Sun Devils And Wildcats To Fight For Territorial Cup Friday In Tempe
Nov. 24, 2003
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State bragging rights and a lot of hardware are at stake as the Arizona State Sun Devils play host to the Arizona Wildcats in the 77th meeting between the intrastate rivals Friday afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium. Coming off a bye week after playing 11 games in 11 weeks, Arizona State heads into Friday's game looking to end the season on a high note and snap a four-game losing streak. The Sun Devils also look to win their second straight game in the series with the Wildcats and their fourth in five attempts, while the team will also be looking to get its first win over Arizona in Tempe since 1999. Friday is Senior Day with 14 Sun Devils playing in their final game in the Maroon and Gold, while the Sun Devils will be looking to avoid their first five-game losing streak since dropping the final five games of the 2001 season. Arizona brings a 2-9 overall mark and a 1-6 Pac-10 record into Friday's game, most recently falling to USC 45-0 Nov. 15 in Tucson.
In the Series
Friday's matchup marks the 77th meeting between Arizona State and Arizona with the Wildcats holding a 43-32-1 lead in the all-time series. The Sun Devils have won three of the last four games in the series including a 34-20 victory on Nov. 29, 2002 in Tucson. In each of the last three seasons, the visiting team has won the game, something that has happened 32 times in the 76-game history of the rivalry. Arizona holds a slim 17-16-1 lead in games played in Tempe, while ASU leads 12-9-1 in games at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU's last victory at Sun Devil Stadium came in 1999 when ASU took home a 42-27 win on Nov. 27 of that year.
The rivalry between ASU and the U-of-A began 104 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. Arizona has won 14 of the last 21 meetings.
Friday afternoon is Senior Day as 14 ASU seniors will be playing in the final game of their Sun Devil careers. ASU's seniors include OL Tony Aguilar, LB Tyrone Bowers, RG Regis Crawford, CB Nick Elliott, LG Tim Fa'aita, WR Skyler Fulton, S Brett Hudson, DT Shane Jones, FB Mike Karney, TE Frank Maddox, TB Jermaine McKinney, DT Brian Montesanto, P Tim Parker and TB Mike Williams. All 14 seniors will also serve as single-game captains in Friday's game vs. Arizona.
Fox Sports Net will broadcast Saturday's game live to a national audience with Steve Physioc and Tom Ramsey calling the action. It will mark the seventh television appearance this year for the Sun Devils and their second on Fox Sports Net. The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 12 of ASU's football games live on its 11-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM in Phoenix. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta and Paul Calvisi (pregame, halftime and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. Calvisi will also provide reports from the ASU sidelines during home games. ASU games can also be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com.
Taking Home the Hardware
Thanks 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 the rivalry 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.
Last Time Out
In cloudy, windy and rainy conditions on the Palouse, Arizona State was downed by eighth-ranked Washington State 34-19 on Nov. 15, marking ASU's fourth straight loss.
Things started rough for the Sun Devils when WSU linebacker Brian Winter blocked an ASU punt deep in Sun Devil territory which was recovered by the Cougars on the 1-yard line on the team's second possession. From there, WSU tailback Jonathan Smith ran it in for the touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. ASU evened the score on its next drive when junior quarterback Andrew Walter connected with senior Skyler Fulton for 24 yards and sophomore Derek Hagan for 21 yards to move ASU into scoring position. Seconds later, sophomore tailback Cornell Canidate carried the ball one yard for a game-tying touchdown.
The Cougs closed out the first quarter with a 54-yard drive that ended with a 21-yard field goal by Drew Dunning to put WSU up 10-7. The Sun Devils countered in the early goings of the second quarter as sophomore Lamar Baker partially blocked a punt, giving ASU possession in field goal range. True freshman kicker Jesse Ainsworth nailed a career-long 47-yard kick to tie the score at 10.
With momentum on its side, ASU had a chance to take the lead after a big defensive stand, but WSU's Pat Bennett picked off a Walter pass on the ASU 39-yard line and returned it the distance for a touchdown to put the Cougars up 17-10.
Playing with their backup quarterback Josh Swogger, WSU drove 54 yards in the final three minutes of the half and scored on a 22-yard pass from Swogger to Devard Darling to take a 24-10 halftime advantage.
WSU opened the second half with a 32-yard field goal by Dunning to take a 27-10 lead. Down by three scores, the Sun Devils made a run at it with Walter finding Hagan on a 25-yard pass for an ASU touchdown. Following a missed PAT kick, the third quarter drew to a close with the Cougars up 27-16.
The Sun Devils began the fourth quarter with a 34-yard Ainsworth field goal, which was set up by a 32-yard completion to Fulton and brought ASU within eight points, 27-19, with 9:38 to play. That was as close as ASU would get. After trading punts, the Cougars pulled away on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 15-yard TD run by Jermaine Green. ASU's last bid for a comeback was spoiled when Hagan fumbled with 3:17 remaining, and the Cougars recovered.
