NOTES: "This win really helps us"

THE OFFENSIVE LINE yield just one sack while the defensive line makes life miserable for ASU QB Danny Sullivan. QB Sean Canfield and RB Jacquizz Rodgers continue to move up school lists. More news and notes inside.

Pregame notes:


Series notes:

  • Arizona State still leads 24-11-1, including 18-4 in Tempe.

  • Saturday's win was just the fifth victory over ASU since 1971.

  • OSU has won two in a row against Arizona State and three of the last four.

  • The Beavers snapped a 16-game road losing streak to ASU dating back to 1969.


Offense notes:

  • The offense generated 295 yards of total offense, the lowest total of the season, 216 via the pass, 12.0 ypc, and 79 on the ground, 3.3 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 24:36.

  • The offense had the ball for just three minutes and 47 seconds in the third quarter.

  • The offense picked up 14 first downs, three via the run, 10 via the pass and one by penalty while converting 5 of 11 third down and both redzone opportunities.

  • The offensive line gave up just one sack.

    "The protection was good," QB Sean Canfield said.

  • The offense had the ball for just nine minutes and 35 seconds in the second half and converted just 1 of 3 third down opportunities.

  • QB Sean Canfield completed 18 of 30 (60%) attempts for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

    Canfield has significantly more time in the pocket than last weekend and looked downfield more - he completed three passes of 25 yards or more. He did force the ball into double coverage several times, but was deadly on the final scoring drive of the game completing all four pass attempts.

    "We made some throws down field, the protection was great and we were balanced with Quizz running the ball," Canfield said. "We made enough big plays at the end to get the win."

    Canfield moved into a tie for fifth place on OSU's career passing touchdowns list with 24.

    His 25-yard touchdown to James Rodgers in the second quarter was beautiful as he put it just within reach of Rodgers.

    The 27-yard lob to James in the fourth quarter that setup the Beavers final points of the game was a perfect throw as well as he tossed only where Rodgers could get it near the sidelines.

    “Their corner was biting (on the pump fake) all night,” Canfield said. “Langsdorf came back to it with a stutter. Rodgers stuttered and went. I laid it up for him and he made the play.”

  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers carried the ball 17 times for 81 yards (4.8 ypc) and two touchdowns. It is the third consecutive game Quizz has been held under 100 yards.

    Quizz's second touchdown came on a 32-yard scamper in the first quarter when he took a pitch and went untouched into the endzone to put the Beavers up 14 points. Key blocks by Will Darkins and Grant Johnson setup the play.

    Rodgers’ two first quarter touchdowns are the 19th and 20th of his career moving him into a tie for sixth on OSU’s career rushing TD list. He is tied with Dick Twenge (1946-49) and Dave Schilling (1969-71).

    Quizz now has 1,761 career rushing yards, passing Bryce Oglesby to move into 10th on the school list.

  • RB Jovan Stevenson made his first appearance since the UNLV game as he carried the ball one time for no gain.

  • WR James Rodgers led the team with 10 catches for 114 yards and one touchdown - his first receiving touchdown of the season.

    His 25-yard catch in the second quarter put OSU up by 18. Rodgers juggled the catch before securing and falling out of the back of the endzone.

  • WR Damola Adeniji continued to impress catching five passes for career best 83 yards and one touchdown. Adeniji has caught a touchdown in the last two games.

    On his touchdown Canfield lofted up the pass in his general direction and let Adeniji go up and get it.

    “We’d been practicing that play all week at practice,” Adeniji said. “We figured it was a good spot to use it, and it turned out good.”

  • WR Aaron Nichols caught one pass for 15 yards.

  • WR Jordan Bishop did not record a catch and was rarely targeted, but the coaches did line him up in the slot and on the outside.


Defense notes:

  • The defense gave up 406 yards of total offense, the most yards this year, 338 via the pass, 10.6 ypc, and 68 yards on the ground, 2.2 ypc, while ASU held the the ball for 35:24.

    "This was just a good win for this 2009 team to come down here and do that," coach Mike Riley said. "I'm really proud of our defense. I thought they made a lot of plays. And we scored our points. It was just a good team win for the 2009 Beavers."

  • 94 of Arizona State's yard came on the final drive of the game when the Sun Devils converted four fourth down attempts and took over six minutes off of the clock.

  • The defense yielded 26 first downs, four via the run, 20 via the pass and two by penalty.  The Sun Devils converted 4 of 18 third downs while converting all three redzone opportunities.

