NCAA Game Summary - Oregon at Arizona State|
(Thursday, October 18th)
Final Score: (2) Oregon 43, Arizona State 21
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Aloha meant touchdown for Marcus Mariota on
The Hawaiian-born Oregon freshman quarterback threw for a score, rushed for
another and caught at TD pass in the Ducks' 43-21 rout of Arizona State.
Mariota was 9-of-12 through the air for 46 yards and ran for 135 yards on 10
carries for Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12), which ran all over the Sun Devils in
the opening half and took a commanding 43-7 advantage into the break.
The Ducks, who totaled 406 yards on the ground, have defeated Arizona State
eight consecutive times.
Kenjon Barner carried the ball 16 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns in
Taylor Kelly was 10-of-18 for 93 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions,
while freshman Michael Eubank completed 10-of-19 passes for 123 yards with a
score and two picks for the Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1), who had their three-game
winning streak snapped.
"We do have a good football team, but we got beat by a really, really good
football team tonight," Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said. "There's no
doubt in my mind, they're one of the best, if not the best team in the
Facing its first true road test of the year, Mariota fumbled on Oregon's
second play of the game, which led to an Arizona State touchdown on its first
offensive snap when Kelly found Kevin Ozier for a 28-yard score down the right
"They came out and scored, but the one thing I love about this team is that
they don't flinch," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said. "We talk about playing
a full game and this team bounced back."
Nothing else went wrong for the Ducks.
Oregon quickly countered on the second play of its ensuing trek as Barner
exploded through the middle of the line for a 71-yard score. The two-point
conversion was successful and gave the Ducks an 8-7 margin.
After Alex Garoutte missed a 43-yard field goal on the Sun Devils' next touch,
Mariota, who picked up a 4th-and-3 with a 14-yard scamper earlier in the
possession, completed the lengthy 14-play, 74-yard trek with a 6-yard fade
pass to Bralon Addison in the back right corner of the end zone.
An Arizona State three-and-out preceded another prolonged march by the Ducks.
On 3rd-and-goal from the Sun Devils' 2-yard line, backup quarterback Bryan
Bennett took over under center and scrambled along the left edge. With two
Arizona State defenders closing in, Bennett flipped a TD pass to Mariota, who
lined up as a wide receiver to cap the 15-play, 78-yard drive.
Oregon's next three scoring drives weren't as elongated.
Boseko Lokombo intercepted Kelly on the third play of Arizona State's ensuing
possession and returned it 21 yards before Barner plunged in from a yard out
on the third play of the trek.
Following another Arizona State three-and-out, Mariota broke off an 86-yard TD
run on the second play of the Ducks' next drive.
Avery Patterson picked off Kelly on the second snap of the Sun Devils' next
march and returned it 34 yards down to the Arizona State 1-yard line before
Barner found the end zone on the very next play for a 43-7 edge with 11:33 to
play in the second quarter.
Anthony Jones brought back an interception 36 yards for a score and Eubank
found D.J. Foster for a 23-yard score in the fourth quarter to conclude the
Oregon has outscored Arizona State 219-102 during its five-game winning streak
in Tempe ... Barner has rushed for 460 of his 870 yards in the last three
10/19 02:44:06 ET