Beavers Fall To No. 22 Arizona State 27-14
Sept. 25, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jamar Williams intercepted two passes and Jordan Hillrecovered two fumbles in 22nd-ranked Arizona State's 27-14 victory overmistake-prone Oregon State on Saturday night, the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
The Sun Devils' Emmanuel Franklin saved an Oregon State touchdown byknocking the ball loose from Oregon State's Joe Newton, then recovering theball for a touchback - a play that turned the game around late in the firsthalf.
Hakim Hill, playing with a broken bone in his right forearm, scored on a3-yard run and Andrew Walter threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller forthe Sun Devils (4-0), off to their best start since going 11-0 in the 1996regular season.
Terry Richardson scored on a 12-yard reverse to help send Oregon State (1-3)to its 16th consecutive at Arizona State. Jesse Ainsworth kicked field goals of33 and 45 yards for the Sun Devils.
Two of the Pac-10's top passers had a rough night. Walter was 16-for-40 for124 yards but was not intercepted. Oregon State's Derek Anderson was 29-for-53for 384 yards but was intercepted twice. He also fumbled the ball away twice,accounting for four of the Beavers' five turnovers.
Arizona State had no turnovers.
Mike Hass caught 14 passes for 172 yards for Oregon State, which hadminus-14 yards rushing.
The Sun Devils scored 10 points in a 26-second span to go up 17-7 at thebreak.
With the game tied at 7-7, on third-and-two from the Arizona State 32,Anderson threw to Newton, who rambled free down the sideline. But just beforeNewton crossed the goal line, Franklin knocked the ball loose from behind, thenjumped on the ball in the end zone.
Oregon State drew a personal foul on the play, and Arizona State drove fromits 35 to the Beavers' 16, where Ainsworth's 33-yard field goal put the SbgunDevils up 10-7 with 2:01 left in the half.
After the kickoff, Anderson botched a handoff to Dwight Wright, and JordanHill recovered at the Beavers' 12. On the next play, Richardson scored on areverse and it was 17-7 with 1:35 to go in the half.
The Sun Devils were without starting running back Loren Wade, who has beensuspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Anderson was 4-for-4 as the Beavers scored on their first possession, cappedby his 34-yard TD pass to Hass. Arizona scored the next 27 points.
Williams returned his first interception 20 yards to the Oregon State 1. Butthe Beavers held, then Brandon Browner blocked Ainsworth's 20-yard fieldattempt with 5:49 left in the quarter
The Sun Devils tied it at 7-7 when Walter scrambled 16 yards to the ArizonaState 3, then Hakim Hill scored from there with 56 seconds left in the firstquarter - the Sun Devils' first rushing touchdown of the season.
Oregon State drove into Arizona State territory twice in the fourth quarterbut turned it over both times. Anderson was hit as he threw and Williamsintercepted. Later, he fumbled a snap and Jordan Hill recovered.
Wright's 1-yard run capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive that cut the lead to27-14 with 3:40 remaining.