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Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004 4:47 am | Updated: 4:31 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Andrew Walter is keeping heady company these days.

The senior quarterback, who already owns several Arizona State passing records, etched his name on a meaningful one Saturday when he passed Jake Plummer for most career passing touchdowns with 66.

With 2:35 left in the first half, Walter found tight end Zach Miller between two defenders for his 64th career TD pass, tying Danny White for second place.

With 3:04 left in the third quarter, Walter found Derek Hagan in the back of the end zone to pull even with Plummer and put the Devils up 37-0.

Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Walter hit Miller again with a 5-yard touchdown pass to set the record.

Walter now sits atop five Sun Devil passing records and is closing in on Plummer’s career completions and yardage records as well.

WEATHER DELAY

Saturday’s game was delayed 38 minutes due to lightning in the area. ASU policy dictates that lightning must be at least 10 miles away for 30 consecutive minutes before the 60-minute, pregame clock begins its countdown to game time.

THE TRUTH

ASU coach Dirk Koetter hinted that tight end Zach Miller would be a bigger part of the offense Saturday, and the former Desert Vista standout was just thatagainst Iowa, catching four first-half passes for 33 yards and snaring his first career touchdown reception late in the second quarter with one defender hanging on his back and another closing from the front.

Miller was one of five Sun Devil receivers to catch passes in the first half as Walter threw for 236 yards, leading ASU to a 27-0 halftime lead.

Miller, nicknamed "The Truth" because he is living up to his recruiting hype, finished with 10 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

Derek Hagan recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game receiving.

ASU held an opponent scoreless in the first half for the first time in 40 games Saturday. The last time the Sun Devils blanked an opponent for the first 30 minutes came on Sept. 8, 2001 against San Diego State, Dirk Koetter’s first game as the head coach.

The Iowa game became an official sellout at 11 a.m. Saturday. The 71,700 fans comprised the 16th largest in Sun Devil Stadium history and the largest since Notre Dame played here on Oct. 15, 1998 (73,501). That game was also the last official sellout.

Scouts from 11 NFL teams were present at Saturday’s game.

ASU is now 12-5 all-time against Big Ten teams.

Iowa didn’t cross the 50-yard line until 12:31 remained in the fourth quarter.

The advance came courtesy of a punt return.

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