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  Trenton Bourguet threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to tight end Jalin Conyers, and Xazavian Valladay ran for three touchdowns as Arizona State racked up 557 total yards and held off a late push for a 42-34 victory against Colorado on Saturday night. The Sun Devils (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) scored a touchdown on each of their first two drives, going a combined 139 yards in 15 plays. Bourguet completed his first nine passes for 161 yards. On its way to a 28-17 halftime lead, an Arizona State offense that entered the night averaging 353.6 yards had put up 327 while averaging 8.4 yards per play. It finished the game with 10 plays of at least 20 yards.

Despite allowing those gaudy offensive numbers, Colorado (1-7, 1-4) remained competitive for much of the first half. On a third-and-12 late in the second quarter, Buffaloes quarterback J.T. Shrout found freshman wide receiver Jordyn Tyson in stride for a 58-yard touchdown to get within 21-17. The Sun Devils, however, responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Valladay. Arizona State led by at least 15 points for much of the second half, but an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown from Tyson got Colorado within 42-34 with 3:50 remaining. The Sun Devils were able to mount a seven-play, 36-yard drive that ran out the clock. Valladay, the Football Bowl Subdivision active leader in career yards rushing, ran for 118 yards, giving the Wyoming transfer more than 4,000 for his career. - Arizona State/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Trenton BourguetArizona State
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  Arizona State has been searching for its go-to receiver the last few seasons, but the potential answer was waiting for his turn to play. Following two seasons that involved taking reps on the scout team and earning limited touches last season, Elijhah Badger has steadily emerged as a top target this season. ASU's passing game floundered last season with 12 touchdowns, tied for the second-lowest in the Pac-12. Ricky Pearsall led the team with four touchdowns. Pearsall was expected to have more of a role this season on offense, but transferred to Florida during the spring. His absence gave Badger more of a position to take over. The redshirt sophomore eased into the offense in Week 1 with four catches for 38 yards against Northern Arizona. He became the bright spot on the offense within Week 2 against Oklahoma State with 91 yards and a touchdown on six catches.

Since then, he's led the receivers with four touchdowns on 490 yards. "I'm really comfortable now I know the plays," Badger said. "I'm really comfortable with everything and I'm playing into what the offense is doing right now." Badger was the energizer in last week's game that otherwise was a quiet offensive effort. In the first half, he churned out 87 yards on four catches. Badger's speed was on full display as he outran two Stanford defensive backs and caught Emory Jones' pass for a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter. "We knew what we were going to get with him from an athletic standpoint," ASU interim head coach Shaun Aguano said. "Now comes the maturity and mental and making sure you can do it every play, and he's getting better and better. As you see he's making huge plays. I thought he was one of the better players on the field in that game." - Arizona Republic


rSo/2025 WR Elijhah BadgerArizona State
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  OCT 10 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Carter Brown, Fr., K, Arizona State (Pearland, Texas),...Brown continues to excel, doing his job in Arizona State's 45-38 victory over No. 21 Washington with a FG and 6 extra points...Brown's 53-yard field goal (3:57 left in 1Q) was the 6th-longest field goal in ASU history. It is also a career-high, surpassing his previous mark of 48 vs. NAU on Sept. 1st, 2022. It is the 3rd-longest field goal by a Sun Devil at Sun Devil Stadium since 1982, and the longest field goal since 2016...The longest field goal made by a true freshman in ASU history. He ties Thomas Weber (2007) for the longest by any freshman, as Weber was a redshirt freshman when he made a 53-yarder.

Tied for the longest field goal made by a Pac-12 kicker this season (Stanford K Joshua Karty, Oct. 1 vs Oregon)...Now 9/10 on field goals and has made all 18 of his extra points this season, accounting for a team-high 45 points...2nd time taking home this honor this season after winning in Week 1. First Pac-12 kicker to win the award multiple times in the same season since Utah's Jadon Redding in 2020 and first Sun Devil kicker to do that since Brandon Ruiz in 2017...Also nominated: Kazmeir Allen, WR/KR, UCLA; Joshua Karty, PK, Stanford; Denis Lynch, PK, USC; Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football


