TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a 12 yard touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the first quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Arizona State Sun Devils lead the Missouri Tigers 16-10 after one half of play. ASU has racked up 270 total yards on offense with two touchdowns.
The Sun Devils have moved the ball effectively up and down the field with some impressive passing so far. Throughout the first half, ASU exploited match-ups in the secondary to set up a couple of big plays. Most notable is Brock Osweiler's 60-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Pflugrad in the middle of the second quarter, just seconds after the Tigers scored their first touchdown of the game. Osweiler has 229 yards and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 14 passes.
Meanwhile, Tigers quarterback James Franklin has been a handful for the Sun Devil defense. Franklin leads Missouri with 52 rushing yards on the ground, including a touchdown. He is 12 of 15 for 118 yards through the air. ASU will need to contain him better in the second half if they want to stall the Tigers offense.
Sun Devils kicker Alex Garoutte had a rough half, missing a 42-yard field goal on the opening drive and then an extra point in the second quarter. He did connect on a 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
ASU has played well and has the lead, but their play thus far should warrant more than a six-point lead. The team will need to cut down on penalties (which were less frequent than you might think but still hurt the team during key defensive moments) and continue to push the ball offensively in the second half.
The Tigers will receive the ball at the start of the second half.