No. 20 Sun Devils Dominate In Opener Against Temple, 63-16

Sept. 1, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Freshman Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries in the most prolific debut by a running back in Arizona State history and the 20th-ranked Sun Devils beat Temple 63-16 in Thursday night's season opener.

Sam Keller threw for four touchdowns, two to Derek Hagan, then sat out the final quarter while Arizona State finished off the Owls' 22nd consecutive loss to a ranked team and ninth straight defeat on the road.

The 18-year-old Herring had runs of 33 and 28 yards, along with a 4-yard touchdown run, en route to the school record for most yards in the first game of a career. The old mark of 117 yards, on 21 carries, was set by Woody Green against Houston in 1971.

Keller, successor to the Sun Devils' record-breaking passer Andrew Walter, completed 14 of 24 passes for 208 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Hagan's scoring catches of 18 and 31 yards give him 21 TD receptions for his career, four shy of Keith Poole's school record. Hagan caught three passes to boost his career total to 184, four fewer than John Jefferson's ASU record.

The Sun Devils amassed 559 yards, 300 on the ground. Arizona State's reserves scored three times in the final quarter, the last with 36 seconds to go.

Mike McGann completed 18 of 37 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown for Temple. He was intercepted twice.

The Owls, who moved from the Big East to the Mid-American Conference this season, got a safety in the second quarter, when Keller, under pressure from Temple's Antwon Burton, fumbled in the Arizona State end zone and the Sun Devils' Zach Krula recovered.

The Sun Devils scored on touchdown drives of 81 and 85 yards to go up 14-0 in the first quarter.

Mike Davis Jr. stepped in front of the intended receiver and picked off McGann's pass to give Arizona State the ball at the Temple 36, setting up the Devils' third score. Keller tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Zach Miller to put ASU ahead 21-2 with 7:20 remaining in the first half.

Herring's 33-yard dash to the Temple 6 on Arizona State's first possession of the second half set up his first college touchdown, a 4-yard run up the middle that put Arizona State up 35-2 with 10:33 remaining in the third quarter.

Two of Arizona State's touchdowns were reviewed under the Pac-10's new instant replay rule. Hagan barely got one foot down inbounds on his first TD catch, and the replay official determined that Herring's knee did not touch the turf before he crossed the goal line.

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