Yes, an "F" doesn't begin to describe the play of the secondary...so let's give them a "Z". Oh, and add a minus.
The secondary was torched from the beginning and it only got worse. The stat sheet showed not a single pass defended or broken up by the ASU secondary in one of the most accurate depictions of reality from a stat sheet ever.
Cornerbacks Deveron Carr, Osahon Irabor and Alden Darby were beaten severely all night long and in embarrassing fashion. Yes, Marquess Wilson is an excellent receiver, but there is no excuse to allow him to haul in eight passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Nor is there one to allow Isiah Barton to go for 155 yards on seven receptions and a score.
The fact that they were carved up by a third-string quarterback is simply inexcusable. This was among the worst efforts of any position that ASU has seen in a decade. In fact, the 503 passing yards allowed are the sixth most in school history.
Safeties Keelan Johnson, Clint Floyd and Eddie Elder were consistently beaten downfield, caught out of position and missed tackles.
To add injury to insult, cornerback Rashad Wadood tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
In total, it was a 60-minute nightmare whose ramifications will be felt for a long time.