Koetter "Accentuates Positives" From SDSU Win

The less pleasant part of coming back from a 22-point deficit to win the game, is pondering why you dug yourself that hole to begin with. ASU Head Coach Dirk Koetter knows how is team got into that hole, and acknowledges the fact that it has to work hard not to repeat that dubious feat. However, even some less than perfect moments in the game can't diminish the extraordinary achievement of ASU's victory last Saturday.

"I know how we got to the 22-point deficit." Says Koetter, "The negatives are obvious. But you have to accentuate the positives. The fact is that most teams that are in that situation, down 22 points, stay there and it gets worse. The fact that we were able to overcome it, is huge a comment on where we headed." This improbable victory is quite a historic mark for the ASU skipper. "I never been in my 17 yards of coaching on a team that came back to win from 22 points down. Especially on the road. We think we can build on that."

Prior to the San Diego State game quarterback Andrew Walter earned a starting position, which lasted les than one practice due to injury. The sophomore persevered and was instrumental in the Sun Devils' comeback in its last game. Consequently, Walter will be the starter for ASU's game against Stanford. "After Andrew's performance it's pretty clear-cut that he's the guy that needs to lead us into the Stanford game. We said that last week and he got hurt, so we have to be careful how we say it (smile)." Koetter naturally speaks of Walter's arm being his biggest asset, which allows him to find some valuable targets. "He's throwing the deep ball well. With a guy like Shaun McDonald on offense, as much as people have been daring us to throw it deep, that's what we need right now. He threw the first two right on top, and threw some more as we moved along in the game. Sometimes the quarter back has to give his playmakers a chance to make plays. With a guy like Shaun, it seems the more we throw his way the more he catches."

Another reserve, who earned a starting position, is running back Cornell Canidate. The redshirt freshman, who started the year #3 in eth depth chart is leading all ASU rushers, and distancing himself from his competitors. "Cornell is averaging a yard and a half better a carry better than the other backs. Cornell earned himself into that spot, and we have to give him a chance to start off at that spot."

It light of the 500 plus yards given up in the passing game, it would be fair for the maroon and gold faithful to be weary of ASU's next opponent Stanford. Nevertheless, Koetter doesn't expect an arial attack from the Cardinal. "I don't think Stanford is a team that will air it out like San Diego State. That's not their makeup – they're more of a balanced offensive team. I don't think it's their style of play. San Diego State is gonna try to do that to everybody they play."

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