Photos by Connor Radnovich
Over the weekend, the ASU Sun Devils faced off against the Oregon State Beavers, needing a victory to stay one game ahead of the UCLA Bruins in the race for Pac-12 South championship.
They got just that.
It may not have been the blowout-style victory that Sun Devil fans have become accustomed to over the past few weeks, but the 30-17 victory was enough to set the Sun Devils up for a huge matchup against the Bruins at the Rose Bowl next weekend.
The ASU offense didn’t look strong early on as quarterback Taylor Kelly threw interceptions on back-to-back drives after opening up the game with a touchdown. The Sun Devils eventually found a rhythm, scoring two more touchdowns in the first half to build a 20-0 lead.
Oregon State scored a field goal at the end of the second quarter and added a touchdown midway through the third to cut ASU’s lead down to 10.
The Sun Devils were unable to separate themselves from the Beavers, failing to score an offensive touchdown in the second half.
Cornerback Robert Nelson was able to put the game away for ASU when he picked off OSU quarterback Sean Mannion and returned the ball 23 yards to put the Sun Devils up 30-10 with just more than five minutes remaining.
With the win, ASU remains in control over its own destiny toward a Pac-12 South championship. A victory over UCLA next weekend clinches the South division and a spot in this year’s Pac-12 championship game.
Written by Troy Lopez.