October 29, 2007

Cal Report Card

Overcoming a double-digit point deficit at home is nothing new for the No. 4 (BCS Rankings) Arizona State football team - their latest, a 31-20 win over the unranked California Golden Bears was their third such comeback in eight games this season. After putting themselves 13 points behind early to the visiting Bears, the Sun Devils finished the game off on a 31-7 run. Here's how each position group for ASU graded out.


Against California, Rudy Carpenter proved how much he plays the game with unbridled passion. Whether it's getting visibly frustrated for throwing a miss-placed pass, or absolutely going nuts when he feels like he has been taken down illegally, Carpenter plays the game with his heart on his one long sleeve. The junior quarterback struggled in the first half throwing for less than 50 yards, but somehow managed to settle down and throw for three times as many yards in the third quarter alone. He finished with 219 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Williams.

While his numbers aren't gaudy, or inflated like they would be in other systems (Sonny Dykes comes to mind), Carpenter's performance was good enough to start a few potential Heisman Trophy whispers. The real talk for that award will come depending who plays better next week in a head-to-head matchup with Oregon's quarterback Dennis Dixon. Carpenter showed his ability to spread the ball to all of his weapons, hitting nine different receivers, including one to himself on a pass that was batted back in his direction (which he caught for negative seven yards, and then proceeded to illegally throw a second forward pass like a game of hot potato).

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