Football to Host Oregon State Beavers Saturday Night at Sun Devil Stadium
Oct. 7, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Looking to rebound from last week's 38-35 loss to North Carolina, which snapped the team's four-game winning streak, the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-2, 1-0 Pac-10) return to Pac-10 Conference action this weekend, playing host to the Oregon State Beavers (4-2, 0-2) Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium on Parents' Weekend. Two weeks ago, Arizona State snapped a five-game Pac-10 game losing streak as well as a four-game Pac-10 season-opener skid with a 65-24 victory over Stanford. A win against the Beavers on Saturday night would give ASU its first back-to-back Pac-10 wins since the team downed Washington in Seattle and Washington State in Tempe in October of 1999 season, while ASU's next victory will also surpass the team's wins total from all of last season. Oregon State heads to Tempe after dropping back-to-back Pac-10 games, including a 35-28 loss to UCLA in Corvallis last weekend.
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 20-7-1 all-time advantage in the series with Oregon State, including wins in the last six meetings (and nine of the last 10) and a 15-3 record at home. Last year, the two teams met for the first time since 1998, and ASU picked up its lone conference win of the season with a 41-24 victory over the Beavers on Oct. 20 at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils have earned a victory or tie in 21 of the last 22 meetings with the Beavers. ASU's only loss in that streak, which dates back to 1972, was a 30-14 defeat in Corvallis in 1993, while the only tie came in 1989 (17-17).
ExposureThe Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 13 of ASU's football games this season live on its 14-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta (pre- and postgame) and Dave Burns (sidelines) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can also be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com. Fox Sports Arizona will televise the Oregon State game to a local cable audience with Tom Dillon (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (color analyst) calling the action.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter will select single-game captains each week. Koetter's selections for the Oregon State game are sophomore free safety Jason Shivers, sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver and junior fullback Mike Karney.
Oregon State ConnectionsArizona State running backs coach Tom Nordquist is a 1993 graduate of Oregon State. Nordquist was the starting center for the Beavers from 1990-91 and spent two years as an assistant coach there in 1992-93. A junior college All-American in 1989, Nordquist transferred to OSU from Arizona Western College. Oregon State running backs coach Dan Cozzetto spent eight seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at ASU under Bruce Snyder (1992-99).
Last Time OutDespite racking up 657 total yards of offense, Arizona State had its four-game winning streak snapped as North Carolina beat Arizona State 38-35 Saturday night.
UNC quarterback Darian Durant kept two come-from-behind drives alive in the fourth quarter on the ground as he scrambled for 15 yards and a first down on third-and-10 midway through the final quarter and then threw a 65-yard TD pass to Jarwarski Pollock with 7:11 to play.
Arizona State drove 90 yards on its next possession, scoring on Hakim Hill's second TD of the quarter, to take a 35-31 lead, but Carolina came back with Durant sneaking for a first down, followed by a 74-yard pass to Chesley Borders.
Borders, who made a one-handed grab at the 25-yard line and shook off cornerback Mike Davis Jr. for a dash to the end zone, scored with 2:39 to play. Earlier, he had TD catches of 11, 31 and 28 yards.
Sophomore Andrew Walter was 27-of-45 for 474 yards - the fourth-best passing effort in Sun Devil history - and set up five rushing touchdowns. But Walter, the nation's top-rated passer coming in, also threw his second and third interceptions of the season. Kevin Knight outwrestled ASU's Skyler Fulton for the last one, securing the win with 25 seconds to play. Fulton had a career night, making five receptions for 122 yards.
A 47-yard field goal by Dan Orner in the third quarter proved to be the difference for the Tar Heels, while the Sun Devils' Mike Barth was 0-for-4 - with three of the misses coming inside 36 yards. Junior Mike Williams had touchdown runs of 2 and 19 yards, and Cornell Canidate scored from 11 yards out for the Sun Devils. Junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald caught eight passes for 156 yards.
Defensive end Terrell Suggs registed a career-high four quarterback sacks and climbed to second all-time with 32 on ASU's list.
For UNC, Durant capped scoring drives of 82 and 90 yards - the Tar Heels' two longest this year - with passes to Boarders to force a 14-14 tie that stood at halftime. when Barth missed his third kick with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Sun Devils got first downs on North Carolina's 18 and 22 in the first quarter but didn't score due to Barth's inaccuracy.
