Late Field Goal Gives Sun Devils 23-20 Win Over Cougs
Oct. 6, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Thomas Weber kicked a 37-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to lift No. 18 Arizona State to a 23-20 win over Washington State on Saturday, keeping the Sun Devils undefeated under coach Dennis Erickson.
Washington State had a chance to tie with 12 second left, but Romeen Abdollmohammadi's 46-yard field goal missed left and Arizona State held on despite scoring its fewest points of the season for Erickson, who coached at Washington State from 1987-88.
Rudy Carpenter completed 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arizona State (6-0, 3-0), which came in averaging 39 points. Ryan Torain gained 116 yards on 24 carries and did most of the work on what turned out to be the game-winning drive.
Washington State (2-4, 0-3), which came in with the worst defense in the Pac-10, has lost three in a row and four straight to Arizona State.
Alex Brink completed 27 of 50 passes for 369 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and set a Washington State record for career yards passing with 8,923. Jason Gesser had the old record with 8,830.
The Cougars ate up nearly seven minutes of the fourth quarter with a 77-yard drive that began on their 2 and ended with Abdollmohammadi's 38-yard field goal that tied the score at 20 with 3:58 left in the game.
The Cougars were threatening early in the second half when Arizona State's Justin Tryon picked off Brink's pass and returned it untouched 69 yards for a 14-10 ASU lead.
After pass interference call against ASU's Josh Barrett on Finas Rabb gave WSU the ball on the Sun Devils' 15, Brink hit Devin Frischknecht on a 13-yard touchdown pass for a 17-14 lead with 7:24 left in the third.
Arizona State replied with a 62-yard drive, ending with Carpenter's 3-yard scoring pass to Brady Conrad. Weber's extra point attempt was blocked by Xavier Hicks and ASU led 20-17.
The Cougars then marched down to the ASU 29, but instead of a potential game-tying field goal attempt they went for it on fourth-and-6. A pass completion from Brink to Jed Collins fell a yard short.
Brink threw for 139 yards in the third quarter alone, but the Cougars had to settle for the one touchdown and trailed 20-17 after three.
After a scoreless first quarter, Washington State's Husain Abdullah picked off Carpenter and returned the ball 25 yards to the Arizona State 36. Brandon Gibson caught an apparent touchdown pass in the end zone, but on review it was ruled a drop. Abdollmohammadi kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Carpenter directed a 72-yard scoring drive, hitting Kyle Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 7-3 lead with 1:46 left in the half.
Brink replied with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Gibson for a 10-7 Washington State halftime lead.