ASU rolls, WSU gets ripped
August, 31, 2012
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Arizona State dominated Northern Arizona, which shouldn't be shocking, but the way BYU dominated Washington State in coach Mike Leach's debut was a bit surprising.
BYU 30, Washington State 6: Leach's first game as Washington State's coach was ... awful. Really, nothing good about it. At all.
Well, kicker Andrew Furney made 47- and 41-yard field goals.
The Cougars, expected to be strong on offense and weak on defense, were weak on both, but slightly better on defense. They were outgained 426 yards to 224. They didn't score a touchdown.
The Cougars rushed for negative-5 yards. So that was bad. Quarterback Jeff Tuel completed 30 of 45 passes for 229 yards -- 5.1 per attempt -- and tossed a pair of interceptions. It will be interesting to see if Leach takes a serious look at backup Connor Halliday.
Making a blowout game even worse were 18 penalites -- 10 for 112 yards against BYU -- called by the Pac-12 officiating crew. About a third appeared to be questionable to bad calls.
While the performance was poor, it's not necessarily time for Cougs fans to panic. BYU was a good team playing at home. The Cougars play Eastern Washington next week, and then face UNLV and Colorado. A 3-1 start is still plausible.
But this was not the start Washington State fans envisioned. It was a stinker. Pure and simple.
Arizona State 63, Northern Arizona 6: While Northern Arizona is a mediocre FCS team, Arizona State looked like a well-oiled machine in coach Todd Graham's debut.
The Sun Devils outgained the Lumberjacks 554 yards to 237, including an 305-88 advantage in rushing yards. Even better news: Just one ASU turnover and four penalties.
Making his first start, quarterback Taylor Kelly completed 15 of 19 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. Backup Michael Eubank rushed seven times for 36 yards and a score.
It was an impressive effort on both sides of the ball, but a better measure of the Sun Devils will come over the next two weekends: Illinois comes to town Sept. 8, followed by a visit to Missouri -- now an SEC team! -- the next Saturday.
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State