November to Remember, Sun Devils Beat UCLA

Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins (5) runs with the ball as he is tackled by UCLA defensive back Nate Meadors (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Bowl eligible, first place in the Pac-12 South, controlling their own destiny. If I told you last December when Herm Edwards took over as head coach that all of the above would be happening in November, would’ve you have been good with the coaching change? Well, now what arrows does the anti-Herm faction have left in their quiverrir? I would hope, none.
After Saturdays 31-28 victory over UCLA, the Sun Devils may FINALLY be getting out of the rut of winning a few games and ending up in El Paso, San Diego, or Las Vegas. Regardless of how next Saturdays road game at Oregon ends up, the Arizona matchup Thanksgiving weekend is going to have quite a bit at stake.

“Ground Herm” was the story of the day with the Sun Devil offense. Arizona State ran the football 59 times for 281 yards. Eno Benjamin led the team with 182 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry. Benjamin is 5th in the nation in rushing. He set the single season rushing record as a Sun Devil with 1,295 yards rushing.

If there was a “downer” to the day, it would be the controversial ejection of star freshman linebacker Merlin Robertson for a targeting call. Robertson will have to sit out the first half of next Saturdays game at Oregon.

N’Keal Harry, in likely his last home game at Arizona State, finished the day with 7 catches for 100 yards. Harry is expected to enter the 2019 NFL Draft after the season is complete.

Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.