PULLMAN, Wash. -- Arizona State has qualified for a bowl. Todd Graham has much bigger plans.
"I want to win the championship," the Sun Devils coach said Thursday night. "It's one more down and five more to go to be Pac-12 champs."
Taylor Kelly tossed five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 55-21 victory against Washington State. The redshirt junior threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help ASU (6-2, 4-1) win its first road game of the season after two losses.
"Taylor is like having an offensive coordinator on the field," Graham said. "He does a tremendous job of audibling and dispersing the ball."
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 42-14 lead in the first half and never let the Cougars back in the game. Arizona State produced 557 yards of total offense and extended its lead in the Pac-12 South to 1½ games.
"Everything for us was to come out and start fast and kind of get the crowd out of the way," Kelly said.
Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing for Washington State (4-5, 2-4), which has lost four of five. Halliday, who set an FBS record in his previous game with 89 pass attempts in a loss to No. 2 Oregon, was 29 of 54 with two touchdowns.
Marion Grice ran for 94 yards as ASU scored at least 50 points for the fifth time this season. Kelly completed 22 of 31 passes and was intercepted once.
"He is leading this team," Graham said.
Arizona State scored three times in the first quarter, thanks in part to great field position, and three more times in the second to build a lead the Cougars could not overcome.
"We tried to make too much happen," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "We focused too much on our opponent rather than on doing our job.
"We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds," he added, including dropped balls and slow reaction time.
But Leach had praise for Halliday.
"This is one of the best games he's played," the coach said. "He didn't have a lot of time to throw."
Kelly marched the Sun Devils 67 yards on their first possession, scoring on a bootleg from 7 yards out.
Washington State went three-and-out on its first three possessions. After the Sun Devils took over on the Cougars 36 following a short punt, Grice ran the ball five times to get down to the 6. Kelly bootlegged into the end zone for a second time to give ASU a 14-0 lead.
Washington State's Gabe Marks fumbled after an 18-yard reception, and Robert Nelson recovered to give Arizona State the ball on the WSU 39. Kelly fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong all alone in the end zone for a 21-0 cushion with 3:20 left in the first quarter.
Marks redeemed himself on the first play of the second, taking a short pass from Halliday and weaving through the ASU defense for a 34-yard touchdown.
Arizona State's Deantre Lewis fumbled on the next series, and WSU's Ioane Gauta recovered. But the Cougars had to punt and Kelly moved the Sun Devils 62 yards, finishing with a 7-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Foster for a 28-7 lead.
After another three-and-out for WSU, Kelly fired a 51-yard touchdown pass to Richard Smith on the next play from scrimmage.
The Cougars turned the ball over on downs, and five plays later Kelly hit Chris Coyle with an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 42-7 with 1:40 left in the first half. Grice's 32-yard reception was the big play on the drive.
Washington State replied with its best drive. The Cougars marched 75 yards and Rickey Galvin caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Halliday to cut ASU's advantage to 42-14 at halftime.
Washington State scored first in the second half, on a 4-yard run by Jeremiah Laufasa to make it 42-21. The Sun Devils replied with Kelly's 23-yard touchdown pass to Foster.
Zane Gonzalez added a pair of field goals for Arizona State in the fourth.
The Sun Devils lead the series 25-13-2, having won nine of the past 10 games.
Both teams were coming off bye weeks.
|Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly breaks loose for a 26-yard run during the second quarter. (USATSI)|
|Arizona State #25 (6-2) «||21||21||7||6||55|
|Washington State (4-5)||0||14||7||0||21|
|ARIZST||Taylor Kelly 7 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|ARIZST||Taylor Kelly 6 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|ARIZST||Jaelen Strong 11 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|WASHST||Gabe Marks 34 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)|
|ARIZST||D.J. Foster 7 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|ARIZST||Richard Smith 51 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|ARIZST||Chris Coyle 8 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|WASHST||Rickey Galvin 15 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)|
|WASHST||Jeremiah Laufasa 4 yd run (Andrew Furney kick)|
|ARIZST||D.J. Foster 23 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Zane Gonzalez kick)|
|ARIZST||Zane Gonzalez 37 yd FG|
|ARIZST||Zane Gonzalez 36 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||7-14||6-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-2||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||18||111|
|Punt Return Yds||31||0|
|Time of Poss.||37:27||22:33|
|ARIZST: Marion Grice 18-94, Taylor Kelly 13-66, Deantre Lewis 13-48, D.J. Foster 8-30, Carl Bradford 1-20, Alex Garoutte 1-19, Mike Bercovici 1-8, Team 2--3|
|WASHST: Marcus Mason 4-13, Teondray Caldwell 1-9, Jeremiah Laufasa 2-5, Connor Halliday 4--25|
|ARIZST: Taylor Kelly 22-31-275-1|
|WASHST: Connor Halliday 29-54-300-1|
|ARIZST: D.J. Foster 7-77, Jaelen Strong 4-35, Richard Smith 3-79, Chris Coyle 3-28, Marion Grice 2-31, Frederick Gammage 1-14, Cameron Smith 1-7, Darwin Rogers 1-4|
|WASHST: Vince Mayle 6-56, River Cracraft 4-78, Gabe Marks 4-66, Isiah Myers 3-30, Rickey Galvin 3-19, Kristoff Williams 3-19, Marcus Mason 1-8, Teondray Caldwell 1-8, Dom Williams 1-7, John Fullington 1-4, Jeremiah Laufasa 1-3, Bobby Ratliff 1-2|
|Arizona State||1st Pac-12 South||8-1||10-3|
|Washington State||4th Pac-12 North||4-5||6-6|
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