Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 10, 2014

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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GAME PREVIEW: ARIZONA STATE BY ANDREW OWENS O n one play, Arizona State's season swiftly shifted in its favor and left open the possibility of a confer- ence championship and major bowl game. At the Los Angeles Coliseum on Oct. 4, backup redshirt junior quarterback Mike Bercovici heaved a last-gasp Hail Mary that redshirt junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong somehow caught in the end zone as time expired to hand the Sun Devils a miraculous 38-34 win at USC. Without that score, Arizona State would have fallen to 1-2 in the ultra- competitive Pac-12 South after entering the 2014 campaign with high expecta- tions. "That absolutely reenergized them big time," said Tyler Lockman, who covers the Sun Devils for Fox Sports Arizona. "You look at that — they were 10 seconds away from losing two games in a row and probably putting themselves out of the Pac-12 South race. On one throw — and a lot of people would admit there was some RED HOT The Sun Devils weathered the storm with their starting quarterback out for three games earlier this season to open 7-1 Todd Graham already has the Sun Devils bowl eligible for the third straight season, making him just the second head coach in school history to achieve that feat. PHOTO COURTESY ARIZONA STATE

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