ASU Football Vs. UC Davis: Breakdown of Offense, Defense, Special Teams in the 48-14 Win

Cameron Marshall, Brock Osweiler and Aaron Pflugrad led an efficient Sun Devil attack en route to the season opening 48-14 win.

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ASU Football Defeats UC Davis 48-14, Brock Osweiler Shows Leadership

For the most part, the Sun Devils looked the part of Pac-12 South contenders on Thursday night in Tempe as they took care of business against the UC Davis Aggies, 48-14.

Brock Osweiler was efficient, completing 19 of 26 passes for 262 yards and two touchdown passes to Aaron Pflugrad. Cameron Marshall was the top producer on offense, racking up 23 rushing yards and 86 receiving yards, scoring two touchdowns in the process.

The defense also played well, with Vontaze Burfict sacking Aggies QB Randy Wright three times. Junior Onyeali made an impact, making two tackles for loss while adding a sack.

Alden Darby showed flashes of excellence, being a part of seven tackles, including six solo tackles. Colin Parker, starting in place of Brandon Magee, made five tackles.

While the passing defense has room for improvement, the running game was absolutely squashed by ASU's stout front seven.

The Sun Devils kept the shutout going into the fourth quarter before the reserve defense gave up two touchdowns. All in all, everything looked great on Thursday, which is exactly the way you want it if you're coach Dennis Erickson. Now, if only Brock Osweiler can be 100% going into the Missouri game, ASU will be in good shape.

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Brock Osweiler Injury Watch: Cramps Strike ASU Quarterback

The third quarter saw the Sun Devils increase their lead to 41-0 over the visiting UC Davis Aggies, but the main concern of this stanza is the continued cramping of quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler threw an interception early in the quarter, and in the process fell to the ground nursing his right leg. Both Taylor Kelly and Mike Bercovici stood up and began to warm their arms, and many of those watching the game (media and fans alike) thought that Osweiler's night was done.

Instead, Osweiler seemingly convinced coach Dennis Erickson to allow him to continue playing. While it's easy to applaud his competitiveness and desire, Erickson should have taken his star player out of the game before risking further injury.

Later in the quarter, Osweiler hit Aaron Plfugrad on the right end of the endzone, bringing the score to 38-0. During the throw, Osweiler's right leg seized up and appeared to swing around to the front of his body, and Osweiler collapsed.

Teammates grabbed his leg and attempted to stabilize it, which gives us the opinion that Osweiler experienced a rather severe charley horse on the play.

That was Osweiler's last action of the game, as true freshman Mike Bercovici was inserted at quarterback. #2 brought the Devils to the 3-yard line, where they kicked a field goal to take a 41-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

But the question has to remain: why was Brock Osweiler out there, with so much to lose and so little to gain?

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ASU Football Vs. UC Davis: Halftime Report with Sun Devils leading 24-0

After an efficient first quarter in which ASU ran out to a 14-0 lead, the Devils wasted little time in opening the second with a bang.

Brock Osweiler hit Aaron Plfugrad on a deep post on the first play for a 31-yard touchdown to extend the ASU lead to 21-0.

With ASU's pass rush making life miserable for UC Davis quarterback Randy Wright, the Aggies utilized quick passes for pick up a few first downs out to midfield before their drive fizzled out.

The ensuing ASU drive started out well, as utility player extraordinaire Jamal Miles took a handoff 36 yards, but an eight yard reception by Gerrell Robinson, an incomplete swing pass and run for no gain brought up a fourth down.  Instead of giving Alex Garoutte a field goal chance from 42 yards, ASU went for it, but turned it over on downs after a dropped swing pass to Kyle Middlebrooks.

A few short passes netted the Aggies a pair of first downs, but Junior Onyeali destroyed an attempted reverse to derail the drive, forcing a punt that resulted in a touchback.

The turnover demon that haunting the Sun Devils a season ago reared it's ugly head on the next ASU drive.  After a 27 yard Marshall reception put them in Aggie territory, Rashad Ross fumbled on his first career reception and the Aggies recovered at their own 23.

The suffocating ASU defense forced the sixth Aggie punt.

A personal foul penalty on Andrew Smapson set up a 3rd and 19, but an 18 yard Osweiler scramble set up a 4th and short that Marshall converted with a seven yard run.  With :06 left, Alex Garoutte shook off a shaky fall camp by connecting on a 49-yard field goal to send the Devils into halftime up 24-0.

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