Sun Devils Victorious in Season Opener

Aug. 30, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Rudy Carpenter threw for 388 yards and a touchdown, and Dimitri Nance ran for two touchdowns to lead No. 15 Arizona State past Northern Arizona 30-13 on Saturday night.

Carpenter completed 22 of 28 passes, including 13 in a row in the first half to tie a school record. He also rushed for a team-high 40 yards.

The Sun Devils, coming off a 10-3 season and a Holiday Bowl loss, wasted little time jumping on the Lumberjacks, who haven't beaten ASU since 1938.

Arizona State needed only five plays to score. Carpenter hit Kerry Taylor with a short pass over the middle and Taylor sprinted untouched for a 52-yard touchdown.

It was Carpenter's 66th career touchdown pass, second on Arizona State's all-time list. The leader is Andrew Walter, with 85.

Thomas Weber kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Sun Devils a 10-0 lead after one quarter.

That reversed a troubling trend from last season. ASU led after the first quarter only three times last year, and it was outscored 128-50 in the first quarter.

Arizona State went up 17-0 on a 3-yard run by Nance midway through the second quarter. He added a 6-yard run a few minutes later to put the Sun Devils up 24-0.

Nance rushed for 500 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.

Senior Keegan Herring, who has a hamstring injury, did not play.

Weber also connected from 28 and 26 yards.

Northern Arizona quarterback Lance Kriesien hit Brian Riley for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and Robbie Dehaze kicked field goals of 21 and 25 yards for the Lumberjacks.

The game was the first of four home games to open the season for the Sun Devils, who play host to Pac-10 rival Stanford next week. UNLV visits on Sept. 13, followed by No. 1 Georgia on Sept. 20.

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