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
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
Jamar Williams intercepted two passes and Jordan Hill recovered
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
Anderson was sacked four times, and the Beavers had 10 penalties
for 103 yards, including costly ones for personal fouls and
"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
"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
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.