Sun Devil – Washington Football Postgame Notes

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SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL POST-GAME NOTES – WASHINGTON

THE VICTORY OF ASU…

  • It’s ASU’s 17th win over a ranked opponent since 2012 – notable since the Sun Devils have won just 15 overall from 1998-2011. The 17 wins over ranked teams are 19th in the FBS since 2012 .
  • Made Sun Devil interim head coach Shaun Aguano one of only two coaches in program history to earn his first ASU victory over a ranked opponent, joining Darryl Rogers (ASU beat 9 Houston, 29-13, in Rogers’ 1980 season opener (first game at the helm).
  • Improves the Sun Devils to 7-4 since 2013 following a loss to a ranked opponent in the team’s next game against a ranked opponent (not necessarily in successive weekends).

VS-SERIES. WASHINGTON

  • Arizona State now leads the all-time series with Washington 22-16.
  • The Huskies haven’t defeated the Sun Devils in a game at Sun Devil Stadium since 2001, giving ASU eight straight wins in Tempe.
  • Arizona State is now 15-2 in its last 17 games against the Huskies.
  • In the last two matchups of the series, ASU has combined to score 80 points, the most since the Sun Devil’s back-to-back victories in 2007 and 2008 (83 points).

QUICK KEYS

  • Washington entered the 10/13 game on fourth conversions this season.
  • Arizona State held them to just 1/4 on fourth downs, including a huge fourth save to get the ball into Huskies territory in the third quarter. ASU then collected a touchdown on the ensuing drive, changing the momentum of the game.
  • Neither team had scored in their first practice of the game against Washington. That changed when Carter Brown netted a 53-yard field goal after a 12-play, 40-yard drive to start the game.
  • The Sun Devils forced Washington into a turnover on the downs to start the second half, marking the first time they failed to score on their first possession of the second half.
  • The Sun Devils have one interception in eight straight games since last season and 13 of the last 14 games. ASU has 53 interceptions since 2018.
  • Washington had only four three-and-outs all season, but ASU forced two today.
  • Arizona State scored 21 points in the second quarter, the second time they have reached that mark in a quarter this season (NAU 2nd quarter).

CUT DOWN THE DAWGS

  • The Sun Devils’ 45 points are the most in Washington since a 59-52 win over Eastern Washington on Sept. 6, 2014.
  • The last time Washington scored this many points (38 or more) in a loss was a 67-56 loss to Baylor on Dec. 29, 2011.
  • Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season. Arizona State stopped him from throwing a touchdown, with a pick six Jordan Clark accounting for the only touchdown on a Penix Jr. pass.
    • Penix Jr. entered the game throwing just three interceptions on 191 attempts, against 16 touchdowns. He couldn’t find that same success against the Sun Devil defence, unable to find the end zone with a single pass while throwing only his fourth interception of the season.

TB16

  • Trenton Bourguet became the first Sun Devil quarterback to come off the bench in a game to lead ASU to a victory from behind since Brock Osweiler against UCLA in 2010 (ASU was down 10-3 when Bourguet entered today and 10-0 against UCLA in 2010.
  • Bourguet threw three touchdown passes, the most for a quarterback coming off the bench since Osweiler threw four in that UCLA game.
  • The Arizona native finished the day with 183 yards and three touchdowns on 15 of 21 passes. He was 5 of 7 for 81 yards and a touchdown on third down of the day.

CHOOSE SIX PARTY

  • Jordan Clark had a massive interception in the second quarter, catching a pass that was deflected off the line of scrimmage by Nesta Jade Silvera.
  • He then returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, the first pick of six since Jack Jones recovered an 87-yard one in the Territorial Cup win over Arizona last year.
  • ASU records an interception return for a touchdown for the second straight year against Washington, as Merlin Robertson sealed the 2021 win with a fourth-quarter six pick in last season’s game.

