Defense Dominates Spring Game

The Sun Devil defense had made life miserable for the offense for most of the spring. In last week's scrimmage, the tables were turned as the offense scored five times. Today in ASU's spring game, the overall spring trend returned and in a big way. A 35-yard run by Ryan Bass was the only offensive score, as the maroon team, comprised by the second team offense, won 7-0.

Danny Sullivan, who finished 8-16 for 42 yards, completed his first four passes of the game and the first team offense seemed to be in rhythm. Yet, in a sign of things to come, Dimitri Nance fumbled on his first carry and the pigskin was corralled by Clint Floyd.

The passing game mustered just 158 yards, completing 24 out of 44 passes and committing three interceptions. Brock Osweiler was 7-14 for 6 yards and two picks.

The Arizona State running game, aside from Ryan Bass who had 61 yards on 12 carries, collected just 51 yards on 17 carries. Bass scored with 1:35 left in the third quarter (game was played with four 12-minute periods).

The defensive line harassed the Sun Devil signal callers all afternoon, while stuffing the ASU ball carriers repeatedly. Jamarr Robinson tallied three sacks, and fellow defensive end Dean DeLeone capped off a solid 15-spring practice session with a sack, four tackles, forced fumble and a pass deflection.

Among the linebackers, Travis Goethel led the way with four stops, one of them for a loss. Colin Parker has 3 tackles.

In the secondary Josh Jordan, LeQuan Lewis and Ryan McFoy all came up with an interception each. McFoy paced all defensive backs with four tackles. Floyd had 3.5 stops, while Lewis and Pierre Singfield each had three.

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