There is no easy way to put Saturday afternoon's loss to Stanford gently. Arizona State just got beat, and badly at that. Twitter was not kind to the Sun Devils throughout but the ears of many perked up late in the second half when the Sun Devils staged their attempted comeback. Here is how the game unfolded in 140 characters or less.
Ty Mongtomery bubble screen… touchdown Stanford. Talk about a weapon the Cardinal offense hasn't had in the recent past. 7-0— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) September 21, 2013
After the opening kickoff was returned to midfield, this was a beautifully drawn up screen play to open up the scoring. Hogan sold the hand off well and it fooled everybody.
Stanford caps impressive 90 yard TD drive with 1yd TD run by Gafney. 14-0 Casrdinal. 2:21 Remaining first quarter— Bruce Cooper (@azcsportsCoop) September 21, 2013
It wasn't the best start but it still was not time to panic...yet
Stanford scores again. Now 20-0 for the Cardinal. This has gotten ugly pretty early. What can the #ASU coaches do to adjust?— Devils In Detail (@Devils_Detail) September 22, 2013
Panic, panic now. This was a tough one to swallow especially after the turnover.
What the heck is going on with ASU? The Devils look outclassed vs. Stanford! 27-0 Stanford in 2nd— Craig Fouhy (@CraigFouhy) September 22, 2013
We were wondering the exact same thing Craig. This team was just outmatched.
Stanford uses all 3 timeouts to force ASU to punt w/ 20 seconds left. Stanford blocks ASU punt into end zone for safety. 29-0.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 22, 2013
This added insult to injury. Special teams and dropped passes need to be on Todd Graham's list of things to practice this week.
Marion Grice TD from the Wildcat, Arizona State’s first score coming in less than 2 mins. Trail Stanford 29-7— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) September 22, 2013
Ehem, we prefer "wilddevil" a wildcat only exists about two hours south. Things started to look up early in the second half for the Sun Devils.
Kelly to Chris Coyle for a 45 yard TD pass. Good to see those guys hook up again, it's been a while. Stanford 39 - ASU 14— DieHard Devil (@DieHardDevilASU) September 22, 2013
No one was expecting this. Coyle had been absent for the entire game until this point.
Jaelen Strong with a 27-yard touchdown catch. ASU now down 39-21. Strong with 11 catches for 134 yards and a TD this afternoon— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) September 22, 2013
The comeback was in full swing now. Strong has definitely established himself as the No. 1 target at the wide receiver position.
Grice doing Grice-like things with his second rushing TD of the game. Now has 14 in past six games. #ASU down 39-28— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) September 22, 2013
Grice showed patience getting into the end zone and the Sun Devils found themselves down two scores with six minutes to play.
This has gone from a blowout into a close game. That, quite frankly, is maddening— Rule of Tree (@RuleofTree) September 22, 2013
That it did and quickly at that. However many believed it was an impossible defecit to overcome regardless.
It sure was nice of David Shaw to humor ASU in the second half.— Tyler Emerick (@TylerEmerick) September 22, 2013
Exactly. Shaw made a mistake taking Hogan out too early but was the victory really in jeopardy for the Cardinal? Probably not.
Illegal substitution on #ASU gives Stanford a first down on 4th and inches. 12 men on the field. Horrible mistake— Brad Denny (@BDenny29) September 22, 2013
This was painful to watch. It wasn't Todd Graham-esque at all and it basically sealed the win for the Cardinal.
Stanford puts another field goal on the board and runs the clock down to 31 seconds. 42-28 Cardinal lead— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) September 22, 2013
The Stanford Cardinal defeat Arizona State 42-28, next game is at home vs.USC next Saturday night in Sun Devil Stadium.— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) September 22, 2013
Maroon Monsoon next weekend at home, and the Sun Devils will be pining for a better result.
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