Arizona State to Battle Arizona Friday Afternoon in Tucson for the Territorial Championship Cup
Nov. 24, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
State bragging rights and a lot of hardware including the oldest intercollegiate rivalry trophy in the nation - the Territorial Championship Cup - are at stake this week as the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5, 4-3 Pac-10) travel to Tucson for the 76th 'Duel in the Desert' with the Arizona Wildcats Friday afternoon at Arizona Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. MST, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Arizona State heads into the game looking to snap a three-game losing streak which includes losses to two top 10 opponents. The trip to Tucson marks the second of back-to-back road trips for the Sun Devils who have played four of their last six games on the road this year. Arizona State is currently tied for third in the league with UCLA with a 4-3 Pac-10 record. Mathematically, ASU can finish no worse than a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings this season, which would be the team's best finish since finishing fourth with a 5-3 league mark in 1999.
This season, Arizona State has its most wins since the 1997 Sun Bowl-bound Sun Devils tallied a 9-3 record on the year. With their 7-5 overall record, the Sun Devils are bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years. Both teams are coming off bye weeks, and Arizona (4-7, 1-6 Pac-10) comes into the game looking for its first back-to-back wins since opening the year with victories over Northern Arizona and Utah. The Wildcats got their first Pac-10 win of the year at Cal on Nov. 16, downing the Golden Bears 52-41 to snap a six-game losing streak.
Taking Home the HardwareThanks to a historic find in a church basement several years ago, Arizona State and Arizona claim the oldest intercollegiate rivalry trophy in the nation. The Territorial Championship Cup, which has been registered with the NCAA, was first presented to Tempe Normal School (now ASU) on Nov. 30, 1899 following an 11-2 victory over the University of Arizona at Tucson's Carillo Gardens Field. The priceless Territorial Cup was lost for a time and was discovered several years ago in the basement of a church that was being demolished. According to the NCAA, the previous oldest trophy was the Michigan/Minnesota Little Brown Jug which dates back to 1909.
The Territorial Cup has been catalogued and is available for public viewing in the reading room of ASU's Hayden Library. A replica of the cup will be displayed on the field at this year's game, and the winning team in one of the nation's oldest and fiercest rivalries will be awarded the actual trophy to display in its Hall of Fame each year. In addition to the Territorial Cup, there will be an abundance of other hardware handed out at this year's game. The Big Game Trophy, a sculpture by artist Ben Goo which was the prize in the rivalry game from 1979 to 1997, will be awarded to the game MVP to be displayed in the school's Hall of Fame, while the Saguaro Trophy, a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Perry which served as the reward starting in 1998, will be given to the coach of the winning team to display in his office for the year.
In the SeriesFriday's matchup between ASU and the U-of-A marks the 76th meeting in the series. Arizona leads the all-time series 43-31-1, including a 34-21 victory last year on Nov. 23 at Sun Devil Stadium, while Arizona State has won two of the last three games in the series. In each of the last two seasons, the visiting team has won the game, something that has happened 31 times in the 75-game history of the fierce rivalry. Arizona holds a 27-15 lead in games played in Tucson and a 20-14 edge in Arizona Stadium. ASU's last victory in Tucson came in the form of a 30-17 win in Tucson on Nov. 24, 2000.
The rivalry between ASU and the U-of-A began 102 years ago in 1899 with ASU (then called Tempe Normal) earning an 11-2 victory. The Sun Devils and the Wildcats have met every year since 1946. Arizona won 20 of the first 22 meetings and Arizona State responded with 24 wins in 33 meetings from 1949-1981, while Arizona has won 14 of the last 20 meetings.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter has selected single-game captains each week this season, but this week, Koetter turned the responsibility over to the Sun Devil players. The captains for the Arizona game as voted on by the players are sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter, senior safety Alfred Williams and senior linebacker Mason Unck.
ExposureFox Sports Net will televise this week's game at Arizona to a national cable audience with Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
The 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 on ASU's official web site at www. TheSunDevils.com.
McDonald A Finalist for Biletnikoff AwardJunior wide receiver Shaun McDonald has been named one of three finalists for the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, which is annually presented to the top wide receiver in the country by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The other two finalists include Nevada's Nate Burleson and Michigan State's Charles Rogers. McDonald is the first wide receiver in school history to be named a finalist for the prestigious award.
