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Game Seven - Washington
Kelly, ASU Topple Washington State On Halloween
Arizona State 55, Washington State 21
Oct. 31, 2013, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly tossed five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 55-21 victory against Washington State. The redshirt junior threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help ASU win its first road game of the season after two losses.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 42-14 lead in the first half and never let the Cougars back in the game. Arizona State produced 557 yards of total offense and extended its lead in the Pac-12 South to 1½ games.
The offense once again excelled for the Devils as they scored their most points against a Pac-12 opponent on the road since scoring 56 against Arizona in 1996 while also posting their third consecutive game with over 500 yards of total offense (557) in the rout.
WSU quarterback Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing for Washington State, which has lost four of five. Halliday, who set an FBS record in his previous game with 89 pass attempts in a loss to No. 2 Oregon, was 29 of 54 with two touchdowns.
Sun Devils’ running back Marion Grice ran for 94 yards as ASU scored at least 50 points for the fifth time this season. Kelly completed 22 of 31 passes and was intercepted once.
ASU scored three times in the first quarter, thanks in part to great field position, and three more times in the second to build a lead the Cougars could not overcome.
The Cougars went three-and-out on its first three possessions. After the Sun Devils took over on the Cougars 36 following a short punt, Grice ran the ball five times to get down to the 6. Kelly bootlegged into the end zone for a second time to give ASU a 14-0 lead.
ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez added a pair of field goals for Arizona State in the fourth.
The Sun Devils lead the series 25-13-2, having won nine of the past 10 games.
Whether it was through the air or on the ground, the Washington State defense had no answer for redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Kelly, who accounted for seven touchdowns in the road victory on Halloween night.