After watching eight of their fellow FBS teams fall to FCS opponents last weekend, the Arizona State Sun Devils vowed that would not happen against the Sacramento State Hornets on Thursday.
When the Sun Devils finally took the field, they wasted little time in making their point heard.
The Hornets started the game with the football and picked up four first downs on the opening drive, but those would be the only occasions on which they moved the chains in the first half. Arizona State's effort proved so dominating that the Sun Devils held a comfortable 42-0 lead by halftime and could use the rest of the game to showcase the depth of its roster.
Todd Graham mentioned this offseason that last year he had players who believed they could win. This year, Graham says his players expect to win. On Thursday, the Sun Devils looked like they expected to seek and destroy anything that crossed their path on the road to victory.
But just how improved did Arizona State appear against the Hornets? Let's dive in with deeper analysis on the 55-0 demolition.
Arizona State On Offense
Stats to Know
- Taylor Kelly completed 23 of 31 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns.
- Five different receivers caught Kelly's touchdown passes (D. Nelson, Strong, Grice, Coyle, Ozier)
- Jaelen Strong caught six passes for 58 yards.
- Arizona State accumulated 523 yards of total offense and outgained Sacramento State by 356 yards.
- The Sun Devils have now scored first in 12 of their 14 games under Todd Graham.
- The Sun Devils scored on their first five drives of the game.