Newcomer Report

On a night honoring the Sun Devil senior football players, Arizona State dropped its final home game of the year to the UCLA Bruins, 24-12. Here's how ASU's first-year players faired.

For the first time this season, cornerback Justin Tryon was tried as a return man. The experiment was a success as the junior returned 2 kickoffs for 97 yards, including a thrilling 67-yard return. Tryon finished with four tackles on defense. Freshman safety Ryan McFoy added a pair of stops as well.

Linebacker Mike Nixon tallied 7 tackles against the Bruins, just one shy of the team lead in tackles for the game. Fellow freshman Travis Goethel also chipped in a solo stop. Defensive line transfer Michael Marquardt notched one of the three sacks on UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan for the defense.

Freshman receiver Kyle Williams was back returning punts again but didn't have quite as much success as Tryon. The speedy wideout fielded five punts for a total of 24 yards. Williams also accounted for nearly half of quarterback Rudy Carpenter's passing yards by catching a 55-yard pass from the sophomore.

Junior running back Ryan Torain closed out the home campaign this season with 77 tough yards on the ground. The junior ran for a nice 38-yard gain but was stifled at the goal line along with the rest of the offense.

One week after not punting a ball all evening against Washington State, Jonathan Johnson's services were needed once again. Johnson punted six times for a 44.3 yard average. His longest of the night went for 56 yards.

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