ASU notes: Zane Gonzalez climbing statistical ratings; Sun Devils left out of BCS rankings.
By TYLER LOCKMAN FS Arizona
Arizona State has 10 days off before taking on Washington State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. The
Sun Devils have some things to fix during the bye week, but first, a few notes:
-- After being left out of the AP Top 25 poll Sunday morning (
ASU was the first team on the outside), ASU was also left out of the first BCS standings of the year.
-- ASU freshman place kicker
Zane Gonzalez earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors Monday after going 4 for 4 on field goals against Washington. Gonzalez is 15 of 18 on the season and has hit 11 consecutive attempts. He is second in the nation in field goals per game (2.1) and ranks third in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation for scoring (11.4 points per game).
-- Running back Marion Grice, who leads the nation in scoring and reached the end zone three times Saturday, earned Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll recognition for the third time this season. He is the only NCAA athlete to be recognized three times this season.
-- ASU ranks fourth in the nation for defensive three-and-outs, forcing an average of 6.71 per game. That's 45.6 percent of opponent's drives (47 of 103). Ahead of ASU are Baylor, Texas Tech and Virginia. ASU forced 10 three-and-outs against Washington, which entered the game with just nine on the season.
-- The day after Washington's loss to ASU, legendary Huskies coach Don James lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Seattle Times beat writer Adam Jude has more here.
-- Under Graham, ASU is 4-5 on the road, including a win and a loss in neutral site games. Washington State is 4-5 under Mike Leach at Martin Stadium. The Sun Devils are 9-8 all time in Pullman and last played there in 2011, when they lost 37-27.
Now, a quick statistical comparison of ASU and the Cougars.
OFFENSIVE STATISTICS (Pac-12 rankings)
Scoring: 2. ASU, 45.4 points per game
9. Washington State, 30.9
Total offense 3. ASU, 509.1 yards per game
8. Washington State, 431.5
Rushing offense 8. ASU, 177.1 yards per game
12. Washington State, 58.4
Passing offense 2. Washington State, 373.1 yards per game
4. ASU, 332.0
Red-zone efficiency 3. ASU, 90.7 percent (39 of 43)
12. Washington State, 72.7 percent (24-33)
Third-down conversions 7. ASU, 42.1 percent (45 of 107)
8. Washington State, 38.1 percent (45 of 118)