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ASU vs. USC Game Balls: Trojans capitalize on Sun Devils' mistakes in Tempe

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Turnovers and missed opportunities haunted the Sun Devils in their 42-14 loss the the Trojans of Southern California. Now that we've had a day to collect out thoughts and worries, let's focus on the good aspects...and yes, there are a few.

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Three game balls to Arizona State Sun Devils players following Saturday's loss to the USC Trojans:

Demario Richard, RB (No. 4) - Sophomore

Richard gets a game ball for the third straight week with a 131-yard performance and two touchdowns. Despite the fumble that costed ASU its first offensive drive, Richard has shown this season he is a special kind of talent out of the backfield. Saturday night marked his third consecutive game rushing over the century mark.

Averaging six yards a carry as the main ball carrier, Richard runs extremely hard and is a bull to tackle in the trenches. That being said, the young running back needs to continue on improving ball security. I believe coach Todd Graham would probably agree.

Kareem Orr, DB (No. 25) - Freshman

Cody Kessler's first interception of the season found its way into the hands of Orr, the freshman defensive back out of Tennessee. USC was marching down on its first drive deep into ASU territory and Orr was in the right place at the right time.

Outside of that interception, it was a rough night for the secondary going up against Adoree Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster. We are going to go ahead and give the freshman a game ball for his first career takeaway as a Sun Devil. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of Orr on the field as the season progresses.

Salamo Fiso, LB (No. 58) - Junior

The only consistent pressure into the Trojan backfield seemed to be from Fiso throughout the game. Fiso established himself as one of the leaders this defense will rely upon in 2015. He ended the game with eight solo tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack (one of only two for ASU in the game), and Graham briefly praised Fiso in his post-game press conference.

None of the USC running backs really dominated in the game and I believe that was mainly due to guys like Fiso and Christian Sam emerging as worthy contributors among the Sun Devil front seven.

In a game that was as one-sided as this, it may seem difficult to find players to give game balls. There were, as surprising as it may seem due to the final score, a few bright spots to emerge from the depths of this loss and focusing on those bright spots is what giving out game balls is all about.

The road for ASU doesn't get much easier as two of their next four opponents are currently ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll and both of those teams, the UCLA Bruins and the Utah Utes, are the home teams in their matchup with the Sun Devils. Moving forward, let's hope there will be more game balls to distribute in the next few games.