After losing their last three games by seven points each, the Arizona Sun Devils get over the hump in a close game and get their first win on the road in an offensive thriller 38-35.
The Trojans came in on a 19 game home winning streak, playing with their backup quarterback Jack Sears. Sears played an impressive game finishing 20/28 or 235 and 2 TD’s out playing the veteran Manny Wilkins in the passing game.
It was a contest in which ASU’s marquee players made big plays. Wilkins threw for 166 yards and ran for another 89, including the back breaking run that gave the Sun Devils a 38-28 lead.
Sophomore Eno Benjamin turned in another workmanlike effort out of the backfield with 185 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
Star wide receiver N’Keal Harry wowed the crowd with two spectacular plays that would without a doubt say he is ready to play on Sunday’s right now.
Harry put Mr. momentum back on the Devils side with a big 92 yard punt return after trailing 28-24, taking the lead 31-28 and later made one of his best catches all season, a one handed leap with a defender all over him while falling to the ground.
Sun Devils Head Coach Herm Edwards said after the game.
“Boy, I don’t know why we make this so hard”
Referring to given up a 48 yard bomb for a touchdown when they had the game under control, the Trojans made it a three point game with .35 seconds left to play.
The sure handed N’Keal Harry secured the victory recovering the on-side kick and sending both teams to a 4-4 record on the season.
Manny Wilkins after the game “it wasn’t pretty but it was poised” and now the team heads home to face the conference leading Utah Utes next Saturday night.
The Herm Edwards coaching experience can really get interesting should the Devils pull off the upset win next week, one thing is for certain, this team will be in the game one way or another.