TEMPE AZ - SEPTEMBER 04: Fans of the Arizona State Sun Devils cheer during the college football game against the Portland State Vikings at Sun Devil Stadium on September 4 2010 in Tempe Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Vikings 54-9. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
At the half, the Sun Devils managed a 17-10 lead against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
This game has thus far been marred by penalties and dropped passes for ASU, a bad sign for things to come. Northern Arizona has been largely mistake-free, putting up a good fight against their FBS competition.
Steven Threet has been erratic in his second game under center for ASU, throwing 18 completions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Threet also threw a significant interception that led to an NAU touchdown late in the second quarter.
Cameron Marshall, so effective against Portland State, ran for only 16 yards on six carries in the first half.
Thomas Weber, the 2007 Lou Groza award winner, delivered a 30-yard field goal and is still perfect on the season.
Zach Bauman, NAU's freshman running back out of Hamilton High in Chandler, has been active in the first half. Bauman picked up 43 yards on 14 carries.
In total, Threet's receivers have let him down. Aaron Pflugrad dropped four passes and stymied more than one drive. ASU must be consistent with its receiving and also must focus on significantly decreasing the amount of penalties they incur.
ASU collected six penalties for 45 yards in the first half, far too much for a team playing an FCS squad.