Arizona State football can’t overcome miscues vs. Oklahoma State

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The Arizona State Sun Devils hosted the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a Week 2 college football game on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Look back at our game updates from the non-conference matchup at Mountain America Stadium.

Arizona State’s disastrous second half sinks Sun Devils vs. Oklahoma State

The ASU football team has only played two games this season, but it has struggled in the second half of both games.

In Week 1, the Sun Devils were able to overcome those struggles to beat Southern Utah. They couldn’t overcome the struggles in Week 2 against Oklahoma State.

The Sun Devils were outscored 17-0 in the second half of a 27-15 loss to the Cowboys at Mountain America Stadium Saturday night after being outscored 14-3 in the second half of their Week 1 24-21 win over the Thunderbirds.

ASU had a 15-10 lead on Oklahoma State at the half and had outgained the Cowboys 172-141 in total yards.

The Sun Devils ended up being outgained 304-277 in the game, as they couldn’t get anything going in the second half again.

ASU turned the ball over four times on downs in the game and went 1-for-5 on fourth-down conversions. QB Jaden Rashada also threw an interception, going 16-for-29 for 167 yards and a touchdown.

ASU’s defense played tough, but couldn’t overcome the tough situations the offense put it in as Oklahoma State benefitted from short fields on offense several times throughout the night.

Oklahoma State ended up with 113 rushing yards in the game, all of them coming in the second half.

The Sun Devils (1-1) will attempt to regroup against Fresno State next week.

Oklahoma State (2-0) hosts South Alabama next week.

Final score: Oklahoma State 27, Arizona State 15

More:Arizona State football fans slam FS1 remote broadcast of Week 2 game vs. Oklahoma State

Sep 9, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Ollie Gordon II (0) scores a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

ASU turns ball over on downs again for 4th time

Arizona State went 37 yards over 7 plays on its next possession, but failed to complete another fourth down conversion and turned the ball over to Oklahoma State.

The Sun Devils’ Xavier Guillory had a 34-yard reception on 4th and 10 at the ASU 26 to extend the drive, and give ASU its first fourth-down conversion in four attempts in the game, but ASU ended up 1-for-5 on fourth-down conversions.

Oklahoma State was able to then run out the clock and end the game.

Score: Oklahoma State 27, Arizona State 15 (final)

Oklahoma State extends lead with touchdown pass vs. Arizona State

The Cowboys just extended their lead with a 16-yard pass from Garret Rangel to Brennan Presley on a 3rd and 4, likely putting an end to ASU’s hopes in this game.

Presley was all alone on the catch, easily making the reception and running into the end zone.

Score: Oklahoma State 27, Arizona State 15 (2:56 left in fourth quarter)

Arizona State turns ball over on downs for third time vs. Oklahoma State

The Sun Devils just turned the ball over on downs for the third time on the night.

They had a 3rd and 1 at the ASU 34, but tight end Jalin Conyers was tackled for a 1-yard loss.

On 4th and 2 at the 33, Jaden Rashada threw it too far for RB Cameron Skattebo, giving Oklahoma State the ball back with terrific field position again.

ASU is 0-for-3 on fourth down in the game. The Sun Devils have struggled in short yardage situations time and time again and it has hurt them time and time again.

Oklahoma State run game changing game vs. Arizona State

The run game for Oklahoma State has turned this game around for the Cowboys.

After rushing for zero yards in the first half, yes, zero yards, OSU has rushed for 112 yards in the second half.

The Cowboys have been able to take advantage of some ASU miscues and some short field situations to turn this game from a 15-10 halftime deficit to a 20-15 score.

It could have been an even bigger lead for the Cowboys, but ASU’s defense held Oklahoma State to a field goal after having a first and goal at the ASU 1 on their most recent possession.

Score: Oklahoma State 20, Arizona State 15 (7:11 left in fourth quarter)

Sep 9, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Jaden Nixon (3) carries the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Caleb McCullough (22) in the first half at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Arizona State goes 3-and-out vs. Oklahoma State

The mistakes keep coming for ASU.

Xavier Guillory dropped a pass on 3rd and 4 at the ASU 33 that could have gone for a lot of yards, but instead resulted in a 3-and-out for the Sun Devils, who cannot get anything going in the second half for the second straight week.

