10:00 PM ET, September 25, 2004
Sun Devil Stadium, TEMPE, AZ
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Safety Emmanuel Franklin made the play of the night in Arizona State's 27-14 victory over Oregon State on Saturday -- and it came after he got beat on what looked like a sure touchdown.
Franklin chased the Beavers' Joe Newton from behind, knocked the ball loose just before the big tight end crossed the goal line, then recovered the ball for a touchback.
The game was tied 7-7 at the time, and the Sun Devils went on to score the next 20 points.
"What an example of why you never quit on a play," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said. "That's one of the plays of the year in college football right there."
The defense made most of the big plays for the Sun Devils (4-0), off to their best start since they went 11-0 in the 1996 regular season.
Jamar Williams intercepted two passes and Jordan Hill recovered two fumbles.
Arizona State starting tailback Loren Wade was suspended before the game for violation of team rules. His replacement, Randy Hill, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the fourth quarter and is out for the season.
The other running back, Hakim Hill, playing with a broken bone in his right forearm, scored on a 3-yard run.
Andrew Walter threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller for the Sun Devils. Terry Richardson scored on a 12-yard reverse to help send Oregon State (1-3) to its 16th consecutive loss at Arizona State. Jesse Ainsworth kicked field goals of 33 and 45 yards for the Sun Devils.
Two of the Pac-10's top passers had a rough night in the conference opener for both teams. Walter was 16-for-40 for 124 yards. Oregon State's Derek Anderson was 29-for-53 for 384 yards but was intercepted twice. He also fumbled the ball away twice, accounting for four of the Beavers' five turnovers.
"When you make mistakes on the road against a good team, you're going to lose -- and that's what happened," Anderson said.
Arizona State had no turnovers.
"I give all the credit to the front four," Williams said. "They brought a lot of pressure to Anderson. We knew if they put on a lot of pressure, he was going to give it up, and that's what he did."
Anderson was sacked four times, and the Beavers had 10 penalties for 103 yards, including costly ones for personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct.
"In some regards, we probably lost our composure," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.
Mike Hass caught 14 passes for 172 yards for Oregon State, which had minus-14 yards rushing.
The Sun Devils scored 10 points in a 26-second span to go up 17-7 at halftime.
With the game tied at 7, on third-and-two from the Arizona State 32-yard line, Anderson threw to Newton, who rambled free down the sideline. But just before Newton crossed the goal line, Franklin knocked the ball loose from behind, then jumped on the ball in the end zone.
"Really, I shouldn't have been in that position in the first place," said Franklin, who said the team had practiced against that play all week. "Once he caught it, I thought, `I have to catch up and do something."
Newton blamed himself.
"Ball security -- we get that hammered into us every day," he said. "That was just stupid on my part."
Oregon State was called for a personal foul on the play, and Arizona State drove from its 35-yard line to the Beavers' 16, where Ainsworth's 33-yard field goal put the Sun Devils up 10-7 with 2:01 left in the half.
After the kickoff, Anderson botched a handoff to Dwight Wright, and Jordan Hill recovered at the Beavers' 12-yard line. On the next play, Richardson scored and it was 17-7 with 1:35 to go in the half.
Anderson was 4-for-4 as the Beavers scored on their first possession, capped by his 34-yard TD pass to Hass. Arizona scored the next 27 points.
Williams returned his first interception 20 yards to the Oregon State 1. But the Beavers held, then Brandon Browner blocked Ainsworth's 20-yard field goal attempt.
The Sun Devils tied it at 7 when Walter scrambled 16 yards to the Arizona State 3, then Hakim Hill scored from there with 56 seconds left in the first quarter -- the Sun Devils' first rushing touchdown of the season.
Oregon State drove into Arizona State territory twice in the fourth quarter but turned the ball over both times. Anderson was hit as he threw and Williams intercepted. Later, he fumbled a snap and Jordan Hill recovered.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-16||4-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||10:10||MIKE HASS 34 YD PASS FROM DEREK ANDERSON (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||0:56||HAKIM HILL 3 YD RUN (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yards.
|FG||2:01||JESSE AINSWORTH 33 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||1:35||TERRY RICHARDSON 12 YD RUN (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 12 yards.
|TD||10:11||ZACH MILLER 17 YD PASS FROM ANDREW WALTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||7:06||JESSE AINSWORTH 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||3:40||DWIGHT WRIGHT JR. 1 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.