TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Last-minute scoring drives to pull out a
victory bring out the best in Andrew Walter and his Arizona State
With 9 seconds to play, Walter threw his fourth touchdown pass
of the night -- a 4-yarder to Matt Miller -- to give the No. 23
Arizona State a 34-31 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.
Two weeks ago, Walter and the Sun Devils scored the last 17
points of the game to beat UCLA 48-42.
The senior quarterback is taking a wild ride to the end of his
"We practice it all the time," Walter said. "Two minutes
left, our backs against the wall, that's the way we like it."
Cardinal backup quarterback T.C. Ostrander gave his team a 31-26
lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02
But Walter, who was 28-for-42 for 415 yards and broke John
Elway's Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes, was 4-for-8 for
79 yards on a 13-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.
"I've been in a lot of college football games," Arizona State
coach Dirk Koetter said, "and I've never been in a game like
Walter has 80 TD passes, breaking Elway's record at Stanford of
"There's been a lot of people along the road that's enabled
this, and coaches calling great plays," Walter said of the record.
"So as much as everybody is going to talk about me, it's so many
things more than just me."
Jon Alston's fourth sack of the game and a holding penalty had
left the Sun Devils second-and-29 on their 43, but Walter threw 19
yards to Derek Hagan, then 11 to Terry Richardson for the first
down that kept the drive alive.
"I give a lot of credit to Andrew Walter for his textbook
operation out there," Stanford coach Buddy Teevens said. "
On the touchdown, Walter found Miller deep in the end zone for
his second TD catch of the game. Burgess ran for the two-point
"We were all in the huddle, and we said, `Never give up baby,
this is ours. We're going to get in. It's going to happen,' and we
just made it happen."
Miller also caught a 52-yard, last-second touchdown pass on the
final play of the first half to give Arizona State (7-2, 4-2
Pac-10) a 17-14 lead.
"There was divine intervention on that one," Walter said.
Rudy Burgess, converted from wide receiver three weeks ago,
carried 34 times for 186 yards, the biggest running day for an
Arizona State back in three years. He had a cortisone shot in one
shoulder before the game, and a shot in the other at halftime.
"Wow, what a stud that kid is," Koetter said.
"One-hundred-seventy-two pounds soaking wet, 34 carries. He's our
return guy. He's getting hammered on that. He's playing on our
kickoff team. Our tailback is carrying it 34 times and playing on
our kickoff team -- because we're out of bodies."
The game featured nine turnovers -- five by Stanford (2-4, 4-5),
four of them interceptions. ASU had five turnovers, and had two
punts blocked by Udeme Udofia. Both blocks set up Stanford
Stanford lost its third in a row.
"I'm hurt, hurting pretty bad," Alston said. "As a team, we
fought and played with great courage and we played with our hearts.
That's what I'm going to take with me to work tomorrow."
Cardinal starter Trent Edwards went down with an injured left
shoulder on the first play of the second half, and Ostrander, a
redshirt freshman, directed the Cardinal to 17 consecutive points
and the lead.
Arizona State had a 583-283 advantage in total yards.
The Sun Devils led 26-14 after Walter's 7-yard touchdown pass to
Zach Miller with 34 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Stanford's comeback began when Burgess fumbled a punt and Marcus
McCutcheon recovered at the Arizona State 40. Ostrander's 11-yard
scramble helped set up Ray Jones' 3-yard touchdown run. Ostrander
threw to Greg Camarillo for the 2-point conversion and it was
Stanford held on fourth-and-one at its five, then drove down the
field for Michael Sgroi's 47-yard field goal that cut the lead to
After Stanford held, Ostrander found the big tight end Smith
over the middle, and he broke Justin Burks' attempted tackle and
ran in for the score to give the Cardinal the lead. Kyle Caldwell
tackled Ostrander to foil the two-point try and it was 31-26
Smith caught five for 111 yards to break the Stanford school
record for receptions by a tight end.
"They laid it all out there, but we'll recover," Teevens said.
"I am very, very proud of our effort tonight."