TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -
didn't need much time to warm up.
Carpenter threw a 52-yard touchdown pass on the game's fifth play, sparking No. 15 Arizona State to a 30-13 victory over Northern
Arizona on Saturday night.
''It was a good start,'' Carpenter said. ''We've still got a lot of work to do.''
Carpenter completed 22 of 28 passes for 388 yards, including 13 in a row in the first half to tie a school record. He also
rushed for a team-high 40 yards on a night the
' tailbacks mustered only 54 yards.
''I thought Rudy threw the football extremely well,'' coach Dennis Erickson said.
, coming off a 10-3 season and a Holiday Bowl loss, wasted little time jumping on the overmatched Lumberjacks, who haven't
beaten ASU since 1938.
Carpenter's quick strike was to
, who took a short pass over the middle and sprinted untouched for the score.
''We wanted to come out, start fast and get the connection going,'' said ASU receiver
, who caught six passes for 162 yards. ''We were productive, and that's all that matters in the first game.''
It was Carpenter's 66th career touchdown pass, second on Arizona State's all-time list. The leader is
kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the
a 10-0 lead after one quarter.
That reversed a troubling trend from last season. ASU led after the first quarter only three times last year, and it was outscored
128-50 in the first quarter.
Arizona State went up 17-0 on a 3-yard run by
midway through the second quarter. He added a 6-yard run a few minutes later to put the
Weber also connected from 28 and 36 yards.
, who has a hamstring injury, did not play.
''We talked about it,'' Erickson said. ''He probably could have played, but there was no sense in him playing.''
Arizona State's lead grew to 30-0 midway through the third quarter before the Lumberjacks rallied for 13 points against backups.
''We kind of let them back in the game,'' linebacker
said. ''We're going to have to do a better job next week'' against Pac-10 rival Stanford.
Northern Arizona quarterback
for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and
kicked field goals of 21 and 25 yards for the Lumberjacks.
Kriesien completed 17 of 31 passes for 152 yards.
carried 22 times for 74 yards for NAU.
The game was the first of four home games to open the season for the
. After Stanford, UNLV visits on Sept. 13, followed by No. 1 Georgia on Sept. 20.