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CFN Take: Arizona State Stopped By Stanford
2013 Arizona State Sun Devils ...
Head Coach: Todd Graham
State Sun Devils
Stanford 38, at Arizona State 14
| 2013 Record: 10-3|
8/31 OPEN DATE
9/7 Sacramento St W 55-0
9/14 Wisconsin W 32-30
9/21 at Stanford L 42-28
9/28 USC W 62-41
10/5 Notre Dame L 37-34
10/12 Colorado W 54-13
10/19 Washington W 53-24
10/26 OPEN DATE
10/31 at Washington St W 55-21
11/9 at Utah W 20-19
11/16 Oregon St W 30-17
11/23 at UCLA W 38-33
11/30 Arizona W 58-21
12/7 Stanford 38-14
Basically … Tyler Gaffney took off for a tight-roped 69-yard touchdown run just over a minute into the game, and he ran for two one-yard scores as Stanford ripped through Arizona State for the Pac-12 title. D.J. Foster ran for a 51-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven, and he pulled Arizona State within 14 on a 65-yard touchdown catch, but it was all Cardinal in the second half, helped by a missed ASU field goal and a key goal line stand.
- Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney ran 22 times for 133 yards and three scores.
- Arizona State RB D.J. Foster ran eight times for 62 yards and a score, and caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
- Stanford QB Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-18 passes for 277 yards and a score
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 17-of-25 passes for 173 yards and a score, and ran 21 times for 36 yards.
at Arizona State 58, Arizona 21
Basically … The Arizona State defense held tough early on and the offense took advantage on the way to a 27-0 first half lead. Taylor Kelly found Darwin Rogers on a 38-yard touchdown pass and D.J. Foster and De’Marieya Nelson each ran for second quarter scores. Arizona got on the board with a B.J. Denker touchdown run, but Zane Gonzalez hit his third field goal of the first half and the Sun Devils cruised the rest of the way. The ASU D came up with four takeaways with Damarious Randall taking one of three Denker picks for a score. Foster and Nelson each scored in the fourth on the way to 21 unanswered points.
- Arizona State RB D.J. Foster ran 23 times for 124 yards and two scores.
- Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey ran 32 times for 157 yards and a score.
- Arizona QB B.J. Denker completed 15-of-30 passes for 175 yards and three picks and ran 15 times for 87 yards and a score.
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 13-of-25 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 13 times for 26 yards.
Arizona State 38, at UCLA 33
Basically … Arizona State got up big early, taking a 35-13 halftime lead on a touchdown run and scoring pass from Taylor Kelly, along with short touchdown runs from D.J. Foster and Michael Eubank and a pick six from Carl Bradford, but UCLA hung roared back in the second half with Myles Jack and Paul Perkins scoring on short runs in the third quarter, and Brett Hundley finding Shaquelle Evans for a 27-yard touchdown early in the fourth. Up five, the Sun Devil defense held on as the final two Bruin drives stalled.
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 20-of-26 passes for 225 yards and a score, and ran 22 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.
- UCLA QB Brett Hundley completed 18-of-26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns with a pick.
- UCLA RB/LB Myles Jack ran 16 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.
- Arizona State RB Marion Grice ran 18 times for 96 yards, and caught seven passes for 72 yards.
at Arizona State 30, Oregon State 17
Basically … Marion Grice ran for two one-yard touchdowns and D.J. Foster ran for an eight-yard score for a 20-0 first half Arizona State lead. Oregon State mounted a bit of a comeback with a six-yard Caleb Smith touchdown catch to help cut the lead to ten, but the Sun Devil defense helped take over with Robert Nelson taking one Sean Mannion’s four picks for a 23-yard touchdown to help the Sun Devils pull away. Mannion’s second touchdown pass, a 29-yarder to Connor Hamlett, came too late.
- Oregon State turned the ball over five times to Arizona State’s two. The Beavers outgained the Sun Devils 390 yards to 339.
- ASU RB Marion Grice ran 24 times for 118 yards and two scores, and he caught four passes for 13 yards.
- Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 31-of-46 passes for 320 yards and two scores with four picks.
- Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 22-of-37 passes for 183 yards and two picks, and he only ran for six yards.