Print, radio and television media, as well as eminent receivers, coaches and past award winners will select this year's Biletnikoff Award winner. Past winners include Josh Reed, Antonio Bryant, Troy Walters, Troy Edwards, Randy Moss, Marcus Harris, Terry Glenn and Bobby Engram.
The winner will be announced live at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando on Dec. 12. College and Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Fred Biletnikoff will make the presentation at the awards banquet Feb. 12 in Tallahassee.
Suggs A Finalist for Lombardi, Nagurski and Hendricks AwardsJunior defensive end Terrell Suggs has been named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Awards.
Suggs is one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which is annually presented to the top lineman in the country with eligibility limited to down linemen and defenders who line up within five yards of the football. Suggs and fellow finalists, linebacker E.J. Henderson of Maryland, defensive tackle Tommie Harris of Oklahoma, and defensive end Cory Redding of Texas, will gather in Houston on December 11th for the announcement. He is the first finalist to represent the Pac-10 since fellow Sun Devil Juan Roque in 1996. The finalists were selected in a vote of more than 400 members of the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee, which is comprised of all Division I head coaches, a selection of sportswriters and broadcasters from around the country, and the 30 living past winners of the award.
Suggs is one of five finalists for the 2002 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Joining Suggs are Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson, Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman, Georgia end David Pollack and Notre Dame cornerback Shane Walton.
The winner will be named on Dec. 9 at a banquet in Charlotte, N.C. All the players are first-time finalists for the FWAA Defensive Player of the Year Award, which is in its 10th year of existence. The finalists were selected by the FWAA All-America Committee, which is geographically balanced across the country. Earlier this year, Suggs has named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, an award which is given weekly by the FWAA, following his 12-tackle, 6.5 tackle-for-loss performance (4.5 sacks) in ASU's 27-16 win over Washington on Oct. 26.
Suggs is also one of four finalists for the inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, which will be presented at the end of the season to the best defensive end in college football by the Miami Touchdown Club. The four finalists as selected by a committee of 45 coaches, national media and sports information directors include Suggs, Penn State's Michael Haynes, Miami's Jeremy McDougle and Texas' Cory Redding. Selection criteria for the Hendricks Award includes on-field performance, leadership ability and contribution to the school and community.
Last Time OutUSC quarterback Carson Palmer threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Justin Fargas ran for 125 yards and another score as No. 8 USC defeated Arizona State 34-13 on Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Trojans' defense limited the high-scoring Sun Devils to just one second-quarter touchdown and a pair of field goals. Palmer completed 20 of 34 passes for 214 yards with scoring throws of 18 and 2 yards in the first half. His 1-yard sneak with 4:39 left in the game was the final score. Ryan Killeen added field goals of 20 and 41 yards for the Trojans. Palmer's late score came after Melvin Simmons intercepted Walter's pass and returned it 10 yards to give the Trojans the ball at the ASU 23 midway through the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter was 24-of-49 for 297 yards for the Sun Devils, but he threw two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that led to an early touchdown that put the Trojans ahead to stay.
Earlier in the quarter, Simmons and Mike Pollard had stopped the Sun Devils' Mike Williams for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Trojans 27 to end an ASU scoring threat. After Arizona State pulled to 20-13 on Mike Barth's 27-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter, Fargas gave the Trojans some insurance when he scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He carried 26 times and topped the 100-yard mark for the second time in his career.
Down by 17 in the first half, the Sun Devils closed to 20-10 on a scoring drive that began 2:06 before halftime. Walter ended the march - which took just 1:35 - with a 24-yard throw to junior Shaun McDonald.
Palmer's scoring passes were a 2-yarder to Alex Holmes for a 17-3 lead in the second quarter, and an 18-yarder to Mike Williams in the first quarter.
USC went up 10-3 in first quarter, cashing in on Kenechi Udeze's recovery of Walter's fumble to set up Palmer's touchdown pass to Williams.
Barth kicked a 22-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter to put Arizona State on the board.
On defense, ASU true freshman Matt Fawley had 10 tackles and nine solos vs. USC, both career highs. Fawley is playing with a plate in his forearm from a broken arm he suffered in the Stanford game earlier this season.
