The Sun Devils rolled 54-9 Saturday night over Portland State, a great school in my hometown where I took a couple of graduate student classes. The Vikings were a top-notch Division II program before they went up to the Big Sky, and its been a struggle at times for the program ever since.
Regarding the performance of Steven Threet (above, walking off the field after the game) in his ASU debut, it was solid though the Devils had no reason to struggle against PSU. Threet was 14 of 21 for 239 yards, 2 TDs and an interception on a pass that was off his receiver's hands.
While he liked the tempo of the offense, Threet said he thought the offense could play even faster. The fastbreak offense is offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's preferred pace.
As any quarterback will do, Threet opened his postgame remarks by crediting his offensive line. He said the pass protection "was on point."
Threet was victimized by a few dropped passes but that didn't seem to bother him. "We just knew we had to put it together and we'd be fine," he said.
Threet, who hadn't started a game since 2008 at Michigan, didn't feel any buildup of pressure in his first game in a while.
"I was just anxious to get back out on the field," he said. "It was just a lot of fun to get back on the field with the guys and have it count."