ASU Football Rapid Reaction: ASU Avoids 2011 Fate, Stomps Washington Stateby Tyler Pollard on Oct. 31, 2013, under Arizona State Sun Devils, College Football
The Arizona State Sun Devils took care of business Thursday night in Pullman, as they should have. In a dominating effort, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly had a total of seven touchdowns to lead the Sun Devils to a 55-21 rout of the Washington State Cougars.
In what was being called a trap game for Arizona State by a lot of people, the Sun Devils got ahead early with a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never let up, scoring fifty plus points for the third straight game and the fifth time this season.
A few thoughts on another impressive Arizona State victory:
Sun Devils Building Momentum:
The momentum seems to be building up for Arizona State as they have now strung together three straight wins in which they have dominated basically every aspects of the game. The confidence for the Sun Devils players is now higher then ever and it just keeps getting better and better. Arizona State seems to be getting hot at the right time too, as sitting atop the Pac-12 South, they control their own destiny as the season plays out.
Defense Seems to Be Settling In:
Arizona State bullied Washington State up front, holding them to two yards rushing and getting in Washington State quarterback Connor Halladay’s face all night. The secondary was shaky at times, allowing big plays that shouldn’t have happened, happen, but for the most part played a great game. After their were doubts about Arizona States run defense being weak at the beginning of the season, Arizona States front seven seems to be settling in, as they have allowed a combined -2 rushing yards in their past two games.
The Nations Leading Scorer, Held Scoreless:
Much had been made of the fact that with 15.6 PPG, running back Marion Grice was heading into Thursday nights game leading the nation in scoring. While Sun Devil fans have been used to seeing him casually put up three or four touchdowns a game normally, the standout running back was held to ZERO touchdowns Thursday night but still ran for a good 94 yards on 18 carries. Hardly his fault though, as while Washington States defensed focused in on him in the red zone, Kelly ran the option to perfection, keeping the ball twice to contribute to his two rushing touchdowns on the night. Grice’s counterpart DJ Foster also got his fair share of touchdowns with two tonight,to go along with 107 all purpose yards (77 receiving, 30 rushing).
What It Means For ASU:
After losing at Washington State two years ago in 2011, Arizona State was ready to prove that this year was going to be the exact opposite. And thats exactly what they did. Coming off a huge win against Washington, it would have been easy for Arizona State to overlook this game and step off the gas pedal and in result acquire the same fate in Pullman that they experienced in 2011. However, Head Coach Todd Graham came into this game with a great game plan and did a great job of keeping the team focused. These are teams the Sun Devils have to beat up on if they want too see roses in their future. This win tonight proves that the Sun Devils are not overlooking the weaker Pac-12 teams and look for them to be just as impressive in Utah next Saturday.
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