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Sun Devil Football Set to Conclude Regular Season in Corvallis

Dec 18, 2020

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**FOR COMPLETE GAME NOTES, STATS AND OTHER SUPERLATIVES, SEE THE PDF LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE

THE GAME -  Sun Devil Football will conclude its COVID-19-shortened 2020 season on Saturday, Dec. 19 with a road trip to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. AZT. 

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Dave Flem,ing, Rod Gilmore 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. 

BEAVER NOTES - - Arizona State holds a 29-14-1 all-time record against the Beavers, though the Sun Devils are just 8-10-1 in the series history in games played in Corvallis. ASU will be looking to reverse its recent fate in games played at Oregon State, where it has lost 6 of the last 7 games and 7 of the last 9 at Reser Stadium. In 17 games at Oregon State, the series is tied at 8-8-1 in history. 

KICKING OFF

  • The Sun Devil offense scored 70 points in the 2020 edition of the Territorial Cup, the second-most points in program history (trailing only the 79 points scored against Colorado State in 1969). 
  • The Sun Devils have now forced 32 turnovers in the last ten games dating back to last season (3.2 turnovers per game). No other team in the FBS has recorded more than 27 in its latest 10-game span.
  • ASU is 15th nationally in forcing busted drives as a defense - opponent drives that end in zero or negative yardage - at 15.6 percent.
  • ASU has held opponents to less than 30 points in 20 of 29 games under Herm Edwards, notable as it DID allow 30+ in 32 of 43 previous games dating back in a span from 2013-17. 
  • ASU is second nationally in net field position, representing the difference between the team's average starting field position on offense (OFP) and its opponent's average starting field position (DFP). ASU's NFP this season is 11.4. 
  • The Sun Devils have not recorded a single offensive drive this season that resulted in zero or negative yards, marking them as the only team in the country to lay such a claim.
  • ASU has recorded a first down on 90.3 percent of its drives this season, also the highest total in the FBS.
  • ASU leads the nation with a turnover forced on 28.5 percent of opponent drives this season.
  • The Arizona game was the fifth time Arizona State has allowed less than 10 points in the Herm Edwards era (29 games). Prior to that, the Sun Devils had only accomplished the feat five times in the previous 78 games.

#10THINGS (Twitter-Friendly Notes)

1. ASU's defensive line has generated 65 total QB pressures through just three games (21.7 per game). USC's 15.2 QB pressures per game is the only one remotely close to ASU in the Pac-12

2. ASU has held opponents to 30 or fewer points in 20 of 29 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 highest graded cornerback in the Pac-12 (175 snap min.) with an overall defensive score of 80.8 He holds the highest score in coverage among league corners at 83.1

4. Jermayne Lole had a score of 89.6 against Arizona in Week 15. That was the highest score for any defensive lineman in the Pac-12 by over seven percentage points and the fourth-highest score among all FBS d-linemen.

5. ASU is 15th nationally in forcing busted drives as a defense - opponent drives that end in zero or negative yardage - at 15.6 percent.

6. ASU has recorded a first down on 90.3 percent of its drives this season, also the highest total in the FBS.

7.  The Sun Devils have not recorded a single offensive drive this season that resulted in zero or negative yards, marking them as the only team in the country to lay such a claim.

8. The Sun Devils have now forced 32 turnovers in the last ten games dating back to last season (3.2 turnovers per game). No other team in the FBS has recorded more than 27 in its latest 10-game span.

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. ASU leads the nation with a turnover forced on 28.5 percent of opponent drives 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. 

65 -- ASU's defensive line has generated 65 total QB pressures through just three games (21.7 per game). USC's 15.2 QB pressures per game is the only one 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 eight other Pac-12 programs have for their entire seasons to date.  ASU is 15th nationally in forcing busted drives as a defense - opponent drives that end in zero or negative yardage - at 15.6 percent.

35 -- ASU has an average starting yardline on offense of it's own 35.1 yardline (fourth nationally) while it's opponents are starting on their own 23.7 yard line (second nationally). ASU is second nationally in net field position, representing the difference between the team's average starting field position on offense (OFP) and its opponent's average starting field position (DFP). ASU's NFP this season is 11.4.ASU is allowing just 2.33 points per short field drive this season (good for 15th nationally) and just 0.80 points per long field drive (17th nationally).

32 -- ASU has forced 32 turnovers in its last 10 games dating back to last season, good for the most in the nation. No other team has more than 27 in its latest 10-game span. With a seven-takeaway effort against Arizona, ASU has forced multiple turnovers in eight of its last 10 games and has three or more in four of those games. ASU has outscored opponents 800-386 in points off takeaways since 2012. Since 2012, ASU has scored 64.7 percent of the time following an opponent turnover (134 of 207) while finding the end zone 99 times in that span (47.8 percent).

20 -- ASU has held opponents to less than 30 points in 20 of 29 games under Herm Edwards, notable as it DID allow 30+ in 32 of 43 previous games dating back in a span from 2013-17. The Arizona game marked the fifth time Arizona State has allowed less than 10 points in the Herm Edwards era. Prior to that, the Sun Devils had only accomplished the feat 5 times in the previous 78 games  ASU's defense has allowed just 20.0 points per game this season, good for 23rd nationally and tops in the Pac-12.  

0 - The Sun Devil offense has not recorded a single drive this season that resulted in zero or negative yards, marking them as the only team in the country to lay such a claim. ASU has recorded a first down on 90.3 percent of its drives this season, also the highest total in the FBS. With a touchdown on 38.7 of its drives and averaging 2.97 points per drive, ASU is 19th nationally in both categories. ASU is also 18th in the FBS in averaging 6.77 offensive drive yards per play.

FOR COMPLETE GAME NOTES, STATS AND OTHER SUPERLATIVES, SEE THE PDF ATTACHMENT AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE