What They're Saying...

What the media, players, and coaches are saying about the Beavers narrow loss to the Sun Devils on Saturday.

Punchless Beavers fall short 13-9 at ASU
This, Derek Anderson was certain, was going to be Oregon State’s shining moment. The Beavers trailing 13-9 and without a touchdown in the game, were poised to get one. They were perched on Arizona State’s nine-yard line with 1:06 remaining, having driven from its 18.

It wasn’t to be. A sack, an incomplete pass and another sack left Oregon State on the Arizona State 34. And in a mass of confusion as the final seconds ticked down, the Beavers were unable to get off a final play. Arizona State’s 13-9 victory at Sun Devil Stadium Saturday night was the third loss in a row for the Beavers (4-3 overall, 0-3 in Pac-10 play), and certainly the most disheartening...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune



ASU uses its defense to drop Oregon State
Arizona State sacked Derek Anderson seven times for 75 yards, including the last two plays of the game, as the Sun Devils held off Oregon State 13-9 on Saturday night.

The Beavers drove to the Arizona State 9 in the final minute, but Alfred Williams sacked Anderson for a 6-yard loss, then Josh Amobi got him for a 17-yard loss.

There were 19 seconds left for a final play, but the game ended before Oregon State snapped the ball...Bob Baum, Associated Press



Zero yards, but ASU gets three points
Arizona State's first scoring drive of the game had an odd line: four plays, 0 yards, 53 seconds.

The Sun Devils' R.J. Oliver intercepted a pass by Derek Anderson at the Oregon State 33-yard line. Quarterback Andrew Walter threw an incomplete pass, tailback Cornell Canidate carried for no gain, and Walter threw another incompletion...Rachel Bachman, Oregonian



Beavers have a fan in the Sun Devils' ranks
Despite playing for Arizona State, Andy Goodenough continues to root for Oregon State -- except when the Beavers meet the Sun Devils.

But Goodenough hasn't let his decision to enroll at Arizona State eliminate his longtime loyalty to the Beavers. After all, he was a star quarterback at Corvallis High School, and he spent plenty of time cheering for the Beavers at Reser Stadium.

"I grew up watching them play," Goodenough said. "I followed them all the time. Still do."...Geoffery C. Arnold, Oregonian



Beavers can't beat the clock or the Sundevils
Oregon State's season stepped into quicksand Saturday night.

The Beavers did not score a touchdown and failed to run a final play in a 13-9 loss to Arizona State. The loss, OSU's second excruciating setback in two years in Tempe, dropped Oregon State (4-3) to 0-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference and sent the Beavers into their off weekend with a foundering offense and a deeply bruised psyche...Rachel Bachman, Oregonian



In the end, Oregon State never got a chance for a miracle finish.

The Beavers, facing a fourth and goal at the 34 with less than 30 seconds left after quarterback Derek Anderson was sacked, were left standing at the line of scrimmage as the play clock ticked away the final seconds.

The gaffe allowed Arizona State to escape Sun Devil Stadium with a 13-9 Pacific-10 Conference victory and remain an early player in the conference race...Mid Valley Sunday



Oh no, how the mighty have fallen
The horror. The horror.

There is no other way to describe the final minute of Arizona State's 13-9 victory over Oregon State on a hazy, hot evening in the desert.

Pick your adjective — awful, brutal, horrible, they all apply to the final three plays in a game the Beavers appeared on the verge of winning with a character-building final drive led by an unproven sophomore quarterback...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



OSU at home in the desert
Sun Devil Stadium is becoming a familiar venue for the upperclassmen on the Oregon State football team.

The Beavers played in the 73,000-seat facility for the third consecutive season on Saturday when they met host Arizona State on a hazy, 85-degree evening in the Valley of the Sun...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



ASU's defense shuts down Oregon State
The Arizona State Sun Devils put forth a suffocating defensive performance against Oregon State on Saturday night.

That was never more evident than the final drive of the game, when the Sun Devils sacked Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson twice to thwart a comeback, giving ASU a 13-9 victory at Sun Devil Stadium...Terrance Harris, Arizona Daily Star



Sun Devils stop Beavers
Arizona State polished off its best defensive effort of the year with sacks on two of the game's final plays in a 13-9 win over Oregon State Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.

Just when it seemed as if arcade-game scores and 300-yard passing games were the conference norm, ASU put itself among the Pac-10 elite by keeping Oregon State out of the end zone. It came on a night when its offense needed help. With just 241 total yards, the ASU offense didn't find its rhythm until the team danced off Frank Kush Field as victors, with the defense as the heroes...Paul Coro, AzCentral.com



ASU now in position for big year
The schedule declared Saturday night's game against Oregon State as nothing more than the seventh of Arizona State's 13 regular-season games this season.

What it didn't disclose was the magnitude of this individual game.

This was the swing game for the Sun Devils, one that would define the direction ASU's season would take. It would be the back-breaker or the elixir for a season that was hanging in the balance after last week's disappointing loss to an inferior North Carolina squad...Pedro Gomez, Arizona Republic



Determined "D" finishes job
On Saturday night, an Arizona State defense that had allowed an average of 490 yards in its last three games met an Oregon State team averaging 37.5 points a contest.

What’s more, Beavers quarterback Derek Anderson is one of the Pac-10’s top gunslingers, with 17 touchdown passes coming in. And the Sun Devils were without safety Riccardo Stewart, out with an ankle injury.

Head for the hills time, right? Hardly...Dan Zeigler, East Valley Tribune



ASU stifles Beavers in Pac-10 struggle
What the heck was that that visited Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night?

They played an offensive football game and the defenses broke out.

In what seemed to be a relic from the 1950s, Arizona State out-defensed Oregon State, 13-9, to stay unbeaten in Pacific-10 Conference play...Bob Moran, East Valley Tribune

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