Ducks Crush Devils at Home

Following a lopsided loss at Cal, the Oregon game was ASU's chance at redemption. A chance to replace doubts with confidence, silence critics and overcome adversity. Alas, it was déjà vu for the maroon and gold, who for the second straight week were thoroughly outperformed by their opponent. The Ducks delivered a convincing 48-13 win in Tempe in front of 58,526 spectators.

Arizona State's (3-2, 0-2 Pac-10) performance on offense, was in sharp contrast to the sizzling temperatures at kickoff. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter hit an all-time low completing 6-19 passes for 33 yards. He was sacked six times and intercepted once. Running back Ryan Torain eclipsed the century mark for the second week in a row, rushing for 113 yards on 19 carries. The lone touchdown of the game for ASU was scored on a 100-yard kickoff return by Terry Richardson. Josh Barrett paced all Sun Devil tacklers with eight stops.

Oregon (4-0, 2-0), boasted an efficient spread offense coming into this game. With 315 rushing yards and 574 yards of total offense, suffice to say that unfortunately for the Sun Devils their scheme lived up to expectations. Dennis Dixon completed 19-30 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Not only did his offensive line not yield a sack, but they helped Jonathan Stewart collect 142 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Jaison Williams was a thorn in the secondary's side collecting 137 yards and scoring twice.

The visitors scored on its first two possessions, but the Devils certainly had their opportunities to make the game closer. Carpenter's pass, on ASU's second drive, was intercepted in the end zone. Safety Ryan McFoy stripped Dixon, and Zach Catanese was able to recover the pigskin for his team. ASU was able 48 yards down the field, and get to the Oregon's nine-yard line. However, all they could muster for their first score of the game was a Jesse Ainsworth 33-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-3. The visitors scored ten points the rest of the half, and a 24-3 lead was enough for some fans to head home early.

The Ducks scored early in the third quarter, but their ensuing kickoff was returned by Richardson 103 yards (100 yards officially) and still gave the home team some hope down 31-10. Ainsworth tacked on another field goal towards the end of the quarter, which ultimately was the last time ASU would score. Oregon put the finishing touches on their victory scoring touchdowns on their next three possessions giving them a well- earned victory.

A bye week has probably come in a very opportune time for the Sun Devils. Granted, after a demoralizing loss, a player's first instinct is to quickly get out there and make it right again. Nonetheless, there's something to be said for taking time off, maybe getting away from the game all together for a few days, and hopefully come back re-charged. Things certainly won't get easier with a road game at undefeated USC, and few will give ASU a standing chance of winning there. At this point, the Sun Devil nation is looking for a good effort, even if it came in a losing proposition. Just competing will count as sign of progression and hope for the future.

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