Rebels Stun Sun Devils in OT
Sept. 13, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - UNLV's Malo Taumua blocked a field goal to lift the Rebels to a 23-20 overtime upset of No. 15 Arizona State on Saturday night.
Taumua's block on a 35-yard field goal attempt by Thomas Weber came after Kyle Watson kicked a 20-yard field goal on the Rebels' overtime possession.
UNLV (2-1) tied it at 20 with 18 seconds left on Omar Clayton's 8-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Payne, who made a leaping one-handed grab.
The spectacular play capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive that lasted 2:45, with Clayton 6-of-8 passes for 70 yards.
For the Sun Devils (2-1), this was supposed to be a tuneup for next week's long-awaited game against No. 2 Georgia. But they let the Rebels hang around for too long.
Late in the second quarter, however, the Rebels fought back. Carpenter threw an interception to UNLV defensive back Beau Orth, who returned it 9 yards to Arizona State 7.
Three plays later, Clayton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Payne, who outleaped cornerback Omar Bolden in the end zone with 33 seconds to play.
The Sun Devils responded with a quick four-play, 33-yard drive capped by Weber's 49-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving ASU a 13-10 halftime lead.
Arizona State moved the ball easily on its first drive but stalled near the Rebels' goal line. ASU had first-and-goal at the UNLV 9, but gained only 6 yards and had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Weber.
On its next drive, Arizona State gave up back-to-back sacks to a team that had one sack through the first two games.
The Rebels tied it at 3-3 on a 44-yard field goal by Watson midway through the second quarter.
Clayton completed 19-of-31 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns for UNLV. Carpenter finished 13-of-23 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and he was intercepted once.
The Sun Deils return to action to face No. 2 Georgia on Sunday, September 20 in Tempe, Arizona.
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