ASU vs. Stanford First Quarter Update: Cardinal lead Sun Devils 13-0

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

One Arizona State turnover and a long drive before the end of the quarter lead to Stanford's two-score lead.

An early mistake by Taylor Kelly hurts the Sun Devils and Arizona State now trails 13-0 after one quarter of play.

Kelly set up Stanford's first touchdown when he panicked and handed defensive end Josh Mauro an easy interception instead of taking the sack. That turnover represented Stanford's 27th straight game with a takeaway and a 17-yard touchdown pass on a wide receiver screen to Stanford's top receiver Ty Montgomery.

The Cardinal followed that drive up with a Tyler Gaffney one-yard score on their next possession. Fortunately, Jordan Williamson missed the extra point off the post, giving Arizona State their second gift of the game (also missed a 51-yard field goal).

The Sun Devils have struggled to get the ball moving down field as their biggest play was Kelly's first pass to Jaelen Strong for 13 yards. Stanford already has three plays over 15 yards, including two greater than 30.

On a positive note, Arizona State's offensive line has not allowed a sack and the team defense has two tackles for a loss. DJ Foster had two big catches before the end of the quarter to put the Sun Devils in Cardinal territory. Foster has three receptions for 16 yards and Strong is the leading receiver with 30 yards on five catches. Linebacker Chris Young leads the defense with three tackles.

Arizona State finished the first 15 minutes of play with only 59 yards compared to Stanford's 123. Arizona State will have to get Marion Grice (three rushes for three yards) going if they're to get back in this one.

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