Monday, September 28, 2015

DJ Foster Becomes 4th in NCAA History to Rush and Receive for Over 2000 Yards

Mike Stockman
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(Photography by Jacob M Cutler)

Trojan QB Cody Kessler throws 5 TDs.
TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 26, 2015) The #19 University of Southern California Trojans did not need to use the triple option offense in their victory over the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Instead, they relied on the arm of Trojan senior quarterback Cody Kessler (Bakersfield, CA) who threw for 379 yards, five touchdowns, and finished the game with a 197 quarterback rating in the 42-14 win over the Devils on Saturday, September 26, at Sun Devils Stadium.

In the first three games of the season, the Devils faced triple option offenses, allowing an average of over 215 yards rushing per game. In this game, they were able to hold the Trojans to less than 100 yards rushing. However, with a total of four turnovers, missed tackles, and two missed field goals, the Devils’ Head Coach Todd Graham stated, in a concerned manner, “They executed, we didn’t”.

DJ Foster makes history.
The Devils’ senior DJ Foster (Scottsdale, AZ) becomes the 4th player in the history of NCAA football to receive 2000 yards and rush for 2000 yards.

The Trojans’ Kessler also achieved a prestigious record in this game. His total career touchdown passes ranks him as third in the history of Trojan football.

The Trojans (3-1, 1-1 PAC-12) will host the Washington Huskies in a Pac-12 conference game on October 8, at 6 p.m. PT. The game will broadcast on ESPN.

The Devils (2-2, 0-1 PAC-12) travel to Pasadena, CA to take on Pac-12 rival UCLA Bruins  on Saturday, Oct 3 at 4:30 p.m. AZ time. The game will be covered by FOX.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Demario Richard Breaks ASU Record for Most Yards Receiving By Running Back

Mike Stockman
Copyright 2015 Phoenix Area Sports
(Photography by Jacob M Cutler)

Richard dives across goal for 33 yard td reception
TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 18, 2015) Arizona State University Sun Devil’s running back Demario Richard rushed for 104 yards and flew past defenders for 151 yards receiving while scoring two touchdowns in a 34-10 victory over the New Mexico Lobos on Friday, September 18 at Frank Kush Stadium.

Richard, a sophomore from Palmdale, CA had a record performance that included a 93 yard touchdown reception, the third longest touchdown pass in Devil history. His 151 yards in receptions is the most from a running back in the history for Devils' football.
For the second week in a row, a visiting non-conference team has created havoc in the middle of the Devils' defense carving up long runs and scoring touchdowns. The Lobos were able rack up 15 first downs, 184 yards rushing, and held the ball for a total of 36:21.

Coach Todd Graham leads his Devils to another win
In the post-game press conference, Coach Todd Graham was asked if he was concerned about the performance his defense is having this year against the run. His response was a very firm “I guarantee our guys are going to be ready for next week”.  He went on to say “I feel good about where my team is at”.

The Lobos will be traveling next week to play the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, September 26 at 1:08 pm MST. The game can be seen on television channel ROOT.

The Devils host PAC-12 Conference rivals University of Southern California Trojans on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  This is the first conference game time of the season for the Devils. The game time has not been announced and will be covered on PAC-12 Networks.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cal Poly Rushes for 323 Yards But Lose 35-21 to the Devils

Mike Stockman
Copyright 2015 Phoenix Area Sports
(Photography provided by Jacob M Cutler)

TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 12, 2015) Cal Poly Mustangs' rushing attack surprised the Arizona State University Sun Devils by gaining 323 yards, but the Mustangs couldn't hold on for the upset. Tied at 21-21 with less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Devils added two touchdowns to pull ahead in their home opener to win 35 -21 in the first meeting against the Mustangs on Saturday, September 12 at Frank Kush Stadium.

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Kody Kohl makes game changing touchdown catch with defender on his back.

The game started as most expected, the Devils took the lead 14-0 early in the second quarter. However the Mustangs, with a triple option threat, drove 64 yards in eight plays and scored on a pounding, up-the-middle run by Joe Protheroe. Protheroe would end the night with 130 net yards rushing, one touchdown, and an average of 4.6 yards per carry for the Mustangs, a Big Sky Conference member.

