Sun Devils escape with 35-21 win over FCS Cal Poly

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State coach Todd Graham had only one reaction when his team’s second straight shaky performance ended this time with a win: Whew!

There was really no other response, logically or emotionally.

Mike Bercovici threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Arizona State avoided a huge upset in its home opener by holding off Cal Poly 35-21 Saturday night.

“Games like that are catastrophic if they go the other way,” Graham said.

It nearly did.

The Sun Devils (1-1) were flat in an opening loss to Texas A&M and had a hard time shaking the FCS Mustangs in their first game at renovated Sun Devil Stadium.

Demario Richard ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but Arizona State had a pair of key turnovers and struggled in the red zone in the second half.

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