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ASU Outplays TCU for Holiday Bowl Victory Win Gives Sun Devils Most Wins Since 1996 Season The Arizona State football team took the field for the Holiday Bowl in hopes of earning their 11th Win of the season, more than the team has earned in a decade and a half. That incentive got the Devils off to a great start as they took a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. TCU then responded with a long TD run that saw a couple of Sun Devil defenders miss tackles. The Horned Frogs would later add a field goal to tie the game at 10. ASU needed a response to the swing in momentum, and QB Mike Bercovici and HB Cameron Marshall did just that as they led the team down the field for a Marshall 2-yard TD run with just 3 seconds left in the half. The defense played great the rest of the way, continually getting pressure on TCU's QB Casey Paschall, and ASU's offense finally gave them a cushion by scoring ten moe points in the fourth to finish up a 27-10 win. This season has to be considered a great success, even if there was some disappointment after a 6-0 start didn't end up leading to a shot at the PAC 12 title. Winning 11 games is a huge step forward for an ASU program that has won just 6 games in each of the last two seasons. Now the focus will shift to preparing for next season as 1000-yard rusher Cameron Marshall graduates this year along with the Devils top three wide receivers. Defensively, ASU will anxiously await the decision of DE Davon Coleman, this season's Lombardi and Nagursky award winner, on whether or not he'll return for his senior seaon. MLB Brandon Johnson might also test the NFL draft waters, but the consensus seems to be that Johnson would benefit from another year of experience and development. Three starters in the secondary will also need to be replaced as FS Keelan Johnson, SS Kevin Ayers and CB Deveron Carr will all graduate this year.
Cincinnati vs. #13 Clemson Defensive Annihilation 7 sacks, 3 fumbles, 7 points allowed, what more can you ask for? When Cincinnati rolled into Miami tonight to take on #13-ranked Clemson in the Orange Bowl, I assumed there would be a close game that would produce many talking points. In reality, this wasn't so. Cincinnati all but crushed Clemso in a game that featured a potent Bearcat passing attack and a very hungry defensive unit that went to town on the opposing Clemson quarterback, wrapping him up seven times and effectively made Clemson a non-factor in a 31-7 victory that saw Clemson's only points come at the tail end of the fourth quarter, sending the Bearcats off into the sunset on a very high note, with the BCS title in their sights next year. Cincinnati will have to rebuild defensively as several key starters will be graduating. The departure of George Winn, the workhorse of the Cincinnati offense, leaves the halfback spot open for both Ralph David Abernathy and Jay Poteat to take over, opening some real options for the running game. Kenbrell Thompkins, the go-to wideout for Cincinnati, is also dunzo, and a new split threat will have to be found. Here's to a magnificient offseason awaiting all of us!
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