Devils struggle in home victory

ASU coaches and players stated vowed all week that their contest against winless Oregon State won't be the proverbial "trap game." Some of those who witness the Sun devils' 35-20 win Saturday night may beg to differ with that assertion, but a less than perfect performance still netted the maroon and gold a precious league victory.

Arizona State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) was sluggish out of the gates committing three turnover in the first quarter alone. Luckily for the hosts, Oregon State (0-4, 0-2) was able to counter with just two field goals during that period and scored just 13 points in the first half. The Sun Devils' display didn't even close to resembling their 43-22 win over USC last weekend.

"I wasn't surprised one bit unfortunately," said ASU head coach Dennis Erickson on his squad's performance. "I've been around this game a lot of years and sometimes it just happens and you just have a big win and you come off it, regardless of what you say or what you do. Sometimes you just come out flat and the biggest thing is that we came out flat but then we turned it over three times in the first half and we're lucky we were down 6-0.

"We came out defensively and held them to field goals. You don't know how they're going to react after a big win and I see it happen every week and you talk to them about it. I thought in the second half we played a heck of a lot better and we ended up winning the game 35-20, so that's what I'm happy with."

Quarterback Brock Osweiler had a first quarter he would love to forget, as he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble as well in the first 15 minutes of the contest. He did however begin the road to redemption with a tandem of touchdown passes in the second quarter to A.J. Pickens (17 yards) and Gerell Robinson (24 yards). Jamal Miles' 78-yard punt return, his first ever in his ASU career, capped off a 21-point second quarter that put the hosts ahead 21-13.

The Sun Devils' first two possessions resembled their horrible start to the game, going three and out followed by Osweiler's third interception of the game. To make matters worse, the Beavers scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Sean Mannion to James Rodgers to come within one point, 21-20.

ASU running back Cameron Marshall, who had pedestrian game for the first two quarters, but a pair of touchdowns in the third and the fourth quarter capped off the scoring for the hosts. This coupled with the defense pitching a shutout, in large part to Alden Darby's two interceptions and Jamaar Jarrett's pair of sacks, the rest of the night granted the maroon and gold the victory.

Osweiler was 24 of 37 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Marshall paced ASU with 14 carries for 8o yards and two scores. Miles led all Sun Devil receivers with 62 yards on eight catches. On defense, cornerback Deveron Carr had seven solo tackles.

Mannion had four interceptions for the visitors and completed 40 of 66 passes for just 341 yards and a score. The Beavers committed 13 penalties for 139 yards and punted seven times on Saturday night.


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