EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Andrew Walter overcame a shaky start to
throw three touchdown passes and third-string tailback Hakim Hill
ran for 134 yards and a touchdown to help (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) Arizona State beat
Oregon 28-13 on Saturday night.
The Sun Devils (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start
since winning 11 straight in their 1996 Rose Bowl season.
"I think you can say we're for real," coach Dirk Koetter said.
Hill played in place of suspended starter Loren Wade and injured
backup Randy Hill.
"He was a warrior," Walter said. "He was locked and loaded. I
expect great things out of him, probably more than he expects of
Oregon (1-3, 0-1), which had won seven straight Pac-10 openers,
held the ball nearly six minutes longer than the Sun Devils and
outgained them 311-283, but the Ducks also lost 83 yards on 10
Walter, who threw for 957 yards and seven touchdowns against the
Ducks the previous two seasons, was held to 164 yards on 14-of-23
passing. The senior came into the game with 1,085 yards passing and
12 TDs this season, but completed only one of his first five passes
for 6 yards. He finished the half with three completions, two for
"It was frustrating," Walter said. "That's definitely not
what I envisioned. Three completions in the first half is
He threw a 22-yard scoring strike to Jamaal Lewis early in the
second quarter to give the Sun Devils a 7-3 lead, and connected
with Terry Richardson for a 24-yard scoring play later in the half
to make it 14-6.
The Sun Devils made it 21-6 on the first drive of the second
half, with Hakim Hill scoring a 1-yard run after putting the team
in scoring position with a 56-yarder.
"The O-line said they would look out for me," Hill said. "I
definitely owe them all dinner."
The Ducks answered with their first touchdown, a shuttle pass
from quarterback Kellen Clemens to Terrence Whitehead that the
tailback took 9 yards to pull Oregon to 21-13 with 2:13 to play in
the third quarter.
The Sun Devils scored the only points of the fourth quarter on
Walter's 1-yard pass to Rudy Burgess with 3:07 to play.
"We're not as crisp on offense as we would like to be,"
Koetter said. "But we're making plays when we need to make them."
Clemens passed for 177 yards for Oregon, and Whitehead ran 23
times for 98 yards.
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