993 to 1996. Jeff Van Raaphorst, Plummer and Carpenter are the only three QBs in ASU history who have led the Sun Devils to a Pac-10 title.

Starter's Gun
Carpenter's 40 straight starts not only leads all quarterbacks in the nation, but it is also one of the longest starting streaks in school history at any position. Since 1984, only four players have made more consecutive starts than Rudy Carpenter. Carpenter is tied with Jake Plummer, who started the final 40 games of his collegiate career.

Lucky 13
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.

Record Book Rudy
Carpenter continues to etch his name into the ASU annals of passing history. He is now second in career completions with 756, touchdowns with 77, attempts with 1,227 and yards with 10,053. He is 21 completions shy of Andrew Walter for first all-time.

Building His Legacy
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.

National Attention
Carpenter isn't just highly ranked in the Pac-10, but in the nation as well. The senior signal caller ranks in the top six among active FBS quarterbacks in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He is fifth in yards, 472 yards behind Purdue's Curtis Painter for fourth. He is sixth in touchdown passes, two behind Colt McCoy of Texas.

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.

Efficiency Expert
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.

Washington Notes
Washington became the sixth straight opponent to score first against the Sun Devils...Jamarr Jarrett recorded his first career quarterback sack...Travis Goethel recorded his first career interception...Wes Evans made the first four receptions of his career...ASU's 16-13 lead at halftime was the first time the Sun Devils held a lead at intermission since September 13 against UNLV...Dennis Erickson won at Husky Stadium for the first time in his career.

Let's Get It Started
Zach Schlink started at left guard against Washington, his first career start for Arizona State. Schlink became the 19th different Sun Devil to make his first career start this season. Joining Schlink as offensive linemen making their first start were Thomas Altieri (C), Tom Njunge (RT), Adam Tello (RT) and Jon Hargis (LT). Hargis made two starts at defensive tackle last season, but had never started on the offensive line prior to this season. Kerry Taylor made his first start as a wide receiver this season and Stanley Malamala, Wes Evans, Andrew Pettes, Dan Knapp and Jovon Williams all made their first career starts at tight end. On the defensive side, Saia Falahola, Lawrence Guy and Jonathan English have all started at defensive tackle, while Terell Carr and Pierre Singfield have each started at corner. Clint Floyd has started at safety. In addition, long snapper Thomas Ohmart and punter Trevor Hankins each have started at their respective positions.

Good and Fresh (men)
Arizona State has set a new record this season by playing 10 true freshmen. 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.

Big Guy
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.

A Nose For The End Zone
Senior safety Troy Nolan recorded his ninth career interception against the Beavers, returning it 41 yards for a touchdown. It was the third career interception return for a score for Nolan. Nolan's three picks ties him for the team lead with Mike Nixon. He found the end zone again against the Huskies, scooping up a fumble and returning it 44-yards for a touchdown and his fourth career score. Nolan led the team with seven tackles and also broke up two passes in the win.

Keeping Up With Jones
Wideout Mike Jones made his final trip to Seattle a memorable one, hauling in a career high 11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. His previous high for receptions was eight, set last year against Texas in the Holiday Bowl. The 146 yards is the second highest total in his career, second only to the 162 yards he posted in the season opening win over Northern Arizona. The Washington game was the fifth time he has caught two scores in a game and the fifth time he has topped the century mark in receiving yards.

Summer Catch
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 has showed no rust from his summer of baseball, hauling in a team-leading 50 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns. 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.

Tom The Toe
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. 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 over punting duties midway through the season. This year, he has scored 65 points and has also punted 39 times for an average of 41.0 yards a kick. He made three field goals last week against the Huskies.

Climbing The Charts
With seven field goals in his last two games, Weber now has 39 in his almost two seasons as ASU's kicker. That puts the 2007 Groza Award Winner in a tie for fourth most all-time in school history. Weber is tied with Robert Ncyz (1995-97) and Mike Richey (1989-92), and is 10 behind Mike Barth (1999-2002) for third most all-time. Luis Zendejas is the all-time leader with 81 from 1981-84.

Sack Master Dex
Junior defensive end Dexter Davis had another monster game against the Huskies, recording two sacks, including one that resulted in a safety for the ASU defense. That marked the seventh time in his career that Davis has recorded a multi-sack game and it gave him 23.5 for his career, vaulting him past ASU great Bob Kohrs (1978-79) for fifth most in school history. Davis now has seven sacks this season, second most in the Pac-10 and three and a half shy of his career high set last season. Davis has 7.0 QB sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 30 total tackles this year. He has started all 35 games in his Sun Devil career and has already totaled 23.5 sacks, 35 tackles for loss and 104 tackles. The Phoenix native 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.  He recorded six sacks that year, third-most by a Sun Devil rookie in school history. He earned Second Team All-Pac-10 honors last season.

Helmets and Mortar Boards
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.

In The Blogosphere
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.

Century Man
Keegan Herring once again showed he loves to play at Husky Stadium, racking up 144 yards and a touchdown, his seventh career 100-yard game. That ties him for the 11th most 100-yard games in a Sun Devil career. It was also the second straight week ASU had a 100-yard rusher after not having one all season. In two career games in Seattle, Herring has rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns, including a 65-yard scoring strike in 2006.

Running Down His Dream
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 2,542 career yards, good for 9th most in school history. One of the quickest athletes in the conference and a home run threat on every carry, Herring has scored 20 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.

Moving On Up
With his 2,542 career rushing yards, Herring finds himself 9th on Arizona State's all-time rushing list. He is 75 yards short of Darryl Harris (1984-87) for 8th on the list. Herring also has seven career 100-yard games, including three in 2007. His career high for yards in a game is 197 against Northwestern in 2005.

Watch Lists
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.

Team Captains
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 Washington.

Four Year QBs
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.

Pass It On
Rudy Carpenter has now completed a pass to 33 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 (twice). The following players have caught a pass from Rudy Carpenter: Gerell Robinson, Mike 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, Wes Evans, Brandon Rodd and Rudy Carpenter.

Next Up
Arizona State will take a week off before returning to the field the day after Thanksgiving to host UCLA on November 28. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with ESPN2 airing the game nationally.

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