Ducks End Streak, Drop Devils

Practice makes perfect. By their own admission, Coach Dirk Koetter and his players stated that the preparations for the Oregon game were not as effective as can be. Whether this is the crux of the 31-17 loss to Oregon, is open for debate. However, what is undeniable is that the Sun Devils have lost a chance to participate in a BCS bowl, as they head into a much needed bye week.

Oregon (5-1, 2- Pac-10) was facing an Arizona State (3-3, 1-2) team that has beaten them three times in a row. Revenge may have been on the visitors mind, but it took them a while to display that emotion. In its first possession, the Ducks' Matt Evensten had his 55-yard field goal attempt blocked by the Sun Devils' DeWayne Hollyfield. ASU capitalized on this opportunity and Sam Keller found Derek Hagan for a 20-yard score. Oregon stumbled again, and Jamar Williams picked off Kellen Clemens and the ball was placed on the Ducks' eight-yard lined. The home team had to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Jesse Ainsworth, and the lead climbed to 10-0 in the closing moments of the first quarter.

The Ducks took over the contest scoring wise, and in two consecutive possessions: a Matt Evensen 42-yard attempt, as well as a touchdown pass to Terrence Whithead tied the score. A career-high 51 yarder from Evensen as time expired in the second quarter, sent Oregon to the locker room with momentum and a 13-10 lead.

In its first possession of the second half, the visitors added a 42-yard field goal, and turned a blocked punt and a two-point conversion into eight more points and a score of 24-10. A Zach Miller one-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter capped the scoring for ASU, as the visitors continued to offensively dominate on the ground, while stifling the Sun Devils attack.

Following an open week, where the Sun Devils will undoubtedly try to heal physically and mentally, the maroon and gold will go on the road for only the second time thus far in 2005 to face Stanford. Nothing short of a victory will help ASU heal their wounds and go back to being the promising team it was just a couple weeks back.

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