McGaha Comes Up Big in Win

Sophomore wide receiver Chris McGaha is quickly establishing himself as one of ASU's go-to players. He has not only proven himself as a dependable wide receiver but also as a contributor on special teams. In Saturday night's game against Colorado McGaha had the second most receiving yards with three catches for 47 yards as well as a kickoff return for 14 yards.

The receiving core as a whole contributed significantly to the overall offensive production with a total of 269 yards. "I think everyone is playing really well and stepping up to the challenge," McGaha said. "If teams are going to play us man-to-man they are going to find out they really can't do that. I think everyone is stepping up. Rudy [Carpenter] included."

McGaha shouldn't be so humble. His 4th down catch for 16 yards, kept a late second half scoring drive that arguably demoralized the Buffaloes the rest of the game. Another 22-yard catch for a first down was part of ASU's early second half touchdown drive. Furthermore, in each of his three catches the wide receiver was stretching his 6-1 189 frame for an acrobatic reception.

The offense struggled to find their rhythm during the first half of the game, but was able to turn things around going into halftime. "It's not really what Erickson said at halftime," McGaha said. "Everyone knew we played horrible the first half, there were too many penalties, we just weren't moving the ball offensively. Defense pretty much kept us in the game. Second half we just came out and played."

McGaha is a native of Arizona, which makes playing well at home even more rewarding. "It doesn't matter where I am, but it's good to have the family support and all the fans," noted McGaha.

In order to avoid making the same errors in next week's game against San Diego State the team will need to address the abundance of penalties and other inconsistencies within their game. "I think that mainly it's all mental," McGaha said. "We need to stop getting penalties, most of all the late hits and penalties that are easily corrected. I don't think we'll have the same problems next week." But McGaha's repeat performance will always be a welcomed sight….

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