Let the record state that Arizona State would probably be leading Notre Dame even without the help of three first-half turnovers. But they certainly don’t hurt.
In a 3-3 game midway through the first quarter, Everett Golson was sacked by Tashon Smallwood, who forced a fumble and then jumped on the loose pigskin and returned it to the Notre Dame 13. One play later, Taylor Kelly hit Jaelen Strong to put the Sun Devils up 10-3. One play after that, Golson was intercepted by Marcus Hardison and three snaps after that it was 17-3.
After moving inside Arizona State territory on its next possession, Golson was intercepted by Damarious Randall, who raced it back to the house 59 yards to put Arizona State up 24-3 and this game officially into blowout territory. Three straight possessions ended in turnover for Notre Dame, which led directly to three straight Arizona State touchdowns.
Arizona State eventually pushed the lead to 34-3 before Golson hit William Fuller for a nine-yard score with 11 seconds remaining before the half to provide a halftime score of 34-10.
Kelly has completed 12-of-20 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, while Arizona State has managed an 88-23 advantage on the ground. Notre Dame just hasn’t been able to block the Sun Devils, and combined with a 3-0 turnover differential, it’s no wonder this game is a blowout.
Notre Dame will receive the ball to open the second half.