Arizona State 20, at Utah 19
Basically … ASU defensive tackle Will Sutton picked off a pass on Utah’s final drive to preserve the win. Taylor Kelly started out the scoring with a ten-yard touchdown run, and he close it out in the fourth with a two-yard touchdown run and a 14-yard scoring pass to Richard Smith to help Arizona State in the comeback. Utah scored 19 straight points with Andy Phillips field goals from 51 and 43 yards out and two Travis Wilson touchdown passes, but the offense failed to score in the fourth quarter.
- The two teams combined to make ten sacks. Utah came up with six and Arizona State four. No one had two but Utah’s Trevor Kelly and Jacoby Hale each cranked out 1.5, as did ASU’s Davon Coleman.
- Utah QB Travis Wilson completed just 6-of-21 passes for 121 yards and two scores with two picks, but he led the team with 44 rushing yards on 17 carries.
- ASU QB Taylor Kelly completed 19-of-31 passes for 144 yards and a score, and he ran for two touchdowns. Marion Grice failed to score, but he ran for 136 yards on 20 carries.
- Utah’s Dres Anderson caught four passes for 100 yards and a score, and Sean Fitzgerald caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. They were the only Utes to catch a pass.
Arizona State 55, at Washington State 21
Basically … Taylor Kelly ran for two touchdowns to kick off the scoring, and he threw five touchdown passes to put the game away in an Arizona State blowout. The Sun Devils scored the first 21 points of the game and was up 42-7 before Connor Halliday threw his second touchdown pass of the game, finding Rickey Galvin for a 15-yard score. D.J. Foster caught two Kelly touchdown throws from seven and 23 yards out, and Richard Smith scored on a 51-yad pass play.
- ASU QB Taylor Kelly completed 22-of-31 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 13 times for 66 yards and two scores.
- Washington State QB Conner Halliday completed 29-of-54 passes for 300 yards and two scores with an interception.
- The Cougars finished with just two rushing yards with a score.
- The Sun Devils had the ball for 37:27 to Washington State’s 22:33
at Arizona State 53, Washington 24
Basically … Bishop Sankey gave Washington a 7-0 lead, and then it was all Arizona State with a 29-point first half run helped by two Taylor Kelly touchdown passes and a one-yard run. Washington stayed alive in the second half with a 70-yard Kevin Smith touchdown grab, but Kelly ran for his second one-yard score and Marion Grice scoring runs from one and 14 yards in the second half to put the game well out of reach.
- Arizona State absolutely destroyed the Washington offensive front. The line has been strong all year, but it was dominant in the backfield with seven sacks coming from all sides. The Husky running game didn’t go anywhere, and the ASU offense took advantage. Marion Grice continues to be a scoring machine with 158 rushing yards and two scores to go along with 37 receiving yards and a touchdown.
- It’s not fair to Arizona State to suggest that Washington lost its mojo after a few painful losses, but it didn’t seem to have the same steam it showed in the fight with Stanford and the loss to Oregon. This was the There’s Nothing To Really Play For performance, and now the Huskies are sunk into Pac-12 mediocrity.
- The Dawgs were thoroughly whipped on the lines, but they managed a decent pass rush from several sides and they got into the backfield enough to be disruptive. Princeton Fuimaono came up with 12 tackles and half a sack, but too many plays were made down the field and there weren’t enough third down stops. ASU toyed with the UW D in the second quarter.
- How dominant were the Sun Devils? They outgained Washington 314 rushing yards to -5 and held on to the ball for over 38 minutes. They might not be in Oregon and Stanford’s class, but they’re in the mix for the South title if the offense can keep playing like this.
at Arizona State 54, Colorado 13
Basically …Arizona State jumped out to a 25-0 first quarter lead with two Marion Grice touchdowns and a 69-yard Jaelen Strong touchdown catch. Colorado scored early in the second quarter on Nelson Spruce touchdown catch, and then it was all ASU with 22 points to close out the half and 27 straight points for a 54-6 lead helped by a Taylor Kelly 17-yard scoring run and a one-yard touchdown pass.
- Arizona State was too fast and the offense too effective for Colorado. It was a clean game from the Sun Devils with just three penalties and no turnovers, and while Taylor Kelly only completed 9-of-19 passes, he made his throws count with 233 yards and two scores. Marion Grice continues to be a touchdown machine, running for 88 yards with two scores.
