Thursday, October 18, 2012
Halftime: Oregon 43, Arizona State 7
By Ted Miller
TEMPE, Ariz. -- If Oregon were looking to make a statement at Arizona State -- and Ducks coach Chip Kelly would never admit such a thing -- it needed only one half to do it.
The Ducks fumbled on their second play and immediately gave up a 28-yard touchdown pass. And then they went all Incredible Hulk.
It was an epic first-half beatdown in more ways that one. Not only are the Sun Devils down 36 points, they lost defensive tackle Will Sutton to an apparent knee injury. Sutton has been the best defensive player in the Pac-12 over the first half of the season.
Oregon was dominant on both sides of the ball. It outgained the Sun Devils 377 yards to 139 and nearly returned its two interceptions for touchdowns.
Ducks QB Marcus Mariota and running back Kenjon Barner both rushed for more than 130 yards in the first half. Barner had a 71-yard TD. Mariota had an 86-yard score.
Mariota also threw and caught touchdown passes.
This one is over at the break.
And it's likely there will be fewer Oregon doubters when the national polls come out Sunday.