SunDevils Open Season With Home Win Against Aggies
The Arizona State SunDevils came out and kicked off to the New Mexico State Aggies to open up the 2017 college football season. On the first drive for the Aggies, they turned the ball over after Bryant intercepted Tylers pass at the ASU 39. ASU then marched down field and scored after a 9-play, 61-yard drive, capped off by a Kalen Ballage 7-yard run.
The ASU defense would step up again on the second drive for the Aggies and force a punt after 3 plays for only 5 yards. Arizona State, on their second play of the drive, scored again on a 53 yard pass down the seem to Jalen Harvey. The score now was ASU 14, NMSU 0, with 8:50 remaining in the first quarter. And that’s how the first quarter ended, ASU 14, NMSU 0.
In the second quarter, the Aggies would finally get on their first drive, going 89 yards, on 13 plays, capped off by a 15-yard touchdown reception by Jaleel Scott from Tyler Rogers. The extra point was blocked, but the score got the Aggies on the board, 14-6 with 10:52 remaining in the half.
New Mexico State’s defense would step up in the second quarter, shutting down the SunDevil offense. Their offense would get on the board again with another 89-yard drive, with the touchdown by Rogers after a 2-yard rush into the end zone. Going into the half, ASU still led NMSU, 14-13.
In the second half, the SunDevils would receive the kickoff and take the ball into Aggies territory but would have to settle for a field goal from the Freshman Brandon Ruiz, who barely got the 52-yard field goal over the uprights, extending the ASU lead to 17-13 with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter.
After the Aggies failed to do anything on their drive, the SunDevils would take over again on their own 40-yard line. Williams would hit John Humphrey on the first play with the 60-yard strike for the score. ASU would miss the extra point to make the score 23-13 with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The Aggies would get the ground game going on their next drive, mixed in with a few short passes, finding themselves into ASU territory very quickly. Their drive would stall, however, turning the ball over on downs on the ASU 33.
Arizona State would capitalize with a 67-yard drive, capped off by another Kalen Ballage touchdown, this time of 20-yards to extend ASU’s lead to 30-13.
On the very next drive, which went into the 4th quarter, ASU DB Kobe Williams would pick off Rogers on the Aggie 49, and take it all the way to the end zone, expanding ASU’s lead to 37-13.
The Aggies would finally get on the board in the second half with a 50-yard touchdown run by Jason Huntley. Rogers would throw an interception and the Aggies would fail the two-point conversion attempt. ASU now leads 37-19 with 8:27 remaining in the game.
The Aggies would score again after stopping the ASU offense, forcing a 3 and out. Huntley would score on the pass from Rogers and ran it in for the 23-yard score. NMSU gets within a dozen, as the score was now 37-25 with under five minutes to play.
And on the final play of the game, Rogers would connect with Scott for the 29-yard score as time expired. The final score would be Arizona State University 37, New Mexico State University 31.
By Jeff Demers
Heroes Media Group