On the next play, Devils' junior De'Chavon Hayes takes the kick-off 57 yards, setting up the Devils in great field position on the Mustangs' side of the 50 yard line.  The Devils finished the drive with a six yard run, the first of two Demario Richard touchdowns, making the score 21-7.

Once again, most of the fans thought the Mustangs would roll over and the score would get out of hand. 

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Mustang running back Joe Protheroe dives over goal line for score
This would not be the case for the Mustangs, who are in their 97th season of football. With :13 seconds left in the first half, Mustang quarterback Chris Brown scored on a one yard quarterback sneak, bringing the Mustangs within seven points. On the first drive of the second half, the Mustangs tied the game with a 21 yard touchdown pass from Chris Brown to Reagan Enger.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter with 7:36 left on the clock that the Devils were able to score the go-ahead touchdown on a 10 yard game-changing pass from Mike Bercovici to Kody Kohl. Bercovici completed his third touchdown pass to Tim White with 1:59 on the clock putting the final score at 35-21.
Cal Poly's home opener against Northern Iowa is Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The Devils host the New Mexico Lobos in Tempe, AZ on Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the PAC-12 Network.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Scottsdale's Allen and Kirk Play Big Role In Aggies' Opener Against The Devils

By Mike Stockman
Copyright 2015 Phoenix Area Sports
(Photography provided by Jeremy Fletcher of Bigshots Snapshots Media)

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 5, 2015) The Arizona State University Sun Devils began the 2015 football season at NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium,  in Houston, TX against the Texas A&M Aggies. This was the first meeting between these teams, ending in a victory for the Aggies by a score of 38 - 17 on Saturday, September 5 in front of 66,308 screaming fans.

Kyle Allen Leads the Aggies to Victory Over the Devils
Scottsdale natives Kyle Allen (sophomore quarterback) and Christian Kirk (freshman wide receiver / punt returner) contributed to four of the five touchdowns for the Aggies in the win over the Devils.

Allen put the Aggies on the board first when he threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Tra Carson, senior running back from Texarkana, TX, in the first quarter for his first touchdown of the year. In the 4th quarter, he scrambled for a 12 yard touchdown. With less than four minutes left in the game, he connected with Kirt on a 66 yard touchdown to put the Aggies up 31-17. Allen finished the night with a 139.4 rating - completing 15 of 26 passes for 198 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception, and one rushing touchdown.

Christian Kirk returns punt 79 yards for touchdown.
Kirk was electrifying as he darted through the Devils' special team on a punt return for a 79 yard touchdown in the second quarter. Kirt ended the night with 106 yards receiving and 82 yards in punt returns. His two touchdowns were the longest plays of the game.

Devils' senior quarterback Mike Bercovici threw a four yard touchdown to tight-end Kody Kohl for the Devils' first score of the night. In the third quarter, Bercovici ran for a 19 yard touchdown bringing the Devils' within three for a score of 17-14. Bercovici would finish with a 109.8 rating, completing 25 of 41 passes for a total of 199 yards, one touchdown pass, and a rushing touchdown.

The Devil's only other points came from field goal kicker Zane Gonzalez, from 23 yards out with 4:16 left in the game.  He finished the night with two extra points for a total of five points for the Devils.

Aggies’ kicker Taylor Bertolet connected for a field goal in the third quarter from 19 yards out. He finished the evening making every extra point bringing his total to eight points.

The Aggies' defense was able to get to Bercovici for a total of nine sacks on the night, four coming from defensive end Daeshon Hall, a junior from Lancaster, TX.The final score of the game occurred with 1:38 left when Carson ran 10 yards for a touchdown giving them a 38-17 lead.

Devils' Mike Bercovici runs over defender on 19 yard touchdown.
The Aggies, who are now 16-0 against non-conference teams since Kevin Sumlin became head coach, will be hosting Ball State in College Station for their home opener on September 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPNU and radio coverage can be heard on TAMUSN.

The Devils, who have had back to back ten win seasons under Coach Todd Graham, will host Cal Poly in their home opener on September 12, 2015 in Tempe, AZ at 8 p.m. PST. This game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.