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Nov. 2, 1997

Sun Devils Travel to California for Final Road Game

  • #15 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2, 4-1) at California Golden Bears (3-5, 1-4)
  • Nov. 8, Memorial Stadium, 4:30 p.m. (MST), Fox Syndication

Arizona State makes its final road trip of the season with a trip to Berkeley, Calif., to take on California. Game time is set for 4:30 MST (3:30 PST) and the game will be televised live on the Fox syndication network. The Sun Devils currently stand in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings after winning 4 of 5 conference games this season, including three in a row. The Sun Devils have won 12 of their last 13 Pac-10 contests. California is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10 under first-year head coach Tom Holmoe.

Lenzie Jackson
Lenzie Jackson set a career-best with nine receptions against Washington State. (File Photo)

Pretty Good Of Late: ASU has been on a roll of late. The Sun Devils won four of their final five games in 1995, put together an 11-1 record in '96 and have six wins in eight games for 1997.

  • ASU has won 21 of its last 25 games, including 17 of 19 regular-season contests.
  • ASU has won 10 of 11 and 12 of its last 14 home games.
  • ASU has won nine of 10 road games.
  • ASU has won 12 of 13 and 15 of its last 17 Pac-10 games.
  • ASU has won 6 straight Pac-10 home games.

Series Summary: Arizona State leads its all-time series with California 10-8. The Sun Devils have won four of the last five contests including a 35-7 decision in Tempe last year that clinched the Sun Devils Rose Bowl berth. The Sun Devils are 3-4 all-time in Berkeley and won in their last trip to to Cal, 38-29 in 1995. ASU head coach Bruce Snyder, who compiled a 29-24-4 record as head coach at Cal from 1987-91, is 4-1 against the Bears since coming to ASU.

Over the Air: Fox Sports will produce a live syndicated broadcast that can be seen in the Phoenix area on KTVK-TV, Channel 3. The game will also be shown live on 24 stations throughout the western U.S. Steve Physioc and David Norrie will call the action. KMVP (860 AM) is the flagship station for the Sun Devil radio network. Tom Dillon, the Arizona Sportscaster-of-the-Year 16 years running (1981-96), and the voice of the Sun Devils since 1979, once again will handle the play-by-play duties. Former Sun Devil QB and 1987 Rose Bowl MVP Jeff Van Raaphorst (1983-86) returns for his second season as the color analyst. KMVP has teamed with AudioNet to provide all Sun Devil radio broadcasts on the internet. Each broadcast can be accessed at

The Polls: Arizona State climbed five spots in both polls after knocking Washington State from the ranks of the unbeaten. ASU is tabbed at No. 15 in the AP poll and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. It is the highest ASU has been this season in the coaches poll. The AP slated ASU at No. 14 during the week of Sept. 14. California is not ranked.

The Stretch Run: After posting a bowl-qualifying sixth win of the season against Washington State, just where the Sun Devils might go will be determined in November. The Pac-10 has arrangements with four bowl games for its member institutions and any team not going to the Rose Bowl is also available to the Bowl Alliance. Finishing strong has been a Sun Devil trait during the Snyder era at ASU. The Sun Devils are 10-6 in November under Snyder (5-3 on the road), but three of those losses came in one year -- 1994. Other than that year, ASU has finished strong under Snyder.

    Record in Final Five Regular Season Games Under Snyder
    Year    Record  Note
    1992     3-2    Won Final Two
    1993     4-1    Includes wins over UW & UCLA
    1994     1-4    Finished season 3-8
    1995     4-1    Began Stretch of 20 wins in 24 games
    1996     5-0    11-0 regular season
    1997     2-0    Beaten two Top 25 teams - Stanford & WSU
    Total   19-8

Last 25: ASU's 21-4 record in its last 25 games is among the top 10 marks in the country over that span. Here's a look at the top teams in the country over their last 25 games:

    Record Over Last 25 Games
    Team            Record   Pct.
    Nebraska        23-2    .920
    Florida State   22-3    .880
    Penn State      22-3    .880
    Tennessee       22-3    .880
    North Carolina  22-3    .880
    Arizona State   21-4    .840
    Florida         21-4    .840
    Ohio State      21-4    .840
    Virginia Tech   21-4    .840
Fright Night
Mitchell Freedman snared his third interception of the season against the Cougars. (File Photo)

Last Meeting: ASU clinced the Pac-10 championship and Rose Bowl berth with a 35-7 win over California last year before a record-crowd of 74,963 in Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field. Terry Battle ran for four touchdowns and 165 yards while J.R. Redmond added another score as ASU outgained the Bears 290-5 on the ground. Jake Plummer was 10 of 18 for 184 yards including three balls for 40 yards in the direction of Lenzie Jackson. Cal QB Pat Barnes was 19 of 36 for 261 yards in the game.

Superb Secondary: While other defensive backfields in the conference and nation have been more heralded, very few can claim to be as effective as ASU's secondary. The main cast of Courtney Jackson, Jason Simmons, Damien Richardson, Mitchell Freedman and J'Juan Cherry have suffocated opposing teams passing games this season. Only two teams have managed to complete more than 50 percent of its passes against ASU and four have been held under 200 yards passing. The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 and ranked 18th in the nation in pass efficiency defense as opposing QBs have combined for a 102.7 mark. That efficiency rating would be the lowest in the league since 1975 when Washington recorded an 89.0, beating out ASU's 104.2 league-best rating last year. Against the Pac-10, ASU's secondary has posted an 100.81 pass efficiency rating. In its last five games, ASU has limited the best passing conference in the nation to 84-of-185 (.454) in the air while picking eight passes. Here's a look at how the opposition's starting quarterbacks and a few of the Pac-10's top receivers have fared against the Sun Devils:

    Starting QB            Comp. Att.  Yds. TD  INT
    Ty Houghtaling, NMSU    10    26    91   1   2
    Ryan Clement, Miami     14    28   175   0   1
    Kevin Feterik, BYU      17    30   328   0   0
    Tim Alexander, OSU      17    41   193   0   2
    Brock Huard, UW          8    19   150   2   1
    John Fox, USC            8    23    70   1   1 
    Chad Hutchinson, Stan.  20    35   214   0   2
    Ryan Leaf, WSU          24    49   447   3   1
    Pac-10 Receivers        Rec.  Yds.  TD
    Roddy Tompkins, OSU      5    66     0
    Jerome Pathon, UW        2    58     1
    R. Jay Soward, USC       2    19     0
    Billy Miller, USC        3    21     0
    Troy Walters, Stan.      8   113     0
    Chris Jackson, WSU       4    73     1
    Kevin McKenzie, WSU      6    75     1
Bruce Snyder
Head Coach Bruce Snyder.

