Arizona State 59, Oregon 14

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State's defense provided a
two-touchdown head start, then the Sun Devils' offense kicked into
high gear for the first time this season.

The result was a 59-14 rout of the defenseless Ducks of Oregon
on Saturday.

Jamar Williams and Chris McKenzie intercepted Oregon's first two
passes, Williams returning his 50 yards for a touchdown and
McKenzie going 23 yards to the Oregon six to set up another score.

"It seems like the whole year we've been in a little daze, but
we're out of it right now," Williams said. "We came here to play
today and this big win was what we needed."

Andrew Walter, who threw for a Pac-10-record 566 yards at Oregon
last year, completed 18 of 28 for 316 yards with no interceptions
and three second-half touchdowns as the Sun Devils snapped a
three-game losing streak.

"I've been saying for three weeks that we were close," Walter
said. "We finally put it together."

Walter was 10-for-14 for 215 yards in Arizona State's 38-point
second half, when the Sun Devils scored on every possession. He
didn't play in the game's final 8{ minutes.

Loren Wade scored on a 56-yard run, Arizona State's longest
rushing play in two years, and Hakim Hill had TD runs of six and
two yards. The Sun Devils (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) handed Oregon (4-3,
1-2) its third consecutive defeat since the Ducks' home win over

"We're just kind of flabbergasted that we got beat like that,"
the Ducks' Kellen Clemens said. "We're trying to stay as positive
as we can."

In its Pac-10 losses to Washington State and Arizona State,
Oregon has been outscored 114-30.

"We didn't show up at all," Jason Fife said, "and Arizona
State took advantage of it and played a great game."

Jason Fife, who replaced Clemens at quarterback for Oregon after
the two quick interceptions, was 7-for-19 for 101 yards and a
touchdown. He also rushed for 66 yards in eight carries, including
a one-yard TD run.

Fife's 16-yard scoring pass to Tim Day cut the lead to 24-14
with 9:33 left in the third quarter, but the Sun Devils scored
touchdowns on all five of their remaining possessions.

Three came on Walter's TD passes of 3, 5 and 10 yards. Wade
scored on his 56-yard run the first play of the fourth quarter,
then ASU's reserves mounted the final drive, Cornell Canidate
scoring on a 1-yard run with 26 seconds to play.

Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said he wrestled with whether
to go for the score or take a knee to end it.

"That was a very delicate situation and I apologized to Mike
(Bellotti) after the game," Koetter said. "We weren't trying to
run it up. If we would have been, we would have been throwing the
ball more, and we didn't have any starters in there."

It was a matchup of two teams that had high expectations but had
fallen on hard times. Both were nationally ranked earlier in the

"I'm sure both teams were a little nervous about what was going
to happen if they fell behind because of recent history the last
three or four weeks," Koetter said. "We needed a confidence
boost. We needed a game to come out and play like we knew we could

The Sun Devils scored twice in a 39-second span in the game's
first 2 minutes, 17 seconds. On the game's third play, Jamar
Williams stepped in front of intended receiver Demetrius Williams
and intercepted Clemens' pass at midfield. He dodged two defenders
at the 10 and scored to make it 7-0 with 13:38 to play.

Three plays later, McKenzie picked off Clemens' second pass and
returned it 23 yards to the six to set up Hill's first TD run and
it was 14-0 with 12:43 still to go in the first quarter.

"I thought we were moving the football, but you can't spot an
equal team 14 points at their place," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti

Hill capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a two-yard run that
put ASU up 21-0 with 2:38 left in the first half.

Oregon, meanwhile, finally completed its first pass of the game
with 2:20 left in the half during a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown
drive that ended with Fife's 1-yard run that made it 21-7 with 49
seconds to play.

Arizona State got its longest pass play of the season when
Walter threw 49 yards to Matt Miller to set up Jesse Ainsworth's
43-yard field goal early in the third quarter.


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