Don Hansen

Sun Devil Stats Notebook


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



Here are some key takeaways when looking at the polls:

  • Arizona State has moved to #14 in both polls, and the Sun Devils now sit higher than the Wildcats in both polls.
  • Both the AP and Coaches Poll voters seem to move Pac-12 teams down farther after a loss than schools in the SEC or Notre Dame.
  • This is suprising because voters think highly of the Pac-12 South as Colorado is the only school not currently ranked. Arizona State, Arizona, USC, UCLA, and Utah are all in the top 25, yet nobody is talking about that nationally.
  • Some good news regarding Arizona State and the College Football Playoff. There is not an extra incentive to margin of victory regarding the College Football Playoff, so the embarrassingly lopsided loss to UCLA is simply a loss with regards to playoff rankings. The College Football Playoff will release its first rankings October 28 at 6:30 PM CT on ESPN.

Cumulative Team Stats


For the season, the Sun Devils, under Deputy Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell, are back to a 50/50 split of run and pass play calls. Last week’s Stats Notebook speculated that the team would try to re-establish the rushing attack, and Arizona State did just that as the Sun Devils rushed the ball 46 times against Stanford and only passed the ball 34 times. The 46 rushing attempts are a huge reason the Sun Devils were able to dominate time of possession 34:57 to 25:03.


The offensive pass distribution is essentially the same as the past two games. Mike Bercovici was able to use all of this weapons on the field to keep the chains moving against Stanford. DJ Foster continues to be a pass catching machine out of the backfield with 28 catches on the season. Foster has caught a ball in every game, 33 straight, that he has played as a Sun Devil.


The tackles for loss distribution across the defense remains essentially the same from the past week. Although, for the game against Stanford, it was more by design. On Stanford first downs, the Sun Devils went to a true 4-3 defense look with a jumbo defensive line of Marcus Hardison, Jaxon Hood, Mo Latu, and Demetrius Cherry as each player is listed at 300 pounds or higher on the official roster. These four would battle the renowned Stanford offensive line in the trenches which freed up linebackers Antonio Longino and Salamo Fiso or safety Damarious Randall to make the stops.


Week by Week Trending Metrics

The following line graphs continue to track important offensive and defensive metrics for the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils scored the most points against Stanford since October 5, 2013 when the Washington Huskies lost 31-28. Since that time, Stanford played the offenses of UCLA, Oregon, Michigan State, and both Notre Dame and USC twice. The Cardinal are a proud college football program, and the Sun Devil offense moved the ball very well as Arizona State got into the red zone six times. While the actual number value of the metrics are lower than desired, the offensive did exactly what it needed to do in order for Arizona State to win back to back games against ranked teams for the first time since 1997. 

Defensively, the Sun Devils completely changed their style for this game. The Sun Devils were committed to stopping the rushing attack forcing Stanford into second and long and third and long plays. The Sun Devils brought pressure on those downs with the corners playing tight press coverage. The result was less tackles for loss and sacks, but the play called resulted in Stanford quarterback Keith Hogan only completed 19 of his 39 pass attempts.



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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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