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In Stanford's first four drives, the Cardinal gained 270 yards in 21 plays, scored four touchdowns, and created a scenario almost exactly like the one from the first Stanford-ASU game this year.
On September 21, Stanford went up 39-7 before weathering a late ASU charge. This time around, the charge was less difficult to weather. A suddenly one-dimensional ASU offense couldn't sustain any momentum, and Stanford was able to tee off on quarterback Taylor Kelly, who finished 17-for-25 for just 173 yards with one score and five sacks (yards per pass attempt: 4.6). The Cardinal cruised to a 38-14 win and a second straight conference title.
Start smoking hot and dominate field position. That's a pretty good recipe for success.
Stanford 38, Arizona State 14
|Close %||77.7%||STANDARD DOWNS|
|Field Position %||30.9%||51.6%||Success Rate||41.7%||39.3%|
|Close Success Rate||37.7%||41.7%||Success Rate||29.4%||45.0%|
|Close Success Rate||33.3%||46.4%||Turnover Pts||0.0||4.4|
|Close PPP||0.42||0.86||Turnover Pts Margin||+4.4||-4.4|
|Line Yards/carry||2.55||3.26||Q1 S&P||0.905||1.946|
|Close Success Rate||45.0%||35.0%|
|Close PPP||0.65||0.63||1st Down S&P||0.833||0.677|
|Close S&P||1.097||0.985||2nd Down S&P||0.856||1.714|
|SD/PD Sack Rate||16.7% / 0.0%||30.0% / 10.0%||3rd Down S&P||0.608||1.186|
|Projected Pt. Margin: Stanford +16.1 | Actual Pt. Margin: Stanford +24|