The Sun Devils came into the 2007 season with moderately high expectations. Rudy Carpenter was going into his third season under center and a new head coach, Dennis Erickson, had taken over the reins from the fired Dirk Koetter.
After opening up the season 3-0 against San Jose State, Colorado and San Diego State, ASU started Pac-10 conference play at home, hosting the Oregon State Beavers on September 22.
Things did not go well in the first quarter, as Arizona State gave up a safety, two touchdowns and a field goal. With one quarter in the books, the Sun Devils were down 19-0. The offense wasn't moving the ball, and the defense couldn't catch its breath.
Once the second quarter began, everything changed. Carpenter teamed up with Michael Jones and Ryan Torain to mow down the Beavers defense, throwing each ASU star two touchdowns and finishing with 361 passing yards on the game.
Jones collected 143 receiving yards, while Torain romped for 91 yards and a rushing touchdown. The real story for the Sun Devils, however, was the defense.
Troy Nolan and Robert James both intercepted two Sean Canfield passes, while Justin Tryon snagged an interception as well. In total, ASU forced six turnovers and made life a living hell for Canfield over the last three quarters of the game.
Here's a highlight video from YouTube. The craziest play in this clip has to be at the 1:09 mark, when Carpenter drops back, gets stripped, picks the ball up off the ground, rolls out to his right... and well, you should just watch the rest.
Caution: this video has loud music, so turn down your speakers before clicking play.
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