Tempe, Ariz– The Territorial Cup will stay in Tempe, as the No. 12 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Arizona Wildcats 58-21 to give themselves home field advantage in the Pac-12 title game and win over their in-state rivals. (more…)
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PASADENA, Cali.– With the Pac-12 South title and Rose Bowl aspirations on the line, the No. 17 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the No. 14 UCLA Bruins by a score of 38-33 Saturday night from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in an absolute thriller on national television, clinching the Pac-12 South title and cementing their place in the Pac-12 title game. (more…)
Tempe, Ariz.– Arizona State’s defense intercepted Sean Mannion four times and Marion Grice ran for two touchdowns as they overwhelmed the Oregon State Beavers 30-17.
The Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) continued their home dominance on Saturday, beating the Oregon State Beavers by a score of 30-17 to remain unbeaten at home. It was an effort in which the Sun Devils’ offense (17th in the nation in total offense entering the game) struggled at times and defense reigned supreme. The Sun Devils remain in control of their own destiny in the Pac-12 South, and look forward to a season-defining game against No. 13 UCLA, who defeated Washington by a score of 41-31 Friday night. The Sun Devils are on a five game winning streak, their highest since 2007. (more…)
Well, a win is a win. Despite looking sloppy through the first three quarters Saturday from Rice-Eccles Stadium, a Will Sutton interception sealed a 20-19 victory for the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12). With No. 19 UCLA’s 31-26 win over Arizona, the road to the Pac-12 South appears to be a two-horse race as the college football season rolls through November. (more…)
They said Arizona State had a very weak run defense.
They said the Sun Devils couldn’t stop anyone, and that the nation’s leading rusher should be able to run right through them when the 20th-ranked Washington Huskies tread to Tempe on Saturday.
13 attempts, 22 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona State relegated Bishop Sankey to fullback status.
It turned out that the Sun Devils could actually stop the run, not the Huskies. As a team they finished with -5 rushing yards while ASU running back Marion Grice ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Weren’t those supposed to be Sankey’s numbers?
The big knock on Arizona State’s defense under coach Todd Graham was that all you had to do to beat them was run the ball. He was every old school football coach’s dream in 2012. Opponents like USC and Oregon ran so much on the Sun Devils that they actually thought the world was going to end.
They even had similar issues this season when losing to power-running programs Stanford and Notre Dame.
Sankey led the nation at nearly 150 yards per game prior to Saturday’s game and may very well end the season shattering every one of Washington’s season rushing records. He was supposed to run over the Sun Devils like road kill. Instead you get this.
”Man, what an impressive performance; it might be the most impressive performance that we’ve had as a team since I’ve been here,” said ASU coach Todd Graham.
”That was embarrassing,” said Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
Holding Washington to minus-5 yards on 25 carries matched the second-fewest rushing yards the Sun Devils had allowed since 1996. Overall, they limited the nation’s eighth-best offense to 212 total yards by knocking around Huskies quarterback Keith Price all game and sacking him seven times.
The best part of all this is that no one will really challenge this new notion until the very last game of the season. Washington State’s run game is ranked 123rd in the nation, Utah is 46th, Oregon State is 122nd and UCLA is 39th. They’ll be smooth sailing until Arizona comes to town with the nation’s leading rusher Kadeem Carey, but the Wildcats are 111th in the nation in passing, so the Sun Devils will have an easier time dealing with him and not worrying about their non-existent passing attack.
Time to give Arizona State the ranking it deserves, and its run defense the respect they deserve.
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Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) likely cemented their return to the AP Top 25 on Saturday night, defeating the No. 20 Washington Huskies (4-3, 1-3) by a score of 53-24 at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday afternoon. (more…)
Tempe, Ariz.– Arizona State head coach said that he wanted more production from his team as they enter Pac-12 play, and did they ever, routing the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 54-13 Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium. (more…)
Ever since Todd Graham became the head coach at Arizona State, he has had two main mantras: winning the turnover battles and controlling the tempo. Starting with this Saturday’s game against Colorado, expect the Sun Devils to ratchet it up an extra gear and make those mantras even more visible. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz–Four FCS teams were able to upset FBS programs this past week, and Arizona State was not one of them, routing the Sacramento State Hornets by a score of 55-0 Thursday at Sun Devil Stadium. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz.– There is hope once again in the desert, as another week ending at Arizona State’s famous “Camp T” signals the beginning of a new season, with big expectations and extra national buzz for the Sun Devils. (more…)
TEMPE, Ariz–While many college football athletes were gushing over young running back talents such as De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon and Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, Arizona State running back D.J. Foster was putting up big numbers in a hurry as a true freshman. Now entering his sophomore season, he’s hoping to put the whole world on notice.
As a rotational running back and slot receiver last season, Foster was dynamic, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception while also scoring six times and having over 1,000 all-purpose yards. With Cameron Marshall (ASU’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns) graduating after last season, Foster and senior Marion Grice will have to step up to take the majority of the carries in Mike Norvell’s spread offense, and are ready to take on the challenge.
“It’s good to know that my game is becoming more dependable and can be used to last long drives,” Foster said. “Me and Marion (Grice) just have to endure, and we’re definitely preparing ourselves for that.”
Both Grice and Foster are “home run hitters” as far as running backs go, as Foster scored once avery 22 times he touched the ball last season. Grice would have an astounding season himself, scoring once every 7.5 touches, and insane ratio.
“Our coaches really put us into position to be those explosive guys, to be those home run hitters. The way coach Norvell and our coaches set our offense up really puts us into position to make some big plays,” he said.
Foster’s versatility could be what makes Arizona State’s spread unique to others in the Pac-12 such as Arizona and Cal. Only Oregon, with De’Anthony Thomas, has an offensive weapon that can be used in as many ways as Foster. Foster saw time last season as a running back, slot receiver, split back, wide receiver, and returner.
“(My versatility) just helps to get the offense to where it can be. With the more recruits we have coming in Jaelen Strong, Marion (Grice), and Deontre (Lewis) as weapons on offense, the sky is the limit with our offense,” he said.
The Sun Devils are entering their second full season in the Todd Graham regime, as well as their second year with offensive coordinator and spread guru Mike Norvell. Returning starters Grice, Foster, and quarterback Taylor Kelly have been outspoken about their new comfort within the system.
“I definitely feel more comfortable,” Foster said. “Everything is starting to slow down for me, and leadership-wise I’m just trying to be more vocal. I know me and Marion definitely are trying to take on a bigger challenge in leading the offense and the team as well.”
Foster has prepared for the extra carries this offseason by bulking up in his offseason workouts, and trying to keep his incredible foot speed and agility.
“I’ve worked on every part of my game: my hands, my speed, and my weight. Hopefully it can help me out this season to be more durable and hopefully it all pays off. I’ve worked hard for it,” he said.
Luckily for Todd Graham and Sun Devil fans, they still have Foster for at least this season and next season, and will get a chance to watch this talented back hopefully develop into a budding star and big name in college football.