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Stanford Dominates ASU 38-14 Behind Tyler Gaffney

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TEMPE, Az– Tyler Gaffney scored 3 touchdowns and powered a tough as nails Stanford team to a Pac-12 championship. The Arizona State Sun Devils could not handle the team’s offense and could not put up enough points to contend with the 11-2 Cardinals. Stanford also came up with big pass plays even with only 12 completions on the day. They dominated the total yards and the play book and played solid defense. Their ball-control offense executed as we have seen countless times such as against the Oregon Ducks. The #7 Cardinals will be playing in a BCS bowl and most likely #11 Arizona State(10-3) will be too.

Gaffney may be wondering why he is not being considered for the Heisman award with 17 touchdowns on the season. He scored 3 touchdowns including a 69 yard TD run to open up the game in the 1st quarter. Kevin Hogan has had his ups and downs on the season as quarterback for the Cardinals, but last night he tossed for 277 yards and a touchdown and helped control the game. The team really needs him to step up for their bowl game and look for them to continue to rid Gaffney who has 284 carries on the season. Look for them to rely on receiver Ty Montgomery as well who scored 2 touchdowns today. The defense has allowed 20 points or less in 7 straight games and is top 10 in the nation scoring wise. They shut down an excellent Arizona State offense holding the Sun Devils to 1 of 4 on 4th down and countless times forced the team to punt.

Arizona State leaned heavily on D.J Foster who scored both of their touchdowns but the runningback got banged up. The team just could not get anything going offensively and played from behind all game. Quarterback Taylor Kelly was not bad completing 68 percent of his passes but had a reluctance to take chances down field. When Foster went down though he ran out of options to throw too as his next best receiver only had 27 yards receiving in Jaelen Strong. The defense was not any better giving up an average of 15.4 yards per passing play and 5.5 yards per rush. The team certainly needs to play better on both sides of the ball if they possibly make the Rose Bowl.

Photo: Tyler Gaffney

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