ASU began the night with the ball and quickly showed they were going to be a force on offense. The Sun Devils were determined to run the ball, and they did just that.
ASU moved the ball down the field on their opening drive with ease on their opening drive, but were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal field goal by Brandon Ruiz as their drive stalled at the Beaver four-yard line.
While the drive ended by settling for a field goal, the Sun Devils were able to make a play on the defensive end. Malik Lawal had a huge hit on OSU quarterback Conor Blount to end the drive. ASU was able to block the punt as well, setting them up in prime scoring position.
It quickly became the Eno Benjamin show on Saturday night, as he easily ran past the Beaver defense. Benjamin finished the half with 185 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. He also broke the ASU record for most rushing yards in a half.
The Sun Devil offense quickly responded with a short scoring drive capped by a 44-yard touchdown run from Eno Benjamin. ASU led 10-0 with 4:28 left in the quarter. ASU was in cruise control and appeared poised to run the Beavers out of the building.
Following another Beaver three-and-out, the ASU offense got right back to work. They continued to embarrass the OSU defensive front by punishing them running the ball. ASU took a 17-0 lead on a 8-yard pass to Eno Benjamin.
Oregon State put together their best offensive drive of the night following Benjamin’s second touchdown. The Beavers converted on 4th-and-two at ASU’s 30-yard line, but were forced to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Jordan Choukair cutting the deficit to 17-3.
I think you have a feeling what came next.
ASU was able to get on the board again, thanks to the running of Eno Benjamin. He ran for a 47-yard touchdown this time, and the Sun Devils were sitting comfortably with a 24-3 advantage with 7:49 left in the half.
The Beavers responded with their first touchdown of the night, as Jermar Jefferson ran 11 yards for the score. Oregon State was able to cut the ASU lead down to 24-10.
Oregon State wasn’t going down without a fight.
The Sun Devils went three-and-out on their next drive, and the momentum appeared to be swinging the Beavers way. OSU responded with another strong offensive drive, as ASU’s defense appeared to continue looking lost. The Beavers got into the end zone again on a 27-yard touchdown run from Jefferson.
The big crowd at Sun Devil Stadium quieted for the first time all night.
The ASU offense returned back to form and ended the half with a scoring drive of their own. Wilkins found Kyle Williams wide open in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
OSU took a knee to end the half, and will begin the second half with the ball.