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ASU delivers final blow to Cal's title hopes; sets up showdown with Ducks

Originally Published: October 28, 2007
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The emotions of the night had finally gotten to him, and 60-year-old Dennis Erickson grabbed Sparky's pitch fork and drove it into the ground. There. How's that for a statement? Weeks passed, Arizona State climbed up the polls, and seven wins elicited more collective eye rolls than respect.

"People keep doubting us," Sun Devils quarterback Rudy Carpenter said. "We never doubted ourselves."

On a wild night when metal gates collapsed under the crush of students ...

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