Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Hogan hooked up with Ty Montgomery on a
pair of touchdown passes, as No. 5 Stanford held off 23rd-ranked Arizona
State, 42-28, on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener for both squads at Stanford
Hogan completed 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards with one interception, while
rushing for 37 yards on five carries for the Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who
are off to their fourth straight 3-0 start, a first for the program in the
modern football era.
Tyler Gaffney rushed for 95 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Anthony
Wilkerson added 68 yards and a touchdown on 18 totes in the victory.
Taylor Kelly threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions
on 30-of-55 passing, with wideout Jaelen Strong hauling in a career-high 12
passes for 168 yards and a score in the setback.
Marion Grice rushed for a touchdown and caught another for the Sun Devils
(2-1, 0-1), who were coming off a controversial win over then-No. 20 Wisconsin
Stanford's Josh Mauro picked off Kelly on Arizona State's first possession and
three plays later, Hogan hit Montgomery for a 17-yard score to make it 7-0
just under six minutes in.
Following an ASU punt, Hogan found Devon Cajuste for a 34-yard gain down to
the ASU 5 before Gaffney punched it on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Jordan Williamson missed the subsequent extra point, leaving Stanford with a
13-0 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first.
Zane Gonzalez missed a 45-yard field goal on ASU's ensuing touch before
Wilkerson rushed four times for 41 yards on a 6-play scoring drive that the
running back capped with a 12-yard TD surge to make it 20-0.
After back-to-back three-and-outs from the Sun Devils, Stanford took over at
the ASU 37 and needed just two plays to score, with Hogan finding Montgomery
for a 30-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 27-0 late in the second.
Arizona State dug itself into a deeper hole in the waning seconds of the half,
when Matt Haack had a punt blocked and the ball bounced out of the end zone,
resulting in a safety that sent Stanford into the break with a 29-0 edge.
The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 6-play, 75-yard scoring drive
that Grice capped with a 2-yard surge to get Arizona State on the board.
Robert Nelson picked off Hogan early in Stanford's ensuing touch, but Kelly's
pass on 4th-and-5 slipped through the hands of Grice to end the drive.
Williamson buried a 20-yard field goal on Stanford's next drive before the
Cardinal came up with a blocked punt that set up Gaffney's 16-yard TD run to
make it 39-7 with under a minute left in the third.
Kelly connected with Chris Coyle for a 45-yard score early in the fourth and
after a Stanford three-and-out, Strong hauled in a 27-yard TD to bring ASU
within 39-21 with 10:55 left.
Following another Cardinal three-and-out, Kelly converted a 4th-and-18 with a
34-yard strike to Strong down to the Stanford 11 before finding Grice in the
left flat for a 6-yard TD to make it 39-28 with 6:18 left.
ASU then attempted an onside kick, but the Cardinal corralled the bouncing
ball to maintain possession.
An illegal substitution penalty against the Sun Devils on 4th-and-1 extended
Stanford's ensuing touch before Hogan scampered 27 yards to keep the trek
After chewing up over 5 1/2 minutes off the clock, Williamson buried a 24-yard
field goal to make it a 14-point game with 31 seconds left.
Alex Carter intercepted a Kelly pass in the end zone to end the game.
Arizona State has lost in six of its last seven trips to Stanford ...
Stanford has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 straight games, which is
the longest active FBS streak ... Stanford outgained ASU 240-50 on the ground
... ASU went 3-for-4 on fourth-down conversions.
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