Running backs Ryan Torain, a junior college transfer, and true freshman Dimitri Nance chipped in two of the four offensive touchdowns. Torain's score came on a screen pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter that the junior took up the sideline for a 39-yard gain. Perhaps, Torain will fill some of the void of moving all-purpose player Rudy Burgess back to receiver as he can also catch the ball well out of the backfield.
Nance capped off a long offensive drive in the fourth quarter by punching it in from six yards out. The Texas freshman was the team's leading rusher for the night with 61 yards.
Highlighting a second half defensive shutout was a 35-yard
interception return for a touchdown by junior cornerback Chris Baloney.
The junior college transfer originally signed with Arizona State in
2005 but did not enroll in the fall due to personal reasons. Baloney
recorded two tackles off the bench and is pushing senior Keno Walter-White for the starting job opposite Justin Tryon. Tryon, another
junior college transfer, was one of three newcomers that made their
first starts and finished with a solo stop.
Of the three defensive line transfers finally eligible this season,
Michael Marquardt was the lone participant against the Lumberjacks.
Marquardt started at one defensive tackle spot and recorded one of the
Sun Devils' nine sacks of the evening. The former BYU Cougar posted one
Defensive coordinator Bill Miller runs a base 4-3 defense but opted to
go with a nickel package due to NAU's spread offense, which prompted
the starting debut of safety Ryan McFoy. The true freshman recorded two
tackles in his debut.
Two linebackers also saw their first action of
their Sun Devil careers, Mike Nixon and Travis Goethel. Nixon finished
with three tackles, one for a loss of 5 yards, while Goethel notched a
Junior college transfer Jonathan Johnson also had an impressive debut
punting the ball. The junior averaged 49.2 yards on 4 punts, with the
longest going for 58 yards. Johnson's hang time was also particularly
Sun Devil Source Top Stories
Expert preview and viewing guide: ASU-OregonArizona State (5-3; 2-3 in the Pac-12) travels to Eugene to play Oregon (2-5; 0-4) on the road Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. Even though the Ducks have yet to win a…
Sun Devil Source7:16 AM
Premium Podcast: ASU-Oregon PreviewThis week's edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Premium Report' features a breakdown of Oregon's recent struggles and Arizona State's injury situation.
Sun Devil SourceYesterday at 1:44 PM
Wilkins a game-time decision for OregonArizona State head coach Todd Graham said the Sun Devils will make a game-time decision on sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins' availability Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.
Sun Devil SourceYesterday at 11:40 AM
ASU players, coaches evaluate OregonArizona State players and coaches sized up Oregon's effective offense and suspect defense ahead of Saturday's matchup.
Sun Devil SourceYesterday at 10:13 AM