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  Trenton Bourguet threw for three touchdowns after Emory Jones was injured, Xazavian Halladay accounted for two more scores and Arizona State beat No. 21 Washington 45-38 on Saturday for interim coach Shaun Aguano's first victory. The Sun Devils (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) lost their first two games after Herm Edwards was fired Sept. 18, though played No. 6 Southern California close last week before fading late. Bourguet adeptly led the offense after Jones was injured in the second quarter against Washington, throwing for 182 yards on 15-of-21 passing with an interception. He hit Elijhah Badger for two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the fourth quarter to put the Sun Devils up 45-38. Arizona State stopped the Huskies on fourth-and-9 near midfield and a botched snap all but ended the Washington's final drive.

Washington (4-2, 1-2) had a solid offensive day in the desert, rallying from a 14-point deficit to tie it on Cameron Davis' third rushing TD, from 5 yards out. Michael Penix Jr. threw for 311 yards on 33-of-53 passing, but no touchdowns. The Huskies struggled defensively in last week's loss to UCLA and continued to have breakdowns against the Sun Devils to remain winless in Tempe since 2001 (eight games). Bourguet, a three-year backup, was sharp after Jones took a shot to the head in the second quarter from Washington safety Asa Turner, who was ejected for targeting. Halladay scored on an 11-yard run the next play and Bourget followed with a 14-yard TD pass to Halladay, throwing to the flat with a blitzing defender in his face. Arizona State went up 24-10 when Penix had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage and Jordan Clark intercepted it for a 38-yard touchdown. Washington grabbed a bit of momentum back, pulling within 24-17 at halftime on Wayne Taulapapa's 1-yard TD run. - Arizona State/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Trenton BourguetArizona State
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  Arizona State defensive tackle Omarr Norman-Lott went down on the first drive against Eastern Michigan and did not return, which hampered the front already missing DE Michael Matus (season-ending ACL) and Gharin Stansbury (hamstring). One player doesn't make a difference in a game like this but depth has taken a significant hit. - Arizona Republic

rSo/2025 DT Omarr Norman-LottArizona State
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  Arizona State fired football coach Herm Edwards in his fifth season following an ugly home loss to Eastern Michigan and a lingering NCAA investigation into illegal recruiting practices. Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson announced the decision on Sunday, a day after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference as heavy favorites. Edwards went 46-26 at Arizona State, including 1-2 this season and 17-14 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils never won more than eight games in a season under Edwards.

Running backs coach Shaun Aguano will serve as interim coach. "We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately," Anderson said in a statement. "By mutual agreement, coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today." The Sun Devils begin Pac-12 play next with three ranked teams: No. 13 Utah at home Saturday, followed by No. 7 Southern California and No. 18 Washington. Edwards managed to hold onto his job after an up-and-down 2021, but another shaky loss led to his firing three games into the season. Arizona State is still awaiting word on possible NCAA sanctions for allegedly hosting recruits on campus during an NCAA-mandated COVID-19 dead period in 2020. - AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Emory JonesArizona State
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  Add starting Arizone State corner back Ro Torrence to the growing injury list. Torrence was hurt Saturday. He left it briefly but returned and finished out the contest but did not practice Tuesday with his spot on the first team defense taken by Keon Markham. Gharin Stansbury (hamstring) has been out for the last month and while he did not participate in active drills he was dressed out for the first time. - Arizona Republic

rSo/2025 CB Ro TorrenceArizona State
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  SEPT 6 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Carter Brown, Fr., K, Arizona State (Pearland, Texas),...The true freshman proved he belonged on the big stage, enjoying a perfect first game in a Sun Devil uniform on Thursday night in Arizona State's 40-3 season opening win over NAU. Brown went 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on extra points, making him responsible for 16 total points...Was the only kicker in the entire FBS to make four field goals during the opening week. Brown nailed kicks from 27 and 36 yards before finishing up with a pair of 44-yard field goals to put the game away in the fourth quarter...Became the first Sun Devil kicker ever with four field goals in his first game. The performance is tied for the fourth-most made field goals in single-game program history since 1996...Led all Pac-12 kickers in scoring by four points, with no other kicker making more than two field goals in the opening week...First Sun Devil to win this award since KR D.J. Taylor won it in the opening week last season and first ASU kicker to win since Cristian Zendejas won in Week 2 of the 2019 season...Also nominated: Jamieson Sheahan, P, California; Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona; Jordan Noyes, K, Utah; Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Denis Lynch, PK, USC. - Pac-12 Football

