Oct 30, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) runs with the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington State upsets turnover-prone Arizona State

Washington State scored 24 points off five Arizona State turnovers and Calvin Jackson Jr. finished with 139 yards on eight receptions in the Cougars’ 34-21 win Saturday against Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz.

The Cougars (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) were 16-point underdogs entering the game.

Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) lost its first game at home this season after starting 4-0. The five turnovers were the most for the Sun Devils since 2010.

Washington State’s Jayden de Laura completed 17 of 27 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Cougars surpassed 100 yards rushing against Arizona State for the first time since 2005, reaching 166 behind 68 yards on 16 carries by Deon McIntosh and 67 yards on 12 rushes by Max Borghi.

Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels threw two interceptions for the first time in his three-year career. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown.

Washington State took advantage of Arizona State’s turnover issues in the first half to take a 28-7 lead at halftime.

Two fumbles and an interception led to three touchdowns for the Cougars.

Six plays after Justus Rogers recovered a fumble at the Arizona State 20, Washington State scored on a 1-yard run by de Laura to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead with 9:44 left in the first quarter.

Arizona State drove to the Washington State 30-yard line, but an interception thrown by Daniels was turned into another touchdown possession for the Cougars.

Washington State started at its 13, and six plays later, de Laura connected with Travell Harris on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 left in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead.

De Laura led a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive in Washington State’s next possession that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by McIntosh with 5:09 left in the first half.

An Arizona State fumble again resulted in a score when de Laura completed a 45-yard pass to Jackson with 1:50 left in the half.

The Sun Devils cut the lead to 28-7 on a 12-yard pass from Daniels to LV Bunkley-Shelton with 23 seconds left, capping an 11-play, 78-yard drive that took less than 2 minutes.

Washington State’s lead became 31-7 on a Dean Janikowksi 40-yard field goal with 14:54 left in the game after Daniels’ second interception.

–Field Level Media

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