Scores

Final

Washington St 0

(1-10, 0-8 Pac-12)

Arizona State 31

(4-6, 3-4 Pac-12)

5:30 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 0 0 0 00
ASU 0 10 14 731

Top Performers

Passing: R. Carpenter (ASU) - 213 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Nance (ASU) - 9 CAR, 47 YDS

Receiving: K. Williams (ASU) - 2 REC, 72 YDS, 2 TD

Arizona St. shuts out Washington St. to keep slim bowl hopes alive

Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Rudy Carpenter threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona State defeated Washington State 31-0 on Saturday.

Carpenter, a senior, has 80 career touchdown passes, third in Pac-10 history.

The Sun Devils (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10) have won back-to-back games and kept their slim bowl hopes alive. Arizona State posted its first shutout since a 19-0 victory over top-ranked Nebraska on Sept. 21, 1996, a span of 152 games.

Ranked 15th in the preseason, Arizona State matched a school-record six-game losing streak before the Pac-10's Washington schools came to the rescue.

The Sun Devils snapped the skid with a 39-19 victory over Washington last weekend. Then came the Cougars (1-10, 0-8), whose lone victory came against Portland State.

Washington State is wrapping up one of the worst seasons in Pac-10 history. But the Cougars put up a fight on a sunny, 81-degree afternoon.

The Cougars had conceded a conference-record 502 points in their first 10 games. They rank last in the nation in scoring defense (50.2 points per game) and next-to-last in scoring offense (13.9 points per game).

But Washington State actually had a chance to take the lead against Arizona State, driving from its own 20 to ASU's 24 midway through the first quarter. Patrick Rooney missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, and Arizona State never trailed after Thomas Weber kicked a 21-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Sun Devils made it 10-0 on a 14-yard pass from Carpenter to Kerry Taylor late in the first half.

Early in the third quarter, Carpenter hit Kyle Williams for a 21-yard score to put the Sun Devils up 17-0.

Carpenter and Williams connected for a 51-yard score to make it 24-0 late in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
ASU
1st Downs1021
Total Yards130398
Passing123257
Rushing7141
Penalties7-6710-104
3rd Down Conversions3-135-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers20
Possession28:2131:39

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lopina11/16825.100
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carpenter17/252138.530

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tardy10272.7016
Richmond4194.8015
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nance9475.2016
Bass7355.0021

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gibson34113.7030
Anderson5326.4016
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams27236.0251
McGaha33913.0019

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWSUASU
FG13:41Thomas Weber 21 Yd 03
TD03:12Kerry Taylor 14 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick) 010
THIRD QUARTERWSUASU
TD10:27Kyle Williams 21 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick) 017
TD02:23Kyle Williams 51 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick) 024
FOURTH QUARTERWSUASU
TD14:47Lawrence Guy 22 Yd Fumble Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 031