Head Coach Bruce Snyder: In his sixth season at the helm of ASU's football program ... has led the Sun Devils to 21 wins in their last 25 games ... in 1996, guided the Sun Devils to their second Pac-10 championship, fourth undefeated regular season and second Rose Bowl ... the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1996 as well as Pac-10 Coach of the Year ... compiled 6-5 records in his first, second and fourth seasons in Tempe (1992, 1993, 1995) and a 3-8 mark in 1994 ... prior to posting a 38-26 record in six years at ASU, he was 39-37-1 at Utah State (1976-81) and 29-24-4 at California (1987-91) ... guided Cal to a 10-2 mark and No. 8 ranking in 1991 as the Bears defeated ACC champ Clemson in the Citrus Bowl ... Cal had been to just one bowl since 1958 prior to Snyder guiding the Bears to two consecutive bowl wins in '90 & '91 ... led Utah State to a pair of conference titles in his seven years ... was L.A. Rams running back coach for four years (1983-86), during which he tutored Eric Dickerson as he set the NFL single-season rushing record ... served as an assistant at Oregon, New Mexico State, Utah State and USC ... Snyder earned his 100th career win in ASU's 56-14 win at Arizona last year ... prior to the Rose Bowl, signed a new contract with ASU through the year 2002.

Snyder Climbs ASU Coaching Charts: Head coach Bruce Snyder is in his sixth season at ASU and became the second-winningest coach in ASU history with ASU's win over Washington State. Snyder surpassed Darryl Rogers, who won 37 games in five seasons during the early '80's. With 11 victories in 1996, Snyder surpassed Larry Marmie, Dixie Howell, Aaron McCreary, Ed Doherty, John Cooper and Dan Devine on ASU's all-time win chart. Snyder's sixth year of service makes him only the fourth coach at ASU to have a tenure of more than five seasons. Frank Kush's 22 seasons and 176 wins are the most in Sun Devil history while McCreary (7 seasons, 1923-29) and ASU's first football coach, Fred Irish (8 seasons), each stayed longer than a half-decade.

    Coach           Years           Record
    Frank Kush      1958-79         176-54-1
    Bruce Snyder    1992-Present     38-26-0
    Darryl Rogers   1980-84          37-18-1
    Dan Devine      1955-57           27-3-1

Last Time Out: Arizona State captured its third straight Pac-10 win and kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 44-31 win over previously unbeaten and 10th-ranked Washington State. ASU scored the first 24 points in jumping on the Cougars early and often to take a 24-0 lead with 7:43 remaining in the first half. The Cougars scored a TD prior to halftime and came out firing in the second half to tally 25 unanswered points to take a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter. ASU responded with a 7-play, 80-yard drive, culminating in Ryan Kealy's fourth TD pass of the game for a 30-25 lead. ASU capped the victory with two defensive touchdowns, including a 69-yard fumble recovery return by Hamilton Mee to thwart a WSU drive inside the ASU 25-yard line with less than three minutes to play and ASU clinging to a five-point lead.

On Deck: ASU returns to Tempe for the first of two home games to close out the regular season. Oregon visits Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field at 7:00 p.m. (MST) in ASU's homecoming tilt.

Tillman On A Tear: Senior outside linebacker Pat Tillman is leading Arizona State's defense on and off the field. Tillman, a second-team All-Pac-10 performer in 1996, was second on the team in tackles last year with 91. This year, he is leads the team and is among the conference leaders with 58 stops including three sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Tillman also shares the team leads in interceptions with three, giving Tillman seven in his career. Against Stanford, Tillman registered 11 tackles, 10 unassisted, and three tackles for loss, earning him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Tillman is also a standard for his teammates in the classroom, where he has a 3.82 GPA in marketing. Burger King recognized his accomplishments by awarding a $10,000 scholarship to ASU in his name.

    Tillman Game-by-Game Tackles
    Opp.               UA  AT  Total  TFL-Yds.
    New Mexico State    1   3    4      1-2
    at Miami            3   4    7      0-0
    BYU                 5   7   12      2-12
    at Oregon St.       5   1    6      2-15
    at Washington       0   1    1      1-3
    USC                 4   9   13      2-3
    at Stanford        10   1   11      3-12
    WSU                 2   2    4      0-0
    Totals             30  28   58     11-47

ASU Head Coach Bruce Snyder on Pat Tillman: "Pound for pound, he is the best linebacker I've ever coached."

The Goods on J.R.: J.R. Redmond is turning heads both on and off the field. The sophomore tailback is 14th in the nation with 157.4 all-purpose yards per game and leads the team with 83.3 rushing yards per contest. He also leads the team in punt returns and kickoff returns and is tied for fourth on the team with 13 catches. Redmond's big-play ability has been evident as he has reeled off runs of 50 and 93 yards. His 93-yard touchdown against New Mexico State tied the fifth-longest run from scrimmage in ASU history and earned Redmond the AT&T Long Distance Run of the Week award. Redmond, a Doak Walker Award nominee, is also leaving defenders behind on special teams as he is averaging 10.5 yards per punt return and 21.0 yards per kick return. Redmond suffered a hip strain against USC that sidelined him for much of the second half against the Trojans and prevented him from making the trip to Stanford.

    Redmond Game-by-Game Rushing
    Game                No. Yds.  Avg  TD
    New Mexico State    10  176  17.6   1
    at Miami            12  105   8.8   1
    BYU                 17   66   5.1   0
    at Oregon St.       18   77   4.3   0
    at Washington       21   76   3.6   1
    USC                 12   48   4.0   1
    at Stanford         DNP - Injured (Hip Strain)
    WSU                  8   35   4.4   0
    Totals              94  583   6.2   4
    Redmond Game-by-Game All Purpose         
                                                            Per      Per
    Game            Rush     Rec.    Punts  KO     Total    Touch    Game
    NMSU           10-176    1-13    3-18   2-57   16-264   16.5
    at Miami       12-105    5-46    2-53   3-49   22-253   12.1
    BYU             13-66     0-0    2-26   4-90   19-182    9.6
    at Oregon St.   18-77    1-18     2-1   1-21   22-117    5.3
    at Washington   21-76     0-0    5-52    0-0   26-128    4.9
    USC             12-48    3-17     1-8   1-14    17-87    5.1
    at Stanford     DNP - Injured (Hip Strain) 
    WSU              8-35    3-36     0-0    0-0    11-71    6.5
    Totals         94-583  13-130  15-158 11-231 133-1102    8.3    157.4
    Top Five Runs in ASU history
    1. 99 yds., Max Anderson, vs. Wyoming, 1967 (TD)
    2. 98 yds., Mark Malone, vs. Utah State, 1979 (TD)
    3. 97 yds., Art Malone, vs. Utah, 1968 (TD)
    4. 94 yds., Hascall Henshaw, vs. Case Western Reserve, 1940 (TD)
    5. 93 yds., J.R. Redmond, vs. New Mexico St. , 1997 (TD)
                Tom Dekellis, vs. Whittier, 1938 (TD)

They Said It: Former Miami Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger on J.R. Redmond: "He runs hard and intelligently. He makes a lot of yards after contact. He's one of the best players I've seen in the Orange Bowl not wearing a Miami uniform."

