Arizona Romps beats Stanford with a 28-10 win – CBS San Francisco
TEMPE (AP) – Jack Jones climbed in front of the receiver, picked up the ball and carried it with one hand. Just before he hit the ground, the Arizona State defensive linebacker caught a glimpse of Deandre Pierce and threw it to his teammate for a stunning touchdown.
Sun Devils racing game was impressive.
Pierce scored a 27-yard touchdown on either side of Jones’ interception and rode No. 22 Arizona State his explosive game to a 28-10 win over Stanford on Friday night.
“When you nominate over 200 people, you win a lot of games,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “It was fun watching the runners run.”
Especially like this.
The Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 pac-12) exploited one of the worst running defenses in the country, hitting 255 yards and three touchdowns. Jayden Daniels provided balance, throwing for 175 yards and running for another 76, including a 51-yard touchdown.
Their defense gave up some big plays in the passing game, but they kept the Cardinal out of the end zone in the second half and created three turnovers – no more exciting than the interception and sideways.
“When I got it, I knew I and the recipient were on the island,” Jones said. “Turn around” Dre was there. Fortunately, he caught the ball.”
Stanford (3-3, 2-2) had no answer for a running game in Arizona and became offensive one after one after falling behind, limiting himself to 9 yards revving up on 20 buggies.
Tanner Mackie threw for 356 yards and a touchdown, but had his first three interceptions of the season, including breaking TD Pierce’s back in the third quarter.
“We got to the center a few times and stopped,” said Stanford coach David Shaw. “The defense gave offensive opportunities in the second half and did not take advantage of the violation.”
Both teams were achieving great victories.
Stanford knocked Oregon down 31-24 by sending the game into overtime with a touchdown in an untimed final organization game.
Arizona reaped one of its biggest victories under Edwards, topping it out at the time. 20 UCLA 42-23.
The Sun Demons continued to confront the Cardinal with a massive onslaught of plays.
Daniels lunged through a center hole, evaded two Stanford defenders who collided and ran for 51 yards in the opening run for Arizona State.
Rushd White scored at 5 yards, played once after a defender jumped for 29 yards. The Sun Devils pulled consecutive trick plays covering 54 yards, and second Elijhah Badger’s TD at 22 yards in a running reverse to lead 21-7 in the first inning.
“When we get off to a fast start, that puts us in a good position,” Daniels said.
Arizona State’s offensive stagnated in the second half, but the defense made big plays when needed.
Stanford had some early success in attack and scored when Mackie Elijah Higgins fired in 6 yards from a vanishing corner. The Cardinal then paused and Mackie threw his first interception of the season on a pass that escaped two players in the closing seconds of the first half.
TD side interception put Arizona State 28-10 in the third quarter and Jordan Clark came in with Arizona State’s third interception when he threw Mackie behind a receiver in the fourth.
“We weren’t able to finish our drive,” said Benjamin Yorozyk, who had six catches for 118 yards. “We have to get better.”
Stanford’s defense was no match for the hard-working Sun Devils and their attack was almost passable after the Cardinal went down a hole early.
Arizona State had impressive straight wins with a power run, good decision making by Daniels and an opportunistic defense.
Stanford lost kicker Emmett Kinney to what appeared to be a left thigh injury after kicking an extra point after the Cardinal’s first touchdown.
The freshman, who started with Joshua Carty at the start, grabbed his left thigh after going down and remained on the court for several minutes before helping him off the field without putting any weight on his left leg.
“He wasn’t in any pain at the end there, but we’ll see what it will be next week,” Shaw said.
Ryan Sanborn kicked a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter and canceled out a 48-yard penalty in the second.
Stanford plays in Washington State on October 16th.
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