- Colorado has to give Sefo Liufau even more of a shot now at quarterback. Connor Wood missed all four of his passes with an interception, and while Liufau wasn’t great, he was accurate on short throws completing 18-of-26 passes for 169 yards with a touchdown and two picks. There wasn’t any running game to help the cause, with ASU getting up so fast that the Buffs had to keep throwing.
- The offensive punch has to come, and the turnovers have to stop, giving it away four times against the Sun Devils. Fortunately, Charleston Southern is up next, and there’s a chance to hang around with Arizona and beat Cal at home. Win those three games, and then the Buffs will be at five victories and in range for a bowl appearance.
- When the Arizona State offense is rolling, it’s unstoppable. It was fantastic against USC a few weeks ago, and it took advantage of every break against the Buffs. Now comes the real test at home against Washington, and with three of the next four games on the road, it becomes a must win.
Notre Dame 37, Arizona State 34 in Arlington
Basically … Notre Dame got three touchdown passes from Tommy Rees, and Dan Fox returned an interception 14 yards for a score with just over a minute to play for a ten-point lead and breathing room. The Irish would need it as Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devils would march down the field in a hurry, pulling within three on a 16-yard Marion Grice touchdown catch with 11 seconds to play, but Notre Dame recovered the onside kick. ASU’s defense had some fun of its own with a Osahon Irabor pick six to start out the wild fourth quarter , but the Irish would stay ahead helped by two of Kyle Brindza’s three field goals.
- Tommy Rees got a little bit of help from the running game, but not quite enough to not have to carry the offense himself. Cam McDaniel cranked out 15 carries for 82 yards, but it was Rees who fought through some rough patches throwing for 279 yards and three scores. TJ Jones helped the cause with eight catches for 135 yards and a score.
- Taylor Kelly proved the Wisconsin game of a few weeks ago really wasn’t a fluke. He made a few key mistakes, but he threw for 362 yards and spread the ball around really, really well. The problem was time – he didn’t always have enough of it.
- Now there’s the Notre Dame pass rush. Prince Shembo brought the heat from the outside making here sacks along with seven tackles. Stephon Tuitt didn’t come up with a sack, but he got into the backfield and applied a little bit of pressure.
- ASU safety Damarious Randall made 17 tackles and broke up a pass. He had to help out time and again against the Irish passing game, and while the secondary didn’t come up with enough key stops, he had a great day.
at Arizona State 62, USC 41
Basically … The game turned into a wild shootout in a hurry. Marion Grice scored four touchdowns and Taylor Kelly threw three touchdown passes as Arizona State came up with big play after big play against a beleaguered USC defense. Down 21-20 in the third quarter, ASU came up with 28 straight points starting out with a 74-yard touchdown catch from D.J. Foster. The Trojan offense finally started to move, with Tre Madden running for 128 yards and a touchdown, with true receiving scores, and Justin Davis running for 122 yards and three scores, but four turnovers were disastrous, hurt most by a 46-yard pick six from Alden Darby.
- USC looked absolutely demoralized after a good start. There wasn’t any quit, but the defense couldn’t come up with a key stop, getting torched on play after play, while the offense suffered a blow losing Marqise Lee to an apparent knee injury. Even so Cody Kessler had one of his better games, completing 20-of-29 passes for 295 yards and two scores.
- Will Marion Grice start getting a little bit of national respect soon? He was great against Wisconsin, and against USC he ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught seven passes for 36 yards and two scores. He’s doing it all.
- Arizona State looked a half-step faster than USC. There’s no Trojan depth, but the Sun Devils were fresher and more explosive, even though the D gave up 542 yards. The offense came up with 612 yards with everything clicking in the second half.
- Where’s the USC pass rush? Arizona State came up with four sacks, but USC didn’t come up with any. Morgan Breslin made a few tackles for loss, but that was about it for the disruption. It’s going to take lots and lots of work for Lane Kiffin to get his D back for the Arizona game.
at Stanford 42, Arizona State 28
Basically … The Cardinal made a big statement, coming out roaring with a 29-0 first half lead helped by two Ty Montgomery touchdown catches, an Anthony Wilkerson 12-yard touchdown run and a safety. Arizona State tried to fight back, but it was down 39-7 after Tyler Gaffney’s second touchdown run for the Cardinal. The Sun Devils put up 21 fourth quarter points with three Taylor Kelly touchdown passes to pull within 11 with just over six minutes to play, but Jordan Williams hit a 24-yard field goal in the final seconds to end it.
