Freshman Rudy Carpenter led the Sun Devils to their second consecutive bowl win Tuesday with a 45-40 win over Rutgers, breaking a couple of records along the way. The quarterback helped the Sun Devils combine with the Scarlet Knights for a new Insight Bowl total offense record with 1,211 yards while also eclipsing Ryan Kealy's freshman passing record at ASU. Carpenter took some vicious hits from the Rutgers defense but managed to throw for 467 yards and 4 touchdowns. The signal caller was named the offense's MVP for the Insight Bowl and now begins work to battle Sam Keller in the spring for quarterbacking duties.
The other freshman making an impact for the Sun Devil offense this year was Keegan Herring. The true freshman had a good night running the ball in relief of Rudy Burgess and finished with 79 yards on 19 carries. Herring was a big reason why the Sun Devil duo out gained the more heralded Rutgers duo on the ground.
Safety Zach Catanese was the co-leader in tackles for the defense with 8 but may have been out shadowed by a pair of linebackers that made the best of more playing time with a couple of starters on the sideline. Adam Vincent and Beau Manutai greatly helped the defense shore up some of the run stopping in the second half. Vincent notched 7 tackles, 6 of those solo stops, while Manutai finished with 6 tackles.
One of junior defensive end Will Kofe's two tackles came in the backfield, one of only 3 tackles for a loss on the night for the Arizona State defense. Defensive lineman David Smith and safeties Derron Ware and Jeremy Payton all finished with a solo stop.
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