TEMPLE – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Arizona State Sun Devils interim head coach Shaun Aguano won’t change much after a 42-34 win over the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.
After quarterback Trenton Bourguet won the QB battle against Emory Jones and set a school record for most passing yards in a first career start, Aguano is sticking with what worked when the No. 10 UCLA Bruins arrive in Tempe this weekend.
“Trenton has earned the right to be the starter. Our kids are fine with him and they trust him,” Aguano said Monday. “This is a bad place for Emory. A great conversation we had with Emory was, ‘Coach, I’ll be ready when the time comes.’ It’s always hard for a child.
“Trenton will be our starter, I think he did everything right. He plays with this moxie and this little bit of “it” for him and our children trust him.
ASU’s offense exploded for six touchdowns and 557 total yards at Boulder on Saturday, 435 of which came from Bourguet’s arm on 32 of 43 passes (74%).
That passing yardage metric set a new school record for a Sun Devil quarterback making his first career start and is the most of any Arizona State QB since Mike Bercovici threw. for 510 in the 2014 Jael Mary game against USC.
Bourguet also threw for three touchdowns — all against tight end Jalin Conyers — and now has more passing touchdowns (six) in seven quarters played than Jones (five) all season.
“I think he did an amazing job of getting the ball out quickly, making those decisions. That was kind of the game plan, making sure it wasn’t long progressions,” said Aguano: “We understand from a stature standpoint, we had to make moves, we had to do all these things to give him a chance and he did really, really well.
“I think it gives the offense confidence that Trenton will be the guy going forward,” he added. “Emory is very confident and very willing and able to deal with this offense. Will there be different changes with the two quarterbacks? I don’t think so because I think offense will suit those two guys. But going forward, Trenton will be the guy I think will give us the best chance of winning.
Another deciding factor in setting ASU season highs for points scored and yards gained against Colorado was that Aguano took over call-on-play duties for offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas. .
And with the interim head coach looking to remove that tag with just five games left and a 3-5 record, Aguano will remain the team’s playmaker while Thomas will continue as the game’s coordinator. assists and QB coach.
“Glenn is doing a great job. He handles the passing game with me,” Aguano said of Thomas’ role going forward. “We go back and forth in terms of information from the top. We are still talking. It’s always hard for someone when you have to make that decision (remove play call features).
“He did well with quarterbacks and Trenton in that conversation. We always sit down and plan the game together, so it’s a team effort on the offensive end. Maybe the call to play is a bit different, but the way we prepare is exactly the same and he plays a huge part in that.