ASU football tops Oregon 37-35 | 4:14
ASU football beat Oregon 37-35 behind strong performances from Kalen Ballage, N’Keal Harry and the Sun Devil defense.
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Todd Graham breaks down ASU’s win over Oregon | 2:01
ASU coach Todd Graham discusses ASU’s upset of Oregon on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.
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ASU players react to win over Oregon | 3:01
ASU’s Manny Wilkins, N’Keal Harry and Alani Latu discuss the Sun Devils’ win over Oregon on Saturday in Tempe.
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ASU football offensive coordinator Billy Napier | 3:43
ASU football offensive coordinator Billy Napier reviews Texas Tech and looks ahead to No. 24 Oregon
Jeff Metcalfe/ azcentral sports
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ASU football defensive coordinator Phil Bennett | 2:35
Reviewing Texas Tech and taking personnel changes for Oregon
Jeff Metcalfe/ azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: ASU’s moral ‘W’; Zeke irks Dallas | 2:00
Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan cover hockey, baseball and football in our Shot Clock video.
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Michael Crow on ASU football coaching situation | 3:28
Greg Moore visits with Michael Crow in a special edition of the Shot Clock. The ASU President discusses the hiring (and firing) process of coaches and more.
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Todd Graham on start of Pac-12 season, Wilkins’ improvement | 1:51
ASU head football coach Todd Graham discusses the start of Pac-12 play against Oregon this weekend and the improvement of QB Manny Wilkins after practice on Tuesday. Jeff Metcalfe/azcentral sports
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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.”
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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.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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ASU football tops Oregon 37-35
Todd Graham breaks down ASU’s win over Oregon
ASU players react to win over Oregon
ASU football offensive coordinator Billy Napier
ASU football defensive coordinator Phil Bennett
Shot Clock: ASU’s moral ‘W’; Zeke irks Dallas
Michael Crow on ASU football coaching situation
Todd Graham on start of Pac-12 season, Wilkins’ improvement
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
ASU fallout: No, coach, it’s not ‘obvious’
ASU football vs. New Mexico State highlights
Doug Haller and Greg Moore discuss ASU’s win
ASU unveils Pat Tillman statue
Pac-12 preview: Three teams with national title aspirations
Breaking down Arizona State football’s 2017 schedule
Arizona State on Saturday opened Pac-12 play with a 37-35 win over No. 24 Oregon at Sun Devil Stadium. It snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Ducks. It also improved the Sun Devils to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in conference action.
1. ASU’s passing game is a force. Check this out: Last year, the Sun Devils produced just one 50-yard pass play all season. This season they have six through four games, which ties for most in the country. Perhaps the best part for ASU: It’s not just one receiver getting loose. Five receivers (N’Keal Harry, Jalen Harvey, Kyle Williams, John Humphrey and Frank Darby) have produced those 50-yard plays. Against Oregon, ASU had passing plays of 32, 63, 47 and 52 yards.
2. The onside kick was brilliant. ASU started game-planning for Oregon over the summer. I don’t know if the onside-kick idea hatched then or later but it was brilliant. After taking a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, freshman Brandon Ruiz executed it perfectly, catching Oregon off guard. Freshman Evan Fields recovered and seven plays later Ruiz kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead. Best way to silence an explosive offense: Keep it off the field. Excellent call.
3. The defense has hope. From Day 1, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett has been completely honest about his group. We’re not going to be dominating, he said. This is a journey. Through four weeks, ASU has had rough patches, but it’s also showed improvement. Playing without injured rush specialist Koron Crump — who could miss the rest of the season — the Sun Devils held Oregon to a season-low 401 yards. Last year, ASU held only one Pac-12 opponent (Washington State) to fewer yards.
