Stanford Loses To Arizona State 65-24 In Pac-10 Opener

Sept 28, 2002

Tempe, AZ - Andrew Walter passed for 414 yards and five touchdownsin his first start this season, leading Arizona State past Stanford 65-24Saturday.

Walter, a sophomore who started in two losses last year, earned the No. 1job by rallying the Sun Devils (4-1) to wins in their last two games.

This time, he had them leading 38-16 at halftime. Arizona State also notchedits highest score in a Pac-10 game and Walter posted one of the top 10 passinggames in school history. The five scoring throws tied Jeff Krohn (2000) forthird.

Cornell Canidate caught a 9-yard TD pass and ran for TDs of 1, 8 and 7yards, validating coach Dirk Koetter's decision to give the freshman his firststart. Canidate had 77 yards on 15 carries as the Sun Devils won four straightfor the first time in five years.

Casey Moore scored on a 2-yard pass from Chris Lewis and a 68-yard run forStanford (1-2), which had beaten Arizona State by a combined 130-65 in theirlast three games.

Kyle Matter came in for Lewis in the second quarter and led the Cardinal toa 45-yard field goal by Michael Sgroi before throwing a 6-yard TD to TeyoJohnson in the third quarter.

Arizona State recovered three fumbles and had four interceptions, scoring 13points on turnovers.

Walter, who was 22-of-37 with one interception, threw scores of 27 yards toShaun McDonald, 27 yards to Mike Pinkard, 14 to Skyler Fulton and 44 to DarylLightfoot.

McDonald had 221 yards - third-best in school history - and 10 receptions,tied for fourth.

Moore pulled the Cardinal within 14-13 when he found a hole inside, poppedthrough and ran 68 yards untouched to score with 6:38 left in the firstquarter.

But the Sun Devils extended their lead with good defense.

Mason Unck jarred the ball loose from J.R. Lemon and Josh Amobi returned thefumble 51 yards to the Stanford 6, setting up Canidate's first rushing TD.

The Cardinal's next possession yielded 2 yards in three snaps, and punterEric Johnson, turned to avoid pressure, shanked a 14-yard punt out of bounds atthe 27.

With time running out in the quarter as the ball was snapped, Walterconverted on one pass to Pinkard for a 28-14 lead.

Mike Barth also kicked a 36-yard field goal for a 38-16 lead with 47 secondsto go. Barth had two more field goals in the fourth quarter.

AP Sports Writer

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