Late in the first quarter, Durant's 54-yard pass to Bobby Blizzard set up an 11-yard scoring toss to Borders with 4:01 to go for a 7-0 lead. But the Tar Heels stalled on their next possession, and safety Riccardo Stewart intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards to the UNC 25.
Walter passed 23 yards to McDonald before Williams scored from the 2 five seconds into the second quarter. Then, after the Tar Heels went three-and-out, another 23-yard grab by McDonald set up Canidate's TD run, giving ASU a 14-7 lead with 12:02 to go. Durant then shook off a sack to throw passes of 11 yards to Borders and 13 yards to Sam Aiken to get in range for Borders' 31-yard scoring grab with 1:21 left.
Lighting Up the ScoreboardThe Sun Devils are averaging 38.8 points per game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation. The team set a school record for scoring in a Pac-10 game Sept. 28 with its 65-24 win over Stanford, besting the previous mark of 62 points, which also came against Stanford in a 1981 game (62-36 win). The 65 points ASU scored vs. the Cardinal were the most since the team tallied 66 against UTEP on Oct. 22, 1977. It also marked the fifth time that a Dirk Koetter-coached team has topped the 60-point mark (twice at Arizona State).
Since managing just 10 points in their season opener at Nebraska, the Sun Devils have averaged 44.6 ppg in the last five contests (4-1 record) and have outscored their opponents 223-105 in that stretch.
Last year, the Sun Devils averaged 34.0 points per game in 2001, which tied for third in the Pac-10 with conference champion Oregon and 19th in the nation. The total marked the most for the team since 1996 when the Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils averaged 40.7 points per contest.
Climbing the Career Sack ChartsWith a career-best four sacks vs. North Carolina last week, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 with 12.0 sacks this year. His four sacks vs. the Tar Heels are the most for a Sun Devil since Derrick Rodgers had 4.5 sacks in ASU's Rose Bowl-clinching win over California on Nov. 9, 1996.
Suggs has moved into sole possession of second on the ASU career list with 32 sacks in his three years in Tempe. On ASU's single-season chart, Suggs' 12 sacks already put him into a tie for third with Derrick Rodgers (1996) and Vernon Maxwell (1982). Suggs has a shot at breaking both the school single-season mark, currently held by Al Harris who had 19 sacks in 1978, and the NCAA mark, set by Dwight Freeney of Syracuse with 17.5 in 2001. The NCAA did not start recording sacks as an official statistic until 2000.
Suggs also continues to climb the ASU career chart for tackles for loss and is sixth on that list with 49 career tackles for loss. The team leader in each category in each of the last two seasons, he had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season opener and three sacks in each of ASU's next two games. Last year, the third-team Football News All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection led the Pac-10 in solo sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. He also finished second in total sacks (10 for 57 yards) and tackles for loss (18 for 79 yards) in 2001.
ASU Single-Season Sacks1. 19 Al Harris, 19782. 14 Bob Kohrs, 19783. 12 Terrell Suggs, 2002 12 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 12 Vernon Maxwell, 19826. 11 Shante Carver, 1991
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 32 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present3. 28 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-824. 26 Scott Stephen, 1983-865. 22 Bob Kohrs, 1978-796. 20 Jim Jeffcoat, 1979-82
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-792. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-784. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-825. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-006. 49 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present7. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Suggs' Game-by-Game in 2002Opponent Tackles (Solo) TFL Sacksat Nebraska 4 (2) 1.0-1 1-1Eastern Washington 5 (3) 2.0-20 3-20Central Florida 7 (6) 4.5-24 3-14at San Diego State 4 (3) 3.0-13 1-5Stanford* 3 (1) 0-0 0-0North Carolina* 7 (5) 4.5-32 4-31Totals 30 (20) 15.0-90 12-71* Suggs also had an interception vs. Stanford and two forced fumbles vs. North Carolina
Walter's WorldSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter, who leads the Pac-10 and ranks second in nation in passing efficiency at 169.5, became the first player in school history to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games last week. Walter completed 22 of 37 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns Sept. 28 vs. Stanford and followed that up with a 27-for-45 effort for 474 yards last week vs. North Carolina. His 888 yards in two games also mark the most passing yards for a Sun Devil quarterback in back-to-back contests, surpassing the previous school mark of 873 yards by Paul Justin in 1989 (534 yards vs. Washington State, 339 vs. Washington).
