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ASU vs. Oregon State First Half Observations

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The upcoming 30 minutes will be highly contested while deciding tonights outcome. At half, ASU and OSU are tied up at 19.

Steve Dykes

1st Quarter

- Will Sutton shows no rust early, sack fumble combination with Junior Onyeali scoring a touchdown on the opening possession (7-0 ASU)

- OSU Wide Receiver Marcus Wheaton showcases big play capabilities via long run

- Kicker Trevor Romaine's 41-yard field goal was partially blocked (by Mike Pennel) yet somehow still went through the uprights (7-3 ASU)

- ASU comes out pass happy, quick easy reads for Taylor Kelly, mainly targeting Jamal Miles

- Sun Devils put together successful opening drive capped of by Cameron Marshall touchdown (14-3 ASU)

- The fast start could limit crowd noise, key element of succeeding on road.

- Cody Vaz consistently looking for Markus Wheaton, connects for 50 yard touchdown (14-10 ASU)

- Unexpected high scoring contest, teams sport the top 2 defenses in PAC-12 play.

- Despite a plethora of points, both squads applying good pressure

- Paul Randolph dialing up heavy blitzes, Vaz clearly rattled

- ASU special teammer Kevin Ayers block punt for safety (16-10 ASU)

- At the end of 1st Quarter action ASU over OSU 16-10

2nd Quarter

- Michael Eubank seeing slightly more action than previous weeks, utilized in short yardage situation

- ASU offense well balanced, 15 passes and 12 runs with 12:56 remaining

- Kelly sticking to high percentage/check down routes

- Jon Mora makes a 31 yard field goal (19-10 ASU)

- Sun Devil defense growing very susceptible to big plays

- OSU running back Terron Ward touchdown on 53 yard carry (19-16 ASU)

- Keelan Johnson failing to play assignment sound football

- Beaver head coach Mike Riley beginning to drop extra men in coverage

- Deveron Carr nice press coverage on 3rd down, forcing turnover on downs

- Kelly continuing to be very decisive and run well, 5 carries for 31

- Neither team performing well on 3rd down conversions, OSU 0-5/ASU 2-8 at 5:54

- OSU having costly penalties, 2 offsides and 1 unsportsmanlike conduct

- D.J. Foster been ineffective all game, limited opportunities

- Kelly downfield passes have been erratic, arm strength problems are evident

- Vaz succeeding in play action pass situations

- ASU cornerback Osahon Irabor having standout game, ninth pass break up, although costly dropped possible interception.

- Junior Onyeali with bonehead move by pushing Vaz post whistle extending OSU's drive

- 2 big sacks by ASU defensive line helps avoid pre-half late touchdown

- Trevor Romaine 45 yard field goal as time expired (19-19 AT HALF)