Arizona State and Stanford look to build on impressive wins

Field-Level Media

Arizona State and host Stanford come into their Saturday Pac-12 game with momentum after each having a rocky start to the season.

The Sun Devils (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) had a bye last week after upsetting then-No. 21 Washington 45-38 two weeks ago in Tempe, Arizona – a result that ended a four-game losing streak.

Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards was fired during the slip-up, and Shaun Aguano took over on an interim basis.

The Cardinal (2-4, 0-4) snapped an 11-game losing streak against FBS teams from last season with their 16-14 victory at Notre Dame last week.

“For our seniors, they’ve worked so hard and carried us through so well,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “They needed this win. … Our guys have that taste in their mouths now – how to play well, how to get into a close game in the fourth quarter and find a way to finish.”

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One of the seniors is Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week Jonathan McGill, a safety who had four tackles (one for loss), a fumble recovery and the assist breakup against Notre Dame.

Stanford’s Joshua Karty was selected Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season after going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts against the Fighting Irish, two from 43 yards and the other from 45. He’s 7-for-7 on field goal attempts this season and 17-for-17 on point attempts after.

Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones returns from the bye week as a starter after substitute Trenton Bourguet had a career-best game in the win over Washington when Jones was pulled out due to a head injury. Bourguet threw three touchdowns and an interception while completing 15 of 21 attempts for 182 yards.

“My philosophy is never to penalize an injured player, so that’s Emory’s job and we’ll see how it all plays out,” Aguano said.

Jones and Bourguet will train with the first team during the week, but that’s the norm this season, with Jones getting the majority of the shots, according to the manager.

“I’ve never been a fan of splitting quarters just because of the pace when someone comes in,” Aguano said. “I’m also here to win football games. If someone doesn’t do the job, I can make those decisions very quickly.” –Field-Level Media