Last week, ASU only managed three points in the second half against Southern Utah.

The Sun Devils don’t have any points in the second half of this game.

ASU has only managed 55 yards in the second half of this game.

That’s not going to cut it, but still, the Sun Devils only trail by two, if their defense can come up with another stop.

Arizona State forces 3-and-out vs. Oklahoma State

The decision to play three quarterbacks didn’t pay off for Oklahoma State, who had a tough first series from Garrett Rangel.

Rangel went 1-for-3 on the drive, with his lone completion for three yards.

Oklahoma State had to punt after a three-and-out.

Rangel came in the game after Alan Bowman had gone 11-for-16 for 113 yards and Gunnar Gundy had gone 5-for-7 for 32 yards.

ASU is still seeking its first points of the second half.

ASU punts against Oklahoma State

ASU was forced to punt on its next possession after going 6 plays and 15 yards, but at least it did not turn the ball over.

On a 3rd-and-6 at the ASU 48, Jaden Rashada misfired on a pass to DeCarlos Brooks, who was only able to gain one yard on the play, ending the drive.

Oklahoma State brought in its third quarterback, Garret Rangel, to start its next drive.

ASU gets much-needed stop against Oklahoma State

The Sun Devils really needed a stop on defense against Oklahoma State.

They got it.

Alex Hale missed a 49-yard field goal, giving the ball back to ASU at their own 32-yard line.

Now, the Sun Devils really need to take care of the ball and get something going on offense.

They struggled in the second half in Week 1 last week and the struggles after the break have continued for ASU in Week 2.

Arizona State turns ball over with interception vs. Oklahoma State

The Sun Devils have given Oklahoma State the ball back twice by turning it over on downs (and on consecutive possessions).

Now they’ve turned it over for a third straight time, this time on an interception thrown by Jaden Rashada.

That’s not going to help your chances of beating the Cowboys.

ASU’s defense really needs a stop here or this game could get tough for the Sun Devils.

Oklahoma State takes first lead of game vs. Arizona State

Oklahoma State’s running game came alive on their first possession of the second half.

After rushing for zero yards in the first half, the Cowboys rushed for 47 yards on the possession, culminating the drive with an 8-yard pass from Gunnar Gundy to De’Zhaun Stribling.

The drive took five plays and went for 60 yards. Ollie Gordon had a 31-yard drive on the drive.

The turnover on downs came back to hurt ASU, who now trails for the first time in the game.

Score: Oklahoma State 17, Arizona State 15 (9:09 left in third quarter)

Cowboys come up with big stops vs. Arizona State

The Sun Devils have turned the ball over on downs again.

ASU was unable to get a first down after having a 2nd and 3 and a 3rd and 1 and elected to go for it on 4th and 1, getting stuffed all three times to turn the ball over on downs against Oklahoma State.

ASU’s drive went for 6 plays and 35 yards and gave Oklahoma State the ball at their own 40-yard line.

ASU defense stands tall at end of first half vs. Oklahoma State

Arizona State’s defense forced a three-and-out at the end of the first half as Oklahoma State lost three yards on their three plays during their last possession of the half.

ASU will receive the ball to start the second half.

The Sun Devils outgained Oklahoma State 172-141 in the first half.

ASU had 66 rushing yards compared to 0 for OSU.

How’s this for time of possession? ASU had the ball for 15:07. Oklahoma State had it for 14:53.

Score: Arizona State 15, Oklahoma State 10 (Halftime)

Sep 9, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) makes a touchdown catch against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Gamble doesn’t pay off for Arizona State

The Sun Devils went for it on 4th-and-5 at the Oklahoma State 48, but Jaden Rashada was sacked, giving Oklahoma State another short field.

ASU’s drive went for 10 plays and 22 yards and took 5:36 off the clock.

The gamble puts the ASU defense in another tough spot as the first half winds down in Tempe.

Oklahoma State gets closer with field goal vs. Arizona State

The Cowboys switched quarterbacks on their next possession, bringing in Gunnar Gundy.

It paid off with a field goal for Oklahoma State.

Alex Hale hit a 52-yard field goal after Oklahoma State went 40 yards on five previous plays to pull the Cowboys within 15-10.

