November 9, 2008

Notebook: Herring back with big performance

Arizona State entered the Washington contest ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 85.9 yards per game, but with a little added confidence following its performance at Oregon State a week earlier.

In that game, Shaun DeWitty had 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. It was the first time this season an ASU running back went over the 100 yard mark.

Against the Huskies, the Sun Devils figured to have a chance to again put up big numbers on the ground, as Tyrone Willingham's squad had given up 243.2 rushing yards per game, ninth in the league.

That's exactly what happened.

On a season-high 22 carries, senior Keegan Herring rushed for 144 yards the most by an ASU player in a game this season.

DeWitty added 48 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and the Sun Devils totaled 182 net rushing yards, more than twice their average.

With his performance, Herring moves into ninth-place on the all-time list at ASU, passing Ben Malone. He now has 2,542 career rushing yards, and he has Darryl Harris (2,617 yards) and Art Malone (2,649 yards) within his sights.

Jones' big day

Senior receiver Mike Jones had his biggest outing of the season, catching 11 balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, Jones has 50 receptions, almost twice as many as the next player on the team, Chris McGaha, who has 26. Jones has caught a team-best four touchdowns and he has 653 receiving yards.

Davis moves up the charts

With his two sacks against the Huskies, junior defensive end Dexter Davis moved into fifth-place on the all-time list at ASU. He has 23.5 sacks in his career. Ahead of him on the list are Terell Suggs (44), Shante Carver (41), Vernon Maxwell (28), and Scott Stephens (26). Davis passed Bob Kohrs (22) on Saturday.

Carpenter making headway

Senior quarterback Rudy Carpenter moved into a tie for fourth-place on the all-time Pac-10 career list with his two touchdown throws to Mike Jones on Saturday. Carpenter is now tied with former Stanford great, NFL Hall of Fame inductee John Elway, at 77. Carpenter is behind Matt Leinart (99), Andrew Walter (85) and Derek Anderson (79).

Kicking it up a notch

When he converted his third field goal of the Washington game, sophomore Thomas Weber moved into a three-way tie with Robert Nycz and Mike Richey on the all-time ASU list. Weber's 39 field goals trails only Luis Zendejas (81), Jesse Ainsworth (51) and Mike Barth (49).

Penalty Punch

ASU entered the Washington game ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in penalty yards at 61.1 per game (seven fouls per game) but had 12 penalties for 92 yards on Saturday. Four of the penalties were off-sides by left defensive end Luis Vasquez.


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