6:30 PM ET, November 6, 2004
Sun Devil Stadium, TEMPE, AZ
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Last-minute scoring drives to pull out a victory bring out the best in Andrew Walter and his Arizona State teammates.
With 9 seconds to play, Walter threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night -- a 4-yarder to Matt Miller -- to give the No. 23 Arizona State a 34-31 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.
Two weeks ago, Walter and the Sun Devils scored the last 17 points of the game to beat UCLA 48-42.
The senior quarterback is taking a wild ride to the end of his college career.
"We practice it all the time," Walter said. "Two minutes left, our backs against the wall, that's the way we like it."
Cardinal backup quarterback T.C. Ostrander gave his team a 31-26 lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02 remaining.
But Walter, who was 28-for-42 for 415 yards and broke John Elway's Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes, was 4-for-8 for 79 yards on a 13-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.
"I've been in a lot of college football games," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said, "and I've never been in a game like that."
Walter has 80 TD passes, breaking Elway's record at Stanford of 77.
"There's been a lot of people along the road that's enabled this, and coaches calling great plays," Walter said of the record. "So as much as everybody is going to talk about me, it's so many things more than just me."
Jon Alston's fourth sack of the game and a holding penalty had left the Sun Devils second-and-29 on their 43, but Walter threw 19 yards to Derek Hagan, then 11 to Terry Richardson for the first down that kept the drive alive.
"I give a lot of credit to Andrew Walter for his textbook operation out there," Stanford coach Buddy Teevens said. "
On the touchdown, Walter found Miller deep in the end zone for his second TD catch of the game. Burgess ran for the two-point conversion.
"We were all in the huddle, and we said, `Never give up baby, this is ours. We're going to get in. It's going to happen,' and we just made it happen."
Miller also caught a 52-yard, last-second touchdown pass on the final play of the first half to give Arizona State (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) a 17-14 lead.
"There was divine intervention on that one," Walter said.
Rudy Burgess, converted from wide receiver three weeks ago, carried 34 times for 186 yards, the biggest running day for an Arizona State back in three years. He had a cortisone shot in one shoulder before the game, and a shot in the other at halftime.
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"Wow, what a stud that kid is," Koetter said. "One-hundred-seventy-two pounds soaking wet, 34 carries. He's our return guy. He's getting hammered on that. He's playing on our kickoff team. Our tailback is carrying it 34 times and playing on our kickoff team -- because we're out of bodies."
The game featured nine turnovers -- five by Stanford (2-4, 4-5), four of them interceptions. ASU had five turnovers, and had two punts blocked by Udeme Udofia. Both blocks set up Stanford touchdowns.
Stanford lost its third in a row.
"I'm hurt, hurting pretty bad," Alston said. "As a team, we fought and played with great courage and we played with our hearts. That's what I'm going to take with me to work tomorrow."
Cardinal starter Trent Edwards went down with an injured left shoulder on the first play of the second half, and Ostrander, a redshirt freshman, directed the Cardinal to 17 consecutive points and the lead.
Arizona State had a 583-283 advantage in total yards.
The Sun Devils led 26-14 after Walter's 7-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller with 34 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Stanford's comeback began when Burgess fumbled a punt and Marcus McCutcheon recovered at the Arizona State 40. Ostrander's 11-yard scramble helped set up Ray Jones' 3-yard touchdown run. Ostrander threw to Greg Camarillo for the 2-point conversion and it was 26-22.
Stanford held on fourth-and-one at its five, then drove down the field for Michael Sgroi's 47-yard field goal that cut the lead to 26-25.
After Stanford held, Ostrander found the big tight end Smith over the middle, and he broke Justin Burks' attempted tackle and ran in for the score to give the Cardinal the lead. Kyle Caldwell tackled Ostrander to foil the two-point try and it was 31-26 Stanford.
Smith caught five for 111 yards to break the Stanford school record for receptions by a tight end.
"They laid it all out there, but we'll recover," Teevens said. "I am very, very proud of our effort tonight."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||6-17||6-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|TD||2:40||ALEX SMITH 4 YD PASS FROM TRENT EDWARDS (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 4 yards.
|FG||14:56||JESSE AINSWORTH 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yards.
|TD||5:29||KENNETH TOLON 1 YD RUN (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||4:58||TERRY RICHARDSON 41 YD PASS FROM ANDREW WALTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:00||MATT MILLER 52 YD PASS FROM ANDREW WALTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 42 yards.
|S||10:01||RICCARDO STEWART SAFETY||14||19|
|TD||0:34||ZACH MILLER 7 YD PASS FROM ANDREW WALTER (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||10:47||RAY JONES 3 YD RUN (GREG CAMARILLO 2PT PASS FROM T.C. OSTRANDER)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yards.
|FG||4:30||MICHAEL SGROI 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||2:02||ALEX SMITH 67 YD PASS FROM T.C. OSTRANDER (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||0:09||MATT MILLER 4 YD PASS FROM ANDREW WALTER (RUDY BURGESS 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.