The Arizona State football team takes on No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in a Week 2 college football game in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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ASU converts 2 third-downs at end of third quarter vs. Oklahoma State
On third-and-six at the ASU 19, Emory Jones completed a 10-yard pass to Giovanni Sanders for ASU’s first third-down conversion of the game.
Then, on third-and-18 from the ASU 21, Jones connected with Elijhah Badger for a first down at the end of the third quarter, with Badger spinning and fighting for the first-down yardage.
The Sun Devils are down to the Cowboys at the end of three quarters, 20-10.
Emory Jones is 10-for-18 passing for 191 yards in the game now.
ASU has the ball at its own 41-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
ASU can’t convert another third down vs. Oklahoma State
Just like that, all of ASU’s early momentum in the second half is gone. The Sun Devils ran the ball three times on their possession after the Oklahoma State field goal and failed to pick up a first down.
ASU is 0-for-9 on third down in the game. It had a third-and-2 that it couldn’t pick up on that drive, going three-and-out and punting the ball back to Oklahoma State.
The Sun Devils are just 4-for-22 on third down this season.
The saving grace for the Sun Devils?
Their defense then forced Oklahoma State to a three-and-out. There is 2:26 left in the third quarter.
Oklahoma State extends lead with field goal vs. Arizona State
Oklahoma State had a first-and-goal from the ASU 10 set up after a 42-yard pass from Spencer Sanders to Braydon Johnson, but the Arizona State defense held the Cowboys to a Tanner Brown field goal.
Oklahoma State now has a 20-10 lead with 5:45 left in the third quarter. It’s also raining in Stillwater.
Score: Oklahoma State 20, ASU 10 (5:45 left in third quarter)
ASU can’t take advantage of chance vs. Oklahoma State
The Sun Devils saw their ensuing drive stall when Emory Jones was hit and threw an incomplete pass on third-and-six at the Oklahoma State 30.
Herm Edwards elected to try a 48-yard field goal on fourth-and-six by Carter Brown that went wide, giving Oklahoma State the ball back and being a missed opportunity for Arizona State.
ASU’s defense does its part on first possession of second half
ASU’s defense forced Oklahoma State to punt after a 4-play, 15-yard drive after ASU scored on its first possession, giving the ball back to the Sun Devils.
So, the Sun Devils scored a touchdown on their first possession of the half and then stopped the Cowboys.
Can they keep the momentum going?
The Sun Devils got the start they needed in the second half of the game against Oklahoma State.
Buoyed by a 73-yard completion from Emory Jones to Giovanni Sanders, ASU drew within 17-10 with 12:18 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Xazavian Valladay.
ASU scored a field goal on its opening drive of the game and now scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half.
ASU’s drive was four plays, 75 yards and took 2:42 off the clock.
Score: Oklahoma State 17, ASU 10 (12:18 left in third quarter)
We’re at the half in Stillwater and Oklahoma State holds a 17-3 lead over Arizona State after scoring 17 unanswered points in the second quarter.
ASU’s defense played great in the first quarter as the Sun Devils built a 3-0 lead, but the offense’s inability to move the ball in the second quarter left the defense winded and Oklahoma State was able to exploit the Sun Devils in that quarter on its way to a 14-point lead at the half.
The Sun Devils’ Emory Jones is 7-for-12 passing, but ASU only has 88 yards through the air.
It has 70 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
ASU is 0-for-7 on third downs in the game.
Penalties have hurt the Sun Devils with ASU flagged four times for 50 yards.
Kyle Soelle had 10 tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the half for the SUn Devils.
Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders is just 11-for-27 passing for 104 yards, but the Cowboys have rushed the ball for 123 yards on 24 attempts.
ASU gets the ball to start the second half and needs to produce a score of some kind on it to get it back in the game.
Long, sustained drives would help the ASU defense rest and keep the Oklahoma State defense off the field, but the Sun Devils need a score of any kind and then a stop of any kind to get this game turned around.
ASU football in trouble vs. Oklahoma State
Things have gone sideways fast for the Sun Devils against the Cowboys.
After holding a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Oklahoma State has scored 17 points in the second quarter.
It could have been worse for the Sun Devils, but Oklahoma State appeared to take its foot off the gas and play conservatively on its final possession of the first half, which ended with a 43-yard field goal by Tanner Brown to give the Cowboys a 17-3 lead.
Oklahoma State has two touchdowns and a field goal on its last three possessions.
Score: Oklahoma State 17, ASU 3 (:26 left in second quarter)
ASU’s defense appears winded against Oklahoma State and a penalty on Joe Moore for a late hit on QB Spencer Sanders didn’t help.
The Cowboys would have had a third-and-10 on their drive, but Moore’s penalty gave them a first down and helped the Cowboys score on a 96-yard touchdown drive to take a 14-3 lead with 2:45 left in the first half.
Sanders ran it in from six yards out for the score.
The Sun Devils really need to get something going on offense on this ensuing possession before the half if they want to get back some confidence and momentum against the Cowboys.
ASU had 78 yards on its first drive. It had 85 on their next five in the game.
Score: Oklahoma State 14, ASU 3 (2:45 left in second quarter)
Xazavian Valladay’s fumble did in fact prove costly for the Sun Devils in the second quarter of their game against Oklahoma State.
After the ASU running back lost the ball at the 37-yard line, Oklahoma State went 37 yards on five plays over 1:13 to take a 7-3 lead on a 3-yard run from Dominic Richardson.
