Arizona State football upset by Eastern Michigan in college football game in Tempe

Jeremy Cluff
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The Arizona State football team lost to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in a Week 3 college football game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Look back at our updates on the game.

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Arizona State football upset by Eastern Michigan in college football game in Tempe

The ASU football team lost to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Tempe, 30-21.

Arizona State was unable to stop Eastern Michigan's running game, led by RB Samson Evans, who rushed for 259 yards and a touchdown in the game on 36 attempts.

EMU gained 316 yards rushing in the game, averaging 6.4 yards per carry,

Eastern Michigan was a 19.5-point underdog in the game.

With the victory, the Eagles became the first MAC program to beat a Pac-12 team in the regular season.

Eastern Michigan lost Taylor Powell, its staring quarterback, in the first half, but relied on its running game to beat ASU without him.

Emory Jones went 20-for-32 passing for 185 yards and a touchdown for ASU in the loss.

Xazavian Valladay rushed for a 127 yards on 16 attempts for ASU, also scoring a touchdown.

The ASU defense couldn't keep Eastern Michigan off the field, as the Eagles didn't have to punt until the fourth quarter and only punted once in the game.

ASU fell to 1-2 with the loss after losing to Oklahoma State last week.

The Sun Devils open Pac-12 play next week against Utah. 

Final score: Eastern Michigan 30, ASU 21

September 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; USA; Eastern Michigan defensive lineman Dexter Manior (91) celebrates an incomplete pass against ASU wide receiver Giovanni Sanders (20) during a game at Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU turns ball over vs. Eastern Michigan

What little hope ASU football had vs. Eastern Michigan disappeared when Jaylin Conyers fumbled the ball on Arizona State's next possession, giving Eastern Michigan the ball.

The Eagles are trying to become the first MAC team to beat a Pac-12 team in the regular season.

There is 2:01 left in the game.

ASU can't stop the run again as EMU extends lead

The Sun Devils once again couldn't stop the run on EMU's next possession, something they have struggled with all game, as Samson Evans and the Eagles ran past Arizona State to extend their lead to 30-21 on a 19-yard field goal by Jesus Gomez.

On 3rd and 1 on the drive, Samsom Evans rushed for 35 yards to the ASU 35 in a key play that allowed the Eagles to continue the drive and end up taking a lot more time off the clock.

ASU did hold the Eagles to the field goal, but that field goal put EMU one step closer to the upset over Arizona State.

Evans has 34 carries in the game for 236 yards and a touchdown.

It's going to take something very special for ASU to somehow rally in this game.

Score: Eastern Michigan 30, ASU 21 (4:24 left in game)

ASU makes it a one-score game with long run vs. Eastern Michigan

This game isn't over yet.

Xazavian Valladay had a 44-yard touchdown run to pull the Sun Devils within 27-21 with 10:48 left in the game.

ASU's drive went for 80 yards on five plays and took just 1:34 off the clock.

The question now is ... can ASU's defense make another stop on Eastern Michigan?

EMU has 220 yards rushing and one would expect them to try to march down the field rushing to milk some time off the clock.

Score: Eastern Michigan 27, ASU 21 (10:48 left in game)

ASU forces Eastern Michigan to punt for first time in game ... in fourth quarter

The Sun Devils finally forced EMU to punt, and it came at a critical point in the game, allowing ASU to get the ball back with 12:28 left in the game, trailing 27-14.

ASU's defense forced a fumble on Eastern Michigan's possession, but EMU recovered.

Still, a stop is a stop for ASU, especially the way this game has gone.

Can Emory Jones and the ASU offense get something going to get closer in the game?

ASU forced to punt on next possession vs. Eastern Michigan

The Sun Devils were forced to punt on their next possession of the game after a 5-play, 13-yard drive.

Emory Jones has been unable to connect on several deep passes to his wide receivers in this game, including one on that possession.

The Sun Devils are behind on the scoreboard and the clock is starting to become a factor.

Eastern Michigan has a 27-14 lead at the end of the third quarter after outscoring ASU 3-0 in the quarter. EMU has not punted the football in the game.

Eastern Michigan adds to lead against Arizona State with field goal

Eastern Michigan's Jesus Gomez hit a 39-yard field goal with 7:04 left in the third quarter to extend the Eagles' lead to 27-14.

Samson Evans ran for 28 yards on his team's first play of the possession, getting EMU into field goal range.

ASU hasn't been able to stop EMU on the ground. Eastern Michigan has 193 yards rushing in the game on 31 attempts, averaging 6.2 yards per rush.