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  Arizona State coach Herm Edwards also said Monday that he misspoke about OL Joey Ramos' diagnosis of a high-ankle injury during Thursday's postgame press conference and clarified that the offensive lineman is out for the season. The head coach added that starting right tackle Des Holmes and defensive lineman Gharin Stansbury (hamstring issue), who both missed Week 1 against NAU, are "questionable" for Saturday at Oklahoma State. - Arizonasports.com

rSr/2024 C Joey RamosArizona State
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  Emory Jones adeptly orchestrated the offense, showed off his elusiveness on a touchdown run. Xazavian Valladay juked and jolted his way for big chunks of yards. Arizona State's two marquee transfers had sterling debuts and the rest of the new-look Sun Devils were sharp most of the night, opening the season with an easy win over an FCS opponent. Jones ran for two touchdowns in his desert debut, Halladay ran for 116 yards and a score, and the Sun Devils opened their fifth season under coach Herm Edwards with a 40-3 win over Northern Arizona on Thursday night. "There's a lot of things we have to work on, but the composure of the team was good," Edwards said. "With all these new guys on the sideline, you didn't know how they were going to act, but they were good." 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, Arizona State led 24-3 at halftime and outgained Northern Arizona 419-120 in total yards to win its 23rd straight home opener. The Sun Devils are 17-0 all-time against FCS schools. Valladay, 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. 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. "We got a first win and have many more good things to come," said Jones, who threw for 152 yards on 13-of-18 passing and ran for 48 yards. - Arizona State/AP College Football


rSr/2023 RB Xazavian ValladayArizona State
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  When the Arizona State Sun Devils football team takes the field for the first time of the 2022 regular season against Northern Arizona on Sept. 1, they will be doing so with a new man under center. After three seasons with Jayden Daniels running the offense, it's time for the Emory Jones show to take control of the Sun Devils' offense. ASU head coach Herm Edwards named Jones the team's 'QB1' on Thursday, after a training camp battle with fellow quarterbacks Paul Tyson and Trenton Bourguet. "It's a lot different, a different landscape for me," Jones told Arizona Sports' Burns & Gambo about his new home. "It's been a smooth transition for me, though." Jones, the LaGrange, Georgia native who spent the first four years of his collegiate career at Florida, traded the southern humidity for the Valley heat.

The quarterback, however, said he went on a trip to Arizona during spring break this year before making the decision to transfer. After participating in spring ball at Florida under new head coach Billy Napier, Jones entered the transfer portal. He said he was in contact with Oklahoma, Notre Dame and UCF before ultimately making the decision to head to ASU. "It really wasn't hard, I only took one official visit and it was here," Jones said. "Coach Herm, throughout the recruitment, he talked to me and my mom almost every day." Comparing it to his recruitment as a high schooler, Jones said he knew exactly what he was looking for, which was ultimately support. "I knew that he would take care of me on and off the field and put me in the best position to be successful," Jones said. - Arizonasports.com


rJr/2024 QB Emory JonesArizona State
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  The quarterback debate at Arizona State is over and it ended the way most thought it would. Florida transfer Emory Jones has been named the starter for the Sun Devils' Sept. 1 regular season opener against Northern Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium. The announcement was made by head coach Herm Edwards after Thursday's practice. Edwards said he met with the players and gave them official word Wednesday night. "It's always tough at that position because only one guy can play," Edwards said. "They were disappointed but we had good competition. They all got better." Edwards says Jones' versatility was a key. "He's the guy that has proven he can move the team in a bunch of ways. He can make some unannounced plays. The play that is not scripted. The competition was good for him to earn the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff and all the other guys improved too.

