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Arizona State blown out by Fresno State at home for second straight loss

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The Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) were blown out by the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-0) at home tonight by a final score of 29-0 after turning the ball over eight times.

The game was pretty much over at halftime. Injuries and turnovers highlighted the night for the Sun Devils.

Injuries

ASU entered tonight with a laundry list of injuries.

Then, even more occurred during the game.

Coming into tonight, QB Trenton Bourguet was set to take the first two drives of the game due to Jaden Rashada’s injury. However, Bourguet injured his left leg and exited the field on crutches during his second drive.

The next defensive possession, defensive end Clayton Smith went down. He was spotted on the sideline later in the game with a boot on his left foot.

In the third quarter, Jacob Conover replaced Pyne at quarterback because he was injured. Coach Kenny Dillingham said after the game that Pyne suffered a “muscular” injury on the same leg, but different from his original hamstring injury.

On Conover’s first drive, running back Tevin White limped off the field after a fumble.

Wide receiver Melquan Stovall went down in the fourth quarter after ASU’s biggest play of the night.

Tight end Bryce Pierre, ASU’s leading receiver in the game and fill-in starter for Jalin Conyers, also exited the game with an injury.

Offensive linemen Joey Ramos (starting right guard) and Max Iheanchor (starting right tackle) were two more injuries for the Sun Devils, who were already decimated by injuries up front.

In total, ASU had nine players out before tonight and at least eight went down during the game.

Turnovers

Bourguet threw an interception three plays into ASU’s opening offensive possession to set the tone for the rest of the game.

After Bourguet was injured, Pyne came in at QB and fumbled on his very first play.

Pyne fumbled on his next drive as well.

Arizona State decided to play out the last 50 seconds of the first half, but it resulted in a Pyne interception.

ASU went three-and-out to start the second half. Pyne threw his second interception on ASU’s next offensive possession.

Pyne was benched for Conover on the next drive because of his injury.

On Conover’s first drive, White fumbled for ASU’s sixth turnover of the game.

Then, Conover had his first turnover of the game to start the fourth quarter on an interception.

Conover threw his second interception with 7:40 remaining to mark ASU’s eighth and final turnover of the night.

Despite the eight turnovers, Arizona State’s defense only allowed 15 points off of them and no touchdowns.

Drive-by-Drive Recap

Live Updates: Arizona State vs. Fresno State

Halftime Recap

Injury bug hits Arizona State hard in first half against Fresno State

Final Stats

Arizona State has scored 0 points in its last six quarters.

In total, Arizona State’s QBs combined to go 17-of-37 for 188 yards and five turnovers. The Sun Devils had 230 yards of total offense on 64 plays (3.6 yards per play) and Fresno State had 350 yards on 83 plays (4.2 yards per play). ASU’s defense was a huge positive in this game despite the outcome.

Postgame Pressers

WATCH: Kenny Dillingham recaps 29-0 loss to Fresno State

WATCH: ASU Defensive Players Recap 29-0 Loss to Fresno State

Early Takeaways

* ASU needs Jaden Rashada back, but Dillingham said after the game that he will be out 4-6 weeks.

* The ASU defense was outstanding given the circumstances. They kept up their strong performances from the first two games, which had them ranked top-25 nationally for defense heading into tonight.

* Can Arizona State’s offense do anything missing so many players on the offensive line?

The Sun Devils take on the No. 5 USC Trojans (3-0) next week at home to start conference play. Dillingham and ASU need to figure something out for this huge matchup against the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and USC.

Breaking News: Jaden Rashada is OUT 4-6 Weeks, Trenton Bourguet Awaits MRI on Left Leg

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Brendan Mau is a Phoenix Suns insider and college sports reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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