MONEY PAID

  • Arizona State finished 9/13 (69.2%) on third down, one of their best efforts in recent memory on the game’s most important down.
  • The first nine downs are the most in a game since the Sun Devils went 11/15 (73%) in a 42-30 win over Arizona on 11/25/17. It was also the last time ASU converted to a clip of 69% or higher.
  • Over the past two weeks, ASU has had 16 total conversion thirds. In the first four games of the season, they only converted 12 in total.
    • Going deeper, ASU is 16-25 (64%) in the last two games on third down, down from 12-44 (27.3%) in the first four games.

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Carter Brown’s 53-yard field goal (3:57 left in 1Q) was the sixth-longest field goal in ASU history. It’s also a career high, surpassing his previous mark of 48 against NAU on September 1, 2022.
  • It is the third longest field goal by a Sun Devil at Sun Devil Stadium since 1982 and the longest field goal since 2016.
  • It was the longest field goal made by a true freshman in ASU history. He ties Thomas Weber (2007) the longest of any freshman, as Weber was a redshirt freshman when he went for 53 yards.
  • Tied for longest field goal by a Pac-12 kicker this season (Stanford K Joshua Karty, Oct. 1 vs. Oregon).
  • He’s now 9/10 on field goals and has scored his 18 extra points this season, which is a team-high 45 points.

LONGEST GROUND GOALS IN ASU HISTORY:

  1. 59 yards, Zane Gonzalez, (Oct 15, 2016 @ Colorado)
  2. 55 yards, Luis Zendejas, (November 6, 1982 vs. Oregon State)

T-3. 54 yards, Luis Zendejas, (January 1, 1983 vs. Oklahoma State, Fiesta Bowl)
Zane Gonzalez, (September 16, 2016 @ UTSA)
Zane Gonzalez, (September 16, 2016 @ UTSA)
T-4. 53 yards, Carter Brown (October 8, 2022 vs. Washington)

Thomas Weber (November 10, 2007 @ UCLA)
Zane Gonzalez, (September 3, 2016 vs. NAU)
T-5. 52 yards, Brandon Ruiz, (August 31, 2017, vs. New Mexico State)
Brandon Ruiz, (October 14, 2017 vs. Washington)
Thomas Weber, (December 2, 2010 @ Arizona)
Luis Zendejas, (October 30, 1982 vs. USC)
Luis Zendejas, (October 1, 1983 vs. Stanford
Luis Zendejas, (November 5, 1983 @ California
Luis Zendejas, (Sept. 15 vs. San Jose State)
Luis Zendejas, (November 24, 1984 @ Arizona)

START THE X:

  • X Valladay was once again great and played a major role in the win.
  • He eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the fourth time as the Sun Devil and the 18th time in his career.
  • X Valladay’s 11-yard touchdown run gives him six touchdowns in six games, tying his career high for rushing touchdowns in a single season.
  • The 14-yard touchdown reception was Valladay’s second receiving touchdown of the season, which ties his career-high in receiving touchdowns, but the first time he’s had consecutive games with a receiving touchdown in his career.
  • He’s now had 10 touchdowns in the last 11 games he’s played since last season and 14 touchdowns in the last 19 games since the start of the 2021 season.
  • It’s the second game in a row where he catches and runs for a touchdown. He becomes the first FBS running back to rush and catch a touchdown in consecutive games this season.
  • The 111-yard performance gives him

HEART AND SOELLE

  • Kyle Soelle finished with 12 tackles, giving him 10-plus tackles in five straight games. It’s the longest streak since Christian Sam did it in seven consecutive games in 2017.
  • During that five-game span, Soelle had 68 tackles. Since at least 2000, no other ASU player has more tackles in five straight games.
  • He now has 73 tackles on the season and 222 in his career.

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Bryan Thompson had 78 yards to top 1,000 for his career (currently at 1,072).
  • 153 rushing yards for X Valladay to reach 4,000 for his career (currently at 3,847).
  • 20 tackles for Merlin Robertson to reach 300 in his career (currently at 280).
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