Threet, offense squander opportunities

On Saturday evening the Sun Devils watched as their hope of bowl eligibility slipped further out of sight. Racking up another loss at Sun Devils Stadium, the maroon and hold fell to no. 6 Stanford, 17-13, a loss that naturally saw quarterback Steven Threet visibly dejected after the game.

"It's very difficult," Threet said. "It's the same thing thought. We have to capitalize on the opportunities that we have and make the most of the chances that we get but tonight we weren't able to do that.

"Our goals were much higher than this and it's though but after the fact, too many close losses. We had opportunities to win games and weren't able to pull it out so that's the result."

At the start of the first half, Threet fumbled the ball on the Stanford 1-yard line, allowing the Cardinal to take over.

"It was a sprint-out," Threet commented. "I thought I could get into the end zone so I dove and tried to stretch the ball out, but he knocked it out."

The maroon and gold found much success in their run game, which was ultimately underutilized. Running 23 times for a total of 118 yards, the Sun Devils struggled capitalize off their aerial game. Leading rusher, Cameron Marshall gained 94 yards in 12-attemps for the offense.

"Cam did a great job," Threet admitted. "He's breaking tackles to get to the line and really fighting to get extra yardage, he did a great job with protection also. He played very well."

Of the positives from Saturday night was the performance of the maroon and gold defense by allowing the Cardinal only 17-points. Once again their counterpart could not accumulate enough points to walk away on top, but nonetheless, they proved their dominance over highly ranked teams.

Linebacker Colin Parker, one of the Sun Devils leading defensemen had eight total tackles against the Cardinal. Parker has faith that his teammates will be able to end the season on a positive note, as they've constantly find themselves in a position to win.

"We're really close," Parker said. "We have been trying hard to find what we've been doing wrong to correct it. We just have to go into the bye week, keep working hard and try to come out and get these last two games."

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