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Sun Devil Football Set to Take On Arizona in 94th Duel in the Desert

Dec 9, 2020

Territorial Cup Three-Game Win Streaks (1949-Present) | Sun Devil Football vs. Arizona Series History | ASU Game Notes | Series History | Arizona Game Notes | PDF: Sun Devil 2020 Football Stats (0-2)

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THE GAME -  Sun Devil Football will head south this weekend to take on in-state rival Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup matchup on Friday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. AZT in Tucson. 

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Jason Benetti, Andre Ware and Stormy Buonantony on the call while the airwaves will carry the game on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM with Tim Healey, Jeff van Raaphorst, Jordan Simone and Jeff Munn. 

TERRITORIAL CUP NOTES - - This will be the 94th Duel in the Desert, with Arizona leading the all-time series 49-43-1. The vast majority of those Wildcat wins came prior to 1950, however.  Since 1949, ASU holds a 42-29-1 record in the series. 

The winner of the game will receive (or retain) the Territorial Cup Trophy, and the game is recognized by the NCAA as the nation's oldest rivalry trophy game.

The Sun Devils have won three straight in the series and 7 of the last 10 contests. The three game streak is just the third three-game winning streak for either team since 1990 (Arizona won from 1993-95, ASU from 2005-07). The Sun Devils are looking for the first four-game winning streak in the series since Arizona won five straight from 1982-1986. 

KICKING OFF

Against UCLA, Chip Trayanum became the first true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Demario Richard in 2014 (14 for 116 vs. Utah - the 8th game of the year). In doing so in just his second game as a Sun Devil, he became the fastest freshman to have a 100-yard game since Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries in his debut in the season opener for ASU vs. Temple in 2005. 

Among Pac-12 running backs with at least 65 snaps, Chip Trayanum is the highest-graded halfback in the league with his offensive score of 86.4 while teammate Rachaad White has the fourth highest score in the league at 79.6.

Tyler Johnson (4.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks) became the first Sun Devil with four tackles for loss since Tashon Smallwood against New Mexico State in Aug. 31, 2017 and the first Sun Devil with three sacks in a game since Koron Crump vs. Washington State on Oct. 22, 2016.

ASU has shut out its opponents in the third quarter of each of the first two games. 

ASU has 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks in the first two games this year, including 10 TFL and 5 sacks against UCLA. If you include the Florida State contest last season, it is 27 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in its last three games.

Michael Turk immediately picked up where he left off from a punting this season and leads the nation in averaging 49.5 yards per punt this year.

AN ASU VICTORY WOULD...

Give ASU 8 wins over Arizona in the last 11 matchups.

Be the fourth straight victory over the Wildcats, the longest streak in the series since Arizona won five straight from 1982-86.

Improve ASU to 16-9 in the series since the 1996 season.

Help ASU avoid an (asterisk-filled) 0-3 start to start a season for the first time since 1976. 

MILESTONE COUNTDOWNS

29 tackles for Darien Butler to reach 200 for his career (currently at 171).

19 tackles for Chase Lucas to reach 200 for is career (currently at 181).

28 rushing yards for Jayden Daniels to reach 500 for his career (currently at 472).

226 total yards of offense for Jayden Daniels to reach 4,000 for his career (currently at 3,774)

34 tackles for Merlin Robertson to reach 200 for his career (currently at 166 for this career).

#10THINGS (Twitter-Friendly Notes)

1. ASU's defensive line has generated 45 total QB pressures through just two games (22.5 per game). USC's 17.8 and UCLA's 17.0 QB pressures per game are the only ones remotely close to ASU in the Pac-12.

2. ASU has held opponents to 30 or fewer points in 19 of 28 games under Herm Edwards, notable as it allowed 30+ in 32 of the previous 43 games prior to Edwards tenure. 

3. Chase Lucas is the second-highest graded cornerback in the Pac-12 with an overall defensive score of 79.9 (11th among all Pac-12 defensive players). He holds the highest score in coverage among league corners at 82.7. 

