Entering Saturday averaging 495.5 total yards per game, the Sun Devils have only compiled 103 yards in one half and trail Stanford 29-0 entering the locker room.
Arizona State began the game with a first quarter to forget. Taylor Kelly handed DE Josh Mauro an easy pick on their first drive after forcing a pass instead of taking a sack. Stanford capitalized in little time following the gift of an interception with Ty Montgomery strolling into the end zone on a 17-yard quick screen. The Cardinal's next drive would end in pay dirt as well after RB Tyler Gaffney powered it in from one-yard away.
Things could have been much worse if Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson wasn't in such a giving mood. Williamson hooked a 51-yard field goal on the Cardinal's opening drive and missed off the upright on his second PAT.
Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, Stanford's offense wasn't feeling nearly as generous as the onslaught continued into the second quarter.
After an ugly, 45-yard miss from Zane Gonzalez, Stanford RB Anthony Wilkerson decided to get in on the fun with 46 total yards (41 rushing) on the following drive. The senior ball carrier capped things off with a 12-yard rushing score, going over 1,000 career rushing yards on the carry.
The defensive bleeding continued two drives later with Kevin Hogan finding a wide open Montgomery for a layup, 30-yard touchdown.
On the other end, the Sun Devils at least ended a string of three straight three-and-outs on their final drive after Kelly found D.J. Foster for a 19-yard strike. But bad soon became worse as Arizona State had a punt blocked deep in their own territory for the second straight week. The good news is that new punter Matt Haack at least had the awareness to kick the loose ball out the end zone for a safety (unlike someone we know...cough, Dom Vizzare, cough).
We hate to be the ones to wave the white flag but this one is looking over, folks. When Todd Graham refuses to call a first half timeout, it usually means things have gotten out of hand, fast.
Expect Graham to continue to move away from ASU's putrid run game (13 attempts, seven yards) in the second half. Kelly might be having one of the worst performances of his career but at least Foster (41 receiving yards) and Jaelen Strong (30 receiving yards) are finding some openings.
At this point, Arizona State fans should just be praying that Kelly isn't injured before things are over. With ASU's offensive line looking like the definition of a sieve, 30 more drop backs from Kelly could mean death (no, but seriously).