The Arizona State football program demolished UTSA by a final score of 49-7 in Week 1. Here, we’ll talk about the most compelling performances and takeaways from their win.
It seemed like forever between the day Herm Edwards was hired as Arizona State’s football coach and his first time on the sidelines of Sun Devils Stadium. In truth, 272 days had gone by but their blowout win in Week 1 against UTSA made it all worth it.
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If you watched the game then you know they didn’t play perfectly. The entire team committed far too many penalties and their special teams struggled at times. Nevertheless, after squeaking by New Mexico State in their opener last year (37-31) it was nice to the Sun Devils really stick it to a less-talented team to start a season. After all, Arizona State narrowly escaped UTSA back in 2016 on the road.
Arizona State’s win was precisely how big-time programs should be handling their prey: beat your opponent in every aspect of the game and act as if you’re the team to beat. In this game, they got on the board early, handled every aspect on the field, and then swaggered around like a program on the rise. Supporters of the program, had they not been before, should all be OK with the idea of Herm Edwards running the Arizona State football program.
Here, we’ll talk about some of the notable things from the win, including some you may not have noticed.