4. Michael Turk immediately picked up where he left off from a punting this season and leads the nation in averaging 49.5 yards per punt this year. 

5. Among Pac-12 running backs with at least 65 snaps, Chip Trayanum is the highest-graded halfback in the league with his offensive score of 86.4 while teammate Rachaad White has the fourth highest score in the league at 79.6.

6. Against UCLA, Chip Trayanum became the fasestt true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game at ASU since since Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries in his debut in the season opener for ASU vs. Temple in 2005. 

7.  D.J. Davidson (19.7 percent) and Tyler Johnson (18.2 percent) have the fourth and sixth-highest win-percentages among Pac-12 lineman on pass-rushing players this season. 

8. Arizona State has played in 11 total games decided by four points or less in the Herm Edwards era, which is tied for third in the FBS in that time behind Kansas State and North Carolina (13).

9. Among defensive interior players with at least 40 snaps this season, Jermayne Lole leads the league with a run-stop percentage of 13.0 percent -- good for sixth nationally.

10. Kellen Diesch remains the sixth-highest graded player in the Pac-12 on offense regardless of position this season, posting an 82.8 overall score according to PFF. The 82.8 grade is tied for 29th among all tackles in the FBS this season.

BY THE NUMBERS

77 - The Sun Devils have the seventh-youngest team in the nation in terms of underclassmen percentage with 68.1 percent of the roster with 77 total underclassmen (49 freshmen/28 sophomores) on a roster of 113. The Sun Devils began the season as the only team in the country with a travel roster that featured zero starts or carries at the FBS level among the running backs on the roster. ASU's 30 combined starts along the offensive line to start the season were the sixth fewest in the country. 

49 - Michael Turk immediately picked up where he left off from a punting this season and leads the nation in averaging 49.5 yards per punt this year. He has pinned five punts inside the 20 and has three punts over 50 yards. His average hangtime of 4.39 seconds against USC also led the Pac-12 for that week and was tied for third among all FBS punters for the weekend. A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last season, Michael Turk's 46.0 yards per punt average on 59 punts were 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12.

45 - ASU's defensive line has generated 45 total QB pressures through just two games (22.5 per game). USC's 17.8 and UCLA's 17.0 QB pressures per game are the only ones remotely close to ASU in the Pac-12. In fact, despite playing the fewest games, ASU has more TOTAL QB pressures along its defensive line than three other Pac-12 programs have for the season and are within five pressures of three others that have played more games. ASU has 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks in the first two games this year, including 10 TFL and 5 sacks against UCLA.

39 - Chip Trayanum leads the Pac-12 running backs in averaging a first down or touchdown on 39.3 percent of his rushing touchdowns this season - 29th in the FBS. His 7.3 yards per carry is fourth in the league among those with at least 25 touches. He is eighth among Pac-12 running backs in averaging 3.9 yards after contact per rush this year.  Among Pac-12 running backs with at least 65 snaps, Chip Trayanum is the highest-graded halfback in the league with his offensive score of 86.4, which is good for the 21st-best score in the country and sixth-best score among any offensive true freshmen.

25 - The Sun Devils have forced 25 turnovers in the last nine games dating back to last season. No team in the country has forced more than 23 over its latest nine-game stretch. ASU recorded 10 takeaways in its last three games including the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. ASU had a takeaway in eight straight games dating back to last season broke against UCLA and had multiple turnovers in seven of those (3+ in four of them). ASU (11th in 2018) was one of just four teams nationally to rank in the Top-25 in turnover margin in each of the last two seasons.

6 - Chase Lucas is the second-highest graded cornerback in the Pac-12 with an overall defensive score of 79.9 (11th among all defensive players in the league). He holds the highest score in coverage among league corners at 82.7. His coverage score is the 14th-highest among corners in the nation. Lucas has been targetted just nine times on 99 snaps in coverage and only allowed six catches in that span. His 10.7 snap to target ratio is good for 17th in the nation among FBS corners.