ASU Stuns No. 16 Iowa 44-7
Sept. 18, 2004
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Andrew Walter threw for 428 yards and five touchdowns tolead Arizona State to a surprisingly easy 44-7 victory over No. 16 Iowa onSaturday night.
He went 31-for-43 and broke Jake Plummer's record for career TD passes with66, one more than the Denver Broncos quarterback. The fifth-year senior has 11TD passes this year .
Walter threw a pair of 7-yard TD passes to Derek Hagan, found Zach Millerfor scores of 6 and 5 yards, and had a 14-yard throw to Moey Mutz.
Miller had 10 receptions for 85 yards, and Hagan had his sixth consecutive100-yard game with 112 on eight catches.
The kickoff was delayed 45 minutes by lightning.
Once play began, it was clear the Sun Devils (3-0) were still smarting fromlast year's 21-2 embarrassment at Iowa, where they were held to 12 first downsand 184 yards of total offense.
The Hawkeyes (2-1), who scored on their opening possession each of the twoprevious games, were held to 100 yards and six first downs - none consecutiveuntil late in the game - and were in danger of being shut out for the firsttime since 2000 until Walner Belleus returned a punt 83 yards to score with 18seconds left.
Walter had three TD passes at halftime, and the Sun Devils led 27-0 afterscoring with five seconds left on Jesse Ainsworth's 48-yard field goalfollowing Iowa's ill-fated attempt to get something going.
Arizona State, out of timeouts, would have run out the clock when it got theball with 1:11 left, but Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz called timeout with theSun Devils facing third-and-11 at their 35.
Coach Dirk Koetter used the opportunity to call a play, and Walter made goodwith a 34-yard pass to Terry Richardson. After a spike stopped the clock with10 seconds remaining, Ainsworth made his second field goal.
Ainsworth added a third 5:20 into the third quarter, and Arizona State tooka 37-0 lead with 3:04 left in the third on a short drive keyed by Rudy Burgess'25-yard punt return and capped by Hagan's second catch in the end zone.
Walter completed a 41-yard pass to Matt Miller to set up Mutz's 14-yard TDgrab with 9:49 left in the first quarter.
Ainsworth added a field goal, and the Sun Devils built a 17-0 lead on theirnext possession, when they overcame a first-and-25 situation on Walter's18-yard check off to Loren Wade and a 10-yard pass to Zach Miller.
Two plays later, Walter found Hagan for 45 yards to the Iowa 4, and Hagancompleted the drive with a 7-yard scoring catch with 12:08 left.
Iowa's first-half highlight was Antwan Allen's interception - the firstthrown by Walter this year - with 6:21 to go, but Sun Devils linebacker JamarWilliams trumped that with a pickoff of Iowa's Drew Tate and a 31-yard returnto the Hawkeyes 13.
After two runs by Wade, Walter passed to Zach Miller for the score that madeit 24-0 with 2:35 to go in the half.