PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter expected
quarterback Rudy Carpenter to have some growing pains when the
redshirt freshman took over for injured starter Sam Keller two
But Carpenter's growth has been in his offensive numbers: 782
yards and five passing touchdowns in his first two collegiate
starts. The pain was felt by Washington State after he threw two
touchdowns and the Sun Devils held off a Cougars comeback try 27-24
"I think Rudy did awesome," Koetter said. "Rudy is still
going through some growing pains, and at times he's trying to do
too much. He's got to learn that sometimes it's not there, and you
have to abort the mission. The flip side is that Rudy can make some
plays running around."
Carpenter threw for 381 yards as the Sun Devils (5-4, 3-3
Pac-10) rolled up 548 yards of offense. Last week, he threw for 401
yards and three TDs in a win over Washington in his first college
Rudy Burgess had a 43-yard scoring pass to Derek Hagan, who had
six catches for 139 yards for the Sun Devils.
Washington State (3-6, 0-6) lost despite 506 yards of offense.
The Sun Devils built a 24-10 halftime lead after Carpenter threw
a 10-yard scoring pass to Terry Richardson and a 5-yarder to Zach
Miller, who finished with 10 ctaches for 98 yards, said his role
was to help when Carpenter got into trouble.
"I felt like Rudy was looking at me a lot when things broke
down and getting me the ball a lot," Miller said. "The way they
were playing defense also helped me get the ball, too."
Jesse Ainsworth hit field goals of 19 and 33 yards for the Sun
Jerome Harrison ran for 240 yards on 38 carries for Washington
State, and scored on runs of 61 and 7 yards. Harrison tied the
Pac-10 record of 12 consecutive 100 yard games, set last year by
California's J.J. Arrington.
Alex Brink hit Jason Hill on a 49-yard pass play to bring the
Cougars within a field goal with 3:32 remaining in the third
quarter, but Washington State blew two opportunities to tie or go
ahead in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State was offsides on a 25-yard Loren Langley field goal
attempt, and WSU chose to take the penalty and try on a
fourth-and-1 from the ASU 4. Harrison was tackled for a loss.
"I should be able to get a half yard," a dejected Harrison
said afterward. "I'd rather have 10 yards and six wins. If I was
doing more, we'd win."
WSU coach Bill Doba said he took points off the board to go for
the win, rather than a tie that would have given ASU the ball with
the wind at its back.
"I took points off. I had confidence in that offense," he
Koetter said he would have made the same call.
"There is no doubt in my mind when they had that field goal and
we jumped offsides that they would go for that: the way they were
runhning the ball," Koetter said. "I think we would have have
probably done the same thing had the shoe been on the other foot.
That was a huge, huge defensive play."
Later, after forcing ASU to punt, Brink, who completed 21 of 35
passes for 283 yards, was sacked for a 12-yard loss with 3:18
remaining, and Langley's 52-yard attempt sailed wide right.
Langley hit a 40-yard attempt in the second period.
The Cougars have lost six straight and face Oregon and
Washington in the next two weeks. Two wins to end the season would
give the Cougars the same 5-6 record they posted last season.
"We've just got to work harder," Brink said. "We can't throw
in the towel."