Defensive Stand: ASU's defense has handed in some mighty impressive performances in 1997. Arizona State is 14th in the nation in scoring defense, 16th in rushing defense and 18th in pass efficiency defense. In a 23-12 win at Miami, ASU's defense held the Miami offense to two field goals, the first time the Hurricanes had been held without an offensive touchdown in the Orange Bowl since 1984. BYU's 13 points was the fewest it has scored in 25 games. The Sun Devils held Oregon State to 20 yards rushing, the fewest a Beaver squad had run for since 1989. ASU limited USC to seven points, 15 first downs and 214 total yards - zero, four and 50 in the second half. Stanford's 14 points was the fewest it had scored since losing to ASU 41-9 in 1996. Against Washington State, the Sun Devils held what was the second-best offense in the nation coming into the game to its second lowest point total of the season.

    ASU's Defense Game-by-Game
    Opp.          Rush Yds. Pass Yds. Total   Pts.
    New Mexico St.  107         91     198     10
    at Miami         68        220     288     *6
    BYU              99        328     427     13
    at Oregon St.    20        193     213     *3
    at Washington   240        150     390     26
    USC             114        100     214      7
    at Stanford     114        285     399     14
    WSU              51        447     498     31
    Totals          813       1814    2627    *110 
    (PG)          (101.6)    (226.8) (328.4) (13.8)
    *does not include points scored by opponents defenses 
    (13 total: 6 vs. Miami, 7 vs. Oregon State)

Safety Valves: ASU coaches know they can take some chances because of the two safeties they have in the secondary Senior Damien Richardson is a member of the Jim Thorpe Award "watch list" as one of the best defensive backs in college football. The strong safety has started 30 straight games for ASU and is second on the team with 54 tackles. Junior free safety Mitchell Freedman is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and his sack of Ryan Leaf which led to a fumble and return for TD is one of the biggest plays of ASU's season.

Kealy at the Helm: Redshirt freshman Ryan Kealy won a battle with junior Steve Campbell for the starting QB job in fall camp. Since taking the reigns of ASU's offense, Kealy has showed the poise and promise that earned him the job. Kealy has set and reset career highs since the USC game when ASU decided to open up the offense for its young QB. In those last three games, Kealy is 58 of 106 (.547) for 721 yards (240.3 per game) with seven TDs and 2 INTs. After seven games, Kealy has posted a 121.45 efficiency rating, completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,594 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.

    Kealy Game-by-Game Passing
    Opp.               Att. Comp. Int.  Pct.  Yds.  TD  Lg.
    New Mexico State    19   11    0    57.9   107   1  23
    at Miami            26   18    1    69.2   239   1  40
    BYU                 29   12    0    41.4   153   0  36
    at Oregon St.       24   14    2    58.3   194   1  38
    at Washington       30   13    1    43.3   180   1  27
    USC                 34   21    1    61.8   281   3  40
    at Stanford         36   14    1    38.8   195   0  46
    WSU                 36   23    0    63.8   245   4  39
    Totals             234  126    6    53.8  1594  11  46

First-Year QBs: As Ryan Kealy proceeds throughout the season, it appears he will have the best campaign for a first year QB at ASU in the past 10 years. Kealy needs 114 yards passing to break Grady Benton's freshman record for yards passing. Kealy's performance against USC, the sixth game of his career, included 21 completions, 3 TDs and 281 yards. Jake Plummer did not have a 21-completion day until the 14th game of his career, a three-TD day until the 16th game of his career or 280+ passing-yard game until the 17th game of his career. Kealy's 11 TD passes tops any of the four QBs listed below while he's on pace to surpass each in passing yards as well. Here's a look at how the last four regular ASU QBs did their first year in a starting role:

    Name, Year           G/GS  Att. Comp. Yds.  TD  Int.  Pct.
    Jake Plummer, 1993   9/6   199  102  1,650   9   7   .513
    Grady Benton, 1992  10/8   225  149  1,707   8   9   .662
    Brett Powers, 1991   8/8   234  127  1,500   8  11   .543
    Paul Justin, 1988    8/5   150   84  1,063   5   2   .560

Looking for Lenzie: Lenzie Jackson has become Ryan Kealy's favorite target as the junior wide receiver leads the team with 41 catches for 574 yards. Jackson has been sizzling in his last three games, catching 20 passes for 303 yards and three TDs. Jackson pulled in a career-high nine catches against Washington State and turned in a career-high 132 yards against USC. Including the Rose Bowl, Jackson has a catch in 21 straight games and has 88 in his career.

    Jackson Receiving Game-By-Game
    Opp.            Rec. Yds.  TD
    New Mexico St.   6    68    1
    at Miami         2    21    0
    BYU              4    64    0
    at Oregon State  6    74    0
    at Washington    3    44    0
    USC              7   132    1
    at Stanford      4    82    0
    WSU              9    89    2
    1997 Totals     41   574    4
    1996            36   505    3
    1995             6    37    1
    Career          83  1116    8
    (Rose Bowl: 5 catches)

Not Just a Blocking Bates: Sophomore tight end Kendrick Bates has proven his 6-4, 243-pound frame can do more than block. Bates is third on the team with 20 catches for 277 yards, averaging 13.9 yards per catch. Among Pac-10 tight ends, Bates is second only to Oregon's Blake Spence in catches and yardage.

    Pac-10 Tight Ends
    Player                 Rec.  Yds.  TDs
    Blake Spence, Oregon    29   497    5
    Kendrick Bates, ASU     20   277    1
    Mike Grieb, UCLA        15   151    2
    Cam Cleeland, UW        15   224    2
    Love Jefferson, WSU     11   144    2
    Joe Kuykendall, OSU     11   101    0

Triple Threat: Arizona State has three quality tailbacks and along with fullback Jeff Paulk may have one of the most dangerous backfields in the nation. Starter Michael Martin leads the team with 588 rushing yards and is averaging 73.5 yards rushing per game while backup J.R. Redmond leads the team with 83.3 rushing yards per game. ASU's tailbacks go three deep with Marlon Farlow, who rushed for a career high 129 yards on 13 carries against Stanford and has compiled 227 yards in two games with Redmond sidelined with an injury (98 vs. USC). Farlow has rushed for 336 yards this year, averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Martin Returns: Senior tailback Michael Martin notched his second consecutive and fourth career 100-yard game against Washington State, rushing for 111 yards on 20 carries to follow his 124-yard performance at Stanford. That's a total of 240 yards and a 5.5 yard average in his last two games. Martin returned this year from a season-ending neck injury he suffered in the UCLA game (6th of the year) last season. He took his place in the Sun Devil starting lineup against New Mexico State and rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries and followed that up with his second career 100-yard game against Miami. Martin in the starting lineup is a good sign for ASU as the Sun Devils are 15-1 with Martin in the starting lineup. A concussion and pinched nerve prevented Martin from practicing and starting against Washington, but he returned to the starting lineup against USC. Martin has rushed for over 1,000 yards in 16 starts during his Sun Devil career, averaging 80.5 yards per start.