Evans has 21 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Score: Eastern Michigan 27, ASU 14 (7:04 left in third quarter)

Sun Devils come up short on first possession of second half vs. Eagles

The Sun Devils went for it on 4th and 4 at the EMU 39 on their first possession of the second half and Emory Jones couldn't connect on a pass to Giovanni Sanders, turning the ball over on downs to Eastern Michigan.

ASU's drive lasted 11 plays and went for 52 yards. 

The Arizona State defense needs to step up on Eastern Michigan's next drive. It just doesn't feel like the ASU offense could overcome an even bigger deficit in the second half.

ASU's defense only stopped EMU once in the first half, however.

Can it stop Eastern Michigan now?

Revisiting some ASU vs. Eastern Michigan predictions at the half

A lot can change in the second half, but not many people gave Eastern Michigan a chance in this game against Arizona State.

The Eagles were a 19.5-point underdog against the Sun Devils and several sites thought that ASU would cover the point spread against EMU.

ASU could still somehow find a way to win this game, but it does not appear that they will come close to covering against Eastern Michigan.

ESPN gave ASU a 94.2% chance to win the game before the game. At the half, EMU has a 50.8% win probability, according to the site.

Arizona State trails Eastern Michigan at the half

The first half is over and Eastern Michigan has a 24-14 lead on Arizona State, surprising the Sun Devils in Tempe.

There are a lot of numbers in EMU's favor in the first half, but a recurring problem that sticks out for the Sun Devils again is in third-down conversions.

Eastern Michigan is 9-for-10 on third down in the game. ASU is 2-for-5.

Arizona State has to stop allowing teams to convert on third down.

EMU had 307 yards in the first half. ASU had 127.

Interestingly, the Eagles are averaging 7.7 yards per pass and 5.7 yards per rush.

Aside from an interception in the first half, the Sun Devils have simply not been able to stop EMU and they haven't been able to get off the field.

Eastern Michigan ran 47 plays in the first half. ASU ran 23.

EMU had the ball for 19:07, while ASU had the ball for 10:53.

If the ASU defense can't make stops in the second half, and if the ASU offense can't start putting together some more consistent drives, the Sun Devils could be 1-2 heading into Pac-12 play, with a loss against Eastern Michigan.

We're guessing that wouldn't go too well with the Sun Devil fans.

Score: EMU 24, ASU 14 (halftime)

EMU scores again against Arizona State

It appears as if EMU QB Taylor Powell's night is over, but Eastern Michigan's backup QB is shining in relief.

Austin Smith led Eastern Michigan on an 8-play , 79-yard drive over 1:34 to give the Eagles a 24-14 lead with 1:12 before the half.

Aside from an interception in the first half by Powell, it appears that ASU's defense can't stop Eastern Michigan.

Score: EMU 24, ASU 14 (1:07 left in first half)

'They are tired'

The Pac-12 Network's Bob Davie noted the state of the ASU defense on the ensuing possession, as EMU drove down the field again with backup QB Austin Smith.

"They are tired," Davie said.

EMU has a second and goal at the 3-yard line.

"They are beaten down," Davie also said of Arizona State's defense, questioning the conditioning of the team's defense.

ASU football pulls within three points with Emory Jones touchdown

ASU answered EMU's score with a 3-yard run from Emory Jones with 2:53 left in the first half to make the score 17-14.

It is Jones' third rushing touchdown of the season.

The drive took 5:18 off the clock and lasted 11 plays and went for 75 yards.

The key play of the drive was probably a third-and-10 completion from Jones to Andre Johnson.

The ensuing possession is critical for the game. Eastern Michigan doesn't have any timeouts and ASU gets the ball to start the second half.

Can ASU's defense get a stop?

Score: Eastern Michigan 17, ASU 14 (2:53 left in first half)

Eastern Michigan answers ASU's touchdown with one of its own

After Arizona State recorded a sack on EMU QB Taylor Powell, Powell had to leave the game for a play because his helmet came off on the play.

Backup QB Austin Smith came in and promptly rushed for 13 yards on the next play, and stayed in the game for the rest of the drive, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Hassan Beydoun to extend EMU's lead to 17-7 with 8:121 left in the first half.

The drive took 13 plays and went for 75 yards and took 7:43 off the clock.

Some of the stats categories in this first half might be hard to believe.

Eastern Michigan has a 228-38 yardage advantage in the game. 

It has run 39 plays to ASU's nine.

EMU has a 17:26 to 4:23 advantage in time of possession in the game.

