Sun Devils Fall To Cardinal, 51-28
Sept. 22, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Randy Fasani threw for 295 yards and four scores,and seven Stanford players scored touchdowns as the Cardinal's high-octaneoffense rolled up 548 yards in a 51-28 victory over Arizona State on Saturdaynight.
In the Pac-10 opener for both teams, Stanford (2-0) served notice as asleeper contender in the already strong conference with an overwhelmingoffensive show.
Luke Powell caught six passes for 134 yards as the Cardinal's veteranoffense embarrassed Arizona State's young defense all night, breaking tacklesand mixing plays proficiently on the way to Stanford's second big victory ofthe season. The Cardinal beat Boston College 38-22 two weeks ago.
Ryan Wells, Nick Sebes, Brett Pierce and two-sport star Teyo Johnson caughtTD passes from Fasani, while Kerry Carter, Jared Newberry and Brian Allen ranfor scores. Allen rushed for 134 yards as Stanford scored all of its points inthe first three quarters.
New coach Dirk Koetter took his first loss with Arizona State (1-1) eventhough the Sun Devils managed 504 total yards.
Jeff Krohn threw for 366 yards and three TDs for the Sun Devils, who havelost to Stanford three straight times by a combined score of 130-65. DonnieO'Neal caught six passes for 142 yards.
With plenty of time to throw behind his strong offensive line, Fasani went17-for-26 and matched his career best in TD passes, he has eight scoring throwsand 527 yards passing in the Cardinal's first two games.
Johnson, who also plays on Stanford's basketball team, caught a 13-yard TDpass from Fasani late in the third quarter. Three minutes later, Allen brokeseveral weak arm tackles on a 47-yard TD run, putting Stanford up 51-28.
Both teams' defensive backs were beaten regularly in a wide-open game.Arizona State's Jeff Krohn threw for 366 yards and three TDs, regularly findingopen receivers in the Stanford secondary.
The Sun Devils' kick coverage was just as bad as its pass defense, however.Powell and Allen both made long kick returns that Stanford's offense convertedinto short scoring drives, Stanford averaged more than 34 yards on its kickoffreturns.
Stanford scored three touchdowns in the final 4:14 of the first quarter. Onhis first career rush, sophomore fullback Newberry went 19 yards for a score toput the Cardinal up 14-7, and Luke Powell's 51-yard punt return set up KerryCarter's 3-yard TD run as time expired in the first.
Stanford, which beat Arizona State 29-7 last fall in the final game beforecoach Bruce Snyder was dismissed, had 337 total yards and a 30-13 lead byhalftime.
Both teams were on the field for the national anthem. It was preceded by amoment of silence for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks. TheStanford band decided not to perform one of its traditionally wacky pregameroutines.