GAMEDAY College Football

Arizona State 40, Northern Arizona 3

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Emory Jones ran for two touchdowns in his desert debut and Arizona State opened its fifth season under coach Herm Edwards with a 40-3 win over FCS-member Northern Arizona.

The Sun Devils needed a few series to jell with 43 new players on their roster. Once they got rolling, the Lumberjacks could do little to stop them.

Carter Brown kicked four field goals and Arizona State led 24-3 at halftime to win its 23rd straight home opener. The Sun Devils are 17-0 all-time against FCS schools.

Jones had poise in the pocket and made good decisions, scoring on a 1-yard dive in the second quarter and a 17-yard run just before halftime.

Xazavian Halladay, a Wyoming transfer, showed off the speed that's made him the nation's active leading rusher, reeling off a 27- yard TD run early in the third quarter.

The Lumberjacks picked up one of the program's biggest wins the last time they came down from Flagstaff, beating Arizona 21-19 for their first win over a Pac-12 school.

They didn't have the same type of fortune in their return to the desert.

Arizona State manhandled Northern Arizona at the line of scrimmage, putting constant pressure on quarterback RJ Martinez, while mostly limiting him to short throws underneath.

The Lumberjacks kept it close early before a few key miscues allowed the slow-starting Sun Devils to gain their footing.

Holder Eemil Herranen dropped a snap on what would have been a tying 40-yard field goal in the first quarter and defensive back Eloi Kwete kept an Arizona State drive alive with a targeting penalty on third down.

Halladay scored two plays later on a 4-yard run.

Martinez caught a break when a pick-6 was overturned by an Arizona State offsides in the first quarter, but was not bailed out when he threw another interception in the second quarter.

Jones scored two plays later to put the Sun Devils up 24-0.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northern Arizona couldn't conjure up the same magic it had last year in the desert. The Lumberjacks were pushed around by the bigger Sun Devils and made the climb even steeper with key miscues.

Arizona State got the start it wanted with a roster loaded with new players, rolling to an easy victory over an FCS school. The road gets much tougher from here with a game at Oklahoma State next week.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NoAriAriSt
AriSt FG 8:21 Carter Brown 27 yard field goal 0 3
Second Quarter NoAriAriSt
AriSt TD 8:05 Emory Jones 1 yard TD run (Carter Brown Extra Point) 0 10
AriSt TD 3:44 Xazavian Valladay 4 yard TD run (Carter Brown Extra Point) 0 17
AriSt TD 2:19 Emory Jones 17 yard TD run (Carter Brown Extra Point) 0 24
NoAri FG 0:05 Collin Robbins 47 yard field goal 3 24
Third Quarter NoAriAriSt
AriSt TD 12:32 Xazavian Valladay 27 yard TD run (Carter Brown Extra Point) 3 31
AriSt FG 9:42 Carter Brown 36 yard field goal 3 34
AriSt FG 0:17 Carter Brown 44 yard field goal 3 37
Fourth Quarter NoAriAriSt
AriSt FG 7:54 Carter Brown 44 yard field goal 3 40
Team Stats
  Northern Arizona Arizona State
First downs 8 23
  Rushing 2 12
  Passing 4 8
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-15, 20% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 23-23 49-267
Passing Yards 97 152
Return Yards 93 96
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-30-2 13-18-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-8
Punts 7 2
Fumbles Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 5-52 5-45
Northern Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Martinez 18 28 92 0 2
J. Widener 2 2 5 0 0
Arizona State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
E. Jones 13 18 152 0 0
Northern Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hall 2 14 7.0 0
K. Daniels 11 12 1.1 0
G. Robinson 4 4 1.0 0
J. Glaspie 1 3 3.0 0
A. Wyble-Meza 2 3 1.5 0
R. Martinez 2 -2 -1.0 0
Arizona State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
X. Valladay 15 116 7.7 2
D. Ngata 10 60 6.0 0
E. Jones 11 46 4.2 2
T. White 8 29 3.6 0
C. Hall IV 1 22 22.0 0
G. Hart III 3 6 2.0 0
E. Czaplicki 1 -12 -12.0 0
Northern Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Owen 5 24 4.8 0
H. Johnson 3 20 6.7 0
J. Glaspie 3 17 5.7 0
D. Hall 3 12 4.0 0
G. Robinson 2 12 6.0 0
I. Gerena 2 7 3.5 0
E. Taylor 1 3 3.0 0
A. Wyble-Meza 1 2 2.0 0
Arizona State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Swinson 3 50 16.7 0
E. Badger 4 38 9.5 0
A. Johnson 3 36 12.0 0
G. Sanders 1 21 21.0 0
B. Thompson 1 7 7.0 0
D. Ngata 1 0 0.0
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Northern Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arizona State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Edmonds 1 36
K. Soelle 1 0
Northern Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Herranen 7 293 41.9
Arizona State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Feely 1 37 37.0
E. Czaplicki 1 25 25.0
Northern Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arizona State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 2 6 3.0
Northern Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Hall 2 36 18.0
B. Shough 2 51 25.5
C. Ardoin 1 6 6.0
Arizona State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 1 27 27.0
D. Ngata 1 27 27.0
Northern Arizona Missed FG
Player Length
Arizona State Missed FG
Player Length




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