Sun Devils Earn Pac-10 All-Academic HonorsSeven Sun Devils have earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors this season, including junior tailback Mike Williams who was named to the first team for the second straight year. He was one of 10 student-athletes from around the conference to earn first-team honors for a multiple time. Williams was accompanied on the first team by senior linebacker Mason Unck and senior defensive back Al Williams. Junior wide receiver Skyler Fulton was named to the second team after being an honorable-mention selection last year, while senior placekicker Mike Barth, redshirt freshman quarterback Chad Christensen and freshman offensive lineman Grayling Love each earned honorable-mention honors this year. For Barth, it was his third straight conference all-academic mention after being an honorable-mention honoree in 1999 and a first-teamer last season. This year, the Pac-10 honored 24 players on each of the first and second teams while also handing out honorable -accolades to another 26 players. To be eligible for selection to the academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter of significant substitute.
Suggs Sets NCAA, Pac-10 & ASU Sacks RecordsWith 20.0 sacks so far this season, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs has set the NCAA, Pac-10 Conference and ASU single-season marks. Syracuse's Dwight Freeney previously held the NCAA mark with 17.5 sacks in 2001, while ASU's Al Harris (1978), Arizona's Tedy Bruschi (1993) and USC's Tim Ryan (1989) all shared the previous Pac-10 mark with 19. The NCAA did not record sacks as an official statistic until 2000, while the Pac-10's defensive stats date back to 1984. Next up for Suggs is the unofficial national record of 24.5 sacks achieved by Pittsburgh's Zeke Gadson in 1987. In addition to setting the school single-season mark, Suggs has also moved into second place on the ASU career list with 40.0 sacks in his three years in Tempe and needs just 1.0 more sack to tie Shante Carver (1990-93) for the ASU career mark.
A finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy this season, Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 in sacks (20.0) and tackles for loss (26.5) this year. He has tallied at least four sacks in two games this year, including a career-best 4.5 sacks Oct. 19 vs. Washington and four sacks Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina. His 4.5 sacks vs. the Huskies were the most for a Sun Devil since Derrick Rodgers had 4.5 in ASU's Rose Bowl-clinching win over California on Nov. 9, 1996.
With his sack at Washington State on Nov. 2, Suggs also set the school single-season and career marks for tackles for loss. He has 26.5 tackles for loss this season, surpassing the 24.0 that Derrick Rodgers (1996) and Al Harris (1977) each had, and 60.5 tackles for loss in his career, which overtakes the 58 that Bob Kohrs tallied in his four years (1976-79). Suggs needs just 1.5 more TFLs to tie the Pac-10 single-season mark of 28 currently held by Stanford's Ron George (1990).
The team leader in each category in each of the last three seasons, Suggs had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season opener and three sacks in each of ASU's next two games (Eastern Washington, UCF). Despite having a quiet game by his standards vs. No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19 with just three tackles, including one for a loss, Suggs' tackle on the Ducks' last play turned out to be one of his biggest of the year. Suggs hit UO quarterback Jason Fife on the pass play that resulted in junior Brett Hudson's interception to secure the ASU victory.
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 (10-57) and tackles for loss (18-79) in 2001.
ASU Single-Season Sacks1. 20.0 Terrell Suggs, 20022. 19 Al Harris, 19783. 14 Bob Kohrs, 19784. 12 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 12 Vernon Maxwell, 19826. 11 Shante Carver, 1991
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 40.0 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 Single-Season Tackles for Loss1. 26.5 Terrell Suggs, 20022. 24 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 24 Al Harris, 19774. 23 Jeremy Staat, 19975. 22 Brett Wallerstedt, 1992 22 Bob Kohrs, 1979 22 Al Harris, 19788. 21 Adam Archuleta, 1999
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 60.5 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present2. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-793. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-785. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-826. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-007. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Walter's WorldSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter has set the school single-season record with 3,289 passing yards so far this season, passing the previous school record of 2,878 by Danny White in 1973, and is the first player in school history to top the 3,000-yard mark in a season. Despite starting just eight games this season, Walter has also turned in the fifth-best single-season performance in Pac-10 history and stands 824 yards shy of the Pac-10 single-season mark of 4,113 thrown by Washington's Cody Pickett in 12 games this season. He is also just 348 yards shy of second on that list, mark of 3,637 passing yards thrown by Washington State's Ryan Leaf in 1997 (not including bowl game).
