ASU QB Emory Jones rushes for 2 touchdowns in victory over NAU

Sep 1, 2022, 8:33 PM | Updated: Sep 2, 2022, 7:25 am

Quarterback Emory Jones #5 of the Arizona State Sun Devils dives short of the end-zone and stopped ...

Quarterback Emory Jones #5 of the Arizona State Sun Devils dives short of the end-zone and stopped by defensive back Colby Humphrey #26 of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks during the first half of the NCAAF game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 01, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona State scored four touchdowns on the ground Thursday to earn a commanding 40-3 victory over Northern Arizona in Tempe.

Quarterback Emory Jones found the end zone for the first touchdown of the season during the second quarter of his program debut.

The Florida transfer pushed through a hole on fourth down from the 1-yard line to put ASU up 10-0 after the extra point in the second quarter.

Jones dove for the goal line on third down, and the initial call was a touchdown. After a review, it was determined his elbow hit the ground just shy of the line, setting up a decision for head coach Herm Edwards.

The Sun Devils extended the lead on their following drive as running back Xazavian Valladay scored his first ASU touchdown from four yards out.

Jones found the goal line a second time in the first half, rushing in from 17 yards out with 2:19 remaining in the second quarter after linebacker Kyle Soelle intercepted NAU quarterback R.J. Martinez.

Jones, the former Florida Gators quarterback, ran for four touchdowns last season. He rushed for 46 yards and threw for 152 on Thursday night.

Valladay matched Jones with his second rushing touchdown of the night in the third quarter, a 27-yard rush to finish a drive in which he ran for 56 yards.

A fellow newcomer, freshman kicker Carter Brown, also did a bulk of the scoring with four field goals in four tries.

The Sun Devils next take on Oklahoma State on Sept. 10.

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