2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

18 H Y U N D A I S U N B O W L | D E C . 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 7 B O W L G U I D E Explosive performances on both sides of the football allowed Arizona State to roll on Saturday, cruising to a 40-24 victory over Oregon State on a cold and foggy afternoon at Reser Stadium. Senior running back Demario Richard made his presence known early and often on this day, ultimately totaling 119 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterbacking the balanced offensive attack was junior Manny Wilkins, who threw for 125 yards and ran for 60 more. The signal caller finished the afternoon with two touchdowns, both of which came in the game’s first six minutes. The first of those scores came on an efficient four-play, 69-yard drive to start the game. Wilkins would find wide out Kyle Williams on a 23-yard strike for the first score of the contest, then hit freshman Curtis Hodges five minutes later on a one-yard fade route to make the score 14-0. Following a dominating start on the offensive side of the ball, it was the Sun Devils’ special teams and defensive units who combined for the next score of the day. After a punt downed at the four-yard line forced the Beaver offense to start in the shadow of their own goal line, defensive tackle JoJo Wicker sacked Darell Garretson in the end zone to make the score 16-0 after 15 minutes of play. The second quarter would look much like the first, and this time it was Richard who was rewarded with a pair of trips to the end zone. The back scored on a 17-yard scamper on the first play of the second stanza, then capped off a nine-rush, 11-play drive later in the quarter with an easy one-yard score. Arizona State’s 30-7 advantage at the end of 30 minutes marked the program’s largest halftime advantage since November 30, 2013, when the Sun Devils led Arizona by the same score. It was freshman kicker Brandon Ruiz who got the scoring started in the second half, putting points on the board after the defense forced a punt coming out of the locker rooms. His try from 45 yards was true all the way, pushing the lead to 33-7 while extending his streak to nine straight games with a field goal. After Arizona State’s defense dominated the rest of the quarter, another productive possession to start the fourth put the game on ice. The Sun Devils marched 78 yards in just seven plays, the drive culminating with another three-yard touchdown run by Richard. Ruiz’s ensuing extra point made the score 40- 10, marking the second time in the last three games the Sun Devils have scored at least 40 points. Arizona State finished the afternoon with a wide advantage in total yards (453-375) and out-gained Oregon State on the ground 286-106. The team also converted on all four of its trips to the red zone, meaning they are 40-of-41 in that category (No. 2 in the country) for the season. GAME 11 | 11 .18.17 RESER STADIUM • CORVALLIS, ORE. ARIZONA STATE 40 OREGON STATE 24