Scores

Final

UC Davis 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arizona State 48

(1-0, 1-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 1, 2011

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
UCD 0 0 0 1414
ASU 14 10 17 748

Top Performers

Passing: B. Osweiler (ASU) - 262 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Marshall (ASU) - 7 CAR, 23 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Pflugrad (ASU) - 3 REC, 50 YDS, 2 TD

Brock Osweiler throws for two TDs before leaving as Sun Devils roll

Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes to Aaron Pflugrad before leaving with leg cramps, Cameron Marshall ran for two more scores and Arizona State opened the season with a 48-14 blowout of UC Davis Thursday night.

Arizona State dominated UC Davis from the start, rolling up 517 total yards while holding the FCS Aggies in check until the backups gave up a couple of late scores.

Osweiler was sharp in his first home start, throwing for 262 yards before limping off following a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pflugrad midway through the third quarter.

Marshall scored on a pair of 2-yard runs in the opening quarter to get Arizona State off to fast start and Jamal Miles made it a runaway by opening the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, giving the Sun Devils some momentum before facing No. 21 Missouri next week.

With new pitchforked logos on their helmets and speed everywhere, Arizona State headed into the season with high expectations. Not the we-can-have-a-winning-record kind, either. The Sun Devils have a legitimate belief they can get to the inaugural Pac-12 Championship, maybe earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Coming off three bowl-less seasons, Arizona State returned 20 starters, including high-energy junior Vontaze Burfict, one of the nation's best linebackers, and Osweiler, who played the final two games a year ago.

There were some bumps before the season, though.

Starting cornerback Omar Bolden tore his ACL in spring practice, linebacker Brandon Magee blew out his Achilles' tendon in the preseason and running back Deantre Lewis, the second-leading rusher a year ago, still hasn't returned after being hit in the leg in a random shooting in February.

Even with the losses, the Sun Devils were expected to be among the elite teams in the new Pac-12.

They certainly looked good against UC Davis, racing over the Aggies in a brutally hot night; 104 degrees at kickoff.

Osweiler hit Marshall on a swing pass that went for 47 yards on Arizona State's first play, and Marshall punched it in from 2 yards out two plays later. Time of drive: 62 seconds.

Next drive, set up by Tom Hemmingsen's muffed punt, took 69 seconds, capped by another 2-yard run by Marshall.

Osweiler got his first TD pass of the season on the first play of the second quarter, hitting Pflugrad on a 31-yard post. That drive took a little longer: 77 seconds.

Arizona State's offense bogged down after that, hurt by Rashad Ross' fumble, a turnover on downs and a couple of momentum-killing penalties. Alex Garoutte finished the half off nicely, though, hitting a 49-yard field goal, then Miles took the second-half kickoff for a zigzagging touchdown romp to make it 31-0.

Osweiler tacked on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pflugrad at the edge of the end zone midway through the third quarter, then limped off with his right leg straightened. He finished 19 of 26 with an interception.

UC Davis fullback Nick Aprile broke up the middle for a 48-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and Josh Reese added a 1-yarder midway through, but by then it was far too late for the Aggies.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCD
ASU
1st Downs1224
Total Yards243517
Passing155300
Rushing88217
Penalties6-354-40
3rd Down Conversions3-145-12
4th Down Conversions2-22-4
Turnovers12
Possession30:2829:32

Passing Leaders

UC DavisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright16/281304.600
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Osweiler19/2626210.121

Rushing Leaders

UC DavisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Aprile35518.3148
Silveria7334.7011
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Middlebrooks10626.2015
Washington11363.319

Receiving Leaders

UC DavisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hemmingsen45814.5038
Soto5459.0013
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall48621.5047
Pflugrad35016.7231

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCDASU
TD10:43Cameron Marshall 2 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 07
TD03:40Cameron Marshall 2 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERUCDASU
TD14:53Aaron Pflugrad 31 Yd Pass From Brock Osweiler (Alex Garoutte Kick) 021
FG00:02Alex Garoutte 49 Yd 024
THIRD QUARTERUCDASU
TD14:46Jamal Miles 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Alex Garoutte Kick) 031
TD06:03Aaron Pflugrad 13 Yd Pass From Brock Osweiler (Alex Garoutte Kick) 038
FG00:48Alex Garoutte 25 Yd 041
FOURTH QUARTERUCDASU
TD12:21Nick Aprile 48 Yd Run (Sean Kelley Kick) 741
TD09:43Marcus Washington 1 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 748
TD06:26Josh Reese 1 Yd Run (Sean Kelley Kick) 1448