Walter's 474-yard performance vs. North Carolina last week ties for fourth on the ASU single-game passing charts with Paul Justin who threw for 474 yards vs. Houston at the Coca Cola Bowl in Japan in 1990. It also ties with Justin as the eighth-best passing effort in Pac-10 Conference history. Walter also set the school record for passing yards per attempt for 41-50 attempts at 10.5 yards, previously held by John Torok at 8.38 (47 attempts for 394 yards vs. Arizona in 1964).
On the season, Walter has completed 74 of 127 attempts for 1,281 yards (ninth in the Pac-10 at 213.5 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions.
Walter's five touchdown passes vs. Stanford on Sept. 28, his first start of the year, tied for third-best in school history with Jeff Krohn who also threw five TD passes in a loss to Oregon in 2000. In his last three games, Walter has completed 60 of 102 attempts (.588) for 1,129 yards and nine touchdowns.
ASU Single-Game Touchdown Passes1. 7 Mike Pagel, vs. Stanford, 19812. 6 Danny White, vs. New Mexico, 19713. 5 Andrew Walter, vs. Stanford, 2002 5 Jeff Krohn, vs. Oregon, 20004. 4 20 times (last by Andrew Walter, at San Diego State, 2002)
ASU Single-Game Passing Yards1. 534 Paul Justin vs. Washington State, 19892. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State, 19843. 511 Ryan Kealy vs. Arizona, 19984. 474 Andrew Walter vs. North Carolina, 2002 474 Paul Justin vs. Houston, 19906. 466 Mike Pagel vs. Stanford, 19817. 437 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Arizona, 1986
Racking up the Receiving TDsWith eight catches for 156 yards last week vs. North Carolina, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald has become just the sixth Sun Devil in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards in his career. McDonald, who topped the 2,000-yard mark with his first catch of the game vs. the Tar Heels (13 yards), has 2,146 career receiving yards and needs just three more to tie John Mistler (1977-80) for fifth on the ASU career charts.
McDonald has topped the century mark in receiving yards in each of his last three games. Last year, he accomplished that feat in four straight games and turned in a total of five 100-yard receiving games, which matched the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and was just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989
With his 10 catches for 221 yards Sept. 28 vs. Stanford, McDonald turned in the third-best receiving performance in Arizona State history, trailing just the 227 yards by Ron Fair in 1989 (19 catches) and the 232 yards by Eric Guliford (12 catches) in 1990. McDonald also set the school record for yards per catch for 10 receptions with a 22.1 yards-per-catch mark vs. the Cardinal, a record previously held by Aaron Cox (191 yards vs. Arizona in 1986).
McDonald has caught eight touchdown passes in the last five games, including a school-record-tying four Sept. 14 at San Diego State. He needs just two more touchdown catches to tie his TD production of one year ago and just one more to move into ASU's top six for single-season TD catches. McDonald has caught 39 passes for 684 yards and eight TDs this season and currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and tied for 13th in the nation with 6.5 receptions per game and second in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation with 114.0 receiving yards per game.
With his four TD catches vs. the Aztecs on Sept. 14, McDonald tied the school single-game record he holds along with John Allen. McDonald also caught four TD passes in 2001 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, and Allen did it in 1953 vs. San Jose State. McDonald has caught 19 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just six shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84).
McDonald opened the 2002 season with a solid performance, catching seven passes for 73 yards at Nebraska. The speedy junior turned in a then season-high eight catches for 175 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, since bested by his career-high 10 receptions for 221 yards vs. Stanford. McDonald has caught at least one pass in each of the last 21 games, dating back to the 2000 season.
