Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive lineman Stanley Lambert (14) reacts after sacking Arizona Wildcats quarterback Will Plummer (15) during the 95th Territorial Cup game at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Arizona State DL facing DUI charges in accident that killed pedestrian

Arizona State defensive lineman Stanley Lambert is facing two drunk-driving charges in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lambert allegedly struck and killed Norah Bruther, 23, of New Jersey, who was visiting the area, Fox 10 in Phoenix reported. She was attempting to cross Camelback Road in Scottsdale when she was hit early Saturday morning.

Lambert was booked on two charges, including one for allegedly having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. Additional charges could be filed, police told the TV station.

The Arizona State athletic department issued a statement on Sunday.

“We are aware of the tragic situation over the weekend involving one of our student-athletes,” the statement read. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all involved. We are still gathering information and we do not have any other statement at this time.”

The 6-foot-4 Lambert is a redshirt senior from San Antonio. He appeared in six games for the Sun Devils last season and made three tackles and added two sacks for 17 yards.

Lambert was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2018.

–Field Level Media

Dec 23, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones (5) is hit by UCF Knights defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) on a pass attempt in the first half of the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Florida QB Emory Jones transfers to Arizona State

Former Florida quarterback Emory Jones indicated Thursday that he is transferring to Arizona State.

Jones posted a picture on his Twitter account with artwork showing him in a Sun Devils’ uniform.

Jones’ decision will give Arizona State an experienced quarterback after starter Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU in March.

Last season, Jones passed for 2,734 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Gators. He also rushed for 759 yards and four scores.

He played parts of four seasons with the Gators, throwing for 3,347 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions and rushing for 1,273 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Due to the free eligibility season of 2020 due to COVID-19, Jones has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (19) runs the ball during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State LB Eric Gentry, WR Ricky Pearsall enter portal

The exodus continues at Arizona State, with standout linebacker Eric Gentry and wide receiver Ricky Pearsall entering the transfer portal.

The number of Sun Devils players in the portal this offseason now stands at 12, The Athletic reported Thursday.

Gentry played in 13 games for Arizona State as a freshman last season and had 45 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack and two passes defensed. He was a consensus freshman All-America selection.

Pearsall led the Sun Devils with 48 catches, 580 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Coach Herm Edwards’ program is being investigated for potential recruiting violations by the NCAA. Five assistant coaches either have been fired or resigned since the end of last season, which saw the Sun Devils finish 8-5.

Starting quarterback Jayden Daniels is among the players to leave Tempe, transferring to LSU in March.

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Dec 30, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) warms up before facing the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: LSU lands transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels

Arizona State transfer quarterback Jayden Daniels will enroll at LSU, multiple outlets reported Sunday, and he will be eligible to play next season.

Daniels, who is a graduate transfer, is expected to enroll at LSU later this month, ESPN reported. The mobile quarterback brings a wealth of experience, throwing for 6,025 and 32 touchdowns in three seasons for the Sun Devils. He also rushed for 1,288 yards and 13 more scores.

Daniels will be in a quarterback competition at LSU with senior Myles Brennan, freshman Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard, who just enrolled early in the program.

A native of San Bernardino, Calif., outside of Los Angeles, Daniels threw for 2,381 yards and 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions this past season as the Sun Devils went 8-5 (6-3 Pac-12), losing to Wisconsin 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Daniels threw for just 159 yards with an interception in his final game for the Sun Devils, while also rushing for 40 yards on 19 carries.

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ASU linebackers coach Antonio Pierce shouts during the first half of the Pac-12 college football game against Stanford at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on October 18, 2018.

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Arizona State DC Antonio Pierce is latest to leave during probe

Arizona State defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce no longer is employed at the Pac-12 school, the university told media outlets on Wednesday.

Pierce, who reportedly resigned his post, is the fifth assistant coach to depart Herm Edwards’ staff while the NCAA investigates the program’s recruiting practices.

Previously leaving were offensive coordinator Zak Hill, tight ends coach Adam Breneman, secondary coach Chris Hawkins and wide receivers assistant Prentice Gill. Hill and Breneman resigned while Hawkins and Gill were fired.

The five were among six coaches mentioned in NCAA allegations. They are alleged to have engaged in widespread recruiting violations, including traveling outside the state of Arizona for recruiting purposes during a period in which it was not allowed.

According to reports, NCAA documents show that Edwards also participated in unsanctioned meetings. He is now the lone coach of the six who remains employed at Arizona State.

