Newcomer Report

It wasn't pretty but ASU was happy to escape Pullman, WA with their sixth win of the year, making the Maroon & Gold bowl eligible for a fourth straight season. The 23-20 win also keeps their perfect record intact at 6-0 as the Devils return home to face the Washington Huskies next weekend before they get a bye week. Here's how the team's first-year players faired on Saturday.

Specialist Thomas Weber is fast becoming a valuable member of this Sun Devil team after he turned another fine performance in the Palouse. Weber nailed his only field goal attempt of the day, a game-winning 37 yard attempt that put the Devils up 23-20 with just under a minute left in the game. The redshirt freshman also doubled as the punter for the first time this season. Weber averaged 41.5 yards and had two of his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Despite some lapses here and there, the defense held a potent Cougar offensive attack to 20 points partly due to some pressure applied by the defensive line. Junior defensive end Luis Vasquez was a regular visitor in the backfield despite registering only one sack and an assist on another tackle.

Jon Hargis, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, had two stops, including a shared sack of Cougar quarterback Alex Brink with David Smith. Fellow defensive linemen Paul 'Unga and Saia Falahola also chipped in a combined for three tackles.

Linebacker Morris Wooten continues to be a playmaker in the middle. Wooten finished with five stops, including one for a loss, and a pass break-up. Omar Bolden made his second consecutive start at cornerback for the Sun Devils. The true freshman notched two tackles and a pass break-up. Junior safety Troy Nolan also added seven stops for the secondary.

True freshman wide receiver Kerry Taylor caught a 4-yard Rudy Carpenter pass to help the offense on their crucial game-winning drive.

Garrett Judah, Jeff Bereuter, and Jonathan English were also game participants but did not register any tackles.

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