ASU-TTU: Positive Signs
By Harley Yearout // Football Reporter for Blaze Sports
Despite a huge comeback effort from the ASU offense, the Sun Devils lost to Texas Tech on Saturday night, 52-45.
ASU found themselves down 35-17 at halftime and the offense turned it on.
The Sun Devils turned in four straight drives resulting in touchdowns to end the third quarter and start the fourth quarter, bringing it to a 45 all tie with 9:52 remaining in the game.
As for the ASU defense, they did their job and held the Red Raiders scoreless until the last two minutes, where Texas Tech ran in a touchdown 1:55 remaining in the game. On the ensuing possession, ASU turned it over on downs and Texas Tech walked out victorious.
While ASU lost, there were some positives to be taken offensively:
- Not only did ASU establish a running game, they did it in impressive fashion, accumulating 168 yards on the night.
- It was the first game this season where the Sun Devils out-gained their opponent on the ground.
- Senior running Demario Richard returned from injury and finished with 53 yards on 15 attempts.
- The running game wasn’t the only positive for ASU, as redshirt junior quarterback Manny Wilkins had another efficient game, throwing for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- N’Keal Harry had himself a game, racking up 148 yards and one touchdown on the night on a game-high 13 receptions.
Defensively, however, Arizona State struggled.
ASU allowed 543 passing yards and six touchdown passes from Texas Tech senior quarterback Nic Shimonek. The running game was held in check for the Red Raiders, but the famous air-raid system was too much for the ASU defense to contain.
The road will get no easier for Arizona State as it heads into PAC-12 play.
ASU takes on Oregon at home next week, who is coming off a 49-13 thrashing of Wyoming, which featured a balanced offensive attack by the Ducks.
Harley Yearout is a reporter for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at email@example.com or follow Harley on Twitter @HarleyYearout