Saturday, November 28, 2009
Halftime: Arizona 14, Arizona State 0
By ESPN.com staff
Arizona State's defense is doing its part, but, boy, the Sun Devils' offense looks terrible.
Arizona, which seems to have bounced back well from last week's double-overtime loss to Oregon, leads 14-0 at the break, and 14 points feels like a huge lead in this one.
The Sun Devils have 78 total yards, and 44 of that came on a single pass play on their opening drive.
Samson Szakacsy started at quarterback, but Dennis Erickson inserted senior Danny Sullivan in the middle of the second quarter. It didn't help.
How are things going for the Sun Devils?
Erickson, trying to spark his team, went for a fourth-and-1 from his own 29-yard line. Wow.
And his anemic offense converted with a Dimitri Nance run.
And then they didn't do anything. On fourth-and-6, they tried to punt, but Arizona's Orlando Vargas blocked the punt and returned it 23 yards for a TD and a 14-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Arizona's defense is in complete control, which is making it easy for an uneven offense.
If the Wildcats hold on, this will be a big win for the program, which was in the dumps last week. It proves Mike Stoops' program is resilient, and it also keeps hopes alive for a second-place finish in the Pac-10.