- Don’t let the final score fool you. Stanford controlled the game early and came up with a total team effort, but let up off the gas late. Kevin Hogan threw an interception, but for the most part he was flawless, completing 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards and two scores. The Cardinal O line won its battle with the great Arizona State D line.
- Taylor Kelly overcame a rocky start and was terrific late. After bombing away on Wisconsin, he pressed and forced the ball down the field for 367 yards and three scores. Jaelen Strong lit up the Cardinal for 168 yards and a score on 12 catches.
- The Sun Devil pass rush was neutralized. There as just one Carl Bradford sack and not enough pressure on Kevin Hogan. Will Sutton made six tackles, but he wasn’t effective enough.
- Stanford doesn’t do anything fancy, but the defense gets behind the line making three sacks with ten tackles for loss. The defense came from all sides to bother Kelly.
at Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30, Sept. 14
Basically … An interesting game was marred by a controversial finish. Wisconsin QB Joel Stave appeared to set up the kicking game for a last-second field goal attempt to win the game, but Arizona State didn’t get off the ball, the officials didn’t stop the clock, and the game was over. It overshadowed a fantastic performance from ASU QB Taylor Kelly, who threw for 352 yards and helped set up four Marion Grice touchdown runs with his last coming with just under nine minutes to play, but Wisconsin roared back with a fake punt helping to set up a one-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown. Stave failed on the two-point conversion, but he got one final shot, with a 51-yard pass play to Jeff Duckworth putting the Badgers in a position before the late fiasco.
- Joel Stave got cute. Wisconsin might scream and yell about not getting a delay of game penalty on ASU for not getting off the ball in the final seconds, and the officials should’ve stopped the clock to reset the ball, but Stave should’ve spiked the ball instead of setting the ball down and letting the clock run. Wisconsin is in the right, but it screwed up.
- The Badger secondary is a mess. Taylor Kelly would’ve had an even bigger performance if his receivers didn’t drop several key passes. The back shoulder fades late were unstoppable.
- Arizona State ran 93 plays. It did a brilliant job of controlling the tempo and keeping the Badger defense on its heels.
- Melvin Gordon ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries for the Badgers, but James White was held to 45 yards on 12 carries.
at Arizona State 55, Sacramento State 0, Sept. 5
Basically … Arizona State scored at will with 42 first half points on the way to an easy blowout. Taylor Kelly threw five touchdown highlighted by Marion Grice catching scoring on a 26-yard touchdown and running for a six-yard score. The ASU defense allowed 167 yards of total offense.
- This was a true preseason scrimmage for the Sun Devils. They had absolutely no problems on either side of the ball with Taylor Kelly getting all the time in the world to throw. He was able to pick apart the Sacramento State defense because he was able to relax and wait for his guys to get open.
- The defense didn’t let the Hornets breathe. Sacramento State is coming off a 24-0 loss to San Jose State and now a shutout loss to Arizona State, but the Sun Devil defensive front did its job allowing just six first downs and shutting down the running game cold. Forcing four turnovers made an easy matchup a blowout.
- The Sun Devil offense spread the ball around and emptied the bench, but running back Marion Grice showed he’s ready to do even more as a do-it-all back leading the team with 59 rushing yards and 65 receiving.
Why To Get Excited … the Sun Devils figure to be a bona fide Pac-12 sleeper in Todd Graham’s second season with the program. The offense will feature one of the better backfields in the league, led by QB Taylor Kelly, and the veteran D got a massive boost when star DT Will Sutton opted to return for his senior year. Arizona State is on the ascent, with the personnel to back it up.
Why To Be Grouchy … the offense is in desperate need of playmakers on the outside. The Sun Devils had problems stretching defenses a year ago, which is going to be repeated in 2013 if a couple of holdovers or newcomers can’t threaten with their speed. While Kelly is a quality passer, with an accurate arm, the staff wants him to employ more than just the backs and tight ends this season.
