The Arizona State Sun Devils hosted the USC Trojans looking to bounce back from their loss to the Stanford Cardinal last week. They needed to get their offense on track and break open the game against a USC defense that had one of the toughest in college football up to this point. Marion Grice provided that spark as he dynamically torched the Trojans’ defense and led the Devils to a huge victory.
Grice showed that he could lead the Devils to a big win two weeks ago when he scored four rushing touchdowns against the Wisconsin Badgers. On Saturday against USC, he once again found the endzone four times as ASU hung 62 points on the Pac 12‘s highest rated defense going into the weekend. He carried the ball 12 times for 63 yards and found the endzone twice on the ground while catching seven passes for 36 yards and another pair of scores.
The senior running back has proven himself as a valuable dual-threat running back out of the back field. He leads the team in rushing and has scored six of the team’s seven rushing touchdowns so far this season. Grice has also been creating matchup problems in the passing game and currently sits No. 3 on the team with 15 catches for 147 yards with two touchdowns. He’s been an invaluable cog in the ASU offensive machine in 2013.
For the Sun Devils to make a run at the Pac 12 title and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl, their offense will have to continue to put up big numbers like they did on Saturday against USC. For that to happen, Grice must continue to dynamically break games open with his ability to find the endzone whether by ground or air.