Stanford Cruises Past Arizona State, 29-7
Nov. 11, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Kerry Carter rushed for 103 yards and a score andalso threw a touchdown pass as Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak bybeating injury-ravaged Arizona State 29-7 Saturday.
DeRonnie Pitts caught five passes to become the Pac-10's second-leadingcareer receiver as Stanford (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10), the defending conference champswho were eliminated from bowl contention last week, won for just the secondtime in eight weeks.
Carter and quarterback Chris Lewis, who relieved starter Randy Fasani andled Stanford to a victory for the third time this year, headlined a balancedattack for the Cardinal, who also scored on a 51-yard punt return by LukePowell.
Lewis was 13-of-24 for 124 yards in relief of Fasani, who re-aggravated atoe injury in the first half. But Carter made the game's most memorable passwhen he tossed a 26-yard halfback option to a wide-open Ryan Wells in the thirdquarter.
The Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5) lost their third straight with a dismal offensiveperformance in which they managed just 174 total yards. They must beatarchrival Arizona on Nov. 24 to become bowl-eligible.
After playing an NCAA-record three straight overtime games, Arizona Stateappeared to be out of competitive energy and healthy bodies. The Sun Devilsended the game with fourth-string quarterback Matt Cooper handing off tothird-string tailback Davaren Hightower in a failed comeback attempt.
The Sun Devils, who have already lost starting quarterback Ryan Kealy andstarting tailback Delvon Flowers this season, lost Kealy's backup, Jeff Krohn,to a mild concussion midway through the first half. Krohn's backup, GriffinGoodman, threw a critical interception and was 7-of-19 before being benched.
ASU tailback Tom Pace fought off ankle and shoulder injuries to play, but hemanaged just 25 yards on 10 carries. Hightower also struggled, and ArizonaState's only points came on Krohn's 37-yard TD pass to Richard Williams in thefirst quarter.
Stanford went up 16-7 late in the first half on Powell's first career puntreturn for a touchdown. Powell went straight up the sideline for the Cardinal'sfirst score on a punt return in three years.
Carter's 18-yard run to the Arizona State 1 set up his 1-yard TD plunge toput Stanford up 23-7 midway through the third quarter.
Stanford safety Aaron Focht intercepted Goodman on the Sun Devils' nextdrive, and Carter hit Wells for an easy score on the Cardinal's next play.
Pitts, who has 224 career catches, passed Arizona's Dennis Northcutt andStanford's Darrin Nelson. He trails only former teammate Troy Walters (248) inconference history.
Arizona State tight end Todd Heap, who had five receptions for 38 yards,caught a pass in his 25th consecutive game, but the Sun Devils' three-gamewinning streak at Stanford Stadium was snapped.
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer