October 4, 2008

Notebook: Carpenter using crutches after loss

Quarterback Rudy Carpenter reportedly left Memorial Stadium on crutches following the Arizona State football team's 24-14 loss to Cal on Saturday.

Carpenter told reporters he injured his left ankle but did not say when or how, according to reports.

The senior signal caller took some big hits all night. He was sacked three times.

Carpenter finished the game 20-35 for 165 yards. He threw one touchdown and two interceptions.

If Carpenter is unable to play next weekend at USC, junior Danny Sullivan would most likely receive the start.

Sullivan is 1-8 for minus-1 yards on the season.

Fresh faces

The Sun Devils came out with some new personnel Saturday in an effort to reverse their two-game losing streak.

But even with four new starters, three on defense, the trend continued.

Last week, coach Dennis Erickson said linebacker Morris Wooten, defensive tackle Lawrence Guy and right tackle Tom Njunge would get the start and they did.

Clint Floyd spent last week starting over Rodney Cox at strong safety, but Erickson didn't say who would start. Floyd, a true freshman, got the nod Saturday.

The new Sun Devil starters held their own against Cal, with Wooten leading the way for that group.

Wooten was the second-leading tackler on the team with seven.

Guy recorded six tackles and Floyd finished with four.

He's back

Running back Keegan Herring returned to action after missing the past two games with an injured hamstring.

Herring rushed the ball 14 times for 37 yards and scored one touchdown.

On his touchdown run, Herring took a handoff eight yards away from the end zone, was seemingly stopped at the 2-yard line, and then was helped across the goal line by teammates.

It was Herring's second touchdown of the season.

Missed opportunity

Kicker Thomas Weber has already missed more field goals this season than he did in all of 2007.

Weber missed his second field goal of the year late in fourth quarter. Had he made the 44-yard attempt, ASU would have been trailing Cal by one touchdown with 1:05 remaining.

Weber's other missed field goal came in overtime against UNLV.

Earlier in Saturday's game Weber had a 39-yarder blocked, but a personal foul by Cal negated the miss.

Weber played Saturday's game with a broken bone in his left hand, but it did not seem to affect his ability to catch the ball on punts.

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