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Arizona State routs Stanford

September 07, 2008|From the Associated Press

Rudy Carpenter threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night to lead No. 15 Arizona State to a 41-17 victory over Stanford in Tempe, Ariz.

Facing relentless pressure on a 100-degree night in the desert, Carpenter completed 27 of 36 passes and had a pass intercepted. He was sacked twice and fumbled once. Carpenter has thrown for a school-record 733 yards in the first two games.

The Sun Devils, 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 10 Conference, won the last two meetings with Stanford by a combined score of 79-6, but this one was tighter, at least for three quarters.

Toby Gerhart's five-yard run gave Stanford (1-1, 1-1) a 7-3 lead after one quarter. Gerhart finished with 67 yards and two touchdowns.

The second quarter belonged to Arizona State.

With 9:08 to go in the half, Carpenter hit a wide-open Michael Jones with an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the Sun Devils ahead, 13-7.

After a Stanford field goal in the final minute of the half, Carpenter hit Kerry Taylor for a 45-yard score to give Arizona State a 20-10 halftime lead.

California 66, Washington State 3 -- Jahvid Best ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears (2-0, 1-0) blasted the Cougars (0-2, 0-1) at Pullman, Wash., to spoil the home debut for Coach Paul Wuff, a star player for Washington State in the late 1980s.

Best carried the ball 14 times in his first career start and California produced 505 yards for its most lopsided victory over Washington State in the 69-game series, topping a 61-0 win in 1922.

Best had touchdown runs of 80 and 86 yards and the Bears finished with 391 yards rushing.

Washington State had only 167 yards of offense, and barely preserved its string of scoring in 275 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the nation after Michigan's 300 straight.

No. 18 Oregon 66, Utah State 24 -- Justin Roper returned from a concussion and helped the Ducks (2-0) to a school-record 688 yards at Eugene, Ore.

LeGarrette Blout ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon. The Aggies fell to 0-2.

No. 19 Penn State 45, Oregon State 14 -- Evan Royster rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, Daryll Clark threw two touchdown passes and the Nittany Lions (2-0) hammered the Beavers (0-2, 0-1) at State College, Pa.

Clark completed 14 of 23 passes for 215 yards.

Oregon State trailed, 28-0, early in the second quarter.

Arizona 41, Toledo 16: Nic Grigsby rushed for three first-half touchdowns and the Wildcats (2-0) won easily at Tucson, Ariz. Grigsby carried 20 times for 135 yards despite sitting out the third quarter.

Arizona, which defeated Idaho, 70-0, in its opener last week, had a 24-6 halftime lead over the Rockets (0-1).

Willie Tuitama completed 25 of 33 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona.

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