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            === Fifth-ranked Stanford tops No. 23 Arizona State ===
 
 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.
 
 "I  told our players how proud I was of how they battled, how they played, and
 I  apologized to  them for how we got  our team ready to play," ASU head coach
 Todd Graham said. "We were obviously not ready to play today."
 
 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.
 
 "I  could  care a less about  style points; I could  care a less about what it
 looks  like,"  Stanford head coach David  Shaw said. "We played one great half
 and a solid third quarter and a bad fourth quarter. That's bottom line."
 
 
                                   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.
 
 09/22 00:42:20 ET

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