ASU vs. Wisconsin 3rd quarter recap: Sun Devils fighting back, trail 21-19

Christian Petersen

Was Todd Graham on the sideline? Because the coach we know won't tolerate the style of play Arizona State employed in the third quarter.

If the second quarter started off on the wrong foot, the third quarter began on the wrong side of the entire body for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Wisconsin came out of halftime with a 14-13 lead and needed just one play to assert control of the game. Running back Melvin Gordon came in motion and carried 80 yards on a sweep play for a touchdown. The Badgers assumed a 21-13 lead, but they failed to pull away and capitalize on the Sun Devil mistakes.

Arizona State went three-and-out on its first possession of the quarter, but a muffed punt gave the Sun Devils the ball at the Badger 33-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Taylor Kelly was intercepted by safety Dezmen Southward.

The Sun Devils and Badgers traded possessions until Arizona State took the ball at their own nine-yard line with 5:07 left in the quarter. A bad case of the drops plagued the Sun Devils throughout the night, but the receivers were efficient as Arizona State began to march down the field.

Taylor Kelly hit Kevin Ozier on a 34-yard pass play along the sideline to push the Sun Devils into the red zone and Marion Grice finished off a 91-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown scamper.

Arizona State attempted a two-point conversion but Taylor Kelly was sacked in the backfield. As the quarter comes to an end, the Badgers are in the midst of a two-play drive that started with a 35-yard run by Melvin Gordon.

It hasn't been pretty, but if the Sun Devils can find a way to pull out a win, they'll have overcome a number of costly errors to knock off a defending conference champion.

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