Walter finished the day with 262 yards and a touchdowns on 19-of-35 passing, while Hagan had seven catches for 109 yards and a TD and Fulton ended up with five catches for 100 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Chris McKenzie added an interception, and junior Justin Burks had a sack. Sophomore Jamar Williams led the Sun Devils with 12 tackles (six solo).
Senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Football Team, while sophomore right tackle Grayling Love has earned second team all-district honors.Fulton, who carries a 3.30 GPA in elementary education, advances to the national Academic All-America ballot. Love holds a 3.32 GPA in business.
Fulton and Love were also among the five Sun Devils named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team last week. Fulton is a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, while sophomore quarterback Chad Christensen and redshirt freshman snapper Jason Burke are second-team honorees. Redshirt freshman left tackle Andrew Carnahan and Love were both named to the league's honorable-mention all-academic squad.
Scoring Through the Air
Junior quarterback Andrew Walter threw four touchdown passes Nov. 8 at Stanford, tying his season high and turning in his fourth game with at least three scoring strikes this season. With his 52 career TD passes, Walter has moved into third place on ASU's career list with 51. Current Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer (1993-96) holds the school record with 65 touchdowns in his illustrious career, while College Football Hall of Famer Danny White (1971-73) is second on ASU's career charts with 64. Walter is now tied for 19th on the Pac-10's career touchdown passes list with Oregon State's Erik Wilhelm (1985-88) at 52 and needs seven more TDs to move into the league's top 10 in the category.
Walter had three touchdown passes against both Oregon and North Carolina, including the game-winning five-yard toss to senior Skyler Fulton as time ran out Oct. 18 at North Carolina. He threw three scoring strikes to three different receivers in ASU's 59-14 win over Oregon on Oct. 11. Walter has now turned in 15 multiple touchdown games in his career, including six this season. He completed a season-high four touchdown passes Sept. 6 against Northern Arizona. With his four-TD effort at Stanford, he has now had six career games with at least four TD passes. Walter's career high in a single game is five TDs in last year's 65-24 win over Stanford.
Hagan's Five 100-Yard Games
Sophomore wide receiver Derek Hagan turned in his second straight 100-yard receiving game and his fifth of the season with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown on Nov. 15 at Washington State. He had four catches for 138 yards and a career-best three touchdowns Nov. 8 at Stanford. Hagan made a 67-yard TD catch in the second quarter vs. the Cardinal, which is ASU's longest pass play of the year, catching a short pass and breaking several tackles to put ASU on the scoreboard.
Hagan had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games vs. USC, Oregon and North Carolina, becoming the first Sun Devil receiver to turn in three in a row since current St. Louis Ram Shaun McDonald had three straight 100-yard efforts last season (175 yards at San Diego State, 221 vs. Stanford, 156 vs. North Carolina). McDonald was also the last Sun Devil to accomplish the feat in four straight games, tallying 100-plus yards in games against Oregon State, Washington, Oregon and Washington in 2001. In the last seven games, Hagan, who leads the team in receiving, has had 46 catches for 808 yards (115.4 yards per game) and six touchdowns.
Hagan turned in a career outing to lead the Sun Devils past North Carolina on Oct. 18, hauling in 11 passes for 185 yards (both career bests) and a touchdown. In addition to being a career high, his 11 catches tied with three other Sun Devils for the fourth-best single-game mark in school history. Ron Fair holds the school record for receptions in a game with 19 catches in a 1989 win over Washington State. Hagan caught seven balls for 108 yards and one touchdown vs. Oregon on Oct. 11, while Oct. 4 against USC, he caught eight passes for 170 yards. He also played a key role in setting up both of ASU's touchdown drives vs. the Trojans, hauling in receptions of 35 and eight yards to help set up quarterback Andrew Walter's 12-yard scoring strike to senior Skyler Fulton in the first quarter. He also caught a 24-yard pass to get ASU to the USC 5-yard line in the third quarter, a drive which ended with a one-yard TD run by redshirt freshman Loren Wade. Hagan's previous career bests were 95 yards in ASU's upset at then No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, 2002 and six catches at USC on Nov. 16 of last year.
Hagan leads the team in receiving this season with 58 catches for 921 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the league and 32nd in the nation in receiving yards per game (83.7) and seventh in the league in receptions per game (5.27). Hagan is already tied for fifth on the ASU single-season charts with 58 catches. He needs 53 yards to enter ASU's single-season chart for receiving yards and just 79 yards to become just the seventh Sun Devil in school history to tally 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Last year, Hagan broke College Football Hall of Famer John Jefferson's record for receptions by an ASU freshman with 32 catches (for 405 yards) on the year.
Arizona State has had two wide receivers top the century mark in each of its last two games. At Washington State on Nov. 15, sophomore Derek Hagan made seven catches for 109 yards and senior Skyler Fulton had five receptions for 100 yards, while in the previous game, at Stanford on Nov. 8, Hagan had four catches for 138 yards and sophomore Matt Miller hauled in six catches for 111 yards. ASU also accomplished the feat twice last season.
