The Sun Devils’ defense set the tone early on Everett Golson; getting pressure, sacking and forcing turnovers. Golson had one of those miserable days that you would want to soon forget. Arizona State sacked Golson 6 times; forced two fumbles and was able to recover one of them; and had two tipped passes that were intercepted in the first half. All three turnovers were converted into touchdowns for the Sun Devils.
Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly didn’t have to do much work in the first half thanks to his defense putting the offense on a short field with the turnovers. Kelly did throw two touchdown passed; one to his All-American receiver Jaelen Strong after a Everett Golson turnover and one to Cameron Smith for 49 yards.
It can be argued that the Sun Devils could have laid off the gas a little bit or Notre Dame showed their fighting spirit, because the Irish were able to close the margin to 3; 34-31 when Everett Golson found Amir Carlisle wide open for a 25 yard touchdown pass.
But Arizona State showed that they can turn it on when they need too, put the ball in their playmakers hands drove down the field. Running back D.J. Foster had a 14 and 15 yard fun to get into Notre Dame territory, and Taylor Kelly found Demario Richard for a 40 yard pass and Kelly found Richard again for a 4 yard touchdown pass to cap a 5 play 75 yard drive which took a little over 2 minutes.
Kelly finished the game going 17-28 224 yards and 3 touchdowns
Arizona State cornerback Lloyd Carrington put the nail in the coffin on frustrating day for Everett Golson intercepting a deflected pass off the Notre Dame receiver Corey Robinson, and taking it back for a touchdown.
The biggest blunder of the season might have saved the chances for one of the contenders vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff to stay in the hunt.
With all the momentum going their way and the crowd in a frenzy, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah receiver Kaelin Clay made the biggest mistake in his college career. In one foul swoop, Clay quieted the crowd and the state of Utah when he erroneously dropped the ball before crossing the goal line after a beautiful pass by quarterback Travis Wilson that went 78 yards and was returned by Oregon linebacker Joe Walker for a touchdown. Instead of having the 4th ranked Ducks on the ropes; down 14-0 (who when down by 14 have come back to win only 17 percent of the time) found themselves tied 7-7.
Now Clay was able to come back and have a pretty good game both in receiving and in the return game. He had 5 receptions for 152 and 179 kick return yards. But the one column he will look back on with regret is the zero in the touchdown column.
One man’s failure is another man’s glory, because with Kaelin Clay’s mishap that seemed to wake up Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Duck offense who was struggling throughout the game. The Utes defense sacked Mariota 3 time in the first quarter. After the mishap and the momentum switch; Mariota threw two touchdowns and wasn’t sacked at all the rest of the half and Utah found themselves down 24-7.
Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham wouldn’t allow his team to quit. Utah was able to get the game within 3 behind the play of quarterback Travis Wilson and Devontae Booker, whose two big catches on a 3rd quarter drive; one an awkward shoe string catch that went for 24 yards and a one-handed snag that scored for 27 yards sparked the play of the Utes and got the crowd back into the game. Wilson who threw for 297 yards and 2 touchdowns after being benched for only put up 57 yards passing last week against Arizona State. But when Kendall Thompson went down with a knee injury in the 1st quarter Kelly stepped in nicely.
Mariota really showed his grit and leadership. When the Ducks were being pushed to the brink he stepped up and led his team down the field connecting with Dwayne Stanford for a touchdown pass; and running for a touchdown on their next possession. Mariota finished 17-29 for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns and 114 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. A Heisman like performance.
Washington linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha is out with an injury; with the anchor of the Huskies defense missing UCLA took advantage of the middle running between the tackles and throwing across the center of the field.
Brett Hundley threw for 214 yards and 1 touchdown and ran for 2 touchdowns in the first half, and finished with 302 yards 2 touchdowns leading UCLA to a 44-30 win
Both Arizona and Washington State were also winners this weekend defeating Colrad and Oregon State respectively.
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon was able to lead the Wildcats throwing for 211 yards and 4 touchdowns; while Nick Wilson rushed for 153 yards on the ground.