Pierce, 43, initially was hired as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator after Edwards was hired as coach in December of 2017. Pierce was co-defensive coordinator in 2020 and ran the defense this past season.

Pierce, a linebacker, played nine NFL seasons with Washington (2001-04) and the New York Giants (2005-2009). He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006.

Gill has appealed his firing, which could lead to a wrongful termination claim, according to 247sports.com.

Pierce’s resignation also came on National Signing Day, with Arizona State forecast to have the worst class of the 12-member Pac-12.

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Arizona State University head football coach Herm Edwards speaks with newly hired offensive coordinator Zak Hill during practice at the Verde Dickey Dome on campus in Tempe, Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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Reports: Arizona State OC Zak Hill resigns amid NCAA investigation

Offensive coordinator Zak Hill resigned from his post at Arizona State over his role in alleged, widespread recruiting violations in the football program, multiple reports said Friday.

Hill was the fourth assistant coach to depart Herm Edwards’ staff while the NCAA investigates the program. Wide receivers coach Prentice Gill and secondary coach Chris Hawkins were fired last week, and tight ends coach Adam Breneman also resigned, per reports.

The main allegations the NCAA is looking into are that Arizona State hosted high school recruits during a dead period brought about by COVID-19, and that coaches visited prospects and their families during the same dead period.

According to 247 Sports, Gill has appealed his firing and could bring about a wrongful termination claim.

Hill, 42, was the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator for two seasons after four years on Boise State’s staff in a similar role.

Earlier this week, former NFL coach Brian Billick, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, joined Edwards’ staff at Arizona State as an offensive analyst and special adviser.

–Field Level Media

Dec 30, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) warms up before facing the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Braelon Allen, Wisconsin rumble past Arizona State in Las Vegas Bowl

Braelon Allen rushed for 159 yards on 29 carries and Wisconsin controlled the ball for the final 9:57 to hold on for a 20-13 victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night.

Graham Mertz threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ferguson and John Chenal rushed for an 8-yard score for the Badgers (9-4), who led 14-3 after the first quarter. Nick Herbig had two of Wisconsin’s four sacks as the Badgers won for the eighth time in their final nine games.

Jayden Daniels completed 11 of 21 passes for 159 yards and one interception and also rushed for 40 yards for the Sun Devils. Daniyel Ngata had a 3-yard scoring run and B.J. Green recorded two sacks for Arizona State (8-5).

Wisconsin outgained the Sun Devils 294-219. Arizona State had just 60 yards on the ground — Ngata had 23 on 11 carries — without 1,000-yard rusher Rachaad White, who opted out of the game to prepare for the NFL draft.

Mertz completed 11 of 15 passes for 137 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Badgers, who have won seven of their past eight bowl games.

The Sun Devils trailed by 14 at halftime before dominating the third quarter with 90 total yards while holding the Badgers to minus-7.

Ngata’s touchdown with 8:52 left in the third drew Arizona State to within 20-13.

But there would be no late-game drive to knot the score despite the Sun Devils pinning Wisconsin back at its own 3-yard line after a punt with 9:57 remaining in the contest. The Badgers responded with a punishing 18-play, 90-yard drive in which they ran 16 times and chalked up six first downs while eating up the rest of the time on the clock.

Allen carried 12 times for 101 yards in the first half — six more than Arizona State’s total yardage — as the Badgers held a 20-6 lead.

Chenal scored on his 8-yard run for Wisconsin with 11:40 left in the first quarter. The score was set up by John Torchio’s interception of Daniels at the Sun Devils’ 36.

Cristian Zendejas got Arizona State on the board with a 38-yard field goal with 4:21 left before Mertz connected with a wide-open Ferguson to make it 14-3 with 1:37 remaining in the quarter.

Zendejas kicked a 36-yard field goal less than four minutes into the second quarter before Collin Larsh made field goals of 48 and 35 yards to account for the 14-point lead at the break.

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Nov 13, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State: Herm Edwards’ job safe amid NCAA probe

Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards will return in 2022 despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.

Silencing speculation, athletic director Ray Anderson informed the team after Saturday’s 38-15 win against rival Arizona that their coach would be back for a fifth season in Tempe.

“I had no plans of leaving,” Edwards said. “That was nice of Ray and (school president) Dr. Michael Crow to be in there and show support of what we’re trying to do here. It’s nice when your players react the way they reacted.”

The Sun Devils finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, including 6-3 in the Pac-12. They are 25-17 overall under Edwards, including 1-1 in bowl games, and are awaiting a bowl invitation.

