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ASU Football: Examining the 4-1 Start By The Numbers

Take a look at the key numbers from ASU's 4-1 start as they enjoy their bye week.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Right now, only one figure matters for Arizona State: 2-0. That conference record has the Sun Devils all alone atop the Pac-12 South division.

However, their 4-1 start to the 2012 season is the product of several other key numbers that we'll review below.

0 - Turnovers by ASU during Pac-12 play. Not surprisingly, ASU is 2-0 in those games.

2.9 - Yards-per-carry by ASU over the last three games, a very disappointing total.

6.5 - Sacks by Will Sutton, which has already surpassed last season's team leading total of five (Vontaze Burfict).

7 - Wins away from a South title. Alone atop the division, ASU controls their own destiny once again.

9.8 - Tackles-for-loss per game by the ASU defense, the second highest total in the nation. Last season, the team averaged just 4.8, which ranked 95th.

13.6 - Points allowed per game by the Sun Devils, the 14th best figure in the country.

26 - Catches by 3-back Chris Coyle through five games. Over ASU's previous 25 games, the tight ends combined for eight receptions.

+46 - ASU's point differential during the first quarter.

50th - Rank of ASU's run defense, giving up 139.2 yards per game. This is the one blemish on ASU's otherwise excellent defensive start.

54.5% - ASU's field goal percentage. Alex Garoutte is just six of 10 after his three misses against Cal and Jon Mora missed his lone attempt against Utah.

76.0% - The Sun Devil offense's red zone conversion percentage, 85th in the nation. The team was just four of seven against Cal, with just two of those four scores being touchdowns.

90 - Forget 666, this is the real number of the beast, after Will Sutton's dominant early play.

113 - Number of spots ASU has risen in penalty yards-per-game. The Sun Devils were 120th—dead last—in 2011, but are now seventh this year.

164 - Rushing yards by Cameron Marshall through five games, an average of 32.8 per game. Last season, Marshall ran for 1,050 yards.

166.34 - Taylor Kelly's passer rating, the 16th best figure in the country.

434 - Yards from scrimmage (a team-high 208 rushing, 226 receiving) by true freshman DJ Foster.

793 - Push-ups done by Sparky this season.

53,631 - Average attendance for ASU's first three home games, out of Sun Devils Stadium's capacity of 71,706 (74.7% of capacity).

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