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November 1, 2013

Sun Devils rout Cougars 55-21 on road

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Taylor Kelly threw five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as No. 25 Arizona State beat Washington State 55-21 on Thursday night.

Kelly threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help the Sun Devils (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) qualify for a bowl and win their first road game of the season after two losses.

Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing for Washington State (4-5, 2-4), 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.

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.

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.

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.

Arizona State: Taylor Kelly 7 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Taylor Kelly 6 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Jaelen Strong 11 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Wash. St.: Gabe Marks 34 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Arizona State: D.J. Foster 7 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Richard Smith 51 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Chris Coyle 8 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Wash. St.: Rickey Galvin 15 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Wash. St.: Jeremiah Laufasa 4 yd run (Andrew Furney kick)
Arizona State: D.J. Foster 23 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 37 yd FG
Arizona State: Zane Gonzalez 36 yd FG
Wash. St.Arizona State
Total Plays6588
Average Gain4.66.3
Average per rush0.24.9
Yards Lost-30-6
Fumbles Lost11
Penalty Yards4320
Time of Possesion22:3337:27
Punt Average42.540.5
Return Yards11149
Connor Halliday2954300215.6
Taylor Kelly2231275518.9
Marcus Mason41303.3
Teondray Caldwell1909.0
Jeremiah Laufasa2512.5
Connor Halliday4-250-6.3
Marion Grice189405.2
Taylor Kelly136625.1
Deantre Lewis134803.7
D.J. Foster83003.8
Carl Bradford120020.0
Alex Garoutte119019.0
Mike Bercovici1808.0
Gabe Marks466116.5
Isiah Myers330010.0
Rickey Galvin31916.3
Kristoff Williams31906.3
Marcus Mason1808.0
Teondray Caldwell1808.0
Dom Williams1707.0
John Fullington1404.0
Jeremiah Laufasa1303.0
Bobby Ratliff1202.0
Vince Mayle65609.3
River Cracraft478019.5
Jaelen Strong43518.8
Richard Smith379126.3
Chris Coyle32819.3
Marion Grice231015.5
Frederick Gammage114014.0
Cameron Smith1707.0
Darwin Rogers1404.0
D.J. Foster777211.0

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