With his 536-yard passing performance to upend No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, Walter set Pac-10 Conference and Arizona State school records for single-game passing yards, surpassing the previous mark of 534 yards by fellow Sun Devil Paul Justin vs. Washington State in 1989. In fact, Sun Devils now hold the top three single-game passing marks in Pac-10 history, including a 532-yard effort by Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State in 1984, four of the top five records and seven of the top 13 marks in league history. Walter himself has turned in three of the top 11 single-game performances in Pac-10 history. He has also become the first quarterback in Pac-10 history to turn in four 400-yard passing games in a season. No Pac-10 quarterback has ever thrown for more than three in a season and Washington's Pickett and Walter are the only two to ever have four in a career.
The Oct. 20 Sporting News, cnnsi.com and USAToday.com Player of the Week, Walter, who ranks third in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation in passing efficiency at 142.99, is the first player in school history to notch four 400-yard passing games in a career, let alone a season as he has done this year. Justin and Jeff Van Raaphorst were the only other Sun Devils to have more than one 400-yard game in their careers, each notching two. Earlier this year, Walter also became the first player in school history to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. 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 Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina (fourth on the ASU single-season charts and T9th in Pac-10 history). His 888 yards in two games 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).
He has already shattered most of ASU's total offense records, gaining the most yards in school history in consecutive games with 901 yards (422 vs. Stanford and 479 vs. UNC) as well as the most in four consecutive games with 1,594 yards of total offense (422 vs. Stanford, 479 vs. UNC, 185 vs. OSU and 508 at Oregon). He has also tied Danny White (1973) with four games with at least 300 yards this year, has set the ASU single-season total offense list with 3,117 yards (passing the 3,107 yards by Danny White in 1973) and ranks eighth on the Pac-10 single-season list. Walter is averaging 259.8 yards of total offense per game which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation. At his current pace, he would also set the school mark for yards per game currently held by Danny White at 258.9 ypg.
On the season, Walter, who did not earn a starting role until the fifth game of the season vs. Stanford, has completed 221 of 391 attempts for 3,289 yards (fourth in the Pac-10 at 274.1 yards per game) and 26 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.
With four TD passes Nov. 9 vs. California, he has climbed to second on ASU's single-season touchdown passes list with 26 and needs just three more to tie the school record of 29 set by Mike Pagel in 1981. Walter has also broken the ASU's single-season marks for attempts and completions, records previously held by Jake Plummer with 348 attempts in 1996 and Todd Hons with 199 completions in 1983.
Walter's five touchdown passes vs. Stanford on Sept. 28 tied for third-best in school history with Jeff Krohn who also threw five TD passes in a loss to Oregon in 2000, while he has also thrown four touchdown passes in three games this year, which ranks fifth on the ASU single-game charts. In eight games as a starter (4-4 record), he has completed 196 of 346 passes for 2,896 yards (362.0 yards per game) and 19 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, 20005. 4 21 times (three times by Andrew Walter in 2002: vs. Cal, at San Diego State and at Oregon)
ASU Single-Game Passing Yards1. 536 Andrew Walter at Oregon, 2002**2. 534 Paul Justin vs. Washington State, 19893. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State, 19844. 511 Ryan Kealy vs. Arizona, 19985. 477 Andrew Walter vs. California, 20026. 474 Andrew Walter vs. North Carolina, 2002 474 Paul Justin vs. Houston, 19908. 466 Mike Pagel vs. Stanford, 19819. 437 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Arizona, 1986** also the Pac-10 single-game record
ASU Single-Season Touchdown Passes1. 29 Mike Pagel, 19812. 26 Andrew Walter, 20023. 24 Jake Plummer, 1996 24 Danny White, 19735. 23 Danny White, 19726. 20 John Torok, 19647. 19 Three players tied
ASU Single-Season Passing Yards1. 3,289 Andrew Walter, 20022. 2,878 Danny White, 19733. 2,776 Jake Plummer, 19964. 2,591 Paul Justin, 19895. 2,484 Mike Pagel, 19816. 2,394 Todd Hons, 1983
Pac-10 Single-Season Passing Yards (bowl games not included)1. 4,113 Cody Pickett, Washington, 20022. 3,637 Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 19973. 3,627 Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 19934. 3,499 Pat Barnes, California, 19965. 3,307 Akili Smith, Oregon, 19986. 3,289 Andrew Walter, Arizona State, 2002
ASU Single-Season Passing Attempts1. 391 Andrew Walter, 20022. 348 Jake Plummer, 19963. 337 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 19854. 336 Todd Hons, 19825. 334 Mike Pagel, 19806. 324 Todd Hons, 1983
ASU Single-Season Passing Completions1. 221 Andrew Walter, 20022. 199 Todd Hons, 19833. 198 Jake Plummer, 19964. 188 Jeff Van Raaphorst, 19855. 185 Todd Hons, 19826. 184 Mike Pagel, 1980
ASU Single-Season Total Offense Yards1. 3,117 Andrew Walter, 20022. 3,107 Danny White, 19733. 2,834 Jake Plummer, 19964. 2,511 Mike Pagel, 19815. 2,460 Paul Justin, 19896. 2,443 Danny White, 1972
Racking up the Receiving TDsOne of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald has set the school single-season record for receiving yards with 1,280 yards, surpassing the previous mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. He already holds the school single-season catches with 75, surpassing the previous mark of 64 by Ron Fair in 1989. He also owns the fifth-best season performance in Pac-10 history and needs just 176 more yards to reach the Pac-10 single-season mark of 1,456 set by Stanford's Troy Walters in 1999 (bowl game not included).
