Late on Thursday evening, the Arizona State Sun Devils went on the road to take on the Washington State Cougars to see if they can keep their recent burst of momentum going. That is indeed what they ended up doing as the Sun Devils tore apart the Cougars, 55-21, in a game that was never even really close.
The game wasn’t close due to the spectacular play of Arizona State redshirt junior QB Taylor Kelly.
Kelly was a one-man wrecking crew on Thursday night, accounting for seven total touchdowns. He was 22-of-31 passing for 276 yards and five scoring tosses. He also added in 66 yards with two touchdowns on the ground on 13 carries.
It was a statement performance for Kelly that he is one of the elite in the Pac-12. With names such as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Stanford’s Kevin Hogan garnering themselves most of the attention as the best signal callers in the Pac-12, Kelly announced to everyone with this performance that he should be considered a part of that grouping as well.
With games coming up still against Oregon State and UCLA, Kelly has some great chances to show a lot of people more of what he can do on the field.
Lately, the whispers are beginning to arise that Arizona State may be the new favorite in the Pac-12 South Division. We’ll get a chance to see if that’s correct on Nov. 23 when they travel to the Rose Bowl to take on Brett Hundley and the Bruins.
If Kelly continues to play even remotely close to the way he did last night, then they may walk out of that stadium victors and put themselves in a great position to return to that stadium on New Year’s Day.