NOTES: 'It was just too many mistakes'

RB Yvenson Bernard moves up career rushing list...WR James Rodgers continues to pick up first downs...several players get their first touchdowns of the year...DE Slade Norris leads the conference in, defense and offense news and notes.

Pregame Notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred; it was the third time this year OSU won the toss and deferred.
  • The announced attendance was 56,099, the largest crowd to watch the Beavers and an opponent this season.
  • Weather: 83 deg., wind W 16mph


Series Notes:

  • ASU increased their series led to 24-9-1, including 18-3 in Tempe.

  • The Sun Devils have won 16 straight against the Beavers at home. The last time OSU won at Arizona State was in 1969.

  • Oregon State's 32 points is the most points scored by the Beavers in Sun Devil Stadium and the third highest total by OSU in the series. They scored 45 and 44 in Reser in 2003 and 2006, respectively.


Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 514 yards of offense, 190 on the ground and 324 through the air. It is their second highest offensive total of the year.

  • The team ran 32 rushing plays for a 5.9 average while 48 passing plays were called with 11.6 yards per completion.

  • They picked up 28 first downs, 10 on the ground and 15 through the air.

  • They converted 5 of 13 (38%) times on third down. For comparisons sake they converted 21% of third downs against Utah, 44% against Cincinnati and 70% versus Idaho State.

  • The offense converted on 4 of 5 opportunities in the redzone.

  • The offensive line yielded just one sack.

  • The Beavers final touchdown was the first of the year against the Sun Devil defense in the fourth quarter.

  • QB Sean Canfield completed 28 of 48 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns but threw five interceptions, four of them in the second half and four of the five in ASU territory. To his credit though, one interception came as he was being hit and the other was the result of Brandon Powers slipping. On the year Canfield has 10 picks, one more than all of last year, which leads the Pac-10. Canfield is seventh in the conference in passing averaging 223.8 yards per game.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard carried the ball 24 times for 128 yards and one touchdown, with a long of 41 yards, his second longest run of the year. His 128 yards gives him 3,025 for his career moving him past five players on the Pac-10 career rushing list up to 32nd. He needs just 29 yards to move into the top 30. He is fifth in the conference in rushing averaging 94.2 yards per game.

  • This is the first time in seven games that the Beavers have lost after Bernard gained over 100 yards.

  • WR Sammie Stroughter led all receivers with six catches for 102 yards with a long of 43. Stroughter is second on the team with 15 receptions in just two games and leads the team with 262 yards. He is sixth in the conference in receptions despite playing one game less than most players.

  • WR James Rodgers continues to pick up first downs almost every time he touches the ball as he rushed three times for 30 yards. On two of his three carries he picked up a first down. He is the team's second leading rusher with 131 yards on eight attempts for a 16.4 average.

  • WR Anthony Brown was the team's second leading receiver with five catches for 51 yards. He leads the team with 16 catches for 260 yards.

  • WR Brandon Powers got his first touchdown of the year on a swing pass which he took 20-yards for the Beavers third touchdown of the game. The pass was ruled a lateral so it was credited as a rushing touchdown; Stroughter had a great block to spring him free. Powers grabbed five passes for 43 yards. He injured his hip in the third quarter but is expected to be available against UCLA.

  • TE Howard Croom continued his strong play catching a career high five passes for 37 yards and his first career touchdown.

  • TE Gabe Miller also recorded his first career touchdown on a pass late in the fourth quarter. He finished with two catches for 47 yards.


Defense Notes:

  • The defense yielded 396 total yards, 361 via the pass and 35 via the run. The Sun Devils averaged just one yard per carry on 36 attempts.

  • The defense recorded four sacks and nine tackles for loss; they lead the Pac-10 in both categories with 14 sacks and 32 tackles for loss.

  • The Beavers lead the league in safeties with two.

  • The defense leads the league in rush defense giving up just 29.5 yards per game and .9 yards per carry.

  • FS Al Afalava led all players with 10 tackles. It is his second double digit performance this year, the first was against Utah.

  • CB Keenan Lewis grabbed his second career interception as he picked off Rudy Carpenter in the first quarter. He returned the ball 27 yards. Lewis finished with four tackles, but missed the majority of the second half with cramps.

  • CB Brandon Hughes finished with a game high two pass breakups.

  • True freshman LB Keith Pankey replaced the injured Dwight Roberson on special teams and recorded two tackles in his first collegiate game.

  • DE Slade Norris grabbed his conference leading fourth sack.

  • DE Victor Butler got his second sack of the year. He also forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter.

  • LB Joey LaRocque grabbed the first sack of his career. He finished with six tackles.


