RECAP: ASU falls short against Stanford
By Harley Yearout // Football Reporter for Blaze Sports
Arizona State fell to Stanford 34-24 on Saturday in a battle that was kept mostly on the ground.
Both teams eclipsed 200 yards rushing in the game, but it was senior running back Bryce Love for Stanford who stole the show on Saturday.
Love racked up a school-record 301 rushing yards while tallying three rushing touchdowns.
“You can’t give up that many yards rushing and have a chance…” said Arizona State head coach Todd Graham.
Love broke touchdown rushes of 43 yards, 59 yards, and 61 yards.
Redshirt freshman quarterback K.J. Costello made his first career start for the Cardinal, throwing for 173 yards and a touchdown.
On the other side, Arizona State redshirt junior Manny Wilkins’ streak of 192 passes without an interception was snapped after a tipped pass fell into the hands of Stanford junior safety Justin Reid in the first quarter.
“Obviously I didn’t play my best game, Wilkins said. “I didn’t give us an opportunity to win this football game.”
Wilkins threw another interception in the 3rd quarter. Reid again game up with the pick.
“My goal has been to do nothing but own the football this year,” Wilkins said. “And I did a poor job of that tonight.”
“At the end of the day it was a 10-point game and the difference was the turnovers,” Graham said.
However, Arizona State got a turnover of their own in the game as well, as J’Marcus Rhodes stripped Stanford senior tight end Dalton Schultz.
“J’Marcus did a great job of stripping that,” Graham said.
Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry got in on the passing action, tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Ceejhay French-Love.
“It was a little bit tough to see what was going on, because of all the linemen, Harry said. “But at the end, I didn’t want to throw the ball away.”
But it just wasn’t enough for Arizona State, as they couldn’t quite keep up with Love and Stanford’s rushing attack.
“The guy’s really hard to tackle,” Graham said of Love. “He’s very, very good.”
Arizona State has a bye next week before taking on No. 6 Washington at Sun Devil Stadium.
Harley Yearout is a reporter for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at email@example.com or follow Harley on Twitter @HarleyYearout