    Martin Game-By-Game When Starting
    Team                Att. Yds.  Avg. TD
    BYU ('95)           24    78   3.3   0
    Oregon ('95)        21    79   3.8   2
    UCLA ('95)          25    90   3.6   1
    Washington ('96)    20    92   4.6   1
    N. Texas ('96)      14    62   4.4   0
    Nebraska ('96)      26    77   3.0   0
    Oregon ('96)        23   161   6.4   0
    Boise State ('96)    8    79   9.9   0
    UCLA ('96)           2     4   2.0   0 (injured, broken neck)
    New Mexico St.      15    64   4.3   1
    Miami               26   103   4.0   0
    BYU                 16    43   2.7   1
    at Oregon St.       14    66   4.7   0 (injured, pinched nerve)
    USC                 12    56   4.7   0
    at Stanford         23   124   5.4   1
    WSU                 20   111   5.6   0
    Total              289  1289   4.5   7

On the Road Again: Arizona State's loss at Washington snapped the Sun Devils second-longest road winning streak in school history. ASU had won eight straight road games prior to its trip to Seattle. Under Bruce Snyder, the Sun Devils are 14-14 away from home, having won nine of their last 10 and three of four this year. Four of ASU's first seven games were on the road this season where as last year the Sun Devils didn't venture away from Tempe until the sixth game of the season.

Home Field Advantage: Sun Devil Stadium has provided ASU with a significant home field edge since its inception in 1958. Arizona State is 196-63-3 (.754) all-time in Sun Devil Stadium and 8-1 since the playing surface was dedicated as Frank Kush Field. ASU has won six straight Pac-10 home games. ASU was undefeated at home in 1996 and has drawn five of the seven largest crowds in ASU history in the past two years, including a record 74,963 to the Rose Bowl-clinching win over California. ASU drew an average of 63,884 to seven home games in 1996, a jump of 15,003 from the previous season - the largest increase in the nation. This year, ASU drew the fifth-largest crowd in ASU history to the WSU game (73,644) and is averaging 64,406 fans per game.

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Three Sun Devils have been named Pac-10 Player of the Week following outstanding performances this season:

    Player          Game        Note
    Robert Nycz     Miami       tied career high with 3 FGs
    Ryan Kealy      USC         21/34, 281 yds., 3 TDs
    Pat Tillman     Stanford    11 tackles (10 unassisted), INT

Pac-10 All-Academic History: Arizona State ranks among the top four football programs in the conference in terms of receiving All-Academic recognition each season. Over the last eight years, only Stanford, Oregon and Washington have had more football players honored for their performance on and off the field. Below is a chart of the number of Pac-10 All-Academic players for each school from 1989-96.

    School     *Pac-10 All-Academic Players
    Stanford            73
    Oregon              49
    Washington          43
    Arizona State       36
    Oregon State        36
    USC                 30
    Washington State    29
    UCLA                28
    California          25
    Arizona             24
    *since 1989

Academic All-America: The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has been selecting Academic All-Americans for more than 30 years in all sports. In the Pac-10, Arizona State has been among the all-time leaders in student-athletes honored academically on a national scale, maintaining a 3.2 GPA or higher. Here's how ASU ranks in the Pac-10:

    School      CoSIDA All-Americans
    UCLA                70
    Stanford            59
    Arizona             46
    Arizona State       36
    USC                 33
    Oregon              31
    Oregon State        26
    California          21
    Washington          21
    Washington State    21
Ricky Boyer
Ricky Boyer can hurt a defense both rushing and receiving. (File Photo)

Big Wins: In the past two seasons, ASU has defeated some of the most storied football programs in college football. In their last 19 games, the Sun Devils have defeated Washington, Nebraska, USC (twice) and Miami. Those four programs have combined for 2,385 wins, 118 bowl appearances and 17 national championships, having won or shared 11 national titles since 1970. Heading into this season, the ASU football program ranked 17th on the all-time winning percentage list, winning 62.9 percent of their games in 85 seasons.

High School Connection: When freshmen Ryan Kealy and Tariq McDonald hooked up for a four-yard touchdown pass in ASU's season-opener, it was the first TD both were involved in as Sun Devils. However, it wasn't the first time the two produced six points. As seniors at Phoenix's St. Mary's High School, Kealy hit McDonald for touchdowns 22 times en route to a state championship. Kealy passed for 2,682 yards and 41 TDs his senior season while McDonald was his favorite target, catching 75 balls for 1,192 yards.

Fast Start: Arizona State has developed a habit of starting fast after it comes out of the lockeroom in 1997. ASU has outscored its opponents 44-6 in the first quarter, shutting out seven of eight opponents, and 53-20 in the third quarter, blanking five of eight. ASU has made its halftime adjustments well in each of the last two years as the Sun Devils outscored opponents 113-23 in the third quarter in 1996. The 113 points was the most by any Pac-10 team in the third quarter while the 23 points given up was the fewest by any Pac-10 team in any quarter.

Maroon Zone: Here's the numbers on how ASU's offense and defense have done inside the 20-yard line.

                      ASU   Pct.    Opponents   Pct.
    Inside 20          32   ---        17       ---
    Scored             25   .781       14      .823
    TD                 17   .531        8      .470
    Run TD/Pass TD     9/8             3/2
    FG                  8   .250        6      .353
    Turnover            3               1
    TOD                 1               0   
    Missed FG           2               0
    Blocked FG          0               1   
    End of half/game    1               1

Third Downs: Converting third downs is often dependent on how far you have to go. A look inside the numbers on ASU's and its opponents third-down efficiency:

    3rd & ...      1-5 yds.     6-10 yds.    Above 10     Total
    ASU         26/53 (.491)  16/47 (.340)   5/32 (.156)  47/132 (.356)
    Opp.        13/33 (.394)  10/49 (.204)   6/33 (.182)  29/115 (.252)

Automatic: Robert Nycz was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist a year ago and is once again a semifinalist this year. The senior placekicker has connected on 88 straight extra points and 114 of 115 in his career. Only a blocked attempt at California in 1995 has prevented him from being perfect. Nycz is also reliable when kicking for three points as he has split the uprights on 12 of 17 attempts this season with three of his five misses coming beyond 40 yards. He has connected on 34 of 49 (.694) career field goal attempts. He is 24 of 29 from inside 40 yards and 10 of 20 beyond 40 in his career. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week Sept. 15 for his career-high three field goals at Miami.

