TEMPE, Ariz. – Deandre Pierce scored a 27-yard touchdown on a side interception and the Arizona No. 22 state drove its explosive run game to a 28-10 win over Stanford on Friday night.
The Sun Devils (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) took advantage of one of the worst-executed defenses in the nation, scoring 255 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Jayden Daniels tied the score, threw 175 yards and ran for 76 more, including a 51-yard touchdown.
Stanford (3-3, 2-2) had no response to the Arizona State run game and became one-dimensional offensively after falling behind, limited to 9 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Tanner McKee threw for 356 yards and a touchdown, but had his first three interceptions of the season. Pierce scored in the third quarter after Jack Jones stepped in front of a receiver for an interception and made a sideways move just before hitting the ground.
Both teams recorded big wins.
Stanford defeated Oregon 31-24 by sending the game to overtime with a touchdown on an untimed final game of regulation.
Arizona State had one of its biggest wins under coach Herm Edwards, then defeated – No. 20 UCLA 42-23.
The Sun Devils continued to roll against the Cardinal with an onslaught of big plays.
Daniels scrambled through a hole in the center, ran away from two Stanford defenders who collided, and ran for a 51-yard touchdown run on the opening Arizona state run.
Raachad White scored on a 5-yard run, one game after jumping a defender for a 29-yard gain. The Sun Devils played 54-yard trick plays in succession, the second Elijhah Badger’s 22-yard TD ran in a reverse fashion to lead 21-7 at halftime.
The Arizona State attack faltered in the second half, but the defense came up with the big plays when it was needed.
Stanford had early attack success, scoring when McKee hit Elijah Higgins on a 6-yard corner fade. The Cardinal then stopped and McKee threw his first interception of the season on a pass that rolled out of the hands of two players in the closing seconds of the first half.
The interception-lateral TD put Arizona State at 28-10 in the third quarter and Jordan Clark came with Arizona State’s third interception when McKee threw behind a receiver.
THE TAKE OUT
Stanford’s run defense was no match for the running Sun Devils and his attack was almost all over after the Cardinal fell into an early hole.
Arizona State has racked up impressive consecutive wins with power running, good decision making by Daniels and an opportunistic defense.
Stanford will play in Washington state on October 16.
The state of Arizona is in Utah on October 16.
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