A 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, McDonald finished second on the ASU single-season charts with 1,104 receiving yards last year, just 40 yards shy of the single-season mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. He led the Pac-10 and finished 10th in the nation with an average of 100.4 yards per game. He also shattered ASU season marks for receiving yards per game (100.4 ypg) and receiving yards per catch (23.5 ypc), records previously held by Ron Fair (98.3 yards per game in 1989) and Morris Owens (22.0 yards per catch in 1973), respectively. McDonald also caught 10 touchdown passes in 2001 which ranks fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)4. 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)6. 20 John Jefferson (1974-77)7. 19 Shaun McDonald (2000-present)8. 17 Morris Owens (1972-74)9. 16 Aaron Cox (1984-87)10. 15 Lenzie Jackson (1995-98)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19732. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20013. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19894. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19955. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19706. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Quick StrikesThe Sun Devils have made a habit of scoring quickly this season, averaging just 2:28 per scoring drive. Of the team's 34 scoring drives this year, just six have taken longer than four minutes, while the team has scored in less than one minute on nine occasions including six times in 30 seconds or less. The team has had five one-play scoring drives this season, including two on sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter's first two passes at San Diego State on Sept. 14 and two vs. Stanford on Sept. 28.
100-Yard ReceiversArizona State had two wide receivers top the century mark last week vs. North Carolina with junior Shaun McDonald turning in eight catches for 156 yards and junior Skyler Fulton having a career day with five catches for 122 yards. That marked the first time that ASU has had two 100-yard receivers in the same game since a Nov. 27, 1999 win over Arizona when tight end Todd Heap had seven catches for 170 yards and wide receiver Richard Williams caught six passes for 149 yards.
Interception ConnectionWith 11 interceptions on the year, ASU has already surpassed its total of nine from all of last year. Nine players have combined for ASU's 11 interceptions with sophomore safety Riccardo Stewart and redshirt freshman Josh Golden picking off their first passes of the season last week vs. North Carolina. Sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver is leading the team with three picks this year, a total which puts him in a tie for first in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the nation. Oliver's three interceptions mark the most for a Sun Devil since Nijrell Eason had five in 2000.
The Sun Devils snagged four interceptions in the team's Sept. 28 win over Stanford, the most in a single game since ASU had five in a 1998 win over California.
More Notes on the DefenseArizona State's defense ranks first in the Pac-10 in sacks with 25 for a loss of 152 yards... the team had just 28 sacks all of last season, while ASU has also tallied 61 tackles for loss (252 yards) so far this year... prior to giving up 24 second-half points to North Carolina last week, the Sun Devils had allowed just 14 second-half points in the previous four games (two field goals at San Diego State and a TD and two-point conversion by Stanford)... Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in five individual statistical categories with junior defensive end Terrell Suggs first in sacks (12-471) and tackles for loss (15.0-90), sophomore cornerback R.J. Oliver first in passes defended (14) and tied for first in interceptions (three), senior linebacker Mason Unck first in fumbles forced (four) and senior linebacker Josh Amobi first in fumbles recovered (three)... three Sun Devils rank in the top 10 in the Pac-10 in tackles led byUnck who is second (8.8 tackles per game), sophomore safety Riccardo Stewart who ranks fifth (8.7) and sophomore free safety Jason Shivers who is seventh (8.5)... ASU is ranked third in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 110.2 yards on the ground per game... the Sun Devils held Eastern Washington to minus-13 rushing yards on Aug. 31, the lowest total in 10 seasons since Howard Schnellenberger's Louisville struggled to minus-78 rushing yards in 1992 at Sun Devil Stadium... ASU also held EWU scoreless with the Eagles' only points in the game coming on a team safety in the third quarter... it marked the first time since the Sun Devils' 19-0 shutout of Nebraska in 1996 that ASU's defense did not allow a point in a game... ASU recorded a safety for the first time since Nov. 11, 2001 vs. No. 11 Washington State when Suggs posted a sack against Central Florida.
Turnover TaleAfter forcing just one turnover in their first two games, the Sun Devils have forced 19 in the last four games, including a season-high seven Sept. 28 vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles). Arizona State is ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin. Already this season, ASU has forced 20 turnovers (11 interceptions, nine fumbles), surpassing the 18 the team had last year.
