Arizona State football has decided to shut it down. No postseason.
But, after a tumultuous regular season, the Sun Devils are going out on top.
ASU followed up last week’s 70-7 thrashing of Pac-12 rival University of Arizona with a dominating win over Oregon State last night to close out the abbreviated regular-season schedule.
ASU Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson praised the players for their performance this season under a great deal of pressure. “They have endured an emotionally-exhausting 10 months in an effort to compete in the sport they have such a passion for. They’ve done everything asked of them, and more, in following the strict protocols (to contain COVID-19) that were established to provide them the opportunity to play a football season.”
This year’s Sun Devil squad finished the season 2-2, overall and in conference play, since all four games were Pac-12 contests. But they had to work through the challenges of a stop-and-start schedule that included the cancellation of three straight games, which accounts for the small number of games played.
ASU lost a heart-breaking season opener, 28-27, to USC on Nov. 7, and then didn’t play again until Dec. 5 when they hosted UCLA. In that game, they rallied from a 17-point deficit to fall just short of their comeback bid in the 18-25 loss.
But in the next game the Devils took out their frustration on Arizona with that 10-touchdown, 63-point blow-out victory in Tucson, and then jumped all over Oregon State by running out to a 42-0 lead and cruised to a 46-33 win to come away with a .500 season. It was ASU’s only out-of-state road game of the season.
They piled up 486 total yards of offense against the Wildcats and then followed that performance with 514 yards against the Beavers. It’s safe to say the Sun Devils were on a roll when their season ended.
“We’re proud of what they have accomplished and the way they have handled everything, on and off the field,” said head coach Herm Edwards, referring to the challenges posed by the coronavirus concerns.
“We look forward to beginning our preparation for the 2021 season when they return to campus Jan. 11.”
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