Don Hansen

Sun Devil Stats Notebook

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The “Sun Devil Stats Notebook” series looks at some key statistics throughout the 2014 Sun Devil season.

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Another week of the 2014 college football season ends, and Pac-12 teams continue to move in all directions through the polls. UCLA has completely dropped out of both polls after being dismantled at home by the Oregon Ducks, and the Ducks are once again the highest ranked Pac-12 team. The University of Arizona sits one spot ahead of Arizona State in both polls. All in all, eight different Pac-12 teams have been ranked during the 2014 season.

Cumulative Team Stats

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Since the Sun Devils were playing from behind for most of the past eight quarters against UCLA and USC, the Sun Devils, for the season, have thrown the ball more than rushed the ball. Look for the offensive coaching staff to push to re-establish the rushing game after two poor performances.

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The pass distribution is essentially the same last week. Mike Bercovici was able to use all of this weapons on the field to beat the Trojans. Wide receiver Jaelen Strong had a tremendous, award winning game, but key catches came from DJ Foster, Ellis Jefferson, and Gary Chambers down the stretch to beat USC.

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Devilbacker Edmond Boateng, spur linebackers Laiu Moeakiola and Christian Sam, and WILL linebacker DJ Calhoun each made some big plays against the Trojans. These plays led the linebackers to increase their lead in tackles for loss percentage.

Week by Week Trending Metrics

The following line graphs continue to track important offensive and defensive metrics for the Sun Devils. The passing statistics from the USC game were a 2014 season high as Mike Bercovici exposed the Trojan defense vertically. The startling offensive statistic is the decreasing average yards per rush. Certainly the Sun Devils were able to emerge from Los Angeles with a victory without a rushing attack, but that result cannot be counted on during the rest of the Pac-12 season without a consistent rushing game. The defensive metric that stands out is the lack of forcing a turnover. For eight straight quarters, the Sun Devils have not forced a turnover which is a major factor into their lower havoc rate in 2014 than 2013.

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What other statistics do you want to see us look into? Post a message below and let us know.

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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