It's been an interesting season for the senior, who has spent a fair amount of time sidelined due to injuries this season and when he has been healthy his reps have been split with junior transfer Silas Redd.
But with Redd unavailable to play against the Sun Devils, McNeal was able to prove with 31 carries for 164 yards, including two touchdowns, that he's still the same worthy player he was a season ago.
With exception of the fumble McNeal lost in the fourth quarter, Coach Lane Kiffin says he thought McNeal ran well.
"It became that type of game," Kiffin continued, "once we got the lead and got in control, we felt that we could run the ball up the front and we were able to."
Asked if McNeal could possibly play a repeat role this weekend against UCLA, Kiffin said the Trojans will do whatever it takes to win, but he is unable to know as a play caller which course the game will run as of right now.
In nine games played this season, McNeal has 83 carries for 515 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday marked his first reception for a touchdown when he caught a 22-yard pass from Matt Barkley.
Kevin Carden contributed to this video.