Players frustrated with missed opportunities

It was another tough loss for the maroon and gold on Saturday night as the Oregon Ducks defeated the Sun Devils, 42-31. Although the Sun Devils showed they have the ability to compete with top-ranked teams, their numerous able kept them from being able to secure the win.

The Arizona State offense accumulated nearly 600-yards throughout tonight's contests but their inability to finish in the red zone caused the Sun Devils to come up short. With seven turnovers and four interceptions by quarterback Steven Threet, the unit could not compete with the Ducks.

"Seven turnovers, plain and simple," Threet said. "Pick six in the first half and three interceptions in the third quarter, two basically we were going in to score and make it a one possession game and the second one possibly. It's just too many mistakes."

Threet went 30-53 and threw for 387-yards against the Ducks with four interceptions, including one that resulted in a touchdown for Oregon.

"It was just a couple poor decisions and bad throws," Threet commented. "There were opportunities, the receivers were open, the one specifically to Jamal, it was just a bad throw, and a better throw is possibly a touchdown."

The maroon and gold offense has rarely been successful in the red zone. Despite several opportunities to pout points on the board, a plethora of mistakes and turnovers plagued the unit.

"Mistakes. We beat ourselves," Threet stated. "We were able to move the ball great, a couple of turnovers in the red zone, pick six, interceptions in the red, yeah. I guess there's no other way to put it."

After last week's 20-19 loss to no.11 Wisconsin, the Sun Devils were eager to return to the field to prove their capabilities against the nation's top teams. The offense and their inability to finish in the red zone cost the maroon and gold a win over no.5 Oregon.

"It was a hard loss to take," wide receiver, Mike Willie said. "We just had a lot of turnovers. We just should have executed on the turnovers. We just have to execute, finish."

Wide receiver, Gerell Robinson recently came back from a hamstring injury and accumulated 7 catches for 94-yards against the Ducks. Although things didn't go their way, Robinson is confident that after their mistakes are corrected, the unit will thrive.

"It felt really good to be honest with you," Robinson said. "I don't know what types of stats I had but I'd drop every pass to get a victory tonight. At the same time, it felt really good to get out there with my teammates tonight and get in the action and get in the groove of things and play against a top ranked team that we know we can definitely hang with."

Running back, Deantre Lewis led the team in rushing yards with 11 carries for 127 yards. The true freshman scored one touchdown against the Ducks early in the game and despite suffering a minor injury, returned to the field for the remainder of the game.

"It was my ankle and knee," Lewis said. "My knee went straight back and my ankle got stuck in the ground and I just tweaked it a little bit, but I'm fine.

"They gave me the chance to go in and I did my thing from what I had to do," Lewis commented. "They gave me holes and I hit them as hard as I can. The touchdowns didn't come my way, but I had one in the beginning of the game. I felt like I could have done a little bit more just it just wasn't meant to be."

Due to their own lack of discipline, the maroon and gold are now 2-2 as they head into one of the toughest parts of their season. The Sun Devil offense will have to spend this coming week figuring out how to finish plays and effectively execute in the red zone, only then will they be able to end games with a win.

"I'm going to be honest with you," Robinson commented. "I feel like we keep beating ourselves, shooting ourselves in our foot and that's the one area on this team that we need to fix as far as last week and this week. As long as we execute and finish like a solid team, that's when we'll be at the top of the ranks."

Traveling to Oregon State next weekend, the Sun Devils will be on the road for three consecutive Saturdays as they attempt to defeat their Pac-10 opponents and prevent their season from taking a downward spiral.

"I don't see it snowballing," Robinson noted. "Previous years, that was the case. We definitely need to come back this next game at Oregon State and set the tone and send a message to everybody that this won't happen again."

"I think we see the team that's there, that's possible," Threet said. "It's just about keep working hard and finding a way to make these last eight games count."


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