Sun Devils Cruise Past Stanford 65-24
Sept. 28, 2002
Sept. 28, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Andrew Walter passed for 414 yards and five touchdowns in his first start this season, leading Arizona State past Stanford 65-24 Saturday.
Walter, a sophomore who started in two losses last year, earned the No. 1 job by rallying the Sun Devils (4-1) to wins in their last two games.
This time, he had them leading 38-16 at halftime. Arizona State also notched its highest score in a Pac-10 game and Walter posted one of the top 10 passing games in school history. The five scoring throws tied Jeff Krohn (2000) for third.
Cornell Canidate caught a 9-yard TD pass and ran for TDs of 1, 8 and 7 yards, validating coach Dirk Koetter's decision to give the freshman his first start. Canidate had 77 yards on 15 carries as the Sun Devils won four straight for the first time in five years.
Casey Moore scored on a 2-yard pass from Chris Lewis and a 68-yard run for Stanford (1-2), which had beaten Arizona State by a combined 130-65 in their last three games.
Kyle Matter came in for Lewis in the second quarter and led the Cardinal to a 45-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi before throwing a 6-yard TD to Teyo Johnson in the third quarter.
Arizona State recovered three fumbles and had four interceptions, scoring 13 points on turnovers.
McDonald had 221 yards - third-best in school history - and 10 receptions, tied for fourth.
Moore pulled the Cardinal within 14-13 when he found a hole inside, popped through and ran 68 yards untouched to score with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
But the Sun Devils extended their lead with good defense.
The Cardinal's next possession yielded 2 yards in three snaps, and punter Eric Johnson, turned to avoid pressure, shanked a 14-yard punt out of bounds at the 27.
With time running out in the quarter as the ball was snapped, Walter converted on one pass to Pinkard for a 28-14 lead.
Mike Barth also kicked a 36-yard field goal for a 38-16 lead with 47 seconds to go. Barth had two more field goals in the fourth quarter.
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer