Oregon Routs Arizona State, 48-13
Sept. 30, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -The 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks came to the desert aiming to prove their controversial victory over Oklahoma two weeks ago was no fluke.
Oregon used a balanced attack and a relentless defense to crush Arizona State 48-13 Saturday. Dennis Dixon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards and Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks registered six sacks and limited Arizona State to 175 yards.
It was Oregon's first game since the officials erroneously awarded them possession of an onside kick in a 34-33 victory over Oklahoma Sept. 16 - a mistake that resulted in Pac-10 suspensions of on-field officials and two replay officials.
The Ducks (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) set up a Top 25 showdown with California next Saturday in Berkeley.
Terry Richardson returned a kickoff 100 yards for Arizona State (3-2, 0-2). Sun Devils quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who led the nation in passing efficiency last season, continued his recent struggles. Carpenter completed 6 of 19 passes for 33 yards and threw an interception in the end zone.
Arizona State suffered its worst home loss in six seasons under coach Dirk Koetter, and its worst defeat in Sun Devil Stadium since a 59-23 loss to UCLA Nov. 12, 1994. Koetter fell to 2-18 against Top 25 opponents.
Arizona State, after being ranked 22nd two weeks ago, has been outscored 97-34 over the last two Saturdays.
After a 49-21 loss at California last weekend, the Sun Devils had pledged to shore up their defense after that humiliating loss. But it didn't happen in the first half against a skilled, balanced Oregon attack directed by Dixon, a junior who leads the conference in total offense. Dixon was 19-of-30 for 215 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception.
Using a mix of short passes and misdirection runs, Oregon marched 76 yards on nine plays on its first possession, with Dixon throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jaison Williams.
After cornerback Terrell Ward intercepted a Carpenter pass in the end zone, Dixon connected with Williams again to give Oregon a 14-0 lead with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Dixon hit Williams on a 33-yard pass, with Williams shedding tacklers as he ran downfield. That capped an eight-play, 80-yard march.
Williams, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, caught seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first 12 minutes.
Arizona State trimmed the lead to 14-3 on a 33-yard field goal by Jesse Ainsworth. The kick ended a 10-play, 57-yard drive that stayed alive when the Ducks roughed the punter.
Oregon quickly responded with another long drive. The Ducks went 80 yards in nine plays, taking a 21-3 lead on a three-yard reverse by wide receiver Cameron Colvin.
The Ducks took a 24-3 lead on a 33-yard Paul Martinez field goal as time expired in the first half. The kick came after an apparent interception by Arizona State's Josh Barrett was reversed by replay officials, giving Oregon the ball on the Sun Devil 17 with five seconds remaining.
Stewart's 63-yard burst up the middle set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Johnson that put Oregon up 31-3 four minutes into the third quarter.
Richardson returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, faking a reverse to the right and racing untouched down the left sideline. It was ASU's first kickoff return for a touchdown at home since Bruce Hill went 96 yards against Cal on Nov. 8, 1986.
Ryan Torain ran for 113 yards for Arizona State.