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ASU Football: First-half recap: Sun Devils lead Washington 10-0

TL;DR: Windy.

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The first quarter was either an excellent defensive play or a poor offensive output, depending on your point of view. But one thing that is fairly indisputable is how much the wind is affecting the game. Washington punter Korey Durkee couldn't put a solid boot into the ball attempting to go into the wind, and Taylor Kelly completed only 5-of-10 passes.

Whether it was the wind or not, through the first quarter, there were a combined six first downs and seven tackles-for-loss. Both teams were 0-9 combined on third down.

The Sun Devils' first 10 rushes for a total of seven yards, which is even more odd when you consider Taylor Kelly had two rushes of more than 10 yards. Arizona State's sluggishness included tackle-for-loss No. 16.5 for Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, tops in the nation.

The second quarter: not much better. Wind was absolutely brutal, affecting all aspects of the game. Two interceptions were dropped, punts were going nowhere, a field goal got blocked, and neither quarterback was able to throw the ball with any real accuracy.

Arizona State finally got on the board with 4:58 left, when Kelly found Jaelen Strong on a 16-yard cross. Strong, who evidently had been jawing at Washington cornerback Marcus Peters, took some time to let Peters know he just beat him for a touchdown. Zane Gonzalez added a 33-yard field goal into the swirling wind to make it 10-0 with 55 seconds left, where the score would stand heading into the break.