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ASU secures ‘huge’ win over Oregon

October 20, 2002

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— Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter tried to come up with words to adequately describe his team's surprising victory against No. 6 Oregon, and he kept going back to one in particular.

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

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

The Sun Devils (6-2, 3-0 Pac-10) are one of only two unbeaten teams left in the conference. Washington State (6-1, 3-0) was idle Saturday.

The loss snapped an 11-game overall winning streak for the Ducks (6-1, 2-1). It was the second-longest streak in the nation behind Miami's 28. Oregon had also won six straight Pac-10 games.

"Unfortunately we just couldn't control the game; we couldn't corral it, turn it our way," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said.

Walter, whose yardage topped Paul Justin's 534 yards against Washington State in 1989, completed 31 of 53 passes. All told, Arizona State racked up 590 total yards.

"Wow. I'm stunned," Oregon 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 football team."

No. 3 Virginia Tech 35, Rutgers 14

Blacksburg, Va. Lee Suggs ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia Tech (7-0, 2-0 Big East) beat the Scarlet Knights (1-6, 0-3) for the 10th straight time.

No. 4 OSU 19, Wisconsin 14

Madison, Wis. Ohio State pulled out another close game on the road, edging Wisconsin to remain unbeaten. Freshman Maurice Clarett ran for 133 yards on 30 carries to lead the Buckeyes (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten), who also had close-call wins at Cincinnati and Northwestern.

No. 5 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 17

Athens, Ga. David Greene threw for 319 yards and accounted for three TDs for Georgia (7-0, 4-0 SEC).

No. 7 Notre Dame 21, No 18 Air Force 14

Air Force Academy, Colo. Ryan Grant ran for 190 yards and a touchdown, Notre Dame (7-0) stuffed the nation's top rushing team.

No. 11 Michigan 23, Purdue 21

West Lafayette, Ind. John Navarre threw for 271 yards and a touchdown and Calvin Bell scored on a 34-yard reverse for the Wolverines.

No. 13 NCSU 24, Duke 22

Raleigh, N.C. Philip Rivers threw for a season-high 364 yards and two touchdowns for N.C. State (8-0, 3-0 ACC).

No. 14 LSU 38, South Carolina 14

Baton Rouge, La. Making his first start at quarterback, Marcus Randall completed four of 10 passes for 52 yards to help LSU (6-1, 3-0 SEC).

No. 15 Iowa 24, Indiana 8

Bloomington, Ind. Grant Steen set a school record with three interceptions and Fred Russell ran for two TDs for the Hawkeyes (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten), who won their fifth straight.

No. 19 Southern Cal 41, No. 22 Washington 21

Los Angeles USC's Carson Palmer threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns, three to freshman Mike Williams.

No. 20 Penn St. 49, Northwestern 0

State College, Pa. Larry Johnson ran for a school-record 257 yards and two TDs. Johnson broke the school mark of 256 yards, set by Curt Warner against Syracuse on Oct. 17, 1981.

No. 24 Alabama 42, No. 21 Mississippi 7

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Santonio Beard ran for 138 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (5-2, 2-1 SEC). Eli Manning was held to one completion for 1 yard in a six-possession stretch beginning in the second quarter.

No. 25 Bowling Green 48, W. Michigan 45, OT

Bowling Green, Ohio Quarterback Josh Harris scored on a 5-yard keeper in overtime as Bowling Green (6-0, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) won its first game as a ranked team since 1985.

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