Nycz Career Stats
Yr.    FGA  FGM  Pct.  Long  XPA  XPM   Pct.  Pts.
1995    16  11  .688    48   32    31   .969   64   
1996    16  11  .688    46   60    60  1.000   93
1997    17  12  .706    46   23    23  1.000   59
Career  49  34  .694    48  115   114   .991  216
*Nycz was also 2/2 on PATs and 1/1 on FGs (37 yds.) in the 1997 Rose Bowl
Yr.      G  20-29   30-39   40-49   50+  Long
1995    11   4/4     3/4     4/6    0/2   48
1996    11   5/5     3/5     3/6    0/0   46
1997     8   2/2     7/9     3/5    0/1   46
Career  30  11/11   13/18   10/17   0/3   48

Williams A Weapon: Senior punter and kickoff man Marcus Williams has become a valuable weapon for ASU in the battle for field position. Williams is 24th in the nation with a 43.6 yard average, but more importantly - he is the main reason ASU is ninth in the nation with a 40.8 net punting average. Williams 43.6 yard average is the best at ASU since 1984 (John Meyer, 43.8) and he set a Sun Devil record with a 53.6 yard average on seven kicks against Washington State. Williams is also the Sun Devil kickoff man and has booted 21 touchbacks on 46 kickoffs (.456) as opponents are starting at an average of the 21.9 yard line after ASU kickoffs.

Special Teams: Here's some numbers pertaining to ASU's special teams:

         Kickoffs   Ret.  Avg. Against  TB  Avg. Opp. Starting Point
    ASU     46      22      19.7        21      21.9
    Opp.    30      20      18.5         8      27.6
          Punts  Ret  Avg. Against  FC  Downed  *-20  *-10  TB
    ASU     53    28      5.3       12    11      8    4     2
    Opp.    60    30     10.0        8    15     12    4     7
    *fair caught or downed (includes kicked out of bounds) inside 20/10

Block That Kick: Arizona State has showed a knack for putting a paw on opposing kicks. The Sun Devils have blocked a kick (punt, FG or PAT) in five of their last 10 games (including Rose Bowl) dating back to last year. ASU has blocked two field goals and a extra point this season after blocking six kicks a year ago.

    Blocks in Last 10 Games:
    Arizona     FG and punt (Burnstein)
    Ohio State  FG (Burnstein)
    Miami       PAT (Yancy)
    BYU         FG (Battle)
    Oregon St.  FG (Staat)

Turnover Edge: In its last 25 games (dating back to 1995), ASU has a turnover ratio of +29 (63-34). In that span, ASU has accumulated 26 INTs and 37 fumble recoveries while opponents have registered 20 interceptions and 14 recoveries. ASU is 21-4 during the stretch. This year, ASU is +7 in turnover margin and is +8 in its last two games.

Sure Hands: A big reason for ASU's turnover advantage over the last 25 games has been the sure-handed play of its running backs. Sun Devil running backs have lost only three fumbles on a rushing play since the start of the 1995 season, a span of 31 games. That's three fumbles lost in 1,438 rushing attempts. However, two of those lost fumbles have come in ASU's last seven games.

Capitalizing: ASU has converted turnovers into points 41 percent of the time while its opponents have scored off of turnovers 50 percent of the time.

    Turnovers Resulting In ...
    ASU                     Opponents
    21      Opp. Turnovers     14
    51      Points             36
     6      TD                  4
     3      FG                  3       
     6      Punt                3
     3      MFG                 1
     1      Turnover            1
     0      TO on Downs         1
     2      End of Half/Game    1

The Century Mark: ASU has had at least one person rush for 100 or more yards in four of its eight games in 1997, all wins. ASU is 220-36-5 (.852) all-time when it has someone top the century mark and is 21-4 (.840) since Bruce Snyder's arrival in Tempe.

Double Whammy: ASU's Michael Martin and J.R. Redmond each ran for over 100 yards against Miami, the first time that had happened to the Hurricanes since 1979. Against Stanford, Martin joined Marlon Farlow in both topping the 100-yard mark. ASU has had two rushers over 100 yards in the same game 34 times in its history, compiling a record of 32-1-1. This is the first year since 1973 that more than one combination of backs has combined for over 100 yards. Woody Green, Ben Malone and Fred Williams--in some combination--paired to rush for over 100 yards each five times. That was also the last year it has happened more than twice.

ASU in the Polls: Here's a look at ASU's path in both major polls in 1997:

    Date        AP  ESPN/USA Today
    Preseason   --      --
    Aug. 31     --      --
    Sept. 7     24      --
    Sept. 14    14      17
    Sept. 21    25      23
    Sept. 28    25      22
    Oct. 5      --      --
    Oct. 12     --      --
    Oct. 19     23      22
    Oct. 26     20      21
    Nov. 2      15      16

Defending the Title: 1997 marks the second time Arizona State has defended a Pac-10 championship in the 19 years the Sun Devils have been a member of the league. The Sun Devils captured their first Pac-10 title in 1986 and followed up with a 7-4-1 season in 1987 that included a trip to the Freedom Bowl, ASU's last bowl appearance before last year. ASU has totaled 16 conference championships, picking up seven each as a member of the Border Conference and WAC. In its 15 previous title defenses, ASU has repeated as champion five times - winning back-to-back Border crowns in 1939-40 and picking up five straight trophies from 1969-73 in the WAC. On average, ASU has won 7.4 games the year after a conference crown.

The Year After: Four of the 10 previous Pac-10 champions went on to repeat the following year. USC and Washington each won or shared three consecutive titles, the Trojans from 1987-89 and the Huskies from 1990-92. A look back at how the champion(s) have fared the following year:

    Year    Champion    Next Year
    1986    ASU         7-4-1, 4th
    1987    USC         10-2, 1st
            UCLA        10-2, 2nd
    1988    USC         9-2-1, 1st
    1989    USC         8-4-1, 2nd
    1990    Washington  12-0, 1st
    1991    Washington  9-3, 1st
    1992    Washington  7-4, ineligible
            Stanford    4-7, 7th
    1993    UCLA        5-6, 5th
            Arizona     8-4, 2nd
            USC         8-3-1, 2nd
    1994    Oregon      9-3, 3rd
    1995    USC         6-6, 5th
            Washington  9-3, 2nd

Sizing up the Schedule: ASU's 1997 schedule was ranked the 10th-toughest in the nation in an NCAA preseason survey. In addition to the always tough Pac-10 slate, the Sun Devils have added nonconference foes Miami, BYU and New Mexico State. Five of the Sun Devil opponents went to bowls a year ago: Miami (Carquest), BYU (Cotton), Washington (Holiday), Stanford (Sun) and California (Aloha). The Sun Devils face all but BYU on the road. ASU's 11 opponents combined for a 70-60 mark last season while only two won less than five games. Four of ASU's first seven games were on the road this season which is in stark contrast to a year ago when the Sun Devils' first five games were in Tempe. On the flip side, ASU finishes up with three of its final four games at home.

