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Pac-10: Arizona State loses on last-minute field goal to Georgia

A field goal attempt by the Sun Devils with about four minutes left was blocked by Georgia, allowing the Bulldogs to sneak by with a victory.

September 27, 2009|Associated Press

Blair Walsh kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play and No. 21 Georgia escaped an upset, beating Arizona State, 20-17, Saturday at Athens, Ga., on another big night for A.J. Green.

Green caught eight passes for 153 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter that sparked Georgia to an early 14-3 lead. After the Sun Devils rallied, the sophomore receiver played a little defense, getting his left elbow on Bobby Wenzig's 38-yard field-goal attempt that could have put the Sun Devils ahead with 4:21 left.

Green, who had a career-best 159 yards receiving against Arizona State a year ago, came up with a 36-yard grab for his final reception of the night, which set up Walsh's winning field goal for Georgia (3-1).

The Bulldogs committed three turnovers after halftime, two of which led to touchdowns for Arizona State (2-1). The Sun Devils led, 17-14, heading to the fourth quarter after Jarrell Holman returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown.

Joe Cox, coming off a five-touchdown performance the previous week against Arkansas, threw another interception with 5 1/2 minutes left to put the Sun Devils at the Georgia 20 with the score tied at 17-17.

The Sun Devils failed to move the ball, calling on Wenzig to attempt a go-ahead kick. The freshman handled the duties because of an injury to regular kicker Thomas Weber, who has a groin injury.

Arizona 37, Oregon State 32 -- Nick Foles passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first start, and the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) shrugged off the loss of leading rusher Nic Grigsby to beat the Beavers (2-2, 0-1) at Corvallis, Ore.

James Rodgers had eight catches for 119 yards and 116 yards on kickoff returns for Oregon State. Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 13 passes for 70 yards.

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