#5 Stanford came out firing on all cylinders in the first half against Pac-12 foe #23 Arizona State. Quarterback Kevin Hogan came out and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery at the 9:08 mark of the first quarter. Tyler Gaffney followed that up with a 1-yard rush at the 2:21 mark to give Stanford a 13-0 lead heading into the 2nd quarter.
Anthony Wilkerson scored on a 12-yard rush at the 9:10 mark of the 2nd quarter, and Kevin Hogan connected on another touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery, this time a 30-yarder.
With time running out in the half and Arizona State punting from their own goal line, Stanford blocked the kick and Sun Devil punter Luke Kaumatule kicked the loose ball out of the back of the end zone for a Stanford safety.
The score at the half: Stanford 29- Arizona State 0.
The only game pitting two ranked opponents against each other on the slate for college football this Saturday, it appears Stanford came out ready to make a statement.
“As far as the overall offense and what we want to do, we’re more diverse than we’ve been in years,” Stanford head coach David Shaw told ESPN.com prior to the game. “We want to be able to change personnel groupings and have the diversity to be good in everything that we do. The emphasis is there because we’ve got the guys to do it.”
Unless Arizona State figures out a way to slow the Cardinal’s multidimensional offensive attack, this day could get even longer for Sun Devil fans.