Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona State Sun Devils finally broke their struggles with a win over the Washington State Cougars.
Who are your top performers from ASU's game against WSU? What most impressed you in victory?
Justin Karp, Bold Saguaros: I thought Saturday's going-away win was a nice team effort where everyone to a man played well rather than one player seizing the spotlight. Taylor Kelly recovered from his recent bout of dumb to sling four touchdown passes in typical Taylor Kelly fashion and Rashad Ross had himself a nice game. You also can't help but be awestruck at the Devils' run defense limited the Cougars' paltry ground game to a single yard of offense. In all, it's what we expected from ASU - they jumped out early against a clearly inferior opponent and cruised.
SB Nation Snippets
Cameron Marshall ran for 75 yards on 16 carries, Rashad Ross had eight receptions for 79 yards and two scores, Jamal Miles had five catches for 53 yards, and James Morrison had 48 yards rushing, but also had a fumble. One defense, Keelan Johnson had two interceptions, Brandon Magee made four tackles, including a sack, and Deveron Carr had two tackles and two pass breakups.
The best part about the quarterback combo was their willingness to throw downfield, as 19 of their 27 completions went to Sun Devil wide receivers. Kelly's poise in the pocket was evident throughout the afternoon, which something he struggled with against USC. If Kelly can rally the troops with a victory over Arizona, he will have earned the faith of even his harshest critics.
The Sun Devils’ attack-style was efficient, bringing constant pressure to the backfield. They forced the Cougars to make an early quarterback switch to back-up Connor Holliday and to punt 10 times, topping the most forced this season (9) against California and Colorado.
"We had good coverage on the offense, Magee said. "Our safeties and linebackers made good calls as well. We played a lot of man-to-man so that was important today. We did what we needed to do."