Newcomer Report

As Arizona State capped off the regular season with a victory over archrival Arizona, the Sun Devils secured post-season play for the third straight season. Amid all the coaching speculation, both sides of the ball came to play and sent outgoing head coach Dirk Koetter on a high note. Here's how ASU's First-Year Players faired in the 28-14 win.

ASU gained 215 yards on the ground in the 28-14 victory. Leading the way, as usual, was junior college transfer Ryan Torain. Despite not getting into the endzone, Torain rushed for 139 yards on 24 carries. The junior also went over the 1,000 yard mark, the first Sun Devil to do so since the 2001 campaign. True freshman Dimitri Nance chipped in 14 yards and scored the final touchdown for the Devils on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

Freshman receiver Kyle Williams was not the recipient of any Rudy Carpenter passes but did return one punt where he picked up 13 yards.

Justin Tryon intercepted a pass to go along with his 3 solo stops against Arizona. Freshman safety Ryan McFoy also recorded a pass break up.

Holding the Wildcats to just 33 rushing yards for the game, the defensive front seven had one of their best games of the season as a unit. Freshmen linebackers Travis Goethel, Mike Nixon, and Gerald Munns all got in on the action. Goethel finished with three tackles while Nixon and Munns both had a pair of stops. Both of defensive line transfer Michael Marquardt's two tackles were for a loss.

Junior college transfer Jonathan Johnson did not have his best game of the season but it didn't matter much in the end. Johnson averaged 35.8 yards on five punts, including one shank in the second half.

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