Devils Finish Non-Conference Slate Undefeated

ASU's 34-13 win over San Diego State maybe doesn't classify as an ugly win, but the final stat sheet isn't a thing of beauty either. Nonetheless, one quick look around the conference scoreboard from this weekend should make the maroon and gold feel good about the fact that they are entering Pac-10 play with a 3-0 record.

"I though the tempo was good on offense. I thought we played pretty well offensively," said Head Coach Dennis Erickson. "We moved the football with great success and turned it over once. Defensively we didn't dominate like we have, and I knew that coming in. It's a better offensive football team than we faced. We weren't flying around like we have been…when you come in your third game and win 34-13 and you look around the country…I hate to say ‘a win is a win' but it is."

Arizona State (3-0) deferred the coin toss to San Diego State (0-2), who had to punt the ball just after 1:16 minutes of possession. Kyle Williams returned the punt 48 yards, and just over a minute later scored on a 19-yard reception. After an Aztecs field goal, ASU had another quick strike drive, which ended with Keegan Herring (filling in for the injured Ryan Torain) dashing for a 46-yard score that gave his team a 14-3 edge in the first quarter.

San Diego State signal caller Kevin O'Connell scored the visitor's only touchdown, a 3-yard scamper, which was answered by a Thomas Weber 48-yard field goal – the longest made field goal since 2004 for ASU. As was the case in the win over Colorado, ASU scored a touchdown in the waning moments of the first half, when Carpenter hooked up with Rudy Burgess for a 30-yard TD reception that sent both teams to the locker room with ASU leading 24-10.

A ten-play 85 yard drive late in the third quarter culminated with Herring's second score of the game. In the ensuing drive San Diego State converted a 50-yard field goal, which ultimately were the last points they would score on the night. ASU added a Weber 31-yard field goal with just over five minutes left in the contest.

Herring was spectacular with 161 yards on only 19 attempts, for an eye-popping 8.5 yards a carry. Carpenter was 15-21 for 200 yards, a pair of TD's and an interception. Burgess led all receivers with 52 yards, and tied for a team-high with three receptions. In probably the most remarkable stat of the evening, ASU gave up 323 yards of offense, which only translated into 13 points. For the third game in a row, linebacker Robert James paced his team in tackles – collecting 11 stops. The maroon and gold did clean up their penalties from last week to some extent, committing eight infractions for 73 yards – most of them being offensive holding.

The Sun Devils will open Pac-10 play this coming Saturday with their fourth consecutive home game, as they entertain the Beavers of Oregon State. Improvement is necessary on both sides of the ball from ASU, but it's undoubtedly more pleasant overall to fix those deficiencies when you're sitting at 3-0.

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