TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The wide-open Arizona State offense that was
coach Dirk Koetter's trademark in years back made a comeback on
Rudy Carpenter -- looking like the super-freshman of last season
and not the struggling sophomore of this year -- threw for a
season-best 339 yards and three touchdown passes and the Sun Devils
rolled to a surprisingly one-sided 47-14 victory over Washington
"Coach came up to me before the game and told me `We're going
back to old-school ASU," Carpenter said, "and I said, `You know
Carpenter completed 15 of 24 with one interception before
leaving the game with nine minutes to play. His scoring passes went
50 yards to Matt Jones, 34 yards to Chris McGaha and 62 yards to
"I did say that to Rudy during warmups," Koetter said. "I
just told him we needed to take our shots, and we hit a few of them
tonight. It's been a while since we've done that."
In by far their best half of the season, the Sun Devils scored
on all six possessions -- three touchdowns and three field goals --
to go up 30-7 at half. They scored the first time they had the
second half, too, on Smith's fingertip catch of Carpenter's long
throw to take a 37-7 lead with 9:39 to go in the third quarter.
"Rudy was on fire tonight," said ASU tight end Zach Miller,
who caught six passes for 84 yards. "He made one mistake with that
interception but other than that he was putting it up there and
letting his receivers make plays."
Jesse Ainsworth kicked a career-high four field goals, including
his two longest of the season at 46 and 47 yards, for the Sun
Devils (6-4, 3-4 Pac-10), who became bowl-eligible with the
The Cougars (6-5, 4-4 Pac-10) -- who played without their top two
receivers Michael Bumpus and Jason Hill because of ankle injuries --
were ranked 25th nationally just two weeks ago but lost consecutive
games to Arizona and Arizona State.
"I didn't see this coming, being honest with you," Cougars
coach Bill Doba said. "I thought we'd be able to compete, and I
thought we could win. I know we're beat up, but so are they, so I
don't have any excuses."
Ryan Torain rushed for 84 yards in 19 carries for the Sun
Devils, who amassed a 562-192 advantage in yards.
WSU's Alex Brink, Pac-10 total offense leader entering the game,
completed 14-of-30 for 161 yards and two scores but was intercepted
twice. The Cougars managed only 27 yards rushing in 19 carries.
"I don't know what the heck happened until we take a look at
the tape," Doba said, "but we had guys running through the
secondary, we had guys missing tackles and we got no push from the
offensive line. You have to be able to run the ball a little bit."
The Arizona State offense, sputtering and struggling most of the
season, overwhelmed the Cougars for 298 first-half yards. Carpenter
completed 11-of-17 for 229 yards and two scores in the first two
The Sun Devils took the opening kickoff and went 66 yards in
five plays. Carpenter threw 34 yards to Brent Miller on the first
play of the game, and had a 21-yarder to brother Zach Miller on the
drive. Torain scored on a three-yard run.
The Cougars followed with a three-and-out but Arizona State's
Kyle Williams muffed the punt and Eric Frampton recovered for
Washington State at the Sun Devils' 36. Three plays later, Brink
threw 10 yards to Charles Dillon for the score and it was 7-7.
Ainsworth's 34-yard field goal put Arizona State up 10-7, then
Carpenter connected with Jones on a 50-yard touchdown play to make
it 17-7 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Ainsworth's 46-yarder put ASU ahead 20-7, then Carpenter found
McGaha wide open on a 34-yard touchdown and the Sun Devils led 27-7
with 5:53 left in the half.
The Cougars finally appeared to have stopped the Sun Devils, but
Carpenter went back into punt formation on fourth-and-one from the
ASU 43 and threw 12 yards to Brent Miller to keep the drive alive.
Ainsworth's 47-yarder with 24 seconds left capped the first-half