TEMPE — For many Power 5 schools, season openers against FCS or low-level FBS opponents offer several opportunities: the team has a chance to effectively warm up, get some game-speed reps to build confidence, and add an easy win to the resume.
For No. 25 Arizona State, as sophomore quarterback
“Keep the main thing the main thing,” Daniels said at Pac-12 Media Day in July. “That’s the football season. That’s working hard. That’s getting to the season so we can showcase what we’ve been through this past year and just let all the pain and the anger that everybody has built up, and just let it out once Sept. 2 comes.”
When Sept. 2 came, the Sun Devils not only delivered a thrashing, but did so with a forceful performance on the ground, totaling 222 yards and six touchdowns there. Junior running back
However, whatever pent-up frustration they had acquired also seemed to devolve into outright recklessness on too many occasions, as ASU had seven penalties for 85 yards in the first quarter alone, including a roughing the kicker infraction and a targeting foul by junior defensive end Tyler Johnson, for which he was disqualified. By the end of the game, the Sun Devils had amassed 135 penalty yards, their most in a game since 2007.
Tyler Johnson, for which he was disqualified. By the end of the game, the Sun Devils had amassed 135 penalty yards, their most in a game since 2007.
In spite of those issues with discipline, ASU was clearly the stronger team throughout, as it took a two-touchdown lead in the first 6:18 of the game and led by at least that much for the last 41 minutes.
Daniels had an efficient day through the air, completing 10 of 12 passes for 132 yards, but ASU’s aerial attack was not prolific. No Sun Devil receiver eclipsed three catches on the day, and they did not approach the goal of passing on 55 percent of downs that offensive coordinator
However, Daniels was also productive on the ground, managing 40 rushing yards on six attempts before he was replaced by freshman Trenton Bourguet late in the third quarter as he appeared to be experiencing cramps in both legs.
Trenton Bourguet late in the third quarter as he appeared to be experiencing cramps in both legs.
The Sun Devils also excelled in the turnover margin, as they did frequently over the previous two seasons, in which they forced over twice as many turnovers as they committed. Against Southern Utah, ASU had just two turnovers to four takeaways, which they turned into 13 points.
In special teams, freshman
Following its victory, ASU will continue non-conference play as overwhelming favorites again at home versus UNLV next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Here is more on how ASU’s win over Southern Utah unfolded.
8:11 left 4Q, ASU 41 ASU SUU 14: ASU freshman running back
FINAL: ASU defeats Southern Utah 41-14, improving to 1-0 on the season.
1:22 left 3Q, ASU 34 SUU 14: Southern Utah freshman running back David Moore III scored on a 21-yard touchdown run, completing a four-play, 40-yard drive. Junior kicker Carson Reed converted the subsequent extra-point attempt.
3:20 left 3Q, ASU 34 SUU 7: Wilson fumbled immediately following a reception at midfield, which was recovered by junior safety Justin Brown.
4:40 left 3Q, ASU 34 SUU 7: Daniels left the game with apparent cramps on both legs and was helped off the field by two staffers. Freshman quarterback
Trenton Bourguet replaced him.
11:03 left 3Q, ASU 34 SUU 7: Pearsall scored on a 26-yard reverse run as he tip-toed along the right sideline, concluding a seven-play, 61-yard drive and marking ASU's fifth rushing touchdown of the day. Tyler missed his extra-point try off the right goalpost, dropping to 2-4 on the day.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: ASU leads Southern Utah 34-14, having scored five rushing touchdowns and managed 176 yards on the ground.
0:16 left 2Q, ASU 28 SUU 7: Butler earned his second interception of the game on ASU's 17-yard line on an errant throw by Miller, forcing Southern Utah's fourth turnover of the half.
5:15 left 2Q, ASU 28 SUU 7: Trayanum scored on a 20-yard counter run around the left edge, giving him two rushing touchdowns and ASU four on the day. Tyler converted the subsequent extra-point attempt, improving to 2-3 on the day.
11:09 left 2Q, ASU 21 SUU 7: White scored a 1-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, to conclude a four-play, 34-yard drive. Senior tight end
END OF SECOND QUARTER: ASU leads Southern Utah 28-7 on the back of four rushing touchdowns, split evenly among White and Trayanum, and four takeaways. However, ASU's penalty issues have remained, as they have accrued 11 penalties for 120 yards, and Southern Utah has possessed the ball for more than two-thirds of the game.
3:41 left 1Q, ASU 13 SUU 7: ASU junior linebacker
4:25 left IQ, ASU 13 SUU 7: Southern Utah recovered its own kickoff at ASU's 33-yard line on what appeared to be a long onside kick attempt. ASU freshman linebacker
4:26 left IQ, ASU 13 SUU 7: Southern Utah senior wide receiver Judd Crockett scored on a 3-yard sweep run, concluding a seven-play, 69-yard drive. Junior defensive end Tyler Johnson was disqualified earlier on the drive for targeting, and was primarily replaced by Moore.
8:42 left 1Q, ASU 13 SUU 0: On fourth-and-1, ASU junior running back
9:17 left IQ, ASU 6 SUU 0: ASU sophomore quarterback
11:40 left 1Q, ASU 6 SUU 0: ASU senior cornerback
14:36 left 1Q, ASU 6 SUU 0: ASU freshman running back
14:40 left 1Q ASU 0 SUU 0: ASU senior safety
END OF FIRST QUARTER: No. 25 ASU leads Southern Utah 13-7. The Sun Devils have forced three turnovers and out-gained the Thunderbirds 117 yards to 88, but also have a have committed seven penalties, costing them 85 yards.
— No. 25 Arizona State football opens its season versus Southern Utah on Thursday at 7:30 p.m at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The game is available for TV viewing on the Pac-12 Network.
— Many members of ASU's program have set tremendously high expectations for this season, as they have 19 of 22 starters from 2020 available for the opening kickoff. Head coach
— ASU's last home opener was in 2019, when they beat Kent State 30-7 in quarterback
Jayden Daniels' first career start. They lost last season's opener 28-27 on the road to USC.
— The temperature was 90 degrees at kickoff, with 37 percent humidity, light winds under five miles per hour and mostly clear skies.
— Freshman wide receiver
— Southern Utah lost its season opener 45-14 to San Jose State last Saturday, and lost its previous two most recent season openers versus Pac-12 opponents by a combined 80 points.
— The Thunderbirds went 1-5 last season, losing all five games by four possessions and four by a field goal or less.
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