Arizona blown out in rivalry game

Arizona fell behind nearly four touchdowns early and never recovered, as it was blown out on Saturday night. Read on for the complete recap of the loss.

Arizona struggled early and never recovered as Arizona State defeated the Wildcats 58-21 Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.

Starting on its own 25, ASU got a 12-yard run by D.J. Foster. Taylor Kelly then gained three and two on the ground. Kelly found Foster for a 10-yard reception and Jaelen Strong matched it. Two plays later, Foster gained ten on the ground. On fourth and short, De'Marieya Nelson got three yards for the first down.

Arizona's defense then held and the 38-yard field goal gave the Sun Devils a 3-0 lead with 10:23 left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats' first drive went poorly, as it started with a delay of game and then had two plays for a loss. In addition, a bad punt gave the Sun Devils the ball on the Arizona 24-yard line.

Two plays into the drive, Kelly found Kevin Ozier for 15 yards. Foster then ran for two yards and then five more, but Arizona held on third down as the 21-yard field goal gave ASU the 6-0 lead with 7:06 left in the first quarter.

Arizona started on its own 25 and on the second play from scrimmage, Denker found Trey Griffey for 16 yards. Denker then ran for 11, but a broken play resulted in a loss of four yards and the drive stalled, as the Sun Devils took over on their own 20 with 4:54 left in the first.

Two plays into the drive, Nelson ran for ten yards. On third down, Nelson then caught a 21-yard pass to keep the drive going. After a six-yard catch by Fred Gammage, Darwin Rogers caught a 38-yard touchdown pass as the extra point gave ASU the 13-0 lead with just under three minutes left in the first.

Starting on its own 25, Arizona got a one-yard run from Ka'Deem Carey followed by an eight-yard reception from Garic Wharton. Carey then ran for six yards and followed with nine more. Two plays later, he picked up two on the ground. After an incomplete pass, an eight-yard catch by Nate Phillips ended the first quarter with the Wildcats down 13-0.

On third and two to start the second quarter, Carey gained a yard. On fourth and 1 from the 40, Carey failed to pick up the first and lost seven, giving ASU the ball on its own 47.

On the first play from scrimmage, Foster ran for 29 yards and followed it up with seven more. Kelly then ran for three yards and the first down and on the next play, Foster ran it for the 14-yard touchdown with the extra point making it 20-0 with 12:58 left in the second quarter.

On the first play of scrimmage from the 21, Denker found Wharton for 25 yards. Carey gained seven on the ground, but two one-yard gains forced a fourth and one for Arizona. On that fourth down, Arizona's offensive line once again got pushed back and the Wildcats turned it over on downs.

Arizona proceeded to force a three and out and the Wildcats took over on their own 17. The UA got a pass interference call on first down, but two plays later, Denker threw an awful pass that was intercepted at the Arizona 31.

The Sun Devils took advantage of their great field position with a 21-yard pass to Strong on third down and after a nine-yard pass to Chris Coyle, Nelson scored from a yard out as the extra point made it 27-0 with 8:04 left in the first half.

Arizona started on its own 22 with a three-yard run by Carey. Denker then found Phillips for six yards and three plays later, Miller for five. Griffey proceeded to catch a 23-yard reception and three plays later, Wharton caught one for 30. Carey lost three on the next play, but Denker got it back with a seven-yard pass to Miller. On the next play, Denker ran it in for the score with the extra point cutting the ASU lead to 27-7 with about four minutes left in the half.

Arizona State went three and out and on Arizona's first play from scrimmage, Carey went 28 yards. Denker then ran for 13 and followed with three more. On second down, he found Samajie Grant for two yards. On third and five, Denker threw an incomplete pass and the 42-yard field goal attempt by Jake Smith missed with 1:28 left in the half.

Foster ran for 16 yards on first down and Kelly hit Strong for 50 on the next play. Arizona's defense was able to hold Arizona State to the 23-yard field goal as the Sun Devils went into the half up 30-7.

Arizona's drive started on the 24 with a 14-yard run by Carey. He then gained 15 and followed it up with three more before getting a 19-yard gain. After Carey gained three on the ground, Arizona State was called offsides. Denker proceeded to run for eight yards and Carey then ran it in from eight yards out as the extra point cut the ASU lead to 30-14 with 12:17 left in the third.

Arizona State started on its own 13 with a 19-yard pass to Coyle and could not get anything else going, as the punt put the Wildcats on their own 16.

The drive started with two incomplete passes, but Denker picked up the first down with a 21-yard run. Carey then gained three and on the next play Denker scrambled and found Griffey for 16. After two three-yard runs from Carey and Denker, Denker threw a pick six to Damarious Randall as the extra point put ASU up 37-14.

Needing some type of response, Arizona went three and out and the Sun Devils took over on their own 22 and did the same.

The Wildcats started on their own 39 with a six-yard run from Carey followed by a run for two and 21. Denker then found Terrence Miller for nine yards and on the next play, Denker picked up a big gain on the ground, but fumbled. However, Wharton recovered from the four and scored with the extra point bringing Arizona within 37-21 with 2:27 left in the third.

On the ensuing drive, ASU started on its own 25. The Wildcats forced third and 12, but Kelly ran for 17 yards for the first. On the next play, he found Strong for the 61-yard touchdown as the extra point gave the Sun Devils a 44-21 lead.

Daniel Jenkins fumbles the ensuing kickoff and gave ASU the ball on the 31-yard line as the third quarter ended shortly after.

Less than two minutes into the fourth, Foster scored from seven yards out and there was nothing Arizona could do from there.


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