Another step forward. Down 35-34 with 6:32 to go, ASU drove 57 yards in 11 plays, setting up Ruiz’s 41-yard field goal that proved to be the game winner. Even though the drive produced just three points, this was the offense’s biggest statement of the season. Junior QB Manny Wilkins was poised. Senior RB Demario Richard ran tough between the tackles. Junior WR Jalen Harvey made a key third-down catch. Overall, ASU gained 489 yards, 142 on the ground. … It will be fun to watch N’Keal Harry the next few seasons. Heck, it already is. Against the Ducks, the sophomore receiver leaped over defensive backs, out-muscled them, ran past them, broke tackles. He finished with seven catches for 170 yards and a TD. Through four games, Harry ranks eighth nationally in receptions (31) and 15th in receiving yards per game (109). Just as effective this night: Harvey. The junior receiver had eight catches for 133 yards. Seven of those receptions went for first downs. … Wilkins was steady, completing 24 of 39 for 347 yards and a TD. He extended his school record for passes without an interception to 188. He also made nice decisions off the zone-read, gaining 56 rushing yards. … Coordinator Billy Napier got the ball to his playmakers in ways we haven’t previously seen. Both Harry and sophomore WR Kyle Williams took hand-offs out of the backfield. … Overall, ASU ran a season-high 92 plays, 27 more than Oregon. … Biggest negative: ASU continues to have too many negative plays, 13 on this night. Through four games, they have 40. Only Temple (41) and Massachusetts (49) have more.
After Ruiz’s field goal gave ASU the lead, Oregon had 2:25 to get in field-goal range. The Sun Devils held. The night’s biggest improvement: Third-down defense. Entering the contest, ASU had been the worst in the country at getting off the field on third down. This time, they pressured more, rushing Oregon QB Justin Herbert into quick decisions. Result: The Ducks converted just 1 of 11. ASU still gave up seven plays of 20-plus yards, but only one stretched longer than 31, the result of a missed tackle from junior safety Dasmond Tautalatasi. … Senior end Alani Latu had two TFLs, including a quarterback sack. Through four games, he’s been ASU’s defensive MVP. Junior LB Christian Sam also was strong, finishing with a team-high 11 tackles… Redshirt-freshman Chase Lucas got his first career start at boundary corner and was mostly steady. Biggest mistake: Losing former Chandler High teammate Johnny Johnson III on a 20-yard TD pass. Lucas initially lined up on the wrong side of the field and was late getting back to his spot.
The graduation of Zane Gonzalez – the best kicker in school history – didn’t cause a lot of concern within the ASU coaching offices because of the arrival of Brandon Ruiz. The freshman kicker showed why Saturday, kicking the go-ahead field goal with six minutes left. Earlier, Ruiz had connected from 29 and 24 yards. In addition to the onside kick, he produced touchbacks on six of seven kickoffs, negating Oregon’s return game, which entered as the Pac-12’s best. Overall, it was a pretty strong Pac-12 debut. … Special teams, however, also produced the night’s biggest mistake. In the final minute of the first half, sophomore Ryan Newsome muffed a punt. Oregon recovered and scored on the next play, pulling to within 17-14 at halftime. That’s the third time this season a special-teams error has led to points for the opponent just before the half. … Junior LB Tyler Whiley partially blocked a first-half punt, giving ASU a short field, one that it used for the game’s first touchdown. …. Sophomore Michael Sleep-Dalton averaged 37.1 yards over seven punts. He dropped one inside the 20.
In addition to Lucas, junior Abe Thompson got his first career start, filling in for the injured Crump at rush linebacker. … Just a few days after moving from offense to defense, junior Jay Jay Wilson also took reps at rush linebacker. Although Wilson played defense in high school, that’s a quick turnaround. … A week after making changes on the offensive line, ASU returned to its original front five against Oregon. Sophomore Zach Robertson, however, rotated in at left tackle and sophomore Alex Losoya entered for a play after sophomore RG Steven Miller had to come out because his helmet came off. … After Newsome’s fumble, senior Jacom Brimhall took over punt-return duties. … Defensive back Evan Fields played on special teams, making him the eighth true freshman to play this season. … Sophomore WR John Humphrey missed his second game with a knee injury.
ASU visits Stanford at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Cardinal (2-2) beat UCLA 58-34 on Saturday.