Arizona State-Boston College Preview

Dec. 24, 2000

HONOLULU - Arizona State has taken an island-style, laid-back approachin preparation for the Aloha Bowl against Boston College Monday.

A year ago at the same site, the Sun Devils wore themselves out in pregamesightseeing and festivities, and lost 23-3 to Wake Forest. This year, they havetoned down the extra activities.

'This team is a lot more mature,' said Arizona State offensive coordinatorJohn Pettas. 'Last year, they took in the sights a little more than we wanted.This team's a little more focused on the game.'

The Sun Devils (6-5) also are trying to send ousted coach Bruce Snyder a winin his last game.

Monday's game marks the team's first meeting with Boston College, which lost62-28 to Colorado last year in the Bowl.

The Eagles (6-5) struggled at the end of the season, losing their final twogames, including 52-6 to second-ranked Miami.

'My main concern is winning a bowl game against a good Arizona Statefootball team that has something to prove,' Eagles coach Tom O'Brien said.'We have something to prove ourselves after that disappointing loss at Miami.You're only as good as your last game. And I know our guys want to come outhere on Monday and wash away that bad taste.'

But the team's prospects have dimmed with the suspensions of running backWilliam Green and defensive back D.J. Sutton for unspecified rule violations.

Green led the Eagles in rushing with 1,164 yards and 14 touchdowns. WithGreen out, the focus on offense shifts to Cedric Washington, who has 676 yardsrushing and five touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck has thrown for 1,810yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

Trying to slow down the Eagles will be linebacker Adam Archuleta, asecond-team All-American who had 119 tackles this season.

He is joined by freshman defensive end Terrell Suggs, who had 10 sacks forminus-60 yards.

On offense, Arizona State - ranked 20th in the nation in passing - willstick with the air attack led by freshman quarterback Jeff Krohn.

Despite missing three starts, Krohn passed for 1,677 yards and 12touchdowns. One his favorite targets is tight end Todd Heap, who had 45 catchesfor 617 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles' defense is ranked eight nationally against the pass, giving up168 yards per game.

A large part of that success is because of 6-foot-4 cornerback Lenny Walls,who had six interceptions.

Teams have had success against the Eagles' run defense, which is ranked 107in the nation and allowed 212 yards a contest.

'It's not a very good matchup for us,' Snyder said. 'We're not a realgood running football team. We haven't been and that's where they seem to bemost susceptible.'

Snyder was fired in his ninth season with the Sun Devils and will bereplaced next season by former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter. Snyder said he wants to coach again.

'I have a lot of energy left,' he said. 'My tank isn't empty. I lovefootball. Football's been my life for 45 years. I think I can do somebody somegood.'

Associated Press Writer

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