No. 21 Arizona State Victorious At Sun Bowl
Dec. 31, 2004
|2004 Vitalis Sun Bowl
ASU 27, Purdue 23
By JOEL ANDERSON
AP Sports Writer
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Sam Keller showed remarkable poise in his firstcollegiate start, throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rudy Burgess with 44seconds left to lead Arizona State to a 27-23 victory over Purdue in the SunBowl on Friday.
Starting for injured star Andrew Walter, the untested sophomore completedall four of his passes on the winning drive for 80 yards in a frantic finishthat stunned the Boilermakers and the Sun Bowl-record crowd of 51,288.
Burgess caught Keller's final throw on a screen play, slipped two tacklesalong the sideline and cut back inside en route to the end zone to give the21st-ranked Sun Devils (9-3) the lead.
Purdue (7-5) had one more chance to go ahead, but quarterback Kyle Orton'sdesperation heave into the end zone fell incomplete as time expired.
Keller put on quite a show in place of Walter, going went 25-of-45 for 370yards and three touchdowns.
Burgess, who wasn't named a starter until Hakim Hill was kicked off the teamearlier this week for breaking unspecified team rules, also had a careerafternoon - 189 yards of total offense and two touchdown receptions.
Arizona State's two novice offensive standouts totally outplayed Purdue'sOrton and Taylor Stubblefield, one of the NCAA's most prolific pass-catch duos.
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