4:05 PM ET, November 4, 2006
Reser Stadium, CORVALLIS, OR
Bernard rushed for two touchdowns, Moore accounted for two scores and Oregon State beat Arizona State 44-10 Saturday in front of 38,274 at Reser Stadium.
Avoiding a loss against the Sun Devils after a monumental 33-31 win against the then third-ranked Trojans the previous week was on the minds of the Oregon State players in the constant rain Saturday.
"We focused on working hard and doing what we do," said Oregon State tight end Joe Newton. "We focused on coming out and playing the same game we played last week."
The Beavers scored on their first five possessions and jumped ahead 31-10 at halftime.
"That was the storyline, how we were going to react after winning last week against USC," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "I'm proud of the coaches and players for staying the course once again."
Moore completed 17 of 31 passes for 282 yards, including a 9-yard TD pass to Anthony Wheat-Brown that put Oregon State up 24-7 with 9:52 left in the first half.
Moore also ran 5 yards for a score with 8:52 remaining to make it 31-7. He rushed five times for 44 yards.
"As far as running goes, there was green grass and I just went," Moore said. "I'm just trying to keep the ball going, preventing sacks."
Moore was not taken down for a loss against the Sun Devils.
Though the Beavers (6-3, 4-2 Pac-10) sacked Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter four times and intercepted two of his passes. Carpenter finished 9-for-27 for 124 yards.
Oregon State's defense, with the thought of building on the USC win, kept the Sun Devils from getting yards easily.
Defensive lineman Curtis Coker said a fear of going backward was at play.
"Yes, there is fear," Coker said. "I didn't want to go from beating number three to losing to Arizona State."
Arizona State (5-4, 2-4) was held to its lowest point total of the season and fewest since a 48-13 home loss to Oregon on Sept. 30.
Carpenter pinned some of his team's offensive struggles on its inexperience players.
"We're playing a lot of young guys right now who are learning how to win, including myself," Carpenter said. "We get down like that and have to come back it's pretty hard to do. We're just not making plays right now. We're making easy plays, but not the plays we need to."
Keegan Herring had a 40-yard touchdown run and Jesse Ainsworth kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Sun Devils, who had won two straight and nine of 10 in the series.
Bernard had 3- and 1-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter and finished with 67 yards on 24 carries for the Beavers, who have won four straight for the first time since 2003.
Oregon State's Alexis Serna kicked a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the third field goal of at least 50 yards this year for Serna, last season's winner of the Lou Groza Award, given to the top kicker in college football.
Serna added two more field goals in the second half. Arizona State, which finished with 277 yards total offense, couldn't mount a serious comeback in the second half.
"We're just not explosive enough on offense when we fall behind to come back," said Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter. "We have to rely on our running game and our defense, and we didn't have those things today on a consistent basis."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||9-17|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-1|
|TD||10:40||YVENSON BERNARD 3 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||5:11||YVENSON BERNARD 1 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||1:57||ALEXIS SERNA 51 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||12:10||KEEGAN HERRING 40 YD RUN (JESSE AINSWORTH KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||9:52||ANTHONY WHEAT-BROWN 9 YD PASS FROM MATT MOORE (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:52||MATT MOORE 5 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 6 yards.
|FG||0:20||JESSE AINSWORTH 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 42 yards.
|FG||2:04||ALEXIS SERNA 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 93 yards.
|FG||8:17||ALEXIS SERNA 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||2:41||TONY CARRASCO 8 YD RUN (ALEXIS SERNA KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 7 yards.