  • The defense recorded just one sack, giving them three for the year, but did a tremendous job of getting to the quarterback. Several times Danny Sullivan took a few extra seconds scraping himself off of the grass after a big hit.

  • The defense added six tackles for loss and have 24 for the year.

  • For the fourth time this year LB Keaton Kristick led the team with eight tackles, seven solo, including one for loss.

    “Our coaches did a really good job planning,” Kristick said. “We knew what their offense was going to do before it happened. it really helped us in the end."

    Kristick played most of the game despite playing with a stinger in his shoulder that he suffered against Arizona.

    “This win really helps us,” Kristick said. “We had an idea what this team was. This motivates us. It’s a long year, and there’s so much left to happen.”

  • DE Matt LaGrone had a breakout game grabbing seven tackles, six solo, and a team high two for loss. He also recovered one fumble.

    LaGrone was consistently in the quarterback's face as he delivered many bone jarring hits. He did a nice job of navigating down the line and making a play on the ball carrier.

  • DT Brennan Olander received the first start of his career replacing Latu Moala in the lineup. He did not record a tackle, but was disruptive in the backfield beating his blocker several times.

  • S Lance Mitchell continued his high level of play harnessing six tackles and a team high two pass breakups.

    Mitchell started with Cameron Collins in the defensive backfield.

    "Lance had to clean up some things, and he did," Mark Banker told The Gazette Times. . "Unfortunately for Suaesi, it's that confidence factor. I don't think he lost his confidence but I'm sure he was getting down on himself.

    " But he still played in our sub package and did a nice job."

  • CB Brandon Hardin received the first start of his career replacing Tim Clark in the lineup.

    "It was amazing," Hardin said of his first career start. "I'm glad I was able to come out and represent my team."

    Besides his big hits he intercepted the first pass of his career as he stepped in front of a deep pass at the OSU48. He finished with four tackles.

    “Our defense, we wanted to go out there and get our swagger back,” Hardin said. “We wanted to get that attitude that we were unstoppable.”

    Hardin also had a nasty hit in the second half on a kickoff return that left two Arizona State special teams players on the field.

  • CB Tim Clark did not start as he had wisdom teeth pulled earlier in the week.

    He made his first appearance in the second quarter finishing with five tackles.

  • DE Taylor Henry recorded the first sack of his career as he pulled down Danny Sullivan in the fourth quarter.

    On the very next play he almost got his second as he swiped at Sullivan's feet forcing an incomplete pass.

  • S Cameron Collins started along with Lance Mitchell in the defensive backfield.

    Collins had four tackles.

  • DE Ben Terry had his best game of the year finishing with four tackles, including one for loss, one forced fumble (which stopped a drive late in the second quarter) and one quarterback hurry.

  • CB James Dockery had one of the better hits of the game as he unloaded on an Arizona State receiver forcing an incomplete pass near the sidelines.

    Dockery had four tackles and one pass breakup.


Special teams notes:

  • Jordan Poyer had a standout day on special teams downing a punt at the ASU7 in the second quarter while also making a key special teams tackle on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

  • K Justin Kahut missed his only field goal attempt, a 53-yard boot in the second quarter. It was on target, but well short of the goalposts.

  • P Johnny Hekker averaged 44.4 yards per punt on five attempts with a long of 58.

    He played two inside the 20.

  • PR/KR James Rodgers returned three punts for 60 yards. His 33-yard punt return in the first quarter was the longest of his career.

    He also returned two kickoffs for 30 yards with a long of 19.


Miscellaneous notes:

  • Arizona State had 10 penalties for 80 yards, the Beavers had five for 28.

  • The Sun Devils held the ball for almost 11 minutes longer than the Beavers while running 35 more plays.

  • Oregon State led 14-3 after the first quarter. The Beavers have a 236-78 advantage in the first quarter over its last 45 games. The Beavers have allowed just 10 points (7 vs. Arizona; 3 at ASU) in the last six first quarters dating back to last year.

  • The game was the 23rd straight game that the Beavers had a game televised, which is a school record. It dates back to Nov. 3, 2007 at USC.

  • The Beavers won their 31st game since the start of the 2006 season, the second-best mark in the Pac-10 behind only USC.

  • The Beavers improved to 29-3 in their last 67 games when committing less than turnovers than their opponents.

  • ASU’s first quarter field goal was the first field goal converted against the Beavers this season.

  • Oregon State has won its first two road games of the season for the first time since 1967 when the Beavers beat the Sun Devils (27-21) and Iowa (38-18) on the road.

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