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Pac-10: Sun Devils rally to upset of Ducks

©Associated Press
October 20, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. -- Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter tried for the words to adequately describe his team's upset of Oregon, and he kept getting stuck on one.

"You dream about getting a win in a place like this," Walter said after the Sun Devils' 45-42 victory Saturday night. "It's huge. It's huge for the program and it's huge for the team."

Walter threw a school-record 536 yards and four touchdowns, and Arizona State rallied from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit.

The Sun Devils are one of two unbeatens left in the conference. Washington State was idle.

The loss snapped an 11-game win streak for the Ducks, the second-longest in the nation behind Miami's 28. Oregon also had won six straight Pac-10 games.

Walter, whose yardage topped Paul Justin's 534 against Washington State in 1989, completed 31-of-53. Arizona State had 590 yards.

"Wow. I'm stunned," free safety Keith Lewis said. "You can never give up 500 yards, I don't care who you are."

Shaun McDonald added 12 catches for 204 yards and a score for Arizona State, which snapped a four-game losing streak to Oregon.

"I've played against the Ducks for five years now and hadn't beaten them. So if I didn't do it this time, I would never have the chance again," linebacker Mason Unck said. "They are an unbelievable team."

Jason Fife, who entered third nationally in passing efficiency, was 21-of-32 for 288 yards and three TDs. Onterrio Smith, Pac-10's leading rusher, had 172 on 27 carries and scored three TDs.

Arizona State took a 39-35 lead early in the fourth on Walter's 58-yard TD pass to Justin Taplin. The Sun Devils extended their lead on Mike Barth's 44-yard field goal.

Oregon tied it with 6:55 left when Fife hit Samie Parker in the end zone. Walter, a sophomore, overthrew McDonald on third and 5 at the Oregon 12 and Arizona State settled for Barth's 29-yard field goal with 1:58 left.

Oregon's final series ended when Arizona State safety Brett Hudson intercepted Fife's pass.

It was ASU's first win over a ranked team since beating No. 10 Washington 44-31 on Nov. 1, 1997.

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USC 41, WASHINGTON 21: Carson Palmer threw 348 yards and four TDs, three to freshman Mike Williams, for the host Trojans. Southern California built a 34-7 lead in the first three quarters en route to its second win over the Huskies in six meetings since 1995.

Williams, a rangy 6-foot-5, 210-pounder starting because Kareem Kelly was slowed by an injury, had nine catches for 159 yards.

With the Huskies trailing 34-7, Cody Pickett passed for a pair of TDs early in the fourth to pull within 13.Pickett, who came in as the nation's second-leading passer, was 34-of-61 for 350 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

CALIFORNIA 17, UCLA 12: Jamaal Cherry blocked a 22-yard field-goal and the host Bears defense held twice in the red zone in the fourth. Joe Igber rushed for the winning TD with 12:08 left. UCLA entered averaging 437 yards and was limited to 226. Cal's Kyle Boller completed 13-of-30 for 130 yards and a touchdown. His 24-yard TD pass in the second quarter gave him the most in school history with 55.

STANFORD 16, ARIZONA 6: Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals and Chris Lewis threw 12 yards for the game's only TD for the host Cardinal. Stanford took the lead for good in the first when Sgroi kicked a 45-yard field goal. Jason Johnson passed for 244 yards to lead Arizona, but he threw three interceptions and was sacked six times.

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