WSU game is a family affair for Moos

Playing in his last ever regular season road game, senior Bo Moos could probably not envision a matchup to hit closer to home than this weekend's. On Saturday, the defensive tackle and his Sun Devil teammates will meet Washington State, where his dad Bill Moos is the Cougars' Athletic Director in a contest that has significant implications for both.

"I gave it a lot of thought in the beginning of the week," Moos confessed. "Obviously I have been talking about it a bunch. But it's not weird. It's fun. I was telling someone yesterday that he (Moos' father) doesn't get to see a lot of my games. This will be only the second game he gets to see me play live this season.

"Last game he saw of mind was against USC and that was a pretty good game for me. Hopefully, this week will be the same."

The 6-foot 279-pound Bo Moos commented that his father, who played for Washington State in the 60's was the primary reason that he decided to get into football.

"He really pushed me into it," Moos recalled. "I don't think I would really have any other choice. I looked up to him and that is what I wanted to do."

Moos, who lived in Eugene, Ore. from age 6 all throughout high school, remarked that he did grow up a Ducks' fan which ultimately drove him to play college football. Once again, the defensive tackle's dad was a strong influence in his son's career path.

"He always was into college football," Moos said of his father. "That's where he wanted to be and that's obviously the profession he wanted. It was weird because when I was 8 or 9, I didn't want to play in the NFL – I wanted to be a college football player.

"That's what I'm doing and technically I'm living my dream now."

Yet, much like the fulfillment of most dreams, the path to achievement is anything but a smooth journey. Moos wished to play for his beloved University of Oregon Ducks, especially because his dad was serving as the Athletic Director. When Oregon showed little interest in pursuing him, he was recruited by Idaho and then head coach Dennis Erickson who offered the defensive tackle a scholarship, but added that if Moos wanted to play for him it would have to be in Tempe.

The defensive tackle was definitely not considered as one of the coveted prospects of ASU's 2007 class, but progressively through his career with the maroon and gold he has grown into an invaluable member of Sun Devils' front four.

"Bo has been great this year and a very steady player," said ASU's defensive line coach Scott Brown. "He's been productive and making the most out of his senior year. He's a very tough and physical football player that has done a very good job of holding the point and really helping us by making a lot of plays throughout the course of the year."

Bo Moos was actually born in Pullman, but this will be his first time playing in Martin Stadium, where many of his friends and family are expected to be in attendance this weekend. When father and son will be able to get some one-on-one time there is no doubt, according to Moos, that there will be a heavy dose of trash talk exchange taking place.

Yet, all jokes aside the performance of his son and the ASU team could make Bill Moos' decision to retain or fire fellow alumni and Cougars' head coach Paul Wulff that much harder. This is just one more game related twist unique to the Moos household.

Moos acknowledged that a Sun Devils win would certainly make his dad's decision concerning Wulff challenging, but after a 29-28 loss to UCLA last weekend the defensive tackle knows that Saturday's game carries significant meaning for ASU as well as they try to reclaim the lead in the Pac-12 South.

"We got to do what we got to," Moos said. "The ‘do or die' game does apply to us and it should have applied to us last week and for some reason we didn't really get the idea that it was a very significant game. Obviously, we need something to happen to UCLA in order to be back in the driver's seat. But in order for us to even be there we have to win out.

"So from now on it is do or die."

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