Todd Graham on ASU’s loss to Texas Tech | 1:35
Graham: “It’s a tough locker room in there, because our guys don’t like to lose.”
Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett on Texas Tech | 3:01
ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett breaks down the Sun Devils’ next opponent, Texas Tech
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Sun Devil Report: Loss to Aztecs, fan reaction | 15:02
Doug Haller and Greg Moore discuss the fallout from Arizona State’s loss to San Diego State, including fan reaction, and look ahead to Saturday’s game at Texas Tech.
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ASU’s Graham on disappointing loss to SDSU | 3:13
ASU football coach Todd Graham talks about special teams and other issues in a loss to San Diego State on Monday.
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ASU ugliness; Sooners QB flag stunt riles Buckeyes | 1:54
Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller discuss ASU’s loss to San Diego State and more in our Shot Clock video.
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ASU football loses to San Diego State | 0:00
ASU football’s loss to San Diego State on Saturday night will have many fans wondering about the identity of the Sun Devils this season.
Sean Logan/ azcentral sports
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ASU coach Graham breaks down ‘poor’ performance vs. San Diego State | 4:00
Todd Graham breaks down ASU’s loss to San Diego State
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ASU players react to loss to San Diego State | 2:13
Reaction to ASU’s 30-20 loss to San Diego State
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Haller, Metcalfe preview ASU-San Diego State | 10:22
Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe preview the Arizona State-San Diego State game ahead of kickoff at Sun Devil Stadium.
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Sun Devil Report: Issues after win over New Mexico State | 11:48
azcentral sports’ Doug Haller looks back at ASU’s win over New Mexico State and looks ahead to San Diego State.
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azcentral sports’ Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe discuss ASU’s next game against San Diego State | 3:26
azcentral sports’ Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe discuss ASU’s next game against San Diego State.
Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Arizona State head coach Todd Graham talks about needed improvement from week one to week two | 0:49
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham talks about needed improvement from week one to week two.
Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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ASU head coach Todd Graham breaks down their next opponent San Diego State | 1:43
ASU head coach Todd Graham breaks down their next opponent San Diego State.
Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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ASU’s Todd Graham talks about former head coach Frank Kush | 4:16
ASU’s Todd Graham talks about former head coach Frank Kush, who will be honored at the next home game.
Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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ASU fallout: No, coach, it’s not ‘obvious’ | 1:58
Shot Clock video: Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach discuss ASU’s win over New Mexico State.
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ASU football vs. New Mexico State highlights | 0:00
ASU beat New Mexico State 37-31 in the 2017 season opener and the Sun Devils had a common refrain afterward: ‘We got the win.’
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Todd Graham breaks down ASU’s win over New Mexico State | 3:41
The Sun Devils’ head coach speaks to the media about his team’s performance in a 37-31 win in their season opener.
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Doug Haller and Greg Moore discuss ASU’s win | 3:09
The Sun Devils got an “ugly” win in their season opener, an effort that may not get it done against their Week 2 opponent.
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ASU players react to win over New Mexico State | 3:49
Manny Wilkins, Kalen Ballage and other Sun Devils speak to the media following the team’s 37-31 season-opening win.
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ASU unveils Pat Tillman statue | 1:38
A statue of Pat Tillman was exhibited at the north end zone of Sun Devil Stadium.
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Discussing ASU’s football’s home opener | 3:29
azcentral sports’ Doug Haller & Jeff Metcalfe look ahead to the Sun Devils’ first game of the season on Thursdauy night.
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Pac-12 preview: Three teams with national title aspirations | 1:15
Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports Paul Myerberg previews the 2017 Pac-12 football conference.
USA TODAY Sports
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#DearAndy: Which Coach has the Hottest Seat Heading Into the Season? | 2:08
Out of all of the major coaches in the country, who has the hottest seat heading into the 2017 season? Hint, they coach in the SEC.
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Non-conference football games are cash cows for colleges | 1:16
Division I college football programs are pulling in big money by scheduling non-conference opponents in ‘guarantee’ games.
USA TODAY Sports
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New video board at Sun Devil Stadium | 1:10
New video board at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Breaking down Arizona State football’s 2017 schedule | 1:47
A look at each game in the Sun Devils’ 2017 season
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Shot Clock: ASU QB fail? Suns ‘lose’ Kyrie | 2:08
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley weigh in on ASU’s quarterback situation and the Suns not trading for Kyrie Irving.
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Todd Graham on ASU’s loss to Texas Tech
ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett on Texas Tech
Sun Devil Report: Loss to Aztecs, fan reaction
ASU’s Graham on disappointing loss to SDSU
ASU ugliness; Sooners QB flag stunt riles Buckeyes
ASU football loses to San Diego State
ASU coach Graham breaks down ‘poor’ performance vs. San Diego State
ASU players react to loss to San Diego State
Haller, Metcalfe preview ASU-San Diego State
Sun Devil Report: Issues after win over New Mexico State
azcentral sports’ Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe discuss ASU’s next game against San Diego State
Arizona State head coach Todd Graham talks about needed improvement from week one to week two
ASU head coach Todd Graham breaks down their next opponent San Diego State
ASU’s Todd Graham talks about former head coach Frank Kush
ASU fallout: No, coach, it’s not ‘obvious’
ASU football vs. New Mexico State highlights
Todd Graham breaks down ASU’s win over New Mexico State
Doug Haller and Greg Moore discuss ASU’s win
ASU players react to win over New Mexico State
ASU unveils Pat Tillman statue
Discussing ASU’s football’s home opener
Pac-12 preview: Three teams with national title aspirations
#DearAndy: Which Coach has the Hottest Seat Heading Into the Season?
