Photos by Connor Radnovich
The ASU Sun Devils took on Stanford Cardinal in the third installment of the Pac-12 Championship Saturday night.
After keeping close with Stanford for most of the first half, ASU failed to score in the second half, losing in front of a national audience 38-14.
The Sun Devils reached the title game for their first time since the creation of the championship game two years ago.
Senior runningback Marion Grice sat out the game for the second straight week, allowing sophomore D.J. Foster to take over the main duties. Foster seized the opportunity, scoring twice on big plays of 51 yards and 65 yards.
Junior quarterback Taylor Kelly completed 17 of 25 passes for just 173 yards and one touchdown.
The high-octane offense that Sun Devil fans have become accustomed to seeing sputtered on the cold December night.
ASU was only able to muster up a total of 311 yards against a stout Stanford defense. The Cardinal never found trouble getting their offense going, using a balanced attack to gain more than 500 yards.
ASU dropped its first home game after going 7-0 during the regular season.
The win over ASU will send Stanford to its second consecutive Rose Bowl appearance.
The Sun Devils will now travel to San Diego for this year’s Holiday Bowl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 30.
Written by Troy Lopez.