Newcomer Report

It wasn't the best performance, statistically speaking, for the Sun Devils. Yet Saturday's game against the USC Trojans was encouraging on a few levels, and ASU nearly came away with their first conference road win in California under Dirk Koetter. Here's how the first-year players faired on Saturday.

With quarterback Rudy Carpenter's recent struggles, establishing a ground game was of importance and JUCO transfer Ryan Torain figured heavily into the plans. Despite not rushing for his fourth straight 100 yard game, Torain's running helped sustain some drives in the 28-21 loss in Los Angeles. The junior finished with 57 yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries. Freshman Dimitri Nance did not have any carries in the game but did catch a pass for a 6 yard gain.

In a return to his home state of California, freshman linebacker Travis Goethel had, perhaps, his best game so far in his young career as a Sun Devil. Goethel notched six tackles against a Trojan offense that heavily favored the run in the second half. Gerald Munns and Mike Nixon, freshman linebackers as well, each had a tackle.

Defensive line transfers Tranell Morant and Michael Marquardt both played but Morant was the only one to register a tackle. Marquardt did not make the start alongside Jordan Hill for the first time this season. Senior Will Kofe started at the other spot next to Hill.

True freshman safety Ryan McFoy wasn't able to battle older brother Chris, a receiver for the Trojans, due to an injury for the elder McFoy but chipped in with a trio of solo stops for ASU. Junior cornerbacks Justin Tryon and Chris Baloney added a combined six tackles and one pass break up.

JUCO transfer Jonathan Johnson punted six times for a 38 yard average. His longest punt of the night went for 47 yards.

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