Sun Devils And Beavers Lock Up In Defensive Struggle
Oct. 12, 2002
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State sacked Derek Anderson seven times for 75yards, including the last two plays of the game, as the Sun Devils held offOregon State 13-9 Saturday night.
The Beavers drove to the Arizona State 9 in the final minute, but AlfredWilliams sacked Anderson for a 6-yard loss, then Josh Amobi got him for a17-yard loss.
There were 19 seconds left for a final play, but game ended before OregonState snapped the ball.
Anderson also was intercepted three times as the Beavers lost their seventhin a row to the Sun Devils and 15th straight to ASU in Tempe. The last timeOregon State beat Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium was 1969, nine yearsbefore the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10.
Mike Barth, who missed four field goals a week ago, missed a 28-yarder andhad a 53-yard attempt blocked, but he made a career-long 50-yarder and anotherfrom 46 yards as the Sun Devils (5-2) improved to 2-0 in the Pac-10.
Andrew Walter connected with Hakim Hill on a 46-yard screen pass in thethird quarter for the game's only touchdown.
Oregon State (4-3, 0-3) managed only three field goals by Kirk Yliniemi.
The Beavers nearly pulled it out after Anderson connected with StevenJackson on a 28-yard play on fourth-and-7 at the Oregon State 48. The Beaversmoved to the 9, but Anderson's pass was deflected, then he was sacked twice andthe Sun Devils escaped.
Oregon State rushed for just 9 yards. Jackson, the No. 2 rusher in thePac-10 entering the game, gained 58 yards in 14 carries.
Walter, who threw for 888 yards in his previous two games, managed just14-for-34 for 186 yards and was intercepted twice. Anderson completed 16 of 40for 224 yards.
Hill took the screen pass from Walter, dodged a tackler, then followedblockers down the sidelines to put Arizona State ahead 10-9 with 10:08 left inthe third quarter.
The Sun Devils drove to the Oregon State 1 on their next possession, but onthird down, Hill fumbled out of the end zone at the goal line for a touchback.Two plays later, the Beavers' Dan Haines was stripped of the ball by JasonShivers and Arizona State's Josh Amobi recovered at the Oregon State 37.Barth's 46-yard field goal put the Sun Devils ahead 13-9 with 3:50 to go in thethird.
The Beavers led 6-3 at halftime on a pair of 37-yard field goals byYliniemi. Yliniemi's 47-yard field goal on the first possession of the secondhalf put Oregon State ahead 9-3.
Barth's line-drive 50-yard field goal made it 3-0 with 9:19 to play in thefirst quarter. It was the longest field goal for Arizona State since JonBaker's 51-yarder against Stanford on Oct. 23, 1993.
Referee Jim Fogltance was injured when he was hit in the head by Jackson'shelmet midway through the fourth quarter. He lay motionless for a time beforebeing helped to the sidelines.