The 22nd-ranked Sun Devils may go even higher, and certainly break into the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll that couldn't bother with them after a 44-7 win over Iowa, after improving to 4-0 for the first time since 1996...more from Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic.
ASU defends its turf
Arizona State didn’t need a big game from Andrew Walter to win its Pac-10 opener.
The aggressive Sun Devils defense met the challenge of a more sophisticated and skilled offense, and Oregon State chipped in with a pair of costly self-inflicted turnovers as ASU cruised to a 27-14 victory Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
"The whole game was turnovers," ASU coach Dirk Koetter said...more from Bob Moran of the East Valley Tribune.
Pregame bravado isn't winning recipe for Beavers
When Oregon State cornerback Brandon Browner and Beavers defensive end Bill Swancutt basically called out Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter last week, the Sun Devils took notice.
Browner all but predicted a win. He said the Beavers would kick the Sun Devils' behinds...more from Paul Buker of The Oregonian.
Sun Devils shut down Beavers
Safety Emmanuel Franklin made the play of the night in Arizona State’s 27-14 victory over Oregon State on Saturday — and it came after he got beat on what looked like a sure touchdown.
Franklin chased the Beavers’ Joe Newton from behind, knocked the ball loose just before the big tight end crossed the goal line, then recovered the ball for a touchback...more from Bob Baum of the Associated Press.
For all the subplots, it came down to the basic premises of persistence and turnovers.
After another strong start, the Oregon State football team faltered as the game progressed Saturday night...more from Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette Times.
Desert norm: Frustrated Beavers fall again at ASU 27-14
Five turnovers. Several dumb penalties. No rushing game.
That pretty much sums up what kind of a Saturday night it was for Oregon State in Sun Devil Stadium.
The Beavers didn't hand Arizona State its 27-14 victory in the Pac-10 opener for both schools, but they made it pretty easy for the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils to improve to 4-0...more from Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.
Beavers dry up in the desert
The Oregon State Beavers lost the ball, lost their composure and just plain lost Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Beavers were beaten 27-14 by No. 22 Arizona State in their Pacific-10 Conference opener, making the rest of the season a tough uphill climb if they are to avoid their worst record since 1996...more from Mike Tokito of The Oregonian.