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10/22/14 - Arizona State coach Todd Graham has pointed to Stanford as a model of what the Sun Devils should aspire to as a program: The character, the discipline, the efficiency and, certainly, the winning. But each time the teams met on the field, Arizona State fell flat, overrun by the powerful Cardinal. That's what made this one so sweet. Not only did the Sun Devils finally beat Stanford, they won in Stanford-like fashion. Dominating on both sides of the ball, the 17th-ranked Sun Devils cleared a big hurdle by racing past No. 23 Stanford 26-10 Saturday night. "To turn the tables and beat a team like that and dominate them physically the way we did, because of the respect we have for their program, that one meant more to me personally than any win we have had," Graham said.
The Cardinal had become a nemesis of sorts for Arizona State, powering past the Sun Devils in two games last season, including a dominating win in the Pac-12 Championship game. Arizona State (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) reversed the field against Stanford in the desert rematch with an efficient performance on both sides of the ball. The Sun Devils scored the most points allowed by the nation's top-rated defense behind a nice mix of run and pass. - AP Sports
10/08/14 - Arizona State shocks USC with miracle pass...The Hail Mary is becoming a Pac-12 staple, and on Saturday night Arizona State was the latest to become a believer. Junior quarterback Mike Bercovici completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaelen Strong as time expired to lift the Sun Devils to a stunning 38-34 Pac-12 victory over No. 16 USC before 70,115 at the Coliseum. "We practice that play every Thursday," said Bercovici, who passed for 510 yards and five touchdowns. "It was a little bit of a prayer, to be honest. I didn't think I got it that far. It looked like a little bit of a duck. I just needed to give ourselves a chance, and who else but the man Jaelen Strong would come up with it."
Strong cut inside two USC defensive backs and jumped up to make the catch, capping Arizona State's four-play, 72-yard drive in the final 23 seconds. Included were a 26-yard pass to wide receiver Gary Chambers and a spike to kill the clock with seven seconds remaining. "My first thought was, I didn't know if I was going to get to it," Strong said. USC linebacker Hayes Pullard said, "Everyone fought, and '21' (Strong) went up there and got the ball and got the job done." Arizona State coach Todd Graham said, "At the end of the day, you have to have great players make great plays." - The Sports Xchange
10/08/14 - Mike Bercovici collapsed on the Coliseum turf after he released his final throw for Arizona State, cramping up from dehydration. Jaelen Strong wasn't sure he could get to it, but he sprinted and leaped - and wasn't quite sure how he ended up with the ball in the end zone, his teammates mobbing him. When Bercovici and Strong finally got up, the Sun Devils celebrated an improbable comeback capped by an unbelievable finish. "You never know what this game can come down to," Strong said. Strong caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Bercovici as time expired, and Arizona State scored three TDs in the final 3:53 to shock No. 16 Southern California 38-34 on Saturday night.
Bercovici capped his 510-yard, five-touchdown passing performance with his third scoring pass to Strong, who slipped in front of USC's Hayes Pullard at the goal line and pulled in the Hail Mary, walking into the end zone stunningly untouched. "I'll be honest, it was a little bit of a prayer," said Bercovici, the San Fernando Valley product making his second start in front of dozens of friends and family. "I just immediately fell to the floor. I saw Jaelen take a step in the end zone, and I don't think I could have made it down 50 yards to the end zone. It was an indescribable feeling. I've got people telling me, 'Get up, get up, get up!' But all I wanted to do was run upstairs to my mom and give her a big hug." - AP Sports
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State, Wide Receiver, Junior...Strong led the team with 75 receptions and 1,122 receiving yards, and finished the season with seven 100-plus yard games en route to earning 2013 Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. - Arizona State football
08/10/14 - 2014 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaelen Strong, Arizona State University, Jr.,...Strong, who also earned a spot on the Maxwell Award Watch List, led the team with 75 receptions and 1,122 receiving yards in 2013 en route to Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. He finished the 2013 season with seven 100-plus yard games and played a major part in the Devilsí historic offense, which finished 10th nationally at 39.7 points per game and scored 556 total points, just six points behind the 1972 school record. - Arizona State football