Tempe quarterback Emanuel Gant has a good weekly game of pitch-and-catch going on.
Throwing to a bunch of different receivers, the Buffaloes' signal caller threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns as the Buffaloes trounced Phoenix Washington, 62-20, on Friday night.
It was homecoming at Washington, and it might have been a good thing. At least the Rams fans had other things to pay attention to such as the homecoming parade and the crowning of the king and queen.
The home team didn't leave much to brag about. Tempe (4-1) was superior on offense, defense and special teams. It took two minutes for the Buffaloes to get going, but after that they didn’t stop.
Leading 14-6, Tempe scored 28 points in the second quarter to take command of the game. Twice in the quarter Gant hooked up with junior wide receiver Massiah Smith who had touchdown catches of 68 and 15 yards.
Smith was sensational on the night with 11 catches for 268 yards and the two touchdowns.
“I just throw to my receivers and let them do their thing,” Gant said. “I just give them the ball.”
Leading 35-6 at the break, Tempe scored the first two times it had the ball in the second half to take a 48-6 lead. It was Gant hitting Jordan Wiatr with a 33-yard scoring pass and Raija Holt scoring on a 15-yard run.
Washington scored back-to-back touchdowns to at least stop the running clock, but it was too little and far too late.
Tempe’s defense was solid against the Rams (2-3). The Buffaloes gave up more passing yards than they would have liked (244), but they also caused five turnovers, four of which were interceptions.
As Tempe has improved this season, Gant gives all the credit on offense to an offensive line that has improved each week.
“They come in early and leave late,” Gant said.
“They’re like a family,” Tempe coach Brian Walker said. “They are working together.”
Their work has paid off, at least in the last two weeks, as Tempe has scored a combined 104 points against Scottsdale Coronado and Washington. The Buffaloes relied on the big play to score as every one of their touchdowns on Friday came from at least 12 yards out or more.
Now halfway through the season, Tempe’s original goal of winning five games borders on silly. Walker said his players wanted more and they are on their way so far in 2012.
Tempe 62, Washington 20
Tempe 7 28 13 14 - 62
Washington 6 0 6 8 - 20
First downs 23 19
Rushes-yards 23-168 19-61
Passing yards 409 244
Passes 18-28-0 25-51-4
Penalties 15-140 10-95
Fumbles 4-2 1-1
T – Caraway 17 run (Rodriguez kick)
W – Galloway 21 pass from Rasmussen (kick failed)
T – Watkins 29 pass from Gant (Rodriguez kick)
T – Wiatr 12 run (Rodriguez kick)
T – Smith 68 pass from Gant (Rodriguez kick)
T – Smith 15 pass from Gant (Rodriguez kick)
T – Wiatr 33 pass from Gant (kick failed)
T – Holt 15 run (Rodriguez kick)
W – Masiola 21 pass from Rasmussen (pass failed)
W – Marlowe 7 run (Rasmussen run)
T – Wiatr 17 run (Rodriguez kick)
T – Caraway 19 run (Rodriguez kick)