The NCAA started investigating the program earlier this year for allegedly hosting recruits during the 15-month non-contact period brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Three assistant coaches were placed on administrative leave last summer.

Edwards, 67, was the head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets (2001-05) and Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08) and spent many years as an ESPN analyst before taking over at Arizona State.

Edwards receives an annual salary of $3.7 million and is due a $200,000 raise on Jan. 1, according to The Athletic. His contract runs through Dec. 31, 2024.

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Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Rachaad White (3) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State beats Arizona for fifth time in a row

Jack Jones forced a first-half fumble that led to an easy score and he delivered a knockout punch in the fourth quarter with a pick-six as the Sun Devils beat visiting rival Arizona 38-15 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) won the Territorial Cup for the fifth consecutive time, their longest streak in the series since winning nine in a row from 1965-1973, although this game was significantly closer than the 70-7 drubbing of last season.

Arizona (1-11, 1-8) was still within reach, trailing 31-15, when Jones stepped in front of a sideline pass from Will Plummer and was all alone for an 87-yard touchdown return with 9:49 to go in the game.

Arizona State ran for 228 yards, led by Rachaad White, who carried 21 times for 98 yards. Quarterback Jayden Daniels passed for just 86 yards, but he contributed the same total on the ground, including a 48-yard romp early in the second half that gave the Sun Devils a 21-9 lead.

Arizona often faced a loaded box when it had the ball. Plummer sometimes took advantage, completing 28 of 38 passes for 346 yards and one touchdown, but he gave away 14 points on the interception and the fumble caused by Jones as he attempted to scramble in the second quarter.

ASU recovered the bouncing ball at the Arizona 1 and scored one play later for a 14-6 lead with 12:12 to go before halftime.

Daniels threw for two touchdowns, both to Ricky Pearsall. His second came on a fade route from the slot as he hauled in a 14-yard pass with 4:50 to go in the third quarter. A two-point conversion gave the Sun Devils a 29-15 lead. The score became 31-15 when Arizona was penalized for holding in the end zone on a punt.

Arizona was effective in the first half but had to kick field goals on each of three trips into the red zone. ASU led 14-9 at the break.

The Wildcats scored only one touchdown on six red-zone trips in the game.

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Nov 20, 2021; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver RJ Regan (21) makes a catch during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona looks to avenge last year’s 70-7 loss to ASU

Last year’s result looms large over the rivalry game between visiting Arizona and Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils posted an historic 70-7 victory in 2020 by recording a school-record 10 touchdowns, scoring the most points in a Territorial Cup game and winning by the largest margin. It was also the last contest for Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin. He was fired a day later.

A billboard still stands next to Interstate 10 on the drive from Tucson to Phoenix, reminding everyone of the final score, with the words: “No pity for the kitty.”

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch wasn’t part of the game, but he’s seen plenty of game tape and apparently needs no further introduction to an often bitter, heated rivalry.

“When it’s 63-7 and you call a pass on fourth-and-4, there’s something to that,” Fisch said. “We remember.”

The Wildcats (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) also remember Arizona State running back Rachaad White.

He was the MVP of last year’s game, rushing for 133 yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard romp.

White is the top offensive weapon for Arizona State (7-4, 5-3), which had hopes of winning the Pac-12 South but has lost three of its past five games. White had back-to-back games of 202 and 184 rushing yards earlier this month before he was held to 39 yards last week in a loss at Oregon State. He did contribute six catches for 86 yards against the Beavers, though.

“The running game has been pretty good,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “Last week, not so much. (Oregon State) got us in some bad downs and we weren’t able to run the ball like we would like. With that being said, if you have an efficient passing game, that helps you.”

The passing game hasn’t always been all that efficient, with quarterback Jayden Daniels completing 176 of 266 passes for 2,135 yards, with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Arizona’s offense has been among the worst in the nation, failing to reach 20 points in nine games. Quarterback Will Plummer (five TDs, eight interceptions) leads what often has been a short-passing attack. Stanley Berryhill III is a threat, catching 73 passes for 640 yards, and he can be dangerous on fly sweeps.

The Wildcats’ defense has been improved — ranking 61st nationally in yards allowed (376.2 per game) — but this will be the last game for coordinator Don Brown, who has accepted the head coaching position at UMass.

He would be fondly remembered at Arizona if he is part of a group that avenges the 2020 result.

“It’s clearly in the forefront of everybody’s mind since I arrived here,” Fisch said. “Not just the outcome of the season prior, but the importance of the game.”

Arizona State has won four in a row in the series, its longest streak since the teams joined the then-Pac-10 in 1978.

–Field Level Media