With 2,763 yards this season, junior quarterback Andrew Walter has moved into second place on ASU's career list with 7,286 passing yards in his three years and 36 career games at ASU. Walter trails only current Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer who had 8,827 yards in his illustrious ASU career (1993-96). Walter also ranks second (and trails Plummer) on the ASU career charts for passing attempts (964) and completions (517), while he has moved into third place on the ASU career chart for passing touchdowns with 52. Last year, the Grand Junction, Colo., native became the first Sun Devil to throw for 3,000 yards in a season and needs just 237 yards to accomplish the feat again this year.
Despite playing on a still sore ankle he sprained on the first drive of the second quarter at UCLA on Oct. 25, Walter has averaged 263.0 yards per game and thrown six TD passes in the last three games, including a season-high-tying four scoring strikes Nov. 8 at Stanford. Walter returned to the lineup and threw for 170 yards and a touchdown Nov. 1 vs. California, while he completed 23-of-53 passes for 357 yards and four TDs vs. Stanford on Nov. 8. He threw two interceptions against Cal, snapping a streak of three games, 11 quarters and 107 pass attempts without a pick, dating back to the third quarter of the USC game on Oct. 4. Walter has thrown just 10 interceptions in 395 pass attempts this season (.0253) and has a chance to set the school record for lowest interception percentage in a season (300+ attempts), which is currently held by Mike Pagel who had nine interceptions in 334 attempts in 1980 (.0270).
Prior to spraining his ankle at UCLA, Walter had turned in season bests for passing in the three previous weeks, including 408 yards on 34-of-58 passing (both career highs and third on the ASU single-game passing lists) with three touchdowns and no interceptions in ASU's come-from-behind win at North Carolina on Oct. 18. He completed three passes for 69 yards in the game-winning drive, including a 42-yarder to Derek Hagan to bring the team to the UNC five-yard line and a five-yard game-winner to Skyler Fulton in the end zone as time expired. Walter had completed 71-of-124 attempts (57.3 percent) for 1,029 yards (343.0 ypg) and seven TDs in the previous three weeks.
Walter has had nine 300-yard passing games in his career, including four this year, while his 408-yard effort at UNC was the fifth 400-yard game of his career. Walter is the only quarterback in Pac-10 history to have five 400-yard games in his career. Last year, Walter became the first quarterback in Pac-10 history to turn in four 400-yard passing games in a season, while no Pac-10 quarterback had ever thrown for more than three in a season. UW's Cody Pickett is the only other Pac-10 quarterback to have four 400-yard games in his career.
With 7,286 career yards, Walter has also moved into 23rd on the Pac-10 career list for passing yards, passing Cal's Rich Campbell who had 7,174 yards in his career from 1977-80. Next on the list are Cal's Pat Barnes (7,360, 1993-96) and Washington State's Drew Bledsoe (7,373, 1990-92). Walter is also tied for 19th on the Pac-10's career touchdown passes list with 52 career scoring strikes in three years. He needs seven more TDs to move in the league's top 10.
Walter tallied 316 yards on 18-of-28 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions in ASU's Oct. 11 win over Oregon and was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following the game. He threw for 305 yards on 19-of-38 passing with one TD Oct. 4 against then No. 10 USC. Walter ranks fifth in the league in passing yards per game (250.1) and total offense (240.4). Walter holds a 9-13 record as ASU's starter and has completed 498 passes for 6,924 yards and 51 TDs in his three-year career at ASU.
In ASU's season-opening victory against Northern Arizona, Walter completed 15-of-24 passes for 224 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Walter threw four TD passes to three receivers vs. NAU, and with four TD passes at Stanford Nov. 8, he has had at least four scoring strikes in six games in his career.
Last year, Walter turned in one of the finest seasons in school history, setting almost every school record for passing yards and total offense. Walter shattered the school record for passing yards in a single season, throwing for 3,877 yards to surpass the previous school record of 2,878 by Danny White in 1973. Despite not earning his first start until the fifth game of the year, Walter, who finished third in the Pac-10 and 19th in the nation in passing efficiency at 137.10, turned in the fourth-best single-season performance in Pac-10 history. Walter completed 274 of 483 pass attempts, breaking 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 - while Walter's 28 TDs marked the second-best effort in school history behind Mike Pagel who threw 29 TD passes in 1981.
With a 536-yard passing performance to upend No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, Walter set Pac-10 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. He was named the Oct. 20 Sporting News, cnnsi.com and USA Today.com National Player of the Week in addition to earning his first career Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honor. Walter also shattered the majority of ASU's total offense records, setting the marks for total yards (3,661 yards) and yards per game (261.5 ypg). He also tied Danny White (1973) with four games with at least 300 yards of total offense and turned in the sixth-best season in Pac-10 history. He finished third in the league and 18th in the nation in total offense.
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