Arizona State routs Louisiana-Monroe 38-14Sep 20, 2009 - 5:29 AM By ANDREW BAGNATO AP College Football Writer
TEMPE, Ariz.(AP) -- Omar Bolden returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and picked off a pass, and Arizona State routed Louisiana-Monroe 38-14 on Saturday night in a tuneup for its trip to Georgia.
Playing in a half-empty Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State (2-0) turned in another strong defensive performance, with Travis Goethel also intercepting a pass. The Sun Devils have limited teams from the Big Sky and Sun Belt Conferences to a total of 17 points.
Trey Revell completed 10 of 23 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions for the Warhawks (1-2).
Arizona State visits No. 23 Georgia next weekend, then opens Pac-10 play against Oregon State on Oct. 3.
Bolden's TD return was the 14th in ASU history and its first since 2007, when Rudy Burgess took one back 98 yards against USC. It was the second time in three games that the Warhawks had given up a kickoff return for a score.
Six minutes after Bolden's jaunt, the Sun Devils took a 14-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Dimitri Nance. The 14 first-quarter points tied for the most in coach Dennis Erickson's 27 games at Arizona State; ASU scored a total of 22 points in the first quarter last year.
The Warhawks trimmed the lead to 14-7 on a 14-yard pass from Revell to Darrell McNeal midway through the second quarter.
Arizona State responded with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Danny Sullivan to Chris McGaha, and Bobby Wenzig hit a field goal to give the Sun Devils a 24-7 halftime lead.
After Louisiana-Monroe fumbled a punt, Nance scored again from a yard out early in the third quarter to stretch ASU's lead to 31-7.
Sullivan, making his second college start, completed 19 of 31 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown, and he scored on a 1-yard sneak.
Nance rushed 17 times for 82 yards, and Kyle Williams caught eight passes for 129 yards.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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ULMONROE 0 7 0 7 14
ARIZONAST 14 10 14 0 38 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: ARIZONA ST - TD, OMAR BOLDEN 89 YD KICKOFF
RETURN (BOBBY WENZIG KICK),
0:12. ARIZONAST 7-0
ARIZONA ST - TD, DIMITRI NANCE 1 YD RUN (BOBBY
WENZIG KICK), 6:39. ARIZONAST
2ND QUARTER: UL
Sep 20 12:11 AM
ARIZONAST 38 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 20 12:11 AM
ARIZONAST 38 1:03 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 14, Arizona State 38 4th - 1:03Sep 20 12:07 AM
ARIZONAST 38 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 19 11:31 PM
ARIZONAST 38 0:35 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 7, Arizona State 38 3rd - 0:35Sep 19 11:26 PM
ARIZONAST 31 7:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 7, Arizona State 31 3rd - 7:59Sep 19 11:07 PM
ARIZONAST 24 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 19 10:31 PM
ARIZONAST 24 0:37 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 7, Arizona State 24 2nd - 0:37Sep 19 10:28 PM
ARIZONAST 21 5:59 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 7, Arizona State 21 2nd - 5:59Sep 19 10:12 PM
ARIZONAST 14 7:57 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 7, Arizona State 14 2nd - 7:57Sep 19 10:04 PM
ARIZONAST 14 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 19 9:48 PM
ARIZONAST 14 8:21 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 0, Arizona State 14 1st - 8:21Sep 19 9:27 PM
ARIZONAST 7 14:48 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 0, Arizona State 7 1st - 14:48Sep 19 9:09 PM
ARIZONAST 6 14:48 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Louisiana-Monroe 0, Arizona State 6 1st - 14:48Sep 19 9:08 PM
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