ASU beats Illinois 45-14


September 10, 2012

Todd Graham became the seventh coach in Sun Devil history to start his career 2-0 as ASU defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 45-14 on Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Supported by a crowd of fans decked out in maroon for the "Maroon Monsoon," the Sun Devils hoped to use the momentum they gained in last week's matchup against NAU and come out strong against the Fighting Illini. Download Full Image

"I want to shout out to the Sun Devil faithful. It was awesome," said Graham. "I want to encourage when we come back home for Utah. The crowd was awesome; it was unbelievable. I¹m so proud of them as well. That¹s why I throw the game ball in the stands every time we win because they¹re our 12th man. I¹m so thankful. It was a big time atmosphere tonight, so hands up to the Sun Devil Nation."

Quarterback Taylor Kelly was perfect in the first quarter, completing all 10 of his passes for 131 yards. Kelly began the game by moving the ball to the Illinois 1-yard line before running back Cameron Marshall fumbled and the Illini recovered.

"We have to come out like it is a 0-0 season," Kelly said. "We have to come out to every game and come away with a victory every week and prepare throughout that week. We have to improve every week."

After a five-yard delay of game penalty on Illinois, ASU's defense took over and prevented the Fighting Illini from reaching Sun Devil territory. Back on offense, the Sun Devils were able to capitalize on a quick drive down the field by Kelly that resulted in a five-yard touchdown by wide receiver Kevin Ozier. It was Ozier's second career touchdown.

After sitting out the previous series, Marshall returned and carried the ball five times and rushed into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. Alex Garoutte's second successful PAT put the Sun Devils up 14-0. The touchdown was the 32nd in Marshall's career, placing him in a tie with J.R. Redmond for the third-most rushing touchdowns in Sun Devil history.

The defense continued to dominate during the second quarter, sacking Illinois quarterback Miles Osei on two consecutive plays at the end of the quarter. IIllinois began the second quarter on the same drive and was able to navigate past the ASU defense on the ground, as running back Donovonn Young rushed for 17 yards to cut ASU's lead to 14-7.

The Sun Devils took control of the rest of the second quarter, with linebacker Carlos Mendoza intercepting the ball on two consecutive drives, one of which led to a three-yard touchdown reception by tight end Chris Coyle. It was Coyle's second touchdown of the game, as he and quarterback Michael Eubank connected on a one-yard pass earlier in the quarter, and the Sun Devils ended the first half with a commanding 28-7 lead.

"Being under Coach Graham has definitely taught us a lot about ourselves, being men, and being football players," Eubank said. "We¹re able to take what we learned and use it off the field. That¹s why we¹re so determined not to get any penalties. Not getting any penalties is just as important as owning the ball for us."

ASU continued to run the game at the beginning of the second half, with a 34-yard interception by safety Alden Darby leading to a one-yard rushing touchdown by running back D.J. Foster in the first 1:15 of the third quarter.

Illinois failed to score on its next drive, thanks in part to a sack by linebacker Carl Bradford and safety Chris Young. After a quick series by ASU, Illinois was able to capitalize thanks in part to a 51-yard rush by running back Josh Ferguson that led to a five-yard reception by tight end Eddie Viliunas. Both teams failed to score the rest of the quarter, though the Sun Devils came close, driving the ball 66 yards before a fumble by wide receiver Jamal Miles turned the ball over to Illinois.

Illinois failed to take advantage of the turnover, and ASU drove 25 yards and increased its lead to 38-14 on a 35-yard field goal by Garoutte.

The Sun Devils' defense forced a three-and-out on Illinois on the second sack of quarterback Reilly O'Toole by Bradford, but the Illini defense came right back and forced a three-and-out on ASU.

After another stop by the ASU defense, Eubank returned as quarterback and led a 53-yard drive. Eubank rushed for 37 yards on the drive, with the final seven-yard rush resulting in a touchdown to put ASU up by 31 points.

The ASU defense handled the remainder of the game, holding the Illini scoreless and sending the Sun Devils to a 45-14 victory. Kelly was 18-24 for 249 yards and one touchdown, while Eubank went 5-5 for 69 yards and rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown. Marshall led all rushers with 52 yards and one touchdown, and Coyle led all receivers with 131 yards and two touchdowns. ASU defense held Illinois to only 101 passing yards while the offense managed 510 total yards.

"I'm really proud to go two games with no penalties on defense or special teams. It was a lot of work, and we have a good football team," Graham said. "We should have scored 60 points in my opinion. But nobody cares how many yards or how many points; nothing is said about that in the locker room. All we are focused on is winning and winning the right way."

The Sun Devils will travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers in their first road game of the season on September 15.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Student-driven initiative promotes healthy minds, bodies


September 10, 2012

Well Devils Freshman Challenge encourages students to 'weigh in'

Aiming to be the healthiest university in the nation, Arizona State University has launched a large-scale, student-driven effort called the ASU Well Devil Initiative to enhance the health and well-being of its students. Download Full Image

Well Devils, for short, promotes a well mind, body and community to help students achieve their academic, personal and professional potential.  

As part of the Well Devil Initiative this semester, ASU has launched the Well Devils Freshman Challenge to encourage first-year students to adopt a healthy lifestyle and help them to perform at their best – inside and outside the classroom.

Students are being encouraged to start their Freshman Challenge by visiting a Well Devil Zone in select residence halls on all campuses or at the Sun Devil Fitness Center or ASU Health Services on the Tempe campus. More information is available by visiting students.asu.edu/freshmanchallenge.

The Freshman Challenge is an ASU-Mayo Clinic sponsored research study that will help build a healthy campus. Participation is easy. Students will be asked to swipe their ASU Sun Card, step on a scale and write down their height to help the research team develop a general picture of where freshmen are when they arrive on campus. The weigh stations initially do not show weight to the students stepping on the scales during the initial couple of weeks in which the research study is running, but after that will be converted to scales so people will have access to the information about their weight directly if they wish. Later, students may be contacted again to see if they would like to participate in specific studies or projects on campus.

Students who participate in the study will receive a free T-shirt and be entered into prize drawings including gift cards to the Sun Devil Bookstore.

“The Well Devils Freshman Challenge is one part of a much wider set of activities that transects all parts of ASU," said Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade, director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and director of operations for the ASU-Mayo Clinic Obesity Solutions project. "This isn’t just or even particularly about weight, but also such factors as how we handle stress, think about food, and make exercise a fun part of our daily lives. It is a problem we collectively face.

“We will be working with the experts at Mayo Clinic to use the data to help design the solutions that will be rolled out on campus, and will be testing which ones students find to be most helpful and effective. No one health solution fits all, so it is a matter of using the data to understand which solutions work best for different sets of students.”

According to Karen Moses, director of ASU Wellness, health is an important part of student success.

“The ultimate goal is that students will leave ASU and remain healthy throughout their lives,” Moses said. “We are building a community and culture of wellness. This is a pivotal time in the lives of our students. If they are able to adopt a healthy lifestyle while they are here in our care, then we are contributing to their lives far beyond when they graduate."

Sharon Keeler