GAMEDAY College Football

Arizona State 41, Southern Utah 14

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Darien Butler had two interceptions and No. 25 Arizona State used its punishing run game to overcome some sloppy moments in a season-opening 41-14 win over Southern Utah.

The Sun Devils were a bit rusty to start a season of high expectations, committing numerous miscues on special teams and 13 penalties for 135 yards.

Arizona State still proved to be too much for the FCS Thunderbirds (0-2), forcing four turnovers and running for six touchdowns to win its 22nd straight home opener.

Rachaad White and DeaMonte Trayanum each ran for two scores.

Expectations were on the rise in the desert headed into this season, coach Herm Edwards' fourth at Arizona State.

The roster is full of players Edwards recruited, with talent and experience at nearly every position - a combination that put the Sun Devils among the favorites to win the Pac-12 South.

The first test was going to be more about themselves than the opponent.

The Thunderbirds went 1-5 during a pandemic-delayed spring season and were picked to finish 11th of 13 teams in the Big Sky. They also lost to San Jose State 45-14 five days earlier, so it wasn't expected to be much of a fight.

The rout appeared as it would start right away, even as the Sun Devils kept getting in their own way.

Facing pressure on Southern Utah's third play of the game, Justin Miller threw the first of his three interceptions right to Arizona State's DeAndre Pierce, who returned it 34 yards to the Thunderbirds' 4. Trayanum scored easily on the next play.

Southern Utah fumbled on its second drive - after getting a first down on an Arizona State roughing the kicker penalty - and White followed with a 26-yard TD run.

The Thunderbirds finally got something going on offense, setting up Judd Crockett's 7-yard touchdown run.

The momentum ended quickly with another turnover, Miller's second interception, and White followed with a 1-yard touchdown run. Trayanum's 20-yard touchdown run put Arizona State up 28-7 at halftime, well on its way to a lopsided-but-sloppy opening win.

Arizona State athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SoUtAriSt
AriSt TD 14:36 DeaMonte Trayanum 3 yard TD run (Logan Tyler Kick Failed) 0 6
AriSt TD 8:42 Rachaad White 26 yard TD run (Logan Tyler Extra Point) 0 13
SoUt TD 4:26 Judd Cockett 7 yard TD run (Carson Reed Extra Point) 7 13
Second Quarter SoUtAriSt
AriSt TD 11:09 Rachaad White 1 yard TD run (Curtis Hodges 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 7 21
AriSt TD 5:15 DeaMonte Trayanum 20 yard TD run (Logan Tyler Extra Point) 7 28
Third Quarter SoUtAriSt
AriSt TD 11:03 Ricky Pearsall 26 yard TD run (Logan Tyler Kick Failed) 7 34
SoUt TD 1:22 David Moore III 21 yard TD run (Carson Reed Extra Point) 14 34
Fourth Quarter SoUtAriSt
AriSt TD 8:11 Daniyel Ngata 9 yard TD run (Logan Tyler Extra Point) 14 41
Team Stats
  Southern Utah Arizona State
First downs 15 24
  Rushing 4 12
  Passing 7 8
  Penalty 4 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 6-11, 55%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 26-78 40-228
Passing Yards 146 199
Return Yards 5 211
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-31-3 14-18-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-12 2-7
Punts 5 2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties - Yards 8-64 13-135
Southern Utah Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Miller 19 30 146 0 3
T. Skidmore 0 1 0 0 0
Arizona State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 10 12 132 0 0
T. Bourguet 3 5 38 0 0
R. Pearsall 1 1 29 0 0
Southern Utah Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Christensen 10 38 3.8 0
D. Moore III 4 26 6.5 1
J. Jefferson 1 8 8.0 0
J. Cockett 2 8 4.0 1
K. Davis 5 6 1.2 0
L. Lawson 2 4 2.0 0
J. Miller 1 -3 -3.0 0
T. Skidmore 1 -9 -9.0 0
Arizona State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. White 7 64 9.1 2
D. Trayanum 6 52 8.7 2
J. Daniels 6 40 6.7 0
D. Ngata 11 37 3.4 1
R. Pearsall 1 26 26.0 1
G. Hart III 4 11 2.8 0
D. Elliott 3 6 2.0 0
Southern Utah Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Lawson 1 28 28.0 0
P. Brown 1 20 20.0 0
B. Schenks 3 19 6.3 0
T. Duckett 2 15 7.5 0
F. Harris III 2 12 6.0 0
E. Bolingbroke 1 12 12.0 0
D. Christensen 2 11 5.5 0
J. Cockett 2 10 5.0 0
D. Atencio 1 10 10.0 0
I. Williams 2 9 4.5 0
D. Moore III 2 0 0.0
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Arizona State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Hodges 2 56 28.0 0
A. Johnson 2 37 18.5 0
R. Pearsall 2 27 13.5 0
L. Bunkley-Shelton 3 23 7.7 0
J. Wilson 2 22 11.0 0
B. Thompson 1 16 16.0 0
R. White 1 11 11.0 0
D. Ngata 1 7 7.0 0
Southern Utah Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arizona State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Butler 2 0
D. Pierce 1 34
Southern Utah Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Gerardi 5 275 55.0
Arizona State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Czaplicki 2 92 46.0
Southern Utah Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Cockett 1 0 0
Arizona State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 3 87 29.0
R. White 1 36 36.0
Southern Utah Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Laie 1 5 5.0
Arizona State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 2 55 27.5
W. Shaffer 1 -1 -1.0
Southern Utah Missed FG
Player Length
Arizona State Missed FG
Player Length




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