Gundy was 3-for-4 for 28 yards on the drive.

Score: Arizona State 15, Oklahoma State 10 (7:41 left in second quarter)

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Arizona State responds with long touchdown pass vs. Oklahoma State

Elijhah Badger just caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Rashada to give ASU a 15-7 lead over the Cowboys.

The wide receiver was wide open for the Sun Devils, catching the ball and then outrunning the defense for the score.

ASU picked up a critical first down on a 9-yard run from Rashada on 3rd-and-9 on the previous play to extend the possession, which was a critical one for ASU, who had gone three-and-out on the previous possession and has a short-handed defense that needs all the rest it can get.

ASU chose to go for two after the touchdown after Oklahoma State was called for offsides and Cameron Skattebo ran it in for the conversion.

Score: Arizona State 15, Oklahoma State 7 (10:07 left in second quarter)

Oklahoma State evens score against Arizona State early in second quarter

The Cowboys took advantage of a short field and drove 43 yards over seven plays to tie the game against the Sun Devils.

Ollie Gordon II ran the ball in from two yards out on 3rd and goal to tied the game.

Alan Bowman has played the entire game so far for Oklahoma State after coach Mike Gundy said he would use three quarterbacks in this game. He is now 11-for-16 for 113 yards.

Score: Arizona State 7, Oklahoma State 7 (11:58 left in second quarter)

Short field for Oklahoma State to start second quarter

ASU had to punt the ball after a three-and-out and Oklahoma State will start the second quarter in great field position at the Arizona State 43-yard line after a short Sun Devil punt.

Oklahoma State’s Alan Bowman has gotten all the snaps for the Cowboys so far in this game at quarterback, and he is 7-for-11 for 68 yards.

ASU’s defense has come up with some big plays so far in this game, but with Oklahoma State’s great field position, the unit will be tested on this first possession of the second quarter.

ASU football defense shining vs. Oklahoma State

The Arizona State defense is looking very good in the first quarter against Oklahoma State.

The Sun Devils just forced the Cowboys to punt after a 7-play, 19-yard drive.

They have allowed 71 total yards on Oklahoma State’s three possessions.

68 of those 71 yards have come through the air.

Yes, Oklahoma State has just three yards rushing in the game so far.

Sep 9, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils students cheer during the pregame warmup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Arizona State takes lead on impressive drive against Oklahoma State

The ASU football team turned to the ground on its second offensive possession of the game.

And it delivered.

DeCarlos Brooks and Cameron Skattebo plowed their way to big gains on the ground and the Sun Devils’ took a 7-0 lead on the Cowboys.

Skattebo ran in from 13-yards out for the score. He also had runs of 6 yards and 4 yards on the drive.

ASU has 53 yards rushing in the game. Oklahoma State doesn’t have any rushing yards.

Freshmen QB Jaden Rashada didn’t have to do much on that drive, but he was efficient. He’s not 5-for-6 for 31 yards in the game.

The Sun Devils look like a completely different team from their second half against Southern Utah in Week 1.

Score: Arizona State 7, Oklahoma State 0 (4:28 left in first quarter)

Sun Devils come up with big third-down stop vs. Cowboys

The ASU defense is stepping up early in this game.

The Sun Devils just held Oklahoma State’s Jaden Nixon to a 1-yard gain on third-and-2 at the Oklahoma State 45, forcing the Cowboys to punt for the second time.

Oklahoma State gained 18 yards on six plays on the drive.

ASU loses starting offensive lineman to injury

This isn’t good. ASU starting offensive lineman Emmit Bohle is exiting the game on a cart after being injured on ASU’s second offensive play from scrimmage.

The injury is a huge blow for ASU as the Sun Devils are already out too other offensive lineman, with Ben Coleman and Isaia Glass injured.

Arizona State is also without WR Jordyn Tyson, QB Drew Pyne, DE Anthonie Cooper and DB Montana Warren in the game.

The Sun Devils only gained 7 yards on their first possession and were forced to punt.

ASU defense stops Oklahoma State on first drive

The Cowboys had a 20-yard completion from Alan Bowman to De’Zhaun Stribling on their first play from scrimmage in the game, but ASU was able to force an Oklahoma State punt after four plays and 24 yards on OSU’s opening possession.