On the GroundArizona State scored five rushing touchdowns last week vs. North Carolina, including two each by junior Mike Williams and redshirt freshman Hakim Hill and one by redshirt freshman Cornell Canidate, which was the most since the team had five in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette last year. The Sun Devils have scored eight TDs on the ground in the last two games (five vs. UNC, three vs. Stanford), which is the most in two contests since the team had eight in two games in 1986 (2 vs. Cal, 6 vs. Wichita State).
The Sun Devils continue to use a rotation of three tailbacks as Canidate (71 carries), Williams (49) and Hill (46) are all carrying the leather. Canidate, who has led the team in rushing in five of six games this season, is ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing with 56.8 yards per game and tied for fifth in touchdown scoring with 7.0 points per game. Two weeks ago, Canidate turned in 15 carries for 77 yards and three touchdowns in ASU's win over Stanford. He also caught a touchdown pass in that game, making him the 19th Sun Devil in school history to score at least four touchdowns in a game. His three rushing touchdowns vs. the Cardinals were the most since Delvon Flowers scored three times on the ground last year at Oregon.
Canidate turned in 15 carries for 85 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, while he tallied 15 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31 to become the first rookie to top the century mark in a game since Mike Williams. Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State in 2000 as a true freshman. ASU is 234-42-5 (.842) all time when a player gains 100 yards or more on the ground.
Putting the Special in Special TeamsASU currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in kickoff returns (23.3 yards per return)... the team also ranks second in the league in kickoff coverage (17.6 yards per return)... redshirt freshman Hakim Hill currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 25th in the country in kickoff returns (25.29 yards per return)... he is also third in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (123.3 ypg) and seventh in the Pac-10 in punt returns (10.4 ypr)... Hill was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 9 to become the Sun Devils' first special teams 'returner' to be named POW since Terry Battle on Nov. 2, 1996... Hill had 157 kickoff return yards (five attempts) vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7, which was just two yards short of the school record held by Kevin Galbreath vs. Houston in 1990... true freshman linebacker Jamar Williams blocked a punt that was recovered by redshirt freshman wide receiver Matt Miller for a touchdown vs. San Diego State on Sept. 14, the first time ASU scored a touchdown off a blocked punt since 1994 (Damien Richardson vs. Arizona)... senior Mike Barth attempted a 57-yard field goal vs. Eastern Washington on Aug. 31. Had it not missed wide left, Barth would have bettered the school record of a 55-yarder kicked by Luis Zendejas vs. Oregon State in 1982... Barth ranks third in the league in kick scoring (8.2 points per game) and tied for sixth in field goals made (1.17 per game).
Comeback KidsArizona State fell behind 22-0 in the second quarter at San Diego State and rallied to win 39-28 on Sept. 14, largely on the performance of injured quarterback Andrew Walter who came into the game with 5:25 to play in the second half. Walter threw a career-best four touchdown passes in the contest, including two on his first two passes in the ballgame, to lead ASU to the win. The 22-point mark was the largest deficit overcome to win in ASU history, according to ASU records and Sun Devil historians Barry Sollenberger and Bob Eger.
ASU's previous largest comeback had been on Oct. 12, 1996 at UCLA when Jake Plummer helped the Sun Devils turn a 28-7 second-quarter deficit into a 42-34 victory. Plummer electrified the crowd at the Rose Bowl by throwing three TD passes, running for a score and catching a TD pass over the final three quarters for the victory. The Sun Devils had also previously overcome a 29-point deficit (down 35-6 in the third quarter) to tie with USC in regulation on Nov. 4, 2000 at Sun Devil Stadium but lost 44-38 in double overtime in ASU's NCAA-record-tying third straight overtime game.
Youth MovementTrue freshman Chaz White started at right tackle Sept. 14 at San Diego State, becoming the first Sun Devil to start on the offensive line as a true freshman since Dan Mackie started the last 10 games of the 1979 season at center. White is also just the third true freshman in school history to start on the o-line with right guard Rick Torbert in 1974 being the other one.
Arizona State's young squad features a total of 27 players who have seen the first action of their ASU careers this year (eight true freshmen, 12 redshirt freshmen and seven juniors). A total of 20 players saw the first action of their ASU careers at Nebraska, while 31 of ASU's 63 players who saw action vs. EWU were true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores.
ASU's current depth chart features a total of 25 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores), including nine starters.