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Devils struggle until final quarter


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
ASU junior tight end Zach Miller charges up the field as NAU defensive end Drew Hoffman runs behind during the Sun Devils' 35-14 victory over NAU Thursday night.
The ASU football team survived a scare from NAU in its home opener Thursday, as the Sun Devils played even with their Division I-AA opponents for the majority of the game.

ASU started its season in typical fashion with sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter connecting with junior wide receiver Rudy Burgess on a 40-yard pass.

The Sun Devils were able to move the ball to the NAU 16, but the drive came to an abrupt halt when a Carpenter pass was deflected and landed in the hands of NAU junior safety Adam Wright.

"It was rough for us the whole night," Carpenter said.

NAU's resulting drive, its first of the game, was dominated by the Devils' defense.

Light rail construction derails businesses

Since light rail construction began in Tempe last year, some business owners on Terrace Drive have seen sales decline 20 to 50 percent.

As businesses on Terrace Drive from Rural Road to Apache Boulevard have struggled with lost customers and sales, Tempe and Valley Metro have tried to reduce the construction impact.

Jashim Uddin fears the loss of half of his sales since last year will drive his small grocery store out of business.

Uddin, owner of University Food Mart near Lemon Street and Terrace Drive, said light rail construction has made it difficult for customers to reach his store.

Uddin said he doesn't have the money to cover rent, taxes and other expenses and the city offers won't help him with financial assistance.
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Murrietta, Watson torch ASU


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
NAU quarterback Jason Murrietta rushes to lob a pass during the second quarter of Thursday’s game at Sun Devil Stadium.
It was no secret that NAU's Jason Murrietta had the potential to be a problem for the Sun Devils.

The senior quarterback's chemistry with junior wide receiver Alex Watson, however, put ASU down early and kept the Lumberjacks close in their season opener at Sun Devil Stadium Thursday.

The duo connected on a flurry of plays throughout the game and showed flashes of what could be one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Sky Conference.

Murrietta is coming off two injury-riddled seasons that hampered him after a record-breaking freshman campaign. His performance on Thursday night...
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Burgess returns to wide receiver

Rudy throwing touchdowns to Rudy – it almost sounds too perfect.

After three seasons of playing anywhere on the field that coach Dirk Koetter asked of him, junior wide receiver Rudy Burgess is back at the position for which he was recruited by ASU, making plays in the Sun Devils' passing game.
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On the Cover: Spirited Redemption


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Enjoying keg parties and two-for-one shot specials doesn't make you an alcoholic -— but it can make you a murderer. Here's how drinking and driving for the first time led to disaster for one typically responsible 21-year-old — and how it could happen to you.

Stephen Cauley doesn't remember killing Benjamin Johnson.


The night of June 19, 2004, Cauley left a South Carolina bar, clumsily climbed into his '96 Eclipse and drove to a nearby Waffle House to sober up.


It was the first time he'd driven drunk. And it was the last time 68-year-old Johnson ever went on an early-morning bike ride.

"I don't remember ever getting into the car," Cauley, now a 24-year-old student at Paradise Valley Community College, gravely says.

Cauley was blacked out during the accident. Too drunk to realize he'd gotten in his car. Too drunk to comprehend he was driving. Too drunk to realize he'd just hit a man.
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Hot dog joint will satisfy students' taste for fast-food variety

Local hot dog joints can expect competition in the near future.

Johnny's Dogs, a fast-food restaurant boasting "the best dogs in town," will soon open the doors of its Tempe location at University Drive and Rural Road.

Featuring steamed all-beef hot dogs, chili dogs, various sausages and hot pastrami dip sandwiches, Johnny's Dogs is looking to add a bit of variety to Tempe's current fast-food selection.
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