Newcomer Report

In a night highlighted by an offensive explosion by the Sun Devils, memorable outings were had by several defensive newcomers. Arizona State went on to beat the Nevada Wolfpack by a score of 52-21 but the rout was sparked for the second straight week by a newcomer's defensive touchdown.

Safety Ryan McFoy was one of the defensive stars of the night. The true freshman intercepted Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe in the second quarter and ran it back for a 30-yard touchdown. McFoy recorded five tackles on the night, one of those being a quarterback sack, and one pass break up.

Cornerback Chris Baloney has continued his fast start here in Tempe. For the second straight game, the junior intercepted a pass. Baloney's takeaway came early in the second quarter, thwarting a Nevada drive deep in Arizona State territory. With his performance last week, the junior supplanted Keno Walter-White as the starter opposite Justin Tryon. Baloney combined with fellow JUCO transfer Justin Tryon for six tackles.

Two of the four D-1 transfers made their Arizona State debuts against the Wolfpack, Dane Guthrie and Tranell Morant. Guthrie, a tight end, caught two passes for 14 yards while defensive end Tranell Morant played but did not register a tackle. In his second game as a Sun Devil, defensive tackle Michael Marquardt made two solo stops, one for a loss. Only senior defensive end Loren Howard has yet to play this season out of the D-1 transfers. Howard's health status is continuing to be monitored.

Of the three newcomers at linebacker that won't be redshirting, Mike Nixon was the lone one of the group to notch a tackle, recording a pair of stops. However, true freshmen Travis Goethel and Gerald Munns both participated against Nevada. Perhaps, we'll see more of Munns against Colorado due to a more traditional offensive formation than the ones employed by NAU and Nevada.

On offense, tailback Ryan Torain paced the maroon and gold with 70 yards rushing on eight carries. His longest carry of the night was also the team's highest – a 40-yard run and 60 of his total yards came in the one offensive series where he registered his touchdown. . The JC transfer also had the lone rushing score – a 15-yard scamper. Dimitri Nance carried the ball five times for 21 yards. The longest run of the night for the Texas freshman went for an 11-yard gain. True freshman quarterback Danny Sullivan saw action for the first time in 2006 deep in the fourth quarter. The signal caller was 2-4 for 14 yards. Ironically both passes were to the aforementioned Guthrie.

Due to the Sun Devils highly effective offense, it was a very quiet outing for junior college transfer punter Jonathan Johnson. Following a busy debut last week against NAU, Johnson punted once for 36 yards, which was downed inside the 20-yard line.

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