The Sun Devils seemed to have no answers for the Cardinal on either side of the ball.
After a missed field goal by Stanford to start the game, the ASU offense started with quick with passes to redshirt sophomore Jaelen Strong and sophomore D.J. Foster but on third-and-nine, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly was intercepted on a deflected pass by redshirt senior Josh Mauro.
After the Kelly interception, the Cardinal took over at the ASU 17-yard line and struck quickly, scoring the first points of the game when Kevin Hogan connected on a 17-yard pass to junior wide receiver Ty Montgomery.
After a 6-play, 22-yard drive that ended on an ASU punt, Stanford would take a 13-0 lead after a one-yard touchdown run from senior running back Tyler Gaffney. The Gaffney touchdown capped off a nine-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. The extra point failed after bouncing off the right upright.
The Cardinal defense was smothering in the first quarter, giving up 57 total yards and only a single rushing yard.
The Sun Devils would try to get on the board in the second quarter but kicker Zane Gonzalez would miss wide-right from 45 yards away.
The Cardinal continued to pound away at the Sun Devil defense, scoring again on a 12-yard touchdown run from senior running back Anthony Wilkerson to make the score 20-0 with 9:10 left in the half.
Stanford struck again when Hogan connected with Montgomery again on a 30-yard touchdown strike to extend the Cardinal lead to 27-0 with 4:49 left in the half.
To end the half, ASU, backed up at their own 12-yard line, had a punt blocked when freshman punter Matt Haack kicked out of the back of the end zone for a Stanford safety making the score 29-0 at halftime.
While Stanford’s defense was absolutely stifling, the Sun Devil defense couldn’t seem to stop the Cardinal offense which put up 259 total yards, including 131 rushing, by halftime.
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