Common Opponents - Arizona State
Friday, November 27, 8:00 a.m. PST
In the eight days leading up to the Civil War, Duck Feed is serving up a comparison of how the Ducks and Beavers have fared against their eight common opponents this season. We've discussed WSU and Washington - next up the standings is Arizona State.
Oregon State saw the Sun Devils on Oct. 3, winning in Tempe, 28-17, for its first Pac-10 win of the season. The Ducks hosted ASU Nov. 14, prevailing 44-21.
How it Went Down
The Beavers jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead and held on for their first road win against the Sun Devils since 1969. ASU out-gained the Beavs 406 to 295, but OSU was more efficient with its possessions.
Despite its 44-point effort, Oregon's offense sputtered at times, but the defense held strong after a rough outing the week before at Stanford. The fact that the Ducks played far from their best and still managed a 23-point win showed just how potent their offense can be.
In the Beaver game, Arizona State committed a false start penalty on 3rd-and-7 from its own 49-yard line in the late stages of the third quarter. The Sun Devils' drive stalled after an incompletion on the next play and their odds of climbing back in the game evaporated in the desert air.
Leading 17-7 in the second quarter, Talmadge Jackson III intercepted ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler and returned it to the Sun Devils' 26-yard line. That set up LaMichael James' third TD run of the half and UO was on cruise control.
James Rodgers had a team-high 10 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
UO's James finished with 150 yards on 22 carries with the three scores.
Both Oregon and Oregon State held ASU to less than 100 yards rushing.
The Ducks netted 268 rushing yards compared to 79 for the Beavers. ASU had 26 first downs against OSU compared to 14 vs. the Ducks.
The Sun Devils were just what the doctor ordered for both schools. Oregon State was able to snap a two-game losing streak while Oregon bounced back following its only Pac-10 loss of the year.