Two fifth-year senior quarterbacks will be under center when Cal Poly visits Arizona State on Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
Sun Devils quarterback Mike Bercovici, a Southern California native, is in his first season as the team’s undisputed starter after backing up Taylor Kelly the past few years. Bercovici is known to have a strong arm and won over Arizona State fans during his limited playing time in 2014.
In his first career start against UCLA, Bercovici set school records for completions and attempts when he finished 42 of 68 for 488 yards and three touchdowns.
Bercovici threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns against USC the following week, setting the NCAA record with 998 passing yards in the first two career starts.
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Under constant pressure from Texas A&M defensive ends Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall last week in Houston, Bercovici completed 25 of his 41 pass attempts for 199 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked nine times in the Sun Devils’ 38-17 loss.
Cal Poly veteran quarter-back Chris Brown was held largely in check against Montana, save for his 60-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.
Brown needed 24 carries to rush for a game-high 130 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. It was Brown’s eighth career game surpassing 100 yards rushing.
Reaching that mark against a Pac-12 defense would solidify Brown as one of the top caliber athletes in the FCS.