Newcomer Report

Much to the delight of fans, Arizona State clawed its way back from an early double digit deficit for the second time this season with the help of big plays on both sides of the ball. Oregon State's hopes of reversing some 30+ years of bad luck in the desert were dashed after an offensive flurry in the second half, courtesy of the hometown Sun Devils.

The 44-32 comeback win improves the Sun Devils to a perfect 4-0 record and a #23 ranking in the newest AP poll.

On a night when the defense needed to come up with big plays, newcomer Troy Nolan didn't disappoint. The junior safety intercepted two Sean Canfield passes in the second half that proved to be huge in turning the momentum in favor of the Sun Devils. Nolan also came away with a pair of tackles and a pass break up.

Making his first career start on Saturday night was defensive tackle Jon Hargis. The former Valley prep standout was in on three tackles in what proved to be a busy night for the defensive line. Fellow defensive linemen, Jonathan English and Paul 'Unga, were also in on more snaps due to a couple of notable injuries up front. 'Unga collected two stops against the Beavers. Luis Vasquez, a junior defensive end, chipped in two stops while hunting his way into the Oregon State backfield in the second half.

Linebacker Morris Wooten followed up a solid performance last week against San Diego State with another fine outing for the defense. Wooten led the team with a total of ten tackles, including seven solo stops.

True freshman wide receiver Kerry Taylor caught one pass for a 7-yard gain, the lone time quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw his way.

Early signs may have pointed toward another special teams debacle after junior long snapper Jason Perkins sailed a snap over Jonathan Johnson's outstretched arms. Fortunately, Perkins regained some composure and all ensuing exchanges went smoothly. Placekicker Thomas Weber has yet to miss a field goal as the redshirt freshman converted on all three attempts. Weber nailed scores from 18, 29, and 30 yards respectively. His leg was also evident on Saturday as he was booming several kickoffs. True freshman Omar Bolden continues to play on special teams and registered a tackle on Saturday.

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