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Devils' Defense Starts Strong, Falters Late

Devils' Defense Starts Strong, Falters Late

It was certainly a tale of two halves for the Arizona State defense on Saturday night against Northern Arizona. In the first stanza, it seemed nothing could go wrong for the Sun Devils, but the Lumberjacks had the ASU defense back on their heels in the second half, moving the ball at ease. This fact disappointed LB Mike Nixon who led the ASU defense with eight tackles in the season opener.

"I thought we came out with great intensity in the first half, obviously we had a shutout going that is a goal that we want throughout the game," said ASU senior linebacker Mike Nixon, "For whatever reason in the second half we didn't have that intensity." "The 2's got in there to get some reps, whether it is mental reps or physical, the intensity wasn't there. We let them move the ball a little...

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