Arizona State University Sun Devils blasted the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
After they suffered a 24-56 defeat against Boise State last year in the Maaco Bowl, Arizona State turned the tables against the Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park, cruising to a dominating 62-28 victory.
ASU got off to a strong start, jumping to a 21-0 lead in the first half. One of those touchdowns was scored by Marion Grice, who decided to play in the game just days after the sudden death of his brother. Grice, who was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the end of the game, played with a heavy heart and turned in a memorable 159-yard rushing performance on just 14 carries. His presence immediately paid off for the Sun Devils as he would score twice, on a 10 and 39-yard run.
“I didn’t know if he’d be able to play, but he played unbelievably” added head coach Todd Graham.
In fact, the offense as a whole played unbelievably. In the first half alone ASU accumulated 314 total yards (146 rushing and 168 passing), and 18 first downs. QB Taylor Kelly was responsible for four touchdowns in the first half (1 rushing and 3 passing), with the biggest being on a 52-yard bomb to WR Rashad Ross, who finished with 4 catches and 139 yards receiving. Kelly, who only had two incomplete passes all game, also collected 81 rushing yards.
In the second half, the offense continued to churn. To follow his third touchdown pass at the end of the second quarter, Kelly would once again connect with Ross, this time on a 50-yard pass to take the 41-7 lead. San Jose native and Valley Christian alumni Cameron Marshall would also get in on the action, scoring two rushing touchdowns. The Sun Devil offense would finish the game with a monster stat line – 648 total yards and 36 first downs.
The ASU defense also played a masterful game. Led by Junior and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year DT Will Sutton, who also won the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Game, the Sun Devils limited the Navy to only 14 points through three quarters and only 14 yards passing in the first half. Sutton, who may decide to enter next year’s NFL Draft, concluded the year with 23.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks.
The Navy had a tough game all night. The defense was not able to contain the high-octane Sun Devil offense, which scored a touchdown on its first nine possessions. QB Keenan Reynolds struggled mightily, accumulating only 14 yards on 5/11 passing and one touchdown to Matt Aiken in the second quarter. Gee Gee Greene carried the Navy all night, as he gathered 112 yards rushing and 187 return yards, which included a 95-yard return for a touchdown.
A – 16-yard pass from Taylor Kelly to Rashad Ross; Alex Garoutte PAT (7-0)
A – 10-yard run by Marion Grice; Garoutte PAT (14-0)
A – 1-yard run by Taylor Kelly; Garoutte PAT (21-0)
N – 3-yard pass from Keenan Reynolds to Matt Aiken; Nick Sloan PAT (21-7)
A – 11-yard pass from Kelly to Alonzo Agwuenu; Garoutte PAT (28-7)
A – 52-yard pass from Kelly to Ross; Garoutte PAT no good (34-7)
A – 50-yard pass from Kelly to Ross; Garoutte PAT; (41-7)
A – 1-yard run by Cameron Marshall; Garoutte PAT (48-7)
N – 95-yard kickoff return by Gee Gee Greene; Sloan PAT (48-14)
A – 39-yard run by Grice; Garoutte PAT (55-14)
A – 33-yard run by Marshall; Garoutte PAT (62-14)
N – 46-yard run by Chris Swain; Sloan PAT (62-21)
N – 23-yard pass from Trey Miller to Brandon Turner; Sloan PAT (62-28)