Sept. 8, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Chris Coyle (87) celebrates with a teammate after a touchdown in the second quarter against Illinois Fighting Illini at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona State Vs. Missouri: Sun Devils Look To Tame Tigers

Arizona State got revenge in a big way Saturday evening, dominating Illinois on both sides of the ball en route to a 45-14 victory.

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Arizona State RB Deantre Lewis Will Get A Look On Defense

The 2-0 Arizona State Sun Devils are solid in the offensive backfield with Cameron Marshall and freshman D.J. Foster plus multi-purpose player Jamal Miles, so touches are limited for Deantre Lewis.

With that in mind, plus the need for depth in the secondary, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham is exploring the possibility of moving Lewis to the other side of the ball.

The safety and cornerback starters are set for now, as is the nickel corner position. Lewis could be the third offensive player on the team to move to defense in light of injuries to other defensive backs on the depth chart.

Here's what Graham had to say in SB Nation Arizona's Sun Devils blog, House of Sparky:

"I think Deantre can still do the things he is doing on the offense. We have a whole arsenal of guys there. Deantre is a team guy and came to me and said if you need me to help you, I'll help you, so we are going to look and try and see if he can help us there, if not in-depth than in a certain package or a way like that."

Stay tuned to see how this experiment goes.

For more information on Sun Devils football and to join the fan conversation, head on over to House of Sparky.


Illinois Vs. Arizona State Final: Two-Headed Quarterback Attack Leads Devils To An Efficient 45-14 Victory Over The Illini

The Sun Devils continued Todd Graham's flawless record as the Sun Devils' head coach Saturday evening, putting up memorable performances on both sides of the ball en route to a 45-14 victory over the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini. Quarterbacks Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank combined to complete 23-of-29 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

It seemed the Sun Devils might be their own undoing in the early going after Cameron Marshall (12 carries, 54 yards, one touchdown) coughed up the football on the one-yard line following an effective 68-yard opening drive. Instead, Arizona State showed some serious resiliency, capping off their next four drives with four touchdowns including two Eubank to tight end Chirs Coyle connections. Coyle would finish the game as the game's leading receiver with 10 receptions for 131 yards plus the two aforementioned touchdowns.

The quarterback rotation would combine to complete their first 14 attempts before Kelly overthrew Rashad Ross on a deep fly route in the middle of the second quarter. But for the second straight week, Kelly (18-of-24, 249 yards, one touchdown) instilled confidence in the Sun Devil faithful, showing an impressive poise in the pocket to go along with that sound decision making that was as impeccable as Graham advertised.

Eubank (5-of-5 passing, 69 yards, two touchdowns) would also add a touchdown on the ground late in the fourth quarter from seven yards out. The dual-threat quarterback would finish the evening with 36 yards on seven carries out of jumbo formation.

The Devils defense was equally as threatening, nabbing three interceptions including two from linebacker Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza would later leave the game with a shoulder injury but not before proving to everyone that he's just another one of the many talented freshmen this team has to offer.

Linebacker Carl Bradford also turned in a performance that was equally as memorable, contributing 2.5 of the team's six sacks and 2.5 of their 12 tackles for loss. Junior Chris Young spent most of the game in the opponent's backfield as well, chipping in 2.5 tackles for loss of his own while showing impressive anticipation and timing.

Probably the most encouraging stat to take away from this one though was the fact that the Sun Devils had only one penalty: an intentional delay of game to give Josh Hubner more room to punt.

From the complaints department, the only real blemish to take away from this one was the two red zone fumbles from Marshall and Jamal Miles. Other than that, Arizona State put on a masterful performance on both sides of the ball, putting away any doubts that last week's performance against Northern Arizona was purely based on the caliber of opponent.

The Sun Devils (2-0) now head to Colombia to take on the Missouri Tigers (1-1), who are coming off their first SEC conference game in which they were steamrolled, 41-20, by Georgia. Still, Graham would be wise to have his team ready for a fierce battle as Mizzou is sure to be thirsty for revenge following last season's 37-30 overtime loss to the Devils.

But if these first two games are any indication of this team's level of preparation on a week-to-week basis, fans of the maroon and gold could very well see their Devils turn in their first 3-0 start since 2007.

For more information on Sun Devil football, head on over to House of Sparky.


Illinois Vs. Arizona State Halftime Update: Sun Devils' Offensive Efficiency Leads Team To 28-7 Advantage

Arizona State's offense has been firing on all cylinders in the first thirty minutes of game action, racking up 323 total yards including 101 yards from tight end Chris Coyle. Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank have only misfired on two of their 18 attempts, totaling 241 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

From the coin flip, the Sun Devils offense appeared locked in, driving 68 yards before Cameron Marshall coughed up the ball on the one-yard line. Kelly and company were quick to get over that turnover though as they drove 65 yards on the very next drive, capping it off with a five-yard touchdown toss from Kelly to Kevin Ozier.

Marshall would redeem himself on the Devils' third drive by pounding in the ball from the one-yard line to make it 14-0.

Donovonn Young was eventually able to put the Illini on the board for the first time when a bumped a 17-yard run to the outside to find pay dirt. But Arizona State would answer with two touchdown passes from Eubank to Coyle on consecutive drives to extend to the lead to 21.

The Devils defense has been equally as effective with true freshman linebacker Carlos Mendoza intercepting two Osei Miles passes. Illinois has been able to get their fair share of yards on the ground (141) but Arizona State's swarming pass rush has sacked Illini quarterbacks twice, limiting them to just five completions on 12 attempts.

For more information on Sun Devils football and to join the fan conversation, head on over to House of Sparky.


Illinois Vs. Arizona State Preview: Sun Devils Face Stiff Test Against Illini's Unforgiving Defense

Illinois comes to Tempe Saturday looking to overwhelm the Sun Devils' offense for a second straight year but will they be successful against Todd Graham's new "high octane" attack?

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