1st half blunders negate Arizona State’s passing attack against BYU

Sep 18, 2021, 8:59 PM | Updated: Sep 20, 2021, 11:16 am
Arizona State wide receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton (6) catches a pass against BYU defensive back Jakob ...

Arizona State wide receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton (6) catches a pass against BYU defensive back Jakob Robinson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Despite an impressive passing attack from Arizona State in the first half, three turnovers negated the offensive success as BYU defeated the Sun Devils 27-17 on Saturday.

The Sun Devils fumbled the opening kickoff on their own 12-yard line, resulting in a three-play BYU touchdown.

Arizona State responded by opening up the passing attack to even the game at 7-7.

ASU had been quiet passing the ball through the first two weeks, passing for under 200 yards in both games.

The run game has been the talk of Sun Devil football from their two running backs Rachaad White and DeaMonte “Chip” Trayanum, as well as quarterback Jayden Daniels.

With Trayanum missing Saturday’s contest, Daniels had been called to pass the ball more in the first half, completing 13 of 19 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions — the first of which was off a tipped pass in the red zone.

The highlight of the first half for the Sun Devils was a 58-yard reception to Andre Johnson that was downed on the 1-yard line and ultimately punched in for a touchdown by White.

Following the interception, BYU broke out a trick play to score a 34-yard touchdown giving them a 14-7 lead with 8:54 remaining in the half.

BYU scored again with just under five minutes to go in the first half, giving the Cougars a 21-7 lead.

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