Arizona State 45, Oregon 42
Andrew Walter threw for a school-record 536 yards and four touchdowns today as Arizona State came back from a three-touchdown deficit to upset No. 6 Oregon, 45-42.
The Sun Devils (6-2, 3-0 Pacific-10) are one of only two unbeaten teams left in the conference. Washington State (6-1, 3-0) was idle today.
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.
"You dream about getting a win in a place like this," Walter said. "It huge. It's huge for the program and it's huge for the team."
Walter completed 31 of 53 passes as Arizona State compiled 590 total yards. Shaun McDonald had 12 catches for 204 yards and a score.
Jason Fife, who entered the game ranked third nationally in passing efficiency, was 21 of 32 for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Onterrio Smith, the Pac-10's leading rusher, gained 172 yards on 27 carries and scored three times.
"Unfortunately we just couldn't control the game; we couldn't corral it, turn it our way," Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti said.
Arizona State took a 39-35 lead early in the fourth quarter on Walter's 58-yard touchdown pass to Justin Taplin. The Sun Devils extended their lead on Mike Barth's 44-yard field goal.
Oregon, which built a reputation for comeback victories in recent years and did it twice this season, tied the game with 6 minutes 55 seconds left. On third and 11 on the Arizona State 12, Fife hit Samie Parker in the end zone.
Walter, a sophomore, calmly marched the Sun Devils back downfield, but he overthrew McDonald on third and five 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.
The Ducks took the early lead on Fife's six-yard touchdown throw to Parker, who lunged over the goal line to put the Ducks up 7-0. On Oregon's next possession, Fife handed off to Smith on the first play, and the tailback ran 57 yards untouched for the score. It was the Ducks' longest rushing play of the season. Smith added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make it 21-0.