(25) Arizona State 55

(6-2, 4-1 Pac-12)

Washington St 21

(4-5, 2-4 Pac-12)

Coverage: ESPN

10:30 PM ET, October 31, 2013

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 T
#25ASU 21 21 7 655
WSU 0 14 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: T. Kelly (ASU) - 275 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Kelly (ASU) - 13 CAR, 66 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Foster (ASU) - 7 REC, 77 YDS, 2 TD

Taylor Kelly has 7 TDs as Arizona State routs Washington State

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Arizona State has qualified for a bowl. Todd Graham has much bigger plans.

"I want to win the championship," the Sun Devils' coach said Thursday night. "It's one more down and five more to go to be Pac-12 champs."

Taylor Kelly tossed five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 55-21 victory over Washington State. The redshirt junior threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help ASU (6-2, 4-1) win its first road game of the season after two losses.

"Taylor is like having an offensive coordinator on the field," Graham said. "He does a tremendous job of audibling and dispersing the ball."

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 1 1/2 games.

"Everything for us was to come out and start fast and kind of get the crowd out of the way," Kelly said.

Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing for Washington State (4-5, 2-4), which has lost four of five. Halliday, who set a Football Bowl Subdivision record in his previous game with 89 pass attempts in a loss to BCS No. 2 Oregon, was 29-of-54 with two touchdowns.

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.

"He is leading this team," Graham said.

Arizona State 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.

"We tried to make too much happen," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "We focused too much on our opponent rather than on doing our job.

"We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds," he added, including dropped balls and slow reaction time.

But Leach had praise for Halliday.

"This is one of the best games he's played," the coach said. "He didn't have a lot of time to throw."

Kelly marched the Sun Devils 67 yards on their first possession, scoring on a bootleg from 7 yards out.

Washington State 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.

Washington State's Gabe Marks fumbled after an 18-yard reception, and Robert Nelson recovered to give Arizona State the ball on the WSU 39. Kelly fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong all alone in the end zone for a 21-0 cushion with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

Marks redeemed himself on the first play of the second, taking a short pass from Halliday and weaving through the ASU defense for a 34-yard touchdown.

Arizona State's Deantre Lewis fumbled on the next series, and WSU's Ioane Gauta recovered. But the Cougars had to punt, and Kelly moved the Sun Devils 62 yards, finishing with a 7-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Foster for a 28-7 lead.

After another three-and-out for WSU, Kelly fired a 51-yard touchdown pass to Richard Smith on the next play from scrimmage.

The Cougars turned the ball over on downs, and five plays later, Kelly hit Chris Coyle with an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-7 with 1:40 left in the first half. Grice's 32-yard reception was the big play on the drive.

Washington State replied with its best drive. The Cougars marched 75 yards and Rickey Galvin caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Halliday to cut ASU's advantage to 42-14 at halftime.

Washington State scored first in the second half on a 4-yard run by Jeremiah Laufasa to make it 42-21. The Sun Devils replied with Kelly's 23-yard touchdown pass to Foster.

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.

Both teams were coming off bye weeks.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs3314
Total Yards557302
3rd Down Conversions7-146-16
4th Down Conversions2-20-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD09:44Taylor Kelly 7 Yd Run (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 70
TD05:34Taylor Kelly 6 Yd Run (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 140
TD03:20Jaelen Strong 11 Yd Pass From Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 210
TD14:51Gabe Marks 34 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney Kick) 217
TD07:49D.J. Foster 7 Yd Pass From Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 287
TD06:22Richard Smith 51 Yd Pass From Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 357
TD01:40Chris Coyle 8 Yd Pass From Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 427
TD00:20Rickey Galvin 15 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney Kick) 4214
TD10:32Jeremiah Laufasa 4 Yd Run (Andrew Furney Kick) 4221
TD07:08D.J. Foster 23 Yd Pass From Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez Kick) 4921
FG14:51Zane Gonzalez 37 Yd 5221
FG05:49Zane Gonzalez 36 Yd 5521

Research Notes

Arizona State has enjoyed a run of recent success against both FBS schools from the state of Washington. The Sun Devils routed Washington last week and improved to 15-1 against schools from the Evergreen State over the last 10 seasons (6-1 on the road). The only school with more total wins over FBS schools from Washington over that span is Oregon (19-1).

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