Instant Recap: ASU defeats Oregon State 52-24 in Pac-12 shootout

The game marks Herm Edwards first win with the Sun Devils in Pac-12 play

The ASU Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1) returned home after a two-week road stint to beat the Oregon State Beavers (1-4, 0-2) 52-24 on Saturday.

On the first drive of the game, the Sun Devils capitalized on a 29-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Brandon Ruiz

After a huge third-down sack by redshirt junior linebacker Malik Lawal and a blocked punt by sophomore defensive back Langston Frederick, the Sun Devils started another drive with great field position on their own 43.

Sophomore running back Eno Benjamin continued to be a spark plug as he rushed for 57-yards on the team's second drive, adding a 44-yard touchdown run and putting the Sun Devils up 10-0. 


ASU's last drive of the first ran into the second quarter, with redshirt senior quarterback Manny Wilkins connecting with Benjamin for an eight-yard touchdown throw.  

It wasn't until the second quarter that the Beavers were able to put points on the board. Led by their freshman running back Jermar Jefferson, the Beavers were able to see the other side of the 50-yard line. Their redshirt sophomore kicker Jordan Choukair connected on a 36-yard field goal for OSU's first points of the game. 

ASU answered right back with another long run by Benjamin, this time for 47-yards. ASU led 24-3 and the game looked about over. 

However, Jefferson responded by punching one in from 11-yards out and starting a string of strong drives by the Beavers. 

After an ASU punt, Jefferson torched the Sun Devils with a 27-yard touchdown on his way to the end zone, bringing the Beavers back within one possession.

However, Wilkins proceeded to take over and was able to not only get the drive going, but to draw a penalty for roughing the passer. After a third-down conversion, Wilkins found junior wide receiver Kyle Williams in the back of the end zone for a 19-yard score, allowing the Sun Devils to enter the half leading by more than one score for another week.

ASU entered halftime up 31-17. The Sun Devils had 320 yards with 241 on the ground, and the Beavers had 228 yards with 126 on the ground. 

In the second half, junior wide reciever N'Keal Harry lined up in the Sparky package and punched in a six-yard touchdown run to give ASU a 38-17 lead in the third.


OSU responded right away with a 9-play 75-yard drive with Jefferson running down the sidelines for 45-yards. This put the Beavers in the red zone which they capitalized on after redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Blount connected with redshirt junior tight end Noah Togiai for four yards. This put ASU's lead down to 38-24.

ASU took over from their own six-yard line after a momentum-changing defensive stop late in the third and OSU turned the ball over on downs. On an 11-play 94-yard march down the field, Benjamin rushed for his third touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run. Benjamin had 284 rushing yards on the game, putting his name in ASU's record books for the most rushing yards in a single game. 

The Sun Devils ultimately ended with a four-possession game over the Beavers after a 41-yard touchdown reception from Harry, leaving the final score 52-24 in favor of the Sun Devils.


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