McDonald continues to threaten every single-season and career receiving mark in ASU history in just three seasons of action. He is the first player in school history to notch two 200-yard receiving games in a career, let alone a season, with his two coming this year with 10 catches for 221 yards vs. Stanford on Sept. 28 and 12 catches for 204 yards at No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19.
McDonald, the sixth Sun Devil in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards, has moved into second place on the ASU career charts with 2,742 receiving yards and needs just 251 more yards to reach College Football Hall of Fame inductee John Jefferson's career mark of 2,993.
McDonald, who reached the 2,000-yard plateau with his first catch of the game vs. North Carolina (13 yards) on Oct. 5, has topped the century mark in receiving yards in five games this year. 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 10 catches for 221 yards Sept. 28 vs. Stanford, McDonald turned in the third-best receiving performance in ASU 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 a school-record 75 passes for a school-best 1,280 yards and 13 TDs this season. He currently ranks third in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation with 106.7 receiving yards per game and third in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation with 6.25 receptions per game. At his current pace, he will surpass the school record he set last year of 100.4 yards per game. He has also become just the first player in school history to tally 1,000 career receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.
McDonald has already surpassed his TD production of one year ago (10 last season) and is currently second on ASU's list for single-season TD catches with 13. McDonald has caught 24 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just one shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84). He is also tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in career touchdown receptions. Stanford's Ken Margerum holds that record with 32 in his four-year career (1977-80).
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 27 games, dating back to the 2000 season. With his four TD catches at San Diego State, 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.
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 then 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 ranked fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Receiving Yards1. 2,993 John Jefferson, 1974-772. 2,742 Shaun McDonald, 2000-present3. 2,694 Aaron Cox, 1984-874. 2,691 Keith Poole, 1993-965. 2,408 Eric Guliford, 1989-926. 2,149 John Mistler, 1977-80
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 24 Shaun McDonald (2000-present)4. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)5. 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)
Pac-10 Career Touchdown Catches1. 32 Ken Margerum, Stanford (1977-80)2. 31 Sean Dawkins, California (1990-92)3. 29 Mario Bailey, Washington (1988-91)4. 28 J.J. Stokes, UCLA (1991-94)5. 27 Bobby Shaw, California (1994-97)6. 26 Troy Walters, Stanford (1996-99)7. 25 Keith Poole, Arizona State (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen, Arizona State (1981-84)9. 24 Shaun McDonald, Arizona State (2000-present) 24 Cristin McLemore, Oregon (1992-95) 24 DeRonnie Pitts, Stanford (1997-00) 24 Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99) 24 Keenan Howry, Oregon (1999-present)14. 23 Bobby Wade, Arizona (1999-present)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,280 Shaun McDonald (55), 20022. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19733. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20014. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19895. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19956. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 1970
Single-Season Catches (Yards)1. 75 Shaun McDonald (991), 20022. 64 Ron Fair (1082), 19893. 62 Greg Hudson (974), 19734. 61 J.D. Hill (1009), 19705. 58 John Jefferson (968), 19776. 55 Four players tied
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