Sun Devils Notch First Pac-10 Win in a Rout

Coach Koetter told his team that no cavalry will help them bounce back from their three-game losing skid. Not to take anything from their 38-3 homecoming win, but Stanford did not pose any resistance and aided the maroon and gold to get off the snide.

Arizona State (4-3, 1-3) scored on its first three possessions to spot Stanford (0-8, 0-5) 17-0. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter connected on his first 12 passes (one short of the school record), and on the afternoon was 14 of 15 for 160 yards and a touchdown – a 27-yard toss to Ryan Torain that began the onslaught of scoring. Once again, tight end Zach Miller paced his team in receptions (four) which was enough to surpass pro-bowler Todd Heap, as the all-time school record holder in receptions with 119. Nate Kimbrough continued his fine performance at wide receiver, as he amassed 42 yards on three receptions. His unit was playing without the injured Terry Richardson and Rudy Burgess who played exclusively at cornerback.

Torain, who had 84 yards at halftime (90 for the game), added a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter. Keegan Herring took advantage of the extended rest Torain was given, and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Sun Devils' first two possessions of the second half. Dimtri Nance completed the all-running back scoring, with a TD in the fourth quarter. Overall, ASU gained 206 yards on the ground.

For the second straight week, the maroon and gold defense held their opponent to under 200 yards of totals offense (145 against Stanford). ASU collected three sacks, recovered a fumble, and registered an interception. More importantly, they harassed and repeatedly pummeled Stanford's signal caller T.C. Ostrander who was just 7-25 for 66 yards. Kyle Caldwell led all ASU defenders with six tackles. The only blemish, on both sides of the ball, for the Devils were the ten penalties for 95 yards.

Up next for ASU is a trip to Washington. The Huskies, without starting QB Isaiah Stanback, came close to upsetting Cal at home, as they fell 31-24 in overtime. Needless to say that they will present a much stiffer challenge than the Cardinal did. Some may think this lopsided victory by the maroon and gold hasn't proved much in the grand picture. One way or another, that theory will stand true or dispel in Seattle next week.

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