Pac-10 Poll: Arizona State was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 in a preseason poll of West Coast media members that regularly cover the league. Washington received 28 of 31 first-place votes to be tabbed as the favorite for 1997. The complete poll:

    1. Washington (28)  306     6. Arizona          151
    2. Stanford (3)     263     7. Washington St.   142
    3. USC              228     8. Oregon           114
    4. UCLA             217     9. California        74
    5. Arizona St.      175    10. Oregon St.        35

Preseason Pundits: As ASU headed into the 1997 season, the preseason college football annuals rank the Sun Devils anywhere from 12th to 35th in the nation while selecting ASU to finish somewhere between third and sixth in defense of its Pac-10 title. Below is a list of various preseason magazine and internet predictions for ASU:

                    ASU in Nation   ASU in Pac-10   
    Lindy's             20th            3rd 
    Preview Sports      18th            6th
    Athlon              35th            5th
    The Sporting News   33rd            5th
    Street & Smith's    17th            3rd 
    Blitz               26th    
    College Sports News 12th    
    Fans Only           25th

Mirror Image: A comparison of Bruce Snyder's five seasons at Cal and his first five seasons at ASU reveals striking similarities. Snyder's record during his five years (1987-91) at California was 29-24-4 (.544) while his record after five years at ASU stood at 32-24 (.571).

    At California           At Arizona State
    Year     Record  Bowl   Year    Record  Bowl
    1987      3-6-2         1992     6-5
    1988      5-5-1         1993     6-5
    1989      4-7-0         1994     3-8
    1990      7-4-1  Copper 1995     6-5
    1991     10-2-0  Citrus 1996     11-1   Rose
    Totals  29-24-4         Totals  32-24

Youth is Served: Thirteen of ASU's 22 opening day starters were underclassmen (juniors or younger) including nine on offense. Three starters, QB Ryan Kealy, RG Victor Leyva and LB Stephen Trejo, were redshirt freshmen.

A Game of Firsts: After losing 12 starters off of last year's squad, ASU's season-opener against New Mexico State saw a lot of firsts for many of those trying to replace them. Twenty-two players saw their first action, and 10 started for the first time. A look at who did what for the first time:

    First Appearance    First Start
    Ryan Kealy          Ryan Kealy, QB
    Victor Leyva        Victor Leyva, RG
    Stephen Trejo       Troy Davis, RT
    Darrin Ransom       Darrin Ransom, FB
    J'Juan Cherry       Kenny Mitchell, WR
    Brian Forth         Jeremy Staat, RDT
    Jamel Ready         Hamilton Mee, RE
    Christon Rance      Stephen Trejo, ILB
    Adam Archuleta      Paul Reynolds, ILB
    Mark Polchow        Phillip Brown, FS
    Jeff Boyer  
    Joe Cesta           First Touchdown
    Terrelle Smith      Darrin Ransom
    Korey Ramsay        Tariq McDonald
    Marvel Smith    
    Jeff Johannesen     First TD Pass
    Tariq McDonald      Ryan Kealy
    Brian Jennings      Steve Campbell
    Matt Cercone    
    Jason Moore         First Reception
    Che Britton         Tariq McDonald (TD)
    Quincy Yancy

1996 in Review: ASU finished last season ranked fourth in both major polls after going 11-1 and 8-0 in the Pac-10, winning its second Pac-10 title. The Sun Devils completed an undefeated regular season, the fourth in ASU history, before falling to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Sun Devil QB Jake Plummer, OT Juan Roque, TB Terry Battle and DE Derrick Rodgers each received All-America recognition as Roque was a consensus pick and Plummer finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Head coach Bruce Snyder was the consensus choice for National Coach of the Year, winning 14 of a possible 16 awards, and earned his second Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor.

#11 Hangs Forever: Danny White's joined his father, Wilford "Whizzer" White, and Bobby Mulgado as the only Sun Devils to have their jersey retired during halftime of the BYU game. Danny played at ASU from 1971-73 and was the Sun Devils starting QB each year, compiling a three-year record of 31-4 leading his team to three straight WAC titles and three Fiesta Bowl wins. A charter member of ASU's Hall of Fame, White played 13 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and was a member of their Super Bowl XII Championship team. White is currently head coach and general manager of the Arizona Rattlers where he has won two Arena Bowl titles, including the 1997 crown.

Hall of Fame Year: Former Sun Devils Danny White and Mike Haynes each are receiving Hall of Fame recognition in 1997. White, ASU's starting QB from 1971-73, was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in January, becoming the first Sun Devil player to ever receive that honor. Haynes, a Sun Devil from 1972-75, became the third (John Henry Johnson, Charley Taylor) ASU player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a July ceremony.

ASU Hall of Fame: ASU will induct five new members into the Sun Devil Hall of Fame on Homecoming Weekend (Oregon game). Danielle Ammaccapane (golf), Vernon Maxwell (football), Kim Neal (gymnastics), Rick Walker (track & field) and Lisa Zeis (gymnastics) comprise the Class of 1997.

ASU Libraries: ASU's Athletic Department forwarded $50,000 to the ASU Library System in a pregame presentation prior to the USC game. Members of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and ASU head coaches made the presentation together to the ASU Library system which has distinguished itself as one of the top 35 academic research libraries in the United States or Canada.

Returning Honorees: Five Sun Devils return from seasons that earned them All-Pac-10 recognition a year ago (listed below). However, ASU will have to attempt to fill the shoes of 11 others who earned Pac-10 accolades, including five first-team performers.

    Name, Pos.          1996 Pac-10 Honor
    Kyle Murphy,        LG  2nd team
    Pat Tillman, OLB    2nd team
    Robert Nycz, PK     honorable mention
    Grey Ruegamer, RT   honorable mention
    Jason Simmons, CB   honorable mention

Leader of the Pac: Arizona State's undefeated march to the Pac-10 championship a year ago was dominating, as evidenced by the fact ASU led the conference in all but one major statistical category. The Sun Devils' rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense were each ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only ASU's passing offense failed to lead the league, ranking fifth. Here's a look inside the numbers:

    Category    Score (Rank in Pac-10, margin)
    Rushing Offense      248.5 ypg (1st, + 18.5)
    Passing Offense      243.9 ypg (5th)
    Total Offense        492.5 ypg (1st, + 34.9)
    Scoring Offense       42.8 ppg (1st, + 8.4)
    Rushing Defense       98.0 ypg (1st, + 5.0)
    Pass Eff. Defense   104.15 rating (1st, + 2.66)
    Total Defense        304.7 ypg (1st, + 16.1 ypg)
    Scoring Defense       17.8 ppg (1st, + 2.3 ppg)

Worst-to-First: After ranking last in the Pac-10 in defense in 1995, ASU's climb to the top of the conference chart was the first time in Pac-10 history a school has gone from worst-to-first in one season. ASU's top-notch defense marked the fourth time ASU has paced the league, but the first time since 1983.

