Both sides of the ball came to play on Saturday night against the Washington State Cougars. After some inconsistent performances this season, the Sun Devil offense lifted the team to a much needed 47-14 home win, and some of the first-year players made significant contributions on that side of the ball.
Leading the way on the ground was junior college transfer Ryan Torain with
another solid game. Torain netted 84 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. True
freshman Dimitri Nance chipped in with 33 yards.
After pulling his redshirt two games ago, Kyle Williams finally made his home
debut. The freshman caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Rudy Carpenter and
was a full-time returner for the Sun Devils on special teams. Williams fielded five punts for 20
yards and returned a couple of kickoffs, including a 34-yard return he was close to
turning into an even bigger play.
The Sun Devil defense also rose to the occasion, holding the Cougars to just
27 rushing yards in the game. Freshman linebackers Travis Goethel and Mike Nixon both assisted in stopping the WSU ground game. Goethel finished with a trio of
tackles while Nixon had a solo stop. Defensive line transfers Tranell Morant and
Michael Marquardt both notched solo tackles but it was Morant that sacked
Cougar quarterback Alex Brink, one of ASU's two sacks on the night. This was his first ever ASU sack.
Cornerback Justin Tryon tied safety Zach Catanese for the team lead in
tackles for the game with five. For the first time this season, junior Jonathan Johnson did not have any
punt attempts thanks to an offensive explosion on Saturday night.
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