Sun Devils Obliterate Owls

Most of the pre-season buzz surrounding the ASU offense, centered around the Sun Devils' passing game. During a personal performance that was fairly average, quarterback Sam Keller connected with his receivers four times for scores. However it was ASU's running game that surprised many of the 50,049 in attendance. True Freshman Keegan Herring had a record breaking debut in ASU's 63-16 score over Temple.

The Sun Devils scored on their second possession of the game, when Rudy Burgess scored his fist rushing touchdown in an ASU uniform. Temple capitalized on a Keller's fumble, and scored its only two points of the first – a safety. The junior bounced back and threw a trio of touchdowns to Derek Hagan, Jamaal Lewis, and Zach Miller to give the home team as 28-3 advantage going into the half.

In the second half Hagan scored again, as did Herring who had a debut for the ages. The true freshman eclipsed a 35-year-old ASU record for net rushing yards in the first game of a career. Herring had 134 yards on 12 carries, which was better than the 117 Woody Green compiled against Houston in 1971. Rudy Carpenter and Nate Kimbrough hooked up for a nifty touchdown to make the score 49-9, and a pair of rushing scores by the Sun Devil reserves completed the route on Thursday night.

Keller was 14-24, and threw four TD's and two interceptions. Hagan lead his team in receptions (three) and yards (53). ASU rushed for a net yardage of 300. The Sun Devil defenders held the Owls to 26 yards of total offense. Linebacker Dale Robinson paced his teammates with eight tackles. One sore spot of the maroon and gold was their 11 penalties for 101 yards.

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