Fifth-ranked Stanford tops No. 23 Arizona State

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Updated: September 21, 2013

Stanford, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Hogan hooked up with Ty Montgomery on a
pair of touchdown passes, as No. 5 Stanford held off 23rd-ranked Arizona
State, 42-28, on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener for both squads at Stanford
Stadium.

Hogan completed 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards with one interception, while
rushing for 37 yards on five carries for the Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who
are off to their fourth straight 3-0 start, a first for the program in the
modern football era.

Tyler Gaffney rushed for 95 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Anthony
Wilkerson added 68 yards and a touchdown on 18 totes in the victory.

Taylor Kelly threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions
on 30-of-55 passing, with wideout Jaelen Strong hauling in a career-high 12
passes for 168 yards and a score in the setback.

Marion Grice rushed for a touchdown and caught another for the Sun Devils
(2-1, 0-1), who were coming off a controversial win over then-No. 20 Wisconsin
last week.

Stanford’s Josh Mauro picked off Kelly on Arizona State’s first possession and
three plays later, Hogan hit Montgomery for a 17-yard score to make it 7-0
just under six minutes in.

Following an ASU punt, Hogan found Devon Cajuste for a 34-yard gain down to
the ASU 5 before Gaffney punched it on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Jordan Williamson missed the subsequent extra point, leaving Stanford with a
13-0 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first.

Zane Gonzalez missed a 45-yard field goal on ASU’s ensuing touch before
Wilkerson rushed four times for 41 yards on a 6-play scoring drive that the
running back capped with a 12-yard TD surge to make it 20-0.

After back-to-back three-and-outs from the Sun Devils, Stanford took over at
the ASU 37 and needed just two plays to score, with Hogan finding Montgomery
for a 30-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 27-0 late in the second.

Arizona State dug itself into a deeper hole in the waning seconds of the half,
when Matt Haack had a punt blocked and the ball bounced out of the end zone,
resulting in a safety that sent Stanford into the break with a 29-0 edge.

The Sun Devils opened the second half with a 6-play, 75-yard scoring drive
that Grice capped with a 2-yard surge to get Arizona State on the board.

Robert Nelson picked off Hogan early in Stanford’s ensuing touch, but Kelly’s
pass on 4th-and-5 slipped through the hands of Grice to end the drive.

Williamson buried a 20-yard field goal on Stanford’s next drive before the
Cardinal came up with a blocked punt that set up Gaffney’s 16-yard TD run to
make it 39-7 with under a minute left in the third.

Kelly connected with Chris Coyle for a 45-yard score early in the fourth and
after a Stanford three-and-out, Strong hauled in a 27-yard TD to bring ASU
within 39-21 with 10:55 left.

Following another Cardinal three-and-out, Kelly converted a 4th-and-18 with a
34-yard strike to Strong down to the Stanford 11 before finding Grice in the
left flat for a 6-yard TD to make it 39-28 with 6:18 left.

ASU then attempted an onside kick, but the Cardinal corralled the bouncing
ball to maintain possession.

An illegal substitution penalty against the Sun Devils on 4th-and-1 extended
Stanford’s ensuing touch before Hogan scampered 27 yards to keep the trek
moving.

After chewing up over 5 1/2 minutes off the clock, Williamson buried a 24-yard
field goal to make it a 14-point game with 31 seconds left.

Alex Carter intercepted a Kelly pass in the end zone to end the game.

Game Notes

Arizona State has lost in six of its last seven trips to Stanford …
Stanford has recorded at least one takeaway in 27 straight games, which is
the longest active FBS streak … Stanford outgained ASU 240-50 on the ground
… ASU went 3-for-4 on fourth-down conversions.