That’s the kind of start on defense that ASU can really use.

Can the Sun Devils now get something going on offense after struggling in the second half against Southern Utah last week?

It’s hot in Tempe for ASU vs. Oklahoma State game

It is 105 degrees at kickoff for this college football game.

Yes, 105.

We’ll see if that plays a factor at all in the game. But as they like to say in Arizona, it’s a dry heat.

ASU won the toss and deferred to receive the second half kickoff, so Oklahoma State will get the ball first.

The Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State game is now scheduled to kick off at 7:40 p.m. MST.

Alex Faust is on the play-by-play call for the game, which is being televised on FS1.

Petros Papadakis is the analyst.

FS1 is not at this game. It is broadcasting this game remotely.

Check out these pregame photos from the ASU vs. Oklahoma State game on Saturday, including tailgating near Mountain America Stadium.

ESPN’s College GameDay had Joe Namath as a special guest picker Saturday morning and the football legend was the only one on the show to pick an ASU victory over the Cowboys.

Namath also shared a very interesting tidbit: That Frank Kush recruited him to come to Arizona State.

What could have been …

The Fire Ray Anderson mobile billboards are back for another week.

After debuting for Week 1’s ASU football game against Southern Utah, the billboards calling for Arizona State to fire athletic director Ray Anderson have returned for the Sun Devils’ Week 2 game against Oklahoma State.

You can read more about the billboards and the campaign to fire Arizona State’s athletic director here.

The game can be seen at 7:30 p.m. MST time on FS1.

FS1 is available to stream via Sling, DirecTV Stream, Fubo (free trial), Vidgo as well as through cable providers.

To locate which channel it is for your provider, click here.

Going to the game?

While fans are no doubt excited for a new era of Sun Devil football under head coach Kenny Dillingham, with a revamped roster and freshman starting quarterback Jaden Rashada, you have to get to the stadium first, which presents some challenges.

This guide will help you navigate parking, tailgating and entering the stadium, formerly known as Sun Devil Stadium, for ASU second game of the season.

Want to go see the Arizona State football team’s non-conference game against Oklahoma State on Saturday night?

Tickets for the Week 2 college football game at Mountain America Stadium are going for under $25.

Yes, $25.

Ticketmaster had a lot of upper-deck tickets for the 7:30 p.m. game going for under $25 earlier this week, with some as low as $19.81, including fees.

Can Kenny Dillingham's Arizona State football team beat Oklahoma State? Follow our game updates for the latest score and analysis from the Week 2 college football game.

Most sites are predicting an Oklahoma State victory over Arizona State in Saturday’s game.

The Arizona Republic’s Michelle Gardner previewed and predicted the outcome of the game in her Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State scouting report.

ESPN gives Oklahoma State a 70.7% chance to beat ASU in the contest.

Oklahoma State is a 3.5-point favorite in the game, according to BetMGM Sportsbook.

The Cowboys are -159 on the moneyline. The Sun Devils are +133.

The over/under for the game is set at 53 points.

Arizona State football fans are encouraged to wear black for the Sun Devils’ Week 2 college football game against Oklahoma State on Saturday night at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe for the team’s annual “Blackout” game.

But some people aren’t exactly thrilled with the program’s decision to have the Blackout game this week.

On social media they cited the expected hot temperatures in Tempe on Saturday, as well as black being part of Oklahoma State’s traditional colors, in criticism for the theme for the night.

You can read the criticism for ASU’s Blackout game (and the support) here.

The Arizona State football team has unveiled its uniform for is Blackout game against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

The uniform was unveiled in a video on social media Thursday.

It is black with gold accents, but features a maroon helmet.

Pregame reading for Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State Week 2 college football game

Three quarterbacks? Mike Gundy is disrespecting ASU

Speedy true freshman Kyson Brown breaking into ASU lineup as factor on special teams

Veteran Arizona State lineman Joey Ramos embracing final chance to play close to home

College football world marvels at Pac-12 Conference’s incredible start to 2023 season

Pac-12 football power rankings: Conference makes statement with undefeated Week 1 record

After chaotic opener, Kenny Dillingham sees where Arizona State football can improve

Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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