Scores

Final

Idaho State 3

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arizona State 50

(1-0, 1-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
IDST 0 0 3 03
ASU 3 20 13 1450

Top Performers

Passing: D. Sullivan (ASU) - 165 YDS

Rushing: R. Bass (IDHO) - 2 CAR, 45 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Williams (ASU) - 5 REC, 50 YDS

Nixon grabs three interceptions, blocks punt as Arizona State cruises

Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Nixon returned one of his three interceptions for a touchdown and blocked a punt to lead Arizona State past outmatched Idaho State 50-3 Saturday night.

The senior linebacker became the first Sun Devil with three picks in a game in 20 years.

Thomas Weber tied an Arizona State record with five field goals, all inside of 30 yards.

Danny Sullivan, in his first start after two seasons as Rudy Carpenter's backup, completed 13 of 25 passes for 165 yards in 2 1/2 quarters for the Sun Devils.

The Bengals, who play at Oklahoma next Saturday, committed five turnovers and managed just 37 yards, zero in the first half.

Jarrett Huk kicked a 54-yard field goal for the lone score for Idaho State (0-1), coming off a 1-11 season in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly NCAA Division I-AA.

The 37 yards, which included a 32-yard loss on Idaho State's final play, was the fourth-fewest allowed by Arizona State in school history.

Nixon, who had five career interceptions before Saturday night, became the first with three in a game for the Sun Devils since Nathan LaDuke did it against Houston on Sept. 23, 1989.

Nixon's second pick came at the Idaho State 34 and he ran untouched to the end zone to put Arizona State up 20-0 with 2:12 left in the first half.

The Sun Devils' defense stuffed the Bengals again on Idaho State's next possession, then Nixon burst up the middle to block Jon Vanderwielen's punt. Arizona State's first blocked punt in three seasons set up Weber's 27-yard field goal that made it 23-0 as the half ended.

Weber's five field goals were one shy of the Pac-10 record. He missed a 27-yarder in the first half.

Idaho State starter Kyle Blum was intercepted three times in the first half and his replacement Russel Hill once in the second.

True freshman Brock Osweiler relieved Sullivan halfway through the third quarter and later threw 16 yards to a diving Brian Motsumoto for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. It was Motsumoto's first career catch.

Brandon McGee intercepted Blum's underthrown pass and returned it 11 yards to the Bengals 40 to set up the only touchdown scored by ASU's first-team offense.

Arizona State was pushed back to third-and-21 at its 49, but Sullivan ran 17 yards, then threw seven yards to Gerell Robinson to convert a fourth-and-4 situation. Dimitri Nance's 9-yard run on the first play of the second quarter made it 10-0.

Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said "five or six" players missed the game for violating team rules.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IDST
ASU
1st Downs420
Total Yards37407
Passing42208
Rushing-5199
Penalties6-488-67
3rd Down Conversions1-134-14
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers50
Possession25:4634:14

Passing Leaders

Idaho StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill6/10323.201
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan13/251656.600

Rushing Leaders

Idaho StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Knickrehm15241.6010
Laporta8202.506
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
DeWitty8526.5018
Bass24522.5138

Receiving Leaders

Idaho StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor3258.3022
Knickrehm3124.008
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams55010.0015
McGaha24422.0039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDSTASU
FG09:57Thomas Weber 24 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERIDSTASU
TD14:54Dimitri Nance 9 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick) 010
FG03:50Thomas Weber 22 Yd 013
TD02:12Mike Nixon 34 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 020
FG00:00Thomas Weber 27 Yd 023
THIRD QUARTERIDSTASU
FG09:14Thomas Weber 26 Yd 026
FG05:27Thomas Weber 29 Yd 029
FG02:28Jarrett Huk 54 Yd 329
TD01:00Ryan Bass 38 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick) 336
FOURTH QUARTERIDSTASU
TD13:20Brian Matsumoto 16 Yd Pass From Brock Osweiler (Thomas Weber Kick) 343
TD03:23Jarrell Woods 9 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick) 350