Sun Devils Ground Eagles 38-2

Playing opponents such as Eastern Washington will always be viewed as no-win situations for ASU. Anything short of a 20 plus point margin of victory is acceptable, and even dominating performances are nit picked for deficiencies. While one may find very little fault in the Devils' defense, the offense was inconsistent at times.

ASU's rushing and passing games were quite different from each other. The home team amassed 242 yards on the ground, but the arial attack was quite average at 187 yards. Quarterback Chad Christensen was economical completing only 12 passes out of 21 attempts for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Tight End Mike Pinkard was the unlikely leader in receiving yards with 59 on only four catches, including a 26-yard score. Running Back Cornell Canidate was the improbable leader is rushing yards with 100 on 15 carries including a score. The offensive MVP was undoubtley fellow Running Back Hakim Hill. In his much anticipated debut at Sun Devil stadium, he scored two touchdowns via the ground and the air. The redshirt freshman finished the night with 62 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving. Nevertheless, the offense sputtered, scoring only 10 points in the second half – all in the fourth quarter. The second half saw ASU pass for only 83 yards, despite the fact that Christensen played most of that period.

As mentioned, it would be virtually impossible to find any deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball. As indicative by the score, the defense did achieve a shutout - a remarkable feat regardless of the opponent.While the Eagles passed for a respectable 216 yards, they were clobbered in the rushing game, finishing for minus 13 yards. Linebacker Mason Unck and Safety Matt Fawley, in only his second game in the maroon and gold, led ASU with nine total tackles each. Defensive end Terell Suggs had a solid outing with five tackles, three of them for sacks.

Special teams started with a bang that turned into a thud – a 43-yard kickoff return by Receiver Daryl Lightfoot who fumbled the ball, turning it over to Eastern Washington. Nevertheless, it was smooth sailing from there. The Devils averaged 14.8 yards per punt return, averaged 41 yards per punt. Furthermore, they held the visitors from Cheney to a measly 13.4 yards per kickoff return, and a staggering total of seven yards on punt returns. A big damper in the home team stats were the 104 penalty yards, a total departure from the disciplined game played at Nebraska a week ago.

The 38 passing attempts by Eastern Washington were in sharp contrast to the 13 attempts by Nebraska. This will play a big role in preparing for ASU's next opponent - the University of Central Florida. The Golden Knights will be a much more formidable opponent for the Sun Devils, with their signature arial attack. A trashing of the next Devils' opponent is unlikely, but if it were to materialize it would carry much more clout than it did tonight against the Eagles.

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