Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oregon State beats Sun Devils

40 years of frustration in the desert came to a resounding end tonight, as the Oregon State Beavers beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 28-17 in a Pac-10 conference football game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

The Beavers caught the first break of the night, when a fumbled snap on an ASU punt attempt gave them the ball at the 18 yard line. Jacquizz Rodgers scored three plays later on a one-yard run with Justin Kahut kicking the PAT, giving Oregon State a 7-0 lead with 4:45 gone in the opening quarter. Jacquizz Rodgers broke a 32-yard run for a touchdown on the Beavers' next possession, with Kahut's PAT putting Oregon State up 14-0, with 8:38 left in the first. Arizona State would respond with a Bobby Wenzig 35-yard field goal with 4:09 remaining, drawing the Sun Devils to within 11 at 14-3, with 4:09 still on the 1st quarter clock.

The Beavers, who started a long drive that ended the 1st quarter, scored seven seconds into the 2nd, as James Rodgers made a juggling catch in the back of the end zone of a Sean Canfield pass from the 32 yard line. Kahut converted once again, giving Oregon State the 21-3 lead they would take into halftime. The second quarter effort was aided by a Brandon Hardin interception and a Matt LeGrone fumble recovery.

Arizona State hit the endzone on their opening possession of the second half, with Dimitri Nance scoring on a 2-yard run. Wenzig's PAT made the score 21-10 in favor of the Beavers with 10:10 left in the third.

Oregon State put together the drive that would seal the victory in the middle stages of the 4th quarter. A Canfield pass to James Rodgers set the Beavers up with a first-and-goal at the Sun Devil 3, then Canfield's fade pass to Damola Adeniji from 2 yards away put six more points on the board, with 8:08 remaining. Kahut added the extra point, giving the Beavers a 28-10 lead. ASU responded with a Danny Sullivan to Kyle Williams 12-yard touchdown pass, but took a ton of time on their scoring drive, leaving them with just 11 seconds on the clock. Wenzig kicked the PAT, but then punched the ensuing onside kick out of bounds and the Beavers ran out the clock from there, winning the game 28-17.

For Oregon State, Sean Canfield was 19-of-31 passing for 221 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 17 times for 80 yards and 2 touchdown and James Rodgers caught 10 passes for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Damola Adeniji also caught a touchdown pass for the Beavers. Danny Sullivan was 32-of-58 passing for the Sun Devils for 330 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Dimitri Nance had 17 carrieds for 54 yards and a touchdown and Chris McGaha caught 15 passes for 165 yards.

Arizona State had 27 first downs, were 4-of-17 on 3rd down and 5-of-7 on 4th down, while rolling up 407 yards of total offense. Oregon State had 299 yards total offense, 16 first downs, and were 5-of-11 on third down. The Beavers were penalized just 5 times for 28 yards, while the Sun Devils committed 10 penalties for 81 yards. Each team allowed one sack and committed 1 turnover.

Oregon State improves to 3-2 on the season, 1-1 in the Pac-10. The win was the teams' first in Tempe over Arizona State since September 27th, 1969 and marked the first time they have won their first two road games in a season since 1967. The Sun Devils slip to 2-2 on the year, 0-1 in conference.

The Beavers host resurgent Stanford at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon next Saturday, October 10th. The Cardinal, who beat UCLA today 24-16, is 4-1 in 2009, 3-0 in conference, and is aiming for their first bowl game since 2001. Kickoff next Saturday is set for 7:00p.m. EDT. The live broadcast is available at Fox Sports Net will have the live telecast. Arizona State is at Washington State next Saturday.

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