After early blows back and forth, the entire first half belonged to Oregon, as they go in with a 43-7 lead. The Ducks were dominant, displaying why they are legitimate national championship contenders.
However, the Ducks came out sloppy, fumbling the rock on the game's first possession. Star Sun Devil defensive tackle Will Sutton got injured on the play and is now on crutches. Once Sutton went down, the Devils began free falling.
ASU sole bright spot was Taylor Kelly's 28-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ozier, giving them an initial 7-0 lead. Before any fans could cheer, Oregon struck right back.
Duck running back Kenjon Barner showcased world-class speed, scampering for a 71-yard touchdown. At half, Barner already owns 136 yards and three tips to pay dirt.
The Devils offense simply struggled. To start second quarter action, Taylor Kelly ended his consecutive passing streak without an interception. Kelly appeared flustered all half, throwing two inceptions and failing to surpass 60 yards. Disappointingly, kicking issues were also still in effect, Alex Garoutte missed his sole opportunity from 43 yards out.
ASU's main struggles were defensively, allowing an embarrassing 43 points on 337 yards. Oregon's fast high tempo offense was overwhelming. Oregon's great rushing attack went beast mode, totaling 329 yards. Ducks signal caller Marcus Mariota joined the party, surgically and consistently marching down the field.
Beyond the large point discrepancy, ASU experienced numerous injuries besides Will Sutton. Defensive end Junior Onyeali has been in and out of the lineup due to a banged up shoulder. Senior captain an offensive lineman Andrew Sampson saw limited time, battling an ankle injury.
This game is essentially signed, sealed and delivered. Oregon's dominance has created the longest garbage time ever. At this point, ASU can only hope to cut their losses and get ready for UCLA.