ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL

Sun Devils offense goes silent in 2nd half, falls inches short to Stanford

Oct 22, 2022, 4:43 PM | Updated: 8:06 pm

Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) cannot catch a pass in bounds in front of Stanford c...

Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) cannot catch a pass in bounds in front of Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Arizona State Sun Devils offense went silent in the second half in Saturday afternoon’s 15-14 road loss to the Stanford Cardinal.

After ASU put up 14 points and 211 total yards on six drives in the first half, quarterback Emory Jones and Co. sputtered to just 144 total yards and no points in the final 30 minutes of the ballgame.

“Honestly, I think the playcalling was just a little different in the second half,” Arizona State WR Elijhah Badger told reporters postgame. “I have no clue, I just did my job.”

The Sun Devils came just inches away from a game-winning field goal attempt in the dying seconds, but Badger’s one-handed catch at the one-yard yard line on fourth down was recalled incomplete upon review.

“I thought I was in fully,” Badger said. “I thought I really scored at the time the way my momentum was moving. But yeah, I thought I was in.

“At first I didn’t even know they were replaying it because that’s how much I thought I was in,” he added. “But at the end of the day, I wasn’t.”

ASU kicker Carter Brown also missed a 42-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter that was on target but fell short for just his second miss of the season.

Badger had a career day for the Sun Devils, pulling in six grabs for 118 yards and a score.

“They played a little different, they bracketed,” he said of Stanford’s second half adjustments. “I’m pretty sure they bracketed some plays when I went into slot and outside receiver, they’ll bracket the safety or whoever is inside the corner.”

Jones finished the ballgame with one touchdown and one interception to go along with 227 yards on 14 of 25 passing (56%).

Defensively, the Sun Devils didn’t allow a touchdown and garnered four sacks and one interception after coming into the ballgame with only three sacks on the season.

“I think our kids played until the last whistle like I asked them to,” interim head coach Shaun Aguano told reporters postgame. “We weren’t efficient enough on offense. Our defense did a great job keeping them out of the end zone. 15 points (allowed) should win football games.

“Am I disappointed? Yes, I’m very, very disappointed.”

UP NEXT

Arizona State travels to Boulder, Colorado, to take on the Buffaloes next Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


              Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) cannot catch a pass in bounds in front of Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) cannot catch a pass in bounds in front of Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 
              Stanford safety Jonathan McGill (2) celebrates with defensive lineman Jaxson Moi (51) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Stanford place-kicker Joshua Karty (43) hits the go-ahead field goal during the fourth quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            Stanford fullback Shield Taylor, center, runs against Arizona State linebackers Merlin Robertson, left, and Kyle Soelle, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay (1) scores a touchdown past Stanford cornerback Ethan Bonner (13) during the first half an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford wide receiver Elijah Higgins (6) runs past Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) and defensive back Jordan Clark (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones (5) looks to pass against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark (1) is congratulated by defensive lineman Omarr Norman-Lott (55) after intercepting a pass against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones (5) runs against Stanford defensive end Stephen Herron (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee (18) stiff-arms Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) catches a touchdown pass against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee (18) looks to pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay (1) is tackled by Stanford defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford players run onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones (5) runs in front of Stanford defensive end Stephen Herron (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee, bottom, is tackled by Arizona State defensive lineman Travez Moore during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford tight end Benjamin Yurosek, left, catches a pass in front of Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State defensive back Ro Torrence (9) defends against a pass intended for Stanford wide receiver Brycen Tremayne that fell incomplete during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano looks on during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford head coach David Shaw looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee, left, is sacked by Arizona State defensive back Ed Woods during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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