ASU Upsets No. 6 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - Andrew Walter threw for a school-record 536 yards andfour touchdowns as Arizona State came back from a three-touchdown deficit toupset No. 6 Oregon 45-42 Saturday.
The Sun Devils (5-2, 3-0 Pac-10) is one of only two unbeaten teams left inthe conference. Washington State (6-1, 3-0) was idle Saturday.
The loss snapped an 11-game overall winning streak for the Ducks (6-1, 2-1).It was the second-longest streak in the nation behind Miami's 28. Oregon hadalso won six straight Pac-10 games.
Walter completed 31 of 53 passes as Arizona State racked up 590 total yards.Shaun McDonald had 12 catches for 204 yards and a score.
Jason Fife, who entered the game ranked third nationally in passingefficiency, was 21-of-32 for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Onterrio Smith,the Pac-10's leading rusher, gained 172 yards on 27 carries and scored threeTDs.
Arizona State took a 39-35 lead early in the fourth quarter on Walter's58-yard touchdown pass to Justin Taplin. The Sun Devils extended their lead onMike Barth's 44-yard field goal.
Oregon, which built a reputation for comeback victories in recent years anddid it twice this season, tied the game with 6:55 left. On third-and-11 on theArizona State 12, Fife hit Samie Parker in the end zone.
Walter, a sophomore, calmly marched the Sun Devils back downfield, but heoverthrew McDonald on third-and-5 at the Oregon 12 and, and Arizona Statesettled for Barth's 29-yard field goal with 1:58 left.
Oregon's final series ended when Arizona State safety Brett Hudsonintercepted Fife's pass.
The Ducks took the early lead on Fife's 6-yard TD throw to Parker, wholunged over the goal line to put the Ducks up 7-0. On Oregon's next possession,Fife handed off to Smith on the first play, and the tailback ran 57 yardsuntouched for the score. It was the Ducks' longest rushing play of the season.Smith added a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make it 21-0.
Walter got the Sun Devils on the board with 3:34 left in the first half byfinding Taplin for a 22-yard scoring pass. Arizona State got as close as the5-yard line but settled for Barth's 32-yard field goal to make it 21-10 at thehalf.
The Sun Devils closed in on the Ducks in the second half, then took over thelead by scoring on seven straight possessions. After Smith's 6-yard scoring runto open the third quarter, ASU narrowed the deficit further on CornellCanidate's 1-yard run.
Oregon answered with Fife's 50-yard pass to George Wrighster, who broke offone defender, then outran two others to the end zone to make it 35-17.
ASU came back with Walter's 3-yard TD pass to Mike Pinkard, followed by a67-yard scoring strike to McDonald. Walter's 2-point conversion to McDonaldmade it 35-32.
After Arizona State picked up an Oregon fumble, Walter found Taplin withanother long pass to put the Sun Devils ahead in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, who leads the nation with 13sacks, was carefully blocked by Oregon's offense, and he didn't get close toFife.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
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