Score: EMU 17, ASU 7 (8:11 left in second quarter)

ASU gets on board vs. Eastern Michigan

The Sun Devils got on the scoreboard on the first play on the second quarter when Emory Jones connected with Andre Johnson for a 3-yard touchdown pass, pulling ASU within 10-7 in the game.

The score was set up by the key interception by Kejuan Markham. ASU's scoring drive took just three plays and 22 yards. 

Score: EMU 10, ASU 7 (14:54 left in second quarter)

Arizona State gets big play on defense vs. Eastern Michigan

The Sun Devils got the big play on defense they needed when Kejuan Markham intercepted Taylor Powell on Eastern Michigan's next possession, helping the Sun Devils get some much needed momentum near the end of the first quarter.

A block below the waist penalty and a pair of 4-yard runs from Xazavian Valladay has ASU  on the three-yard line of EMU at the end of the first quarter.

ASU forced to punt against Eastern Michigan again

The Sun Devils were not able to get anything going on the ensuing possession and punted after gaining just six plays on three yards.

A holding penalty negated a 19-year pass from Emory Jones to Elijhah Badger on the first play of the drive and ASU wasn't able to get a first down again.

The Sun Devils could really use a big play by their defense, since their offense hasn't been able to do anything so far in the game.

Eastern Michigan adds to lead on second possession vs. ASU

EMU couldn't have asked for much better of a start against Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday.

The Eagles lead 10-0 after a Jaylon Jackson 4-yard run.

The drive went 11 plays for 80 yards and took 5:37 off the clock.

Eastern Michigan has run 22 plays in the game. ASU has only run 3.

Arizona State has been outgained so far in yards 141-7.

The Sun Devils need to get something going on offense, and fast.

The ASU defense already appears gassed and could use a breather.

Score: Eastern Michigan 10, ASU 0 (3:18 left in first quarter)

Not a good start for ASU on first possession vs. EMU

Arizona State went three-and-out on its first possession of the game against Eastern Michigan. 

Xazavian Valladay rushed for three yards on two carries on the drive and Emory Jones completed a 4-yard pass to Andre Johnson on the other play.

Eastern Michigan has to feel good about the start to this game.

Eastern Michigan takes lead vs. ASU in first quarter on field goal

Eastern Michigan scored first in the game on its first field goal of the season, a 26-yard field goal by Jesus Gomez to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

It was the first time Eastern Michigan had not scored a touchdown in the red zone this season (team was previously 8-for-8),

EMU QB Taylor Powell went 4-for-5 on the drive for 20 yards.

The scoring drive went for 12 plays and 56 yards and took 3:56 off the clock.

Score: EMU 3, ASU 0 (11:04 left in first quarter)

ASU injury update

Not expected to play today for ASU: DE Michael Matus (knee), TE Jacob Newell, OL Joey Ramos (ankle), who are all out for season. Also out are D Gharin Stansbury (hamstring), Ro Torrence (ankle) and Ed Woods.

How to watch ASU vs. Eastern Michigan

The game can be seen at 8 p.m. MST time on Pac-12 Networks.

JB Long and Bob Davie will be on the call.

Pac-12 Networks is available via Sling TV, Cox, Dish, FuboTV, Vidgo, Dish, and other providers.

Eastern Michigan vs. ASU odds

The Sun Devils are a 20.5-point favorite in the game.

ASU is -1200 on the money line in the game, which will be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

Eastern Michigan is +750.

The over/under for the game is set at 56.5 points.

Arizona State vs. Eastern Michigan picks, predictions

Most sites are predicting an ASU victory and are taking the Sun Devils to cover the point spread.

One site gives Arizona State a 94.2% chance to win the game.

Interestingly, one site's formula predicts a very close game, with ASU winning 27.1-23.7.

The Arizona Republic's Michelle Gardner previewed and predicted the outcome of the game in her ASU vs. Eastern Michigan scouting report.

Will the Arizona State football team defeat Eastern Michigan in its college football game on Saturday night in Tempe?

Eastern Michigan football vs. Arizona State series history

This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

ASU is 1-1 against MAC schools all-time after beating Kent State in 2019. Eastern Michigan has recorded a non-conference road victory in every eligible campaign since the 2015 season - its longest streak in program history.

The Eagles have not given up a first quarter score this season.

ASU, Eastern Michigan records this season

The Sun Devils are 1-1 on the season, coming off a 34-17 loss at Oklahoma State.

They defeated NAU in their first game of the season, 40-3.

Eastern Michigan is also 1-1, coming off a 49-21 loss to Louisiana.

The Eagles defeated Eastern Kentucky in their season opener, 42-34.

Pregame reading for ASU vs. EMU college football game

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