Scores

Final

Arizona State 27

(5-4, 3-3 Pac-12)

Washington St 24

(3-6, 0-6 Pac-12)

5:05 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 14 10 3 027
WSU 7 3 14 024

Top Performers

Passing: R. Carpenter (ASU) - 381 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Harrison (WSU) - 38 CAR, 240 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Hagan (ASU) - 6 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Carpenter, Burgess lead Sun Devils past Washington St

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 weeks ago.

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 on Saturday.

"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 start.

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.

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 Devils.

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 said.

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."

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