The Number One Thing To Work On Is … plugging the gaps in run defense. Not only did Arizona State rank No. 81 against the run in 2012, but LB Brandon Magee is no longer around to clean up messes. Sutton will be dominant at the point of attack, and Carl Bradford and Chris Young are highly disruptive in the Devils’ scheme. But yielding more than four yards a carry is not going to be acceptable if ASU plans to cop the South Division.
Non-Conference Games: Sacramento State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame
Games Against The North: Oregon State, at Stanford, Washington, at Washington State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Sacramento State, Notre Dame, Colorado, Washington, at Washington State, at Utah, Oregon State, Arizona
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Wisconsin, at Stanford, USC, at UCLA
Schedule Analysis: The Sun Devils need to be ready to rock and roll by mid-September after starting the season a week late and warming up Sacramento State. Wisconsin comes into Tempe in what could be a tone-setting showdown, and it doesn’t get any easier with the Pac-12 season starting out at Stanford followed up by USC and a battle with Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas. That means ASU faces three teams that played in BCS games in a four-week stretch, and USC is hardly a breather.
Everyone should be able to take a breath with Colorado coming to town after the date with the Irish, and if they can get by Washington the week after, with a bye week and winnable road games against Washington State and Utah coming up next, there’s a good chance to go on a good run before hosting Oregon State. Going to UCLA and finishing up against Arizona will go a long way to determining the South pecking order.
Team Concerns For 2013: The Sun Devils had a surprising first season under Todd Graham, and now with 17 starters returning the expectations are sky high. However, considering the defense led the nation in tackles for loss and was second in sacks, the run defense was awful getting pushed around a bit too much while giving up 183 yards per game. The offensive line has to be stronger after allowing almost three sacks per game. The passing attack should be fine, but receivers Rashad Ross and Jamal Miles are done.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defense. The offense is
hardly being ignored, especially for the near future, with JUCO
transfers Jaelen Strong and Joseph Morris looking to play right away and
Ellis Jefferson a playmaker for a few years from now. Chans Cox is the
top fullback recruit in the nation, and De'Marieya Nelson is a nice JUCO
pickup at tight end. But this class is about the defense, as it was last
year, too. JUCO transfers Eriquel Florence and Antonio Longino are fast
and athletic linebackers to go along with Villiami Latu, while the
secondary is loaded with William Early at corner and safety Jayme
Otomewo to go along with JUCOer Damarious Randall. ASU picked up as slew
of nice pass rushers with Demetrius Cherry and Marcus Hardison for now
and Nick Begg and Garrett Marino for a few years from now.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense, and lots of it. The last three classes under Dennis Erickson loaded up with offensive talent and firepower. New head man Todd Graham’s biggest job in a short time is to keep everyone already schedule to come in, but mostly he has to work on improving a defense that came up short time and again. The cornerbacks should be good, the linebackers better, and JUCO transfers Mike Pennel and Jake Sheffield are expected to immediately play a big role at tackle.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The defensive tackles should be strong with Mo Latu and David Moala two big, tough inside presences, and safeties Isreal Marshall and Ezekial Bishop two fast prospects for the secondary. The attention will be paid to the quarterback situation. JUCO transfer Kipeli Koniseti will provide depth, but he’s not likely going to be a starter, while Michael Eubank, the star of the class, is a big, tall bomber who knows how to spread the ball around. Mike Bercovici doesn’t have the tools, but he’s a baller.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Receivers.
Instant help was desperately needed for an offensive
line that hasn't kept a quarterback upright since
Dennis Erickson took over, and players are on the
way in JUCO transfers Aderious Simmons and Brice
Schwab at tackle and Calvin Tonga at guard. Four
running backs were signed, led by Deantre Lewis, but
the offensive stars were at receiver with JUCO
transfers George Bell and Mike Willie looking to see
time right away, while Kevin Anderson and Randy
Kurst are speedsters for the near future.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Running backs. Four backs are headed to Tempe determined to light a spark under a running game that floundered a year ago. Cameron Marshall, Shane McCullen, and Jamal Miles are three-star Sun Devils and among the top 100 high school runners in the country. While Marshall is a 208-pound thumper, McCullen is an intriguing blend of good size and blazing speed, who could also wind up playing on defense if the need arises.