The first loss of the season was a tough one for the Arizona State Sun Devils to swallow, especially for Taylor Kelly. With a chance to win it at the end, Kelly overthrew a potential winning toss that, instead, ended up as an interception. It was a situation that the Devils didn’t find themselves in in their Pac-12 opener.
Despite that loss in Week 3, there were plenty of positives to pull in Kelly’s performance. He managed to make plays with both his arm and his feet and nearly brought the Devils back from a big deficit, before throwing that pick. He turned those positives into a big night on Saturday in Tempe.
As the Devils continue to roll with that two quarterback system, Kelly continues to make the case that they don’t really need to. He was a star with his arm on Saturday, both with his overall numbers and his accuracy, and he made a couple of plays with his feet as well.
By halftime, Kelly already had a season-high with 259 yards on the night. He went onto finish with 326 yards and three scores on the night. He was 19-of-26 with his passing. While he didn’t have the night running that we’ve seen from him previously this season, he made a couple of plays on the ground, including a 15-yard run.
It certainly helps when your receivers step up. The wide receivers for the Sun Devils have been drawing criticism, and they finally had one step up on Saturday in the form of Rashad Ross. Ross was the leading receiver for the Devils, finishing with five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Though we saw plenty of Michael Eubank out there, we could see less as the season wears on. Kelly has proven that he’s capable of running this offense on his own, and is plenty of capable of making the plays with his feet that Eubank can. It will be interesting to see if Todd Graham shakes his view on that type of system.