ASU needs to abandon its nonexistent running game

September, 20, 2008
9/20/08
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State fans griped about conservative play-calling last week after the loss to UNLV.

Now, I'm going to gripe.

I understand the need to strive for balance, even though you know it's not going to work. That whole keep-a-defense-honest thing.

But let's consider a couple of sequences during Arizona State's best chance to score a touchdown in the first half.

Down 14-0, the Sun Devils had a first-and-5 on the Georgia 29 after an illegal substitution penalty. At the time, ASU had rushed for 13 yards.

They ran on first down, lost a yard and decide to run on second down. The run results in a loss of two yards. On third and 8 Arizona State elects to throw and the result is an incompletion.

Thomas Weber connects on a 49-yard field goal, but a personal foul penalty against the Bulldogs gives the Sun Devils a first down on the 17.

Quarterback Rudy Carpenter (passing!) hits Michael Jones for 7 yards to the 10.

On second and 3, the Sun Devils run and gain a whole two yards. On third and 1, they run and gain nothing. Weber then connects on a 25-yard field goal.

Why didn't the Sun Devils throw the ball into the endzone, at least once?

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