The departure of three-year starter Jayden Daniels to the transfer portal created a void at that position. The Sun Devils had five athletes competing for that spot in the spring but no one separated himself from the rest of the pack. Jones, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, was added to the mix in May, six weeks after he hit the transfer portal after three years in a Gator uniform. "I know one thing: When he throws the ball, he doesn't throw a lot of curveballs," Edwards said, earlier this month when discussing Jones. "It's fast. So you better be ready cause it's going to get on you. It gets on you fast. You don't have your head around, your hands ready, it can bounce off you. So you gotta get your head around. And that's the timing of receivers and quarterback." Jones completed 64.7% (224-for-346) of his passes in 2021 for 2,734 yards and 19 touchdowns but had 13 interceptions. - Arizona Republic


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  Depth and experience will be the two main ingredients for a new-look Arizona State Sun Devils offensive line in 2022. ASU only has two returning starters in senior left guard LaDarius Henderson and redshirt junior center Ben Scott, who was the team's right tackle last season. That's due to the departures of former Sun Devil center Dohnovan West and left tackle Kellen Diesch, who signed as undrafted free agents with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, respectively. Highly touted four-star recruit Ezra Dotson-Oyetade also transferred to TCU during an offseason that saw an exodus of players leave the Arizona State football program.

But head coach Herm Edwards and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh brought in a plethora of new offensive linemen who could see the Sun Devils go seven or eight deep at the position group. "Well, I think it's going to be eight guys to be quite honest - the offensive line. We're going to rotate guys because we have some talented guys. Just have to find the best fits for all those guys," Edwards said on Aug. 8. "But there's going to be more than five guys. You got to have at least a solid seven to eight guys playing. And we've done that here in the past, we don't just play five guys. We play sometimes seven, we might play eight this year depending who they are. "But what's great about them, a lot of them can play dual positions. Some of them can play center, guard. We got some guys who can play guard, tackle. That helps us because you always want to feel like you have multiple positions of offensive lineman, so we're fortunate that way with those guys." - Arizonasports.com


rJr/2024 C Ben ScottArizona State
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  Coming into the season the defensive line looked to be Arizona State's strong suit both with quality players and depth. Well that has taken a hit as head coach Herm Edwards announced that senior defensive end Michael Matus will miss the season with a torn ACL. Matus was injured in practice last week. He did not practice on Wednesday or Friday but was at practice aided by a crutch, with his left knee in a brace.

Matus was not just a key figure on the field but as one of the team leaders and most articulate athletes on the defensive side of the ball. He will travel with the team and serve in a coach/mentor capacity. "It's a big loss for us in a lot of ways," Edwards said. "Not just as a football player but as a leader. his grit, being on the field, a lot of experience. We're going to miss that in him but he's going to be like a coach now. He's excited about being able to go with the team." Matus took to the podium after Edwards did so following Monday's practice. "One of the main things I'm focusing on now is getting into surgery, getting into the rehab and taking it day by day. It's very unfortunate circumstances but unfortunately it's football and it happened. Some of the things I preach is, Coach Rod (Rodriguez) has done a phenomenal job of bringing up the younger guys and like Herm says, you're one hit away from having to go in the game. I'm not worried about the guys we have behind me." - Arizona Republic


rSr/2023 DE Michael MatusArizona State
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  Arizona State Sun Devils defensive end Michael Matus will miss the entire 2022 season due to a knee injury, head coach Herm Edwards announced on Monday. The redshirt senior was seen at practice on Friday in a knee brace and using one crutch to help him walk around the field after suffering a left ACL tear during practice on Wednesday. In fact, Matus played five plays on the injured knee after what he called a "random play." The loss will be a huge blow to not only defensive line coach Robert Rodriguez's unit from a defensive line and pass rush standpoint, but also from a leadership perspective, as the honorary captain has been at ASU since 2018 - the same year Edwards took over head coaching duties. "We'll lose him for the year," Edwards said. "He's done for the year. He'll travel, he's going to be an honorary captain...That's a big loss for us in a lot of ways obviously, not just as a football player but as a leader. "His grit and being on the field, he has a lot of experience - we're going to miss that in him. He's going to be like a coach now. He's excited about being able to go with the team. That's a hard one for a fifth-year senior." New defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said at the beginning of fall camp that the defensive line would have to be the "catalyst" for the Arizona State defense if it wanted to repeat as the best in the Pac-12 and No. 13 in the nation in total defense (yards allowed). - Arizonasports.com

rSr/2023 DE Michael MatusArizona State
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