All five plays on the drive were running plays.
ASU’s defense has played admirably in this game, but the offense can’t put it in situations like it did if the Sun Devils want to have any chance of winning.
It just feels like Oklahoma State took all the momentum away from ASU. Can ASU get something going on offense and get it back?
Score: Oklahoma State 7, ASU 3 (8:28 left in second quarter)
ASU makes first big miscue
The Sun Devils’ Xazavian Valladay fumbled the ball on a 3-and-1 run at the ASU 39-yard line with 9:41 left in the first half, giving Oklahoma State the ball in great field position.
Will it hurt ASU and propel Oklahoma State?
ASU’s defense had played well, but it seems as if Oklahoma State has been just inches away at times from breaking off some big plays.
The first quarter of the ASU vs. Oklahoma State game is over and the Sun Devils have a 3-0 lead over the Cowboys in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State’s offense appeared to be heating up before ASU’s Kyle Soelle intercepted Spencer Sanders at ASU’s 22-yard line, keeping Oklahoma State off the scoreboard in the first.
Oklahoma State got 110 yards in the first quarter, while ASU got 107.
The Sanders’ interception was the only turnover of the opening quarter and it was a big one, helping preserve ASU’s lead. The Cowboys punted on their first three possession of the game and threw an interception on their fourth.
ASU is averaging seven yards per rush and has 56 yards on eight attempts. The Sun Devils need to keep their running game going to help run the clock and keep Oklahoma State’s offense off the field.
ASU’s Emory Jones was 4-for-8 passing the the first. Arizona State will need him to step up to help keep its chances of an upset alive.
Overall, it was a very positive first quarter for ASU. The team is up 3-0 on the road against a ranked opponent. You can’t complain about that.
Score: ASU 3, Oklahoma State 0 (end of first quarter)
Defenses standing tall in first quarter of Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State game
ASU’s defense allowed Oklahoma State to get its second first down of the game on a penalty for roughing the passer, but the Sun Devils then forced the Cowboys to punt for the third time in their first three possessions.
The Sun Devils went three-and-out on their ensuing possession.
It’s only been two possessions, but ASU’s defense has held Oklahoma State to 19 yards and just one first down on those two possessions.
The Cowboys have 15 yards rushing and just four yards passing after their two possessions.
Oklahoma State’s offense plays extremely fast, can the Sun Devils continue to keep the Cowboys off the field? That would obviously go a long way in helping their case for an upset.
ASU wasn’t able to add to its score against Oklahoma State on its ensuing possession and got away from running the ball on the possession.
Emory Jones completed a 28-yard pass to Elijhah Badger on the first play of the drive, but then had three straight incompletions to force ASU to punt.
The Sun Devils came up with a stop on the opening possession of the game, forcing Oklahoma State to punt after just one first down.
The Cowboys went just 13 yards on six plays on their first possession.
ASU’s opening possession got off to a great start as Xazavian Valladay ran for 42 yards on the Sun Devils’ first play from scrimmage.
The Sun Devils the drove 78 yards on eight plays over 3:41 to take the a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard Carter Brown field goal.
Brown had four field goals last week and was the Pac 12 special teams player of the week.
ASU impressed on the drive, but had to settle for a field goal. Still, the Sun Devils got a stop on Oklahoma State’s first possession, and find a way to score on their first possession, providing some early positives for Herm Edwards’ team.
Score: ASU 3, Oklahoma State 0 (9:00 left in first quarter)
ASU football injury update for game vs. Oklahoma State
The Sun Devils could be pretty shorthanded against the Cowboys on Saturday.
CB Ed Woods and DL Gharin Stansbury (hamstring) are not expected to play, in addition to DE Mike Matus and OL Joey Ramos, who have both been lost for the season.
Game-time decisions are NB Jordan Clark, OL Des Holmes and DT Nesta Jade Silvera.
ASU’s captains are Case hatch, LaDarius Henderson, Kyle Soelle and Merlin Robertson. Spencer Sanders, Braydon Johnson, Matt Hembrough and Mason Cobb are the captains for Oklahoma State.
ASU won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving Oklahoma State the ball to start the game.
Oklahoma State is attempting a stripe out for Saturday’s game against ASU.
The school is encouraging fans to “Stripe BPS” by dressing in different colors at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Some sections are encouraged to wear orange for the game, while others are asked to wear white. A third group is requested to wear black in their locations.
Wonder how much maroon and gold we will see among the orange, white and black?
ASU vs. Oklahoma State series history
The teams have met three times on the football field and Arizona State holds a 2-1 series lead, and a two-game winning streak in the series.
In 1984, Oklahoma State upset No. 12 ASU in Tempe, 45-3.
In 1991, the Sun Devils beat the Cowboys in Stillwater, 30-3.
In the most recent matchup in 1993, ASU beat Oklahoma State in Tempe, 12-10.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has never coached against ASU or coach Herm Edwards.
Gundy is 10-3 against the Pac-12 in his career.
Who will win the ASU vs. Oklahoma State football game on Saturday?
Most writers appear to think that the Cowboys will defeat the Sun Devils in their picks and predictions for the game.
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The ASU football team’s uniform combination for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State consists of gold pants, a white jersey with maroon numbers, gold cleats and a gold helmet with the ASU mascot, Sparky.
Most Arizona State fans seems enamored with the look, judging by their comments on social media (and the number of fire emojis in those comments).
You can check out their reaction to the uniform here.
Pregame reading for ASU vs. Oklahoma State game
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