Draft Success: Arizona State had eight football players selected in the 1997 NFL Draft, tied for the most in the nation with Miami and Nebraska (see chart below). In addition, ASU had six other players sign free agent contracts, giving it 14 players in NFL camps in 1997 from its 1996 squad. To break it down, of ASU's 22 starters on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl, 11 (6 defensive, 5 offensive) are now in the NFL with the Sun Devils first string punter and two reserves joining them in the professional ranks.

        Team        Players Drafted
    1.  ASU             8
    4.  Florida State   7
        Ohio State
    6.  Colorado        6

Dodging Draft Blues: Of the eight college programs that lost six or more players to the NFL draft only ASU, Nebraska, Ohio State and Florida State are ranked in the Top 25.

In the NFL: Arizona State has 24 former players currently on NFL rosters including eight players from last year's squad. Terry Battle (Lions), Steve Bush (Bengals), Jake Plummer (Cardinals), Keith Poole (Saints), Derrick Rodgers (Dolphins), Juan Roque (Lions), Derek Smith (Redskins) and Scott Von der Ahe (Colts) all played for Snyder a year ago and are now in the NFL ranks.

Bowl Lineup: The top four finishers in the Pac-10 race are once again guaranteed bowl games following the season. Additionally, four bowls (Las Vegas, Motor City, Independence and Humanitarian) have open slots. A look at where, when and against whom the Pac-10 will go bowling after the '97 season:

    Bowl     Site       Date     TV     Matchup
    Aloha    Honolulu   Dec. 25  ABC    Pac-10 #4 vs. Big 12 #5
    Holiday  San Diego  Dec. 29  ESPN   WAC #1/Pac-10 #2 vs. Big 12 #3
    Sun      El Paso    Dec. 31  CBS    Pac-10 #3 vs. Big Ten #5
    Cotton   Dallas     Jan. 1   CBS    Big 12 #2 vs. WAC #1/ Pac-10 #2
    Rose     Pasadena   Jan. 1   ABC    Pac-10 #1 vs. Big Ten #1

Hula Bowl: ASU head coach Bruce Snyder will be one of the two head coaches at this year's Hula Bowl, featuring collegiate football's best seniors. Sun Devils Damien Richardson and Robert Nycz are also slated to play in the contest, January 18, 1998.

Missing the Bruins: The Pac-10 schedule includes eight conference games and the conference rotates which team a school misses every two years. ASU will miss UCLA in 1997 and 1998.

Larry Johnson
Linebacker Larry Johnson. (File Photo)

Three Dot Data: ASU will end the season 2-1 against teams picked ahead of them in the annual Pac-10 preseason poll (beat Stanford, USC; lost to Washington; don't play UCLA) ... P Marcus Williams' 53.6 yard per punt average against Washington State was a school record for a seven-punt performance ... In going 2 of 12 on third down conversions, Stanford didn't convert on 10 straight third downs ... in the past four games, ASU opponents are 18-of-71 (.254) on third-down conversions ... TB Marlon Farlow set a career high with 129 yards on 13 carries against Stanford ... FB Jeff Paulk's two rushing TDs against Stanford was a career high and all three of his career rushing TDs have come at the Cardinal ... QB Ryan Kealy's career highs have come in his last three games: 36 attempts (Stanford & WSU), 23 completions (WSU), 281 yards (USC) and 4 touchdowns (WSU) ... WR Lenzie Jackson set career highs with nine catches against Washington State and 132 yards receiving against USC ... the Sun Devils 28-point win was their largest margin of victory against USC ... seven players have interceptions for ASU this year ... J.R. Redmond's 21 rushing attempts at Washington was a career high ... the Huskies are the only team to score a point against the Sun Devils in the first quarter ... ASU has given up just seven passing TDs (4 to Ryan Leaf) and six rushing TDs this season ... ASU's offensive performance against Washington was one of its worst in recent memory as the 231 total yards was the fewest since the 1992 Arizona game (Nov. 21, 191 yards), the 15 first downs was the fewest since Oct. 28, 1995, at Oregon (14) and the 51 net rushing yards was the fewest since Oct. 22, 1994, vs. Washington State ... FS Mitchell Freedman's 15 tackles at Washington was a career high ... LB Pat Tillman's two interceptions against Oregon State was a career high and the first time since 1991 that ASU has had a player with two picks. Adam Brass and Darren Woodson both had two INTs a piece against Cal in '91 ... TE Kendrick Bates' 38-yard catch vs. Oregon State was a career high ... ASU's 10 points against BYU was its fewest since a 31-0 loss to USC on Sept. 30, 1995 and its fewest at home since a 47-10 loss to Miami on Sept. 10, 1994 ... the 13 points ASU allowed to BYU in the loss was the fewest points allowed by ASU in a loss since a 13-6 defeat against USC in 1990 ... TE Kendrick Bates' team-high five catches against BYU was a career best ... when Michael Martin and J.R. Redmond each ran for over 100 yards against Miami, it was the first time since 1979 that the Hurricanes had allowed two rushers to do that in the same game ... the 23-12 win at Miami was the Hurricanes first loss in a home-opener since 1985 (Florida) ... the Hurricanes offense was held without a touchdown, the first time that has happened in the Orange Bowl since 1984 (Florida State) ... TB Marlon Farlow established a career high with a 63-yard run against Stanford ... TB J.R. Redmond's 176 yards rushing against New Mexico State was a career high ... Michael Martin's 26 carries against Miami is a career high ... prior to Farlow and Redmond each gaining 100 yards against Miami, the last time two backs rushed for 100+ yards each was last year when Terry Battle and Jeff Paulk did it against Oregon State ... prior to this year, the last time ASU had two backs go over 100-yards in the same game twice in a season was 1993 ... Redmond's five catches against Miami was a career high ... WR Kenny Mitchell's 40-yard catch that led to ASU's game-clinching score at Miami was a career high ... PK Robert Nycz's three field goals at Miami tied a career high.

