Spartans Torched in Hell as Devils Dance 45-3

2007 brings the fans of San Jose State a completely different team than the bowl champion 2006 squad. This was easily discovered as the Sun Devils of Arizona State, and their "el diablo" mascot gave the Spartans an "el scorcho" lesson soon not to be forgotten. The Spartans were smoked for 520 yards as the Devils held SJSU to 115 yards. It was the biggest margin of loss during the Dick Tomey era.

TEMPE, Ariz. - Coach Dick Tomey coached his 300th game of his career Saturday night in the season opener against Arizona State, however it was a night that he will soon want to forget.

The frequent strikes of lighting in the Tempe sky were a fitting prelude to what was about to take place on the field. The maroon and gold walloped the blue and gold of SJSU early and often en route to a 45-3 torching.

The 54,405 in attendance didn't have to wait long to see Arizona State score points. In ASU's first possession, running back Ryan Torain (123 yards on only 17 carries) leaped from one yard out to score one of his three touchdowns. San Jose State answered with a field goal, which would ultimately be the first and last time they registered any points on the scoring board.

"That's as sound a beating as I've ever been a part of," said Tomey, who became the 25th coach in college football history to reach the 300-game plateau. "But we needed that. If we handle it the right way, we'll be better for it."

ASU's 520 total offense yards were mighty impressive, but the Sun Devil defense limiting a Spartan team that was 9-4 last season, to 115 total yards has to be a major concern to the die hard blue and gold boosters.

This game brings back a deja vu going back to last years loss to Nevada.

"It was a team effort," Tomey said. "I believe we've going to be a good football team before it's over. Obviously, we didn't look like that tonight."

Let's hope the defense, and the types that Tomey is known for steps up it's play and get's more physical versus the next opponent, the Kansas State Wildcats.

"It's our fault, we didn't stop them on third down, we didn't stop the run," said linebacker Matt Castelo, who led the Spartans with nine tackles. "They were driving our guys back. They were more physical than us."

In regards to this years team being very different from last years, Quarterback, Adam Tafralis, had this little ditty post game.

"We know we have to go back to work," Tafralis said. "We have to take this loss and feel it and then move on and learn from it.

"It is a reality check from last season. It's a different team. We need different things to help us win."

San Jose State travels next to Kansas State for a 7:05 p.m. contest on Saturday, September 8th.

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