Non-conference football games are cash cows for colleges
New video board at Sun Devil Stadium
Breaking down Arizona State football’s 2017 schedule
Shot Clock: ASU QB fail? Suns ‘lose’ Kyrie
Arizona State on Saturday dropped its final non-conference contest, 52-45 at Texas Tech. The Sun Devils are 1-2 for the first time since 1999.
1. ASU showed something. For most of the first half, the Sun Devils looked like they were on their way to getting routed. They had snapping issues, tackling breakdowns and a head-scratching special-teams mistake. They trailed 21-3, 35-17 and 42-24. Yet, somehow they pulled themselves together and gave themselves a chance. Yes, only wins matter. But Saturday’s comeback was the season’s most positive development. That’s why it’s relevant.
2. The offensive line still has issues. ASU made the expected changes. Sophomore Cohl Cabral started at center and sophomore Zach Robertson started at left tackle. In some ways, it backfired. Cabral’s poor snap in the first quarter led to a Texas Tech touchdown and a 21-3 deficit. ASU quickly went back to previous starter A.J. McCollum – and his first snap nearly went over the quarterback’s head. Overall, the Sun Devils were better up front, but the sooner they can find a trustworthy five, particularly at center, the better off they’ll be.
3. The Sun Devils need good news with Koron Crump. Midway through the first quarter, the senior rush linebacker was hit while rushing out to defend a pass play. Crump’s left foot appeared to stick in the turf while he got pushed back. He didn’t return. In his first season out of junior college, Crump last season was an All-Pac-12 second-team performer. An extended absence would hurt a defense that needs all the help it can get.
Overall, this was ASU’s best’s performance of the season. The Sun Devils put up season highs in points (45), rushing yards (168) and total yards (494). They had seven plays of 20-plus yards. Junior QB Manny Wilkins completed 27 of 41 for 326 yards and three TDs. Through three weeks, he’s one of only three quarterbacks in the nation to have 100-plus pass attempts without an interception. … For the first time, it seemed ASU made it a priority to get N’Keal Harry involved. The sophomore receiver had a career-best 13 catches for 148 yards and a TD. With Wilkins throwing a block, Harry also picked up 17 yards on a reverse. Overall, Harry’s 24 receptions rank ninth nationally. … Sophomore WR Kyle Williams was a force as well, hauling in seven catches for 111 yards and two TDs. He also had a couple nice blocks. … Wilkins and senior WR Ryan Jenkins miscommunicated on a short route in the second quarter that could’ve turned into a big play. Wilkins threw a poor pass, leading Jenkins too far, but Jenkins didn’t seem to be expecting the ball at all. He was wide open. … Robertson had two false starts, one on ASU’s failed final drive.
Texas Tech will move the ball on just about everyone, but ASU made it too easy for the Red Raiders. They totaled 615 yards, averaging 7.8 per play, and had eight plays of 20-plus yards. With the game on the line, Texas Tech drove 90 yards in 12 plays for the go-ahead score. A big moment: Letting Texas Tech convert third and 8 with 5 minutes left. Overall, Texas Tech converted seven of 15 third downs. Through three weeks, ASU’s 54.55 defensive third-down conversion rate is worst in the country. … ASU’s tackling was awful in the first half. The ball pursuit was OK; the Sun Devils just didn’t finish (see video above). The corners also appeared to struggle shedding blocks. ASU was better in the second half. … In the third quarter, junior Demonte King replaced junior Dasmond Tautalatasi at down (strong) safety and played well, possibly earning himself more time this week.
For the second week in a row, ASU gift-wrapped points to the opponent before halftime. Against San Diego State, the Sun Devils shanked a punt, giving the Aztecs a short field. Against Texas Tech, they lined up in a spread formation – three players split wide on each side, four around the ball. Texas Tech used just a three-man rush and Ja’Deion High broke through untouched to block Michael Sleep-Dalton‘s punt. Texas Tech scored five plays later to take a 35-17 halftime lead. I asked Graham about ASU’s formation. “We were running a spread punt to – we run it all the time,” Graham said. Actually, it was the first time ASU had lined up that way in a game all season. And on this night, it cost the Sun Devils. … Freshman Brandon Ruiz missed a 41-yard FG but otherwise had a solid night. He later made a 44-yard field goal. Ruiz also produced touchbacks on all eight kickoffs. Considering ASU gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown against San Diego State, that was significant. … After missing the first two games with a quad injury, sophomore Ryan Newsome returned a punt for 11 yards. … Sleep-Dalton punted with his right (dominant) leg. He had punted with his left the past two weeks. He punted twice, averaging 45.5 yards, dropping one inside the 20.
As expected, sophomore WR John Humphrey (knee) did not play. … Senior RB Demario Richard returned from a leg injury and looked good, rushing for 53 yards and a TD. … Senior DE Alani Latu initially shifted to rush linebacker after Crump left the game, but defensive coordinator Phil Bennett rotated in players throughout the contest. Junior DT Renell Wren, freshman DT Shannon Forman and sophomore DT George Lea all saw action. Junior Abraham Thompson (rush linebacker) and redshirt-freshman Chase Lucas (corner) played most of the second half. … Sophomore LB Malik Lawal replaced junior LB Christian Sam in the second quarter after Sam got banged up. (Sam returned.) … Sophomore Terrell Chatman had his first career catch. … Junior RG Alex Losoya got snaps at right guard in the first half.
ASU opens Pac-12 action Saturday against Oregon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium. The Ducks (3-0) are coming off Saturday’s 49-13 win at Wyoming.
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