Beavers Fall To Arizona State, 41-24

Oct 21, 2001

Arizona St. 41, Oregon St. 24

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - The big things predicted for Delvon Flowers came trueagainst Oregon State.

Flowers, who missed last season because of a knee injury, ran for 226 yardsand two touchdowns as Arizona State beat the Beavers 41-24 Saturday night.

He scored on runs of 74 and 28 yards in the biggest game by an Arizona Staterunning back in the last 28 years, and the sixth-best ever. His yardage on 23carries was the most since Ben Malone set the record of 250 against OregonState in 1973.

'I don't know what to say,' Flowers said. 'I owe it to my line and(fullback) Mike Karney. They did a great job getting up there, laying theirpads down and pushing the defense back.'

Jeff Krohn threw a 63-yard pass that the receiver, Shaun McDonald, turned inanother score when he recovered his own fumble in the end zone, Justin Taplinthrew a 23-yard TD pass on a trick play and Tom Pace scored on an 11-yard run.

Mike Barth had two field goals for the Sun Devils (4-2, 1-2 Pac-10).

Jonathan Smith threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Tim Euhus and a 7-yarder toJames Newson for the Beavers (2-4, 1-3), and Ken Simonton scored on a 1-yardrun.

But Simonton, who topped 1,000 yards each of his first three seasons, washeld to 61 yards on 21 attempts - the fourth game in six in which he has failedto go over 100.

'Sometimes you run good when you've got someplace to go, and sometimes it'spretty hard to go anywhere,' Beavers coach Dennis Erickson said.

The game hinged on the Beavers' failure to stop Arizona State's runningattack. Pace had 84 yards on 10 carries, and the Sun Devils got 314 of their522-yard total offense on the ground.

'Delvon was hurt in (training camp),' coach Dirk Koetter said. 'He had agroin and then the hamstring. But I think the whole coaching staff had a goodfeeling about him this week, because he was doing it in practice, and Tom Pacedid a great job of spelling him.'

Krohn, playing on a sore ankle he sprained in the first quarter at SouthernCalifornia a week earlier, made two mistakes that allowed Oregon State to takea 24-20 lead in the third quarter.

The Beavers went three-and-out after Terrell Roberts picked off a pass byKrohn at the Oregon State 44.

But the punt forced Arizona State to start from its 20, Krohn fumbled thefirst snap and Richard Siegler recovered on the 20.

Smith started a four-play drive with an 11-yard pass to Newson and capped itwith a 7-yard scoring throw.

McDonald scored on a 65-yard play.

He caught the ball over the fingertips of Roberts at the Oregon State 30,kept his balance and raced to the 3, where safety Jake Cookus tackled him andhe fumbled. But McDonald bounced up first and dived on the ball in the end zonefor a TD that cut Arizona State's deficit to 14-10 with 5:17 left in the firstquarter.

'I didn't see anybody going to get it, so I just ran and jumped on it,'McDonald said.

Barth kicked his second field goal on the final play of the first quarter,but Oregon State's Noah Happe blocked his third attempt - ending Barth's stringof 12 field goals without a miss midway through the second quarter.

Late in the half, Newson made a circus catch of his own, diving for the ballbetween two defenders for a 41-yard gain, to set up a 40-yard field goal byRyan Cesca that sent the Beavers to a 17-13 halftime lead.

But Flowers, held to 19 yards on eight carries in the first half, burst upthe middle and ran 74 yards 23 seconds into the third quarter to give ArizonaState a 20-17 lead.

Newson's TD grab sent the Beavers ahead again, but Flowers' second score -set up by Taplin's 62-yard punt return - gave the Sun Devils the lead for good,27-24, with 10:39 left.

'In the second half they put our defense in a tough situation,' Smithsaid. 'We weren't able to sustain a drive, and we weren't able to hit on ourbig plays.'

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