Special Teams Notes:

  • P Alexis Serna averaged 34.3 yards per punt on six punts with a long of 44. Two of his kicks landed inside the twenty. He is last in the Pac-10 averaging 34.5 yards per kick, almost two yards less than the next player and 10 yards less then the conference leader.

  • K Alexis Serna hit his third field goal of the year, and his longest of the season, when he connected from 47-yards out in the first quarter. He was also a perfect 3 of 3 on extra points.

  • ASU did a great job of covering kickoffs and punts holding Gerard Lawson to just a 21.7 average per return on nine tries. Lawson is last in the Pac-10 averaging 22.8 yards per return in 17 tries.

  • PR Sammie Stroughter fumbled his second punt of the game late in the fourth quarter when the outcome of the game was already decided. He has two fumbles on the year that have led to 10 points.


Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Under Mike Riley the Beavers are 1-6 in Pac-10 openers. The only win was in 2003 when OSU defeated ASU 45-17 at home.

  • ASU had 120 yards off of interceptions.

  • For the fourth time this year OSU finished on the negative side of the turnover battle at -4. On the year they are -8, good for last in the conference.

  • The Sun Devils scored 20 points off of the six turnovers, five interceptions and one fumbled punt return.

  • One thing that doesn't show in the statistics is how much pressure the defense applied to Carpenter. The Beavers repeatedly hit him and Afalava got in a nasty blow to his ribs just before the end of the first half; Carpenter took several minutes to pick himself up from the turf and had to helped off of the field.

  • Another fact that doesn't show up in the box score is how many times Carpenter got away from pressure. Several times he out ran defenders and found the open man. Twice he fumbled, but recovered the ball each time and completed a pass.


Key Quotes:

  • Coach Mike Riley - “There are a lot of plays we’ll look at and say it could have been different. It didn’t have to be like that. We made way too many errors to beat a good team, but we certainly had our opportunity. It is bitterly disappointing, because we had a chance to do something that hadn’t happened in quite awhile and we let it slip away. It would have been great for our team, but we didn’t earn it. They did.”

    On Carpenter - “He’s a playmaker. He got out of some jams and made some plays. He’s made a lot of plays in this league, and he made a ton of them tonight. I don’t know how made a couple of those plays. I’ve always liked him, except playing against him.”

    On Canfield - “He made some very good throws. It’s a case of sometimes you have to keep your composure. He’s going to come back and he’s going to be a really good quarterback. It’s just decision making and reading the defense.”

    On the season - “We’ll go back to work. I’m really excited to get back to work with this team. I saw some things I’m really looking forward to going to work with them, as far as what we can do and are capable of doing.”

    On the big lead in the first quarter - "We know it's a long game. I thought immediately about Colorado coming in here being up 14-0 and getting thumped. I'm not naive. It's a long game and we have to keep playing."

  • Coach Dennis Erickson - “I like Canfield. He’s going to be a really good player. He just needs experience. That’s the thing we had going. We had Rudy, who has played a lot of games. That really helped.”

  • QB Sean Canfield - "There were a bunch of little things that turned the game, and too many turnovers. You can't win throwing five interceptions. It's frustrating but those things are going to happen. I did some good things but there were too many mistakes. I've just got to play better than that."

  • DE Victor Butler - "He’s (Rudy Carpenter) a pretty mobile guy - a little faster than I thought. We figured we could contain it. We did a pretty decent job doing that, but there were a couple of plays where it got out of hand. He made some great second efforts. He’s a great player - I won’t take nothing away from him. A lot of mental mistakes came back to haunt us. The Sun Devils are a great team, and they played some good ball today. Our plan coming in was to stop the run, but big plays really hurt.”


Play of the Game.
A series of events spelled doom for the Beavers in the fourth quarter.

With Oregon State down by eight, QB Sean Canfield finds Brandon Powers for a 22 yard gain on 2nd and 24. Unfortunately the catch is overturned and the Beavers face 3rd and 24. The offensive line yields their first sack of the game forcing OSU to punt.

P Alexis Serna shanks the punt six yards out of bounds at the ASU40. Five plays later RB Ryan Torain rips of a 41-yard run for his third consecutive touchdown to put the Sun Devils up by 15.


Players of the Game.

Offense - The offensive line. They didn't open up big holes in the second half, but gave Bernard the opportunity to run for over 100 yards, which almost guarantees a Beaver victory. They yielded just one sack, although a crucial one, and gave Canfield all of the time in the world the throw.

Defense - The defensive line. They once again dominated the running game limiting the Sun Devils to just one yard per carry.

Special teams - Yikes, special team's broke down once again. Horrible punting, a fumbled punt, no lanes for Lawson to run player of the game here.

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