ASU Racks Up 663 Yards Of Total Offense, But Falls To Oregon, 56-55
Oct. 28, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In a game as wild as college football gets, JoeyHarrington threw for 434 yards and tied a school record with six touchdownpasses as No. 7 Oregon staged an amazing fourth-quarter comeback to beatArizona State in overtime 56-55.
The Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) never led in regulation, but Harrington threw apair of touchdown passes in the final 3:21 of the fourth quarter, the last with27 seconds to go.
Allan Amundson, playing in place of injured Maurice Morris, ran 1 yard forthe Ducks' touchdown on their second overtime possession.
Arizona State (5-3, 2-3) followed with a 21-yard touchdown pass from JeffKrohn to Richard Williams. The Sun Devils set up for a conversion kick thatwould have tied the game again, but it was a fake.
Krohn, who threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns, rolled right and threwto Todd Heap, but the tight end couldn't quite catch it.
Arizona State rolled up 663 yards against an Oregon defense that entered thegame leading the Pac-10 and ranked 10th nationally.
The Sun Devils seemed to have sealed the victory when safety Willie Danieltackled Oregon tight end Justin Peelle at the 1 on a pass play onfourth-and-goal from the 9 with 1:22 to play.
Arizona State tried to run out the clock, but Mike Williams, who had scoredon a 59-yard run to put the Sun Devils up 49-35 with 5:47 remaining inregulation, fumbled and Oregon's Jermaine Hanspard recovered at the ArizonaState 17.
On the next play, Harrington threw to Peelle for the touchdown to tie it at49 with 27 seconds to go.
Tom Pace, a walk-on in his first collegiate start, gained 158 yards in 33carries and caught a 69-yard scoring pass for Arizona State. Oregon's MarshaunTucker caught 11 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
Harrington completed 26 of 42 passes, and Krohn was 23-for-54.
Oregon gained 565 yards.
The 49 points were the most scored by Arizona State in two seasons and themost allowed by Oregon since the Sun Devils beat the Ducks 52-31 in 1997.
The Ducks rallied to tie four times.
Arizona State broke a 28-28 tie when, on third-and-inches from the Oregon 2,Krohn tossed a touchdown pass to fullback Steven Trejo, his first career score,to make it 35-28 with 14:38 to play.
Moments later, on third-and-14, Krohn connected with a wide-open RichardWilliams, who outran the defenders on a 90-yard touchdown play that make it42-28 with 11:52 to go. It was the fifth-longest pass play ever for the SunDevils, and Arizona State's longest in 15 years.
Harrington's 32-yard touchdown pass to Tucker cut the lead to 49-42 with3:18 to play, but Arizona State recovered the onside kick attempt.
The Ducks held, though, and drove down the field only to have Peelle stoppedat the 1.
Harrington fumbled twice in the second quarter when he was hit by linebackerAdam Archuleta as he went back to pass. The second fumble came in the end zone,and Eric Fields recovered for a Sun Devils' touchdown to put Arizona Stateahead 21-7 with 6:56 left in the half.
Oregon came back to tie it at 21 at the break on a pair of touchdown passesby Harrington in the final 3:34 of the half.
While the Ducks lost Morris with bruised ribs, Arizona State also had injuryproblems. Kicker Mike Barth had a sore back. He could have kicked thegame-tying conversion, coach Bruce Snyder said, but the injury influenced thedecision to go for 2.
The Sun Devils sorely missed cornerback Kenny Williams, who went out with asprained knee on Harrington's 5-yard touchdown pass to Tucker that tied it at21 with 21 seconds left in the first half.
Harrington's six touchdown passes tied the school record set by DannyO'Neill against Washington State in Oregon's Rose Bowl season of 1994.
On the first overtime possession, the Ducks' Steve Smith intercepted Krohn'spass, but Oregon's Josh Frankel missed a 42-yard field-goal try.
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
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