Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage ties FBS single-game TD record, gives credit to O-line

Photo: Clintus via Flickr.com

Photo: Clintus via Flickr.com

The Arizona State Sun Devils and Texas Tech Red Raiders combined to post 123 points and 1,264 total yards in an offensive showcase in Tempe on Saturday night, but those numbers were simply a footnote following a record-breaking game.

ASU junior running back Kalen Ballage exploded for 185 total yards and EIGHT (8) total touchdowns, tying the FBS record last set by Illinois’ Howard Griffith in 1990.

Seven of Ballage’s touchdowns were rushing touchdowns, which is a new Pac-12 record and school record.

Check out his all-time FBS record tying run here:

And then have a look at all eight of his touchdowns here:

Ballage’s tear was unprecedented, but he was quick to make sure he didn’t receive all the credit when giving his postgame interview.

“It wasn’t me,” Ballage said when asked how he pulled off such a feat. “It was God and it was my offensive line. That’s really all I have to say, they blocked their asses off for me tonight and I ran behind them and got loose a few times.”

A few times seems like an understatement.

Ballage finished the night with 137 rushing yards on just 13 carries, seven of which were touchdowns.

He added two catches for 48 yards and a touchdown and a 22-yard kick return.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound power halfback was expected to take on a good bulk of the carries this season, following a 2015 campaign in which he rushed for 653 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.

His backfield mate Demario Richard rushed for 109 yards on 30 carries on Saturday to pace the tempo, but Ballage finished his evening in the record books.

The latter said after the game that the stats weren’t his focal point.

“I wasn’t paying attention at all,” he said. “I want to win football games and I don’t care if I score one touchdown or 20, it doesn’t matter as long as we win.”

The Sun Devils did just that, winning 68-55 to improve to 2-0 this season.

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