Bits & Bites: LB Pat Tillman enjoys rock climbing and snow/water skiing ... OG Kyle Murphy plans on a career in sports journalism ... Lou Groza Award candidate Robert Nycz's father was a linebacker at Dartmouth .... DL Vince Amey hit a grand slam in high school ... former NBA star Sidney Moncreif is a relative of DT Albrey Battle ... the 6-3, 289-pound Battle can slam dunk a basketball ... WR Ricky Boyer's uncle, Tim Boyer, played football at San Diego State and in the WFL ... TB J.R. Redmond ran a 21.9 200-meter dash without practicing ... SS Damien Richardson was nominated and appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy before choosing ASU ... with a major in bioengineering, Richardson's summer job required him to determine why accidents with appliances happened ... OT Grey Ruegamer's uncle, Bob Frisbee, played football at the University of Minnesota and for the Minnesota Vikings ... OL Mike Barnes aspires to be an athletic trainer ... Barnes' father played football and ran track at Chico State ... S Phillip Brown's uncle, Donald Smith, played for the Green Bay Packers ... QB Steve Campbell's father was a four-time football letterman at Northern Arizona University ... CB J'Juan Cherry has a family lineage that includes his brother, Jerod, who was a defensive back at California; a cousin, Khalid Shabazz, who currently plays in the backfield at Cal; a cousin, Kwame Ellis, who is a defensive back at Stanford; and an uncle, Deron Cherry, played 11 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs ... CB Kareem Clark's cousin is former Houston Oiler Earl Campbell ... DL Leroy Hawkins is contemplating a career in the FBI ... ... Center Randy Leaphart's brother, Robert, lettered at Washington and played in the 1982 Rose Bowl ... WR Tariq McDonald's father, a semifinalist at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic trials in the 400m and 200m, was a member of the Phoenix Junior College 4x100 and 4x400 national championship team ... DL Hamilton Mee has a twin brother, Harrison, and twin sisters, Kim and Kelly ... RE Terelle Smith has eight brothers/sisters and has a black belt in karate ... FB Kevin Tommasini is one of seven kids ... Tommasini's father played football at Oregon ... LB Stephen Trejo is one of nine kids.

National Radio: Three Sun Devil games are slated for national radio broadcasts. Those three games are:

    Date        Game        Radio Network
    Sept. 20    BYU         Airspace Communications
    Oct. 11     USC         Westwood One
    Nov. 28     Arizona     Westwood One

On the Tube: Seven of ASU's 11 games are already scheduled for live television with the possibility of more games being added to the TV lineup as the season moves along. Games already scheduled this season include:

    Date        Game                TV
    Sept. 6     New Mexico St.      KTVK-TV
    Sept. 13    at Miami            CBS (65% of nation)
    Sept. 20    BYU                 Fox Sports Net (national)
    Oct. 4      at Washington       Fox Sports Net (national)
    Oct. 11     USC                 ABC (regional)
    Nov. 1      Washington State    Fox Sports Net (national)
    Nov. 8      California          Fox Syndication
    Nov. 28     Arizona             Fox Sports Net (national)

Home Page: ASU, in partnership with University Netcasting, launched its brand new official home page on the world wide web. The latest news, results and statistics can be found at

Weekly Press Conference: Bruce Snyder holds a weekly press conference every Monday prior to scheduled football games. The press conference is held at noon in the fifth-floor conference room at the ICA Building. Every effort will be made to arrange a teleconference with the opposing head coach and if possible, players will also be available.

Faxback: The Pac-10 offers a faxback service for the media to obtain releases, results and statistics. To obtain the faxback phone number, please contact either the Pac-10 office or ASU media relations. ASU Football's codes are:

    Release                 111050
    Notes/Depth Chart Only  111051
    Stats Only              111052
    Latest Game Stats       111053
    Latest Game Book        111054
    Schedule/Scoreboard     111055
    Roster                  111056

Satellite Feed: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT through Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are Telestar 5, Transponder 23 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-286-3800 or Erin Heiny at 510-932-4411.

Pac-10 Teleconference: Every-other Tuesday beginning September 16, each head coach in the Pac-10 conference will be available for 10 minutes in a teleconference. Taped replays of the teleconference will also be available. The schedule is listed below. For the teleconference telephone number please contact the Pac-10 or Arizona State media relations.

    Days            Call Schedule (Pacific Time)
    Tue., Sept. 16  9:30 a.m.   Moderator opens call
    Tue., Sept. 30  9:35 a.m.   Mike Riley - Oregon State
    Tue., Oct. 14   9:45 a.m.   John Robinson - USC
    Tue. Oct. 28    9:55 a.m.   Tyrone Willingham - Stanford
    Tue., Nov. 11   10:05 a.m.  Tom Holmoe - California
                    10:15 a.m.  Dick Tomey -  Arizona
                    10:25 a.m.  Mike Price - Washington St.
                    10:35 a.m.  Bruce Snyder - ASU
                    10:45 a.m.  Mike Bellotti - Oregon
                    10:55 a.m.  Bob Toledo - UCLA
                    11:05 a.m.  Jim Lambright - Washington

The Bruce Snyder Show: KTVK-TV/NewsChannel 3, the exclusive television station of Arizona State athletics, is also the home of "The Bruce Snyder Show," each Saturday of the ASU football schedule. Snyder will join host Tim Healey to provide in-depth coverage of ASU football. The show airs at noon each Saturday the Sun Devils play.

Snyder on the Radio: Bruce Snyder joins KMVP host Brad Cesmat for a weekly call-in show on the Sun Devils' flagship radio station. "Talk To The Coach" airs each Tuesday from 6:45 - 7:15 p.m.

Radio Network: KMVP (860 AM) is the flagship station of the ASU Radio Network which includes:

    Station             City
    KTAR (620 AM)       Phoenix
    KAAA (1230 AM)      Kingman
    KATO (1230 AM)      Safford
    KDJI (1270 AM)      Holbrook
    KIKO (106.1 FM)     Globe/Miami
    KTUC (1400 AM)      Tucson
    KVWM (970 AM)       Show Low
    KYBC (1600 AM)      Cottonwood
    KYCA (1490 AM)      Prescott

Here's where ASU ranks in the nation:

Player              Category       Place    Stat
J.R. Redmond        All-Purpose     14th   157.4 ypg
J.R. Redmond        Rushing         49th    83.3 ypg
J.R. Redmond        Punt Returns    32nd    10.5 ypr
Ricky Boyer         Punt Returns    47th     9.4 ypr
Lenzie Jackson      Receptions      38th    5.13 rpg
Lenzie Jackson      Receiving Yds.  49th   71.75 ypg
Robert Nycz         Field Goals     10th     1.5 fgpg
Robert Nycz         Scoring         42nd    7.38 ppg
Marcus Williams     Punting         24th    43.6 ypp
Team   Category         Place   Stat
ASU Rushing Offense     30th    179.6 ypg
ASU Passing Offense     54th    207.4 ypg
ASU Total Offense       41st    387.3 ypg
ASU Scoring Offense     52nd     26.4 ppg
ASU Rushing Defense     16th    101.6 ypg
ASU Pass Eff. Defense   18th    102.72
ASU Total Defense       32nd    328.4 ypg
ASU Scoring Defense     14th     15.4 ppg
ASU Net Punting          9th     40.8 ypp
ASU Punt Returns       t40th     10.0 ypr
ASU Kickoff Returns    t84th     18.5 ypr
ASU Turnover Margin    t19th    +0.88 pg

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