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Beavers rumble past Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. — Oregon State found a way to end a long drought against Arizona State in the desert.

Bring a couple of Rodgers brothers.

Jacquizz Rodgers ran for two touchdowns and James Rodgers caught 10 passes for 114 yards and another score, and Oregon State beat Arizona State 28-17 on Saturday for its first road win over the Sun Devils in 40 years.

"It's nice to get rid of some of the ghosts of football past at Oregon State, and this was one of them that still remained," said Beavers coach Mike Riley, who was a student at Corvallis High School the last time Oregon State beat ASU in Tempe.

Sean Canfield threw for two scores and Damola Adeniji caught a touchdown pass for the Beavers (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10).

The Beavers won the 2001 Fiesta Bowl in Sun Devil Stadium under Dennis Erickson, now at the ASU helm. But their last victory over ASU in Tempe came on Sept. 27, 1969, and Oregon State had lost 16 straight since.

This time, the Beavers made themselves at home on an 88-degree afternoon in Sun Devil Stadium, which was barely half-filled.

The Beavers took the crowd out of the game early by jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead and coasting the rest of the way. By the end of the first half, the home fans were booing the Sun Devils (2-2, 0-1).

The Rodgers brothers played a big role in Oregon State's fast start.

Three plays after ASU punter Trevor Hankins dropped a snap to set Oregon State up at the Arizona State 18, Jacquizz Rodgers scored from a yard out to put the Beavers ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Two minutes later, it was James Rodgers' turn to shine. He returned a punt 33 yards to the ASU 41, and two plays later Jacquizz Rodgers sped 32 yards around left end to give Oregon State a 14-0 lead.

The Sun Devils cut it to 14-3 on a field goal by Bobby Wenzig, a freshman filling in for injured starter Thomas Weber.

The Beavers answered with a nine-play, 77-yard drive. They completed the drive when Canfield hit James Rodgers for a 25-yard score, with Rodgers bobbling the ball before pulling it in as he tumbled over the end line.

The fans' frustration mounted as the Sun Devils' offense sputtered. Late in the second quarter, a chant of "We want Brock" went up in the student section — a plea for coach Dennis Erickson to put in freshman quarterback Brock Osweiler.

"I know (Danny Sullivan) is pretty upset, probably, because the whole crowd is chanting 'Brock,' " said ASU receiver Chris McGaha, who caught 15 passes for 165 yards, both career highs. "I felt bad for him, because I knew he's playing his heart out."

Sullivan, a senior making his fourth career start, completed 32 of 58 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown, and he threw one interception. He also took a physical pounding from a defense that blitzed relentlessly once it was clear the Sun Devils couldn't rally on the ground.

Arizona State appeared to have life after Dimitri Nance scored from a yard out to cut ASU's deficit to 21-10 early in the third quarter.

ASU leads the nation in turnover margin, and its ballhawking defense got the ball back right away. Free safety Jarrell Holman batted a deep Canfield pass to himself for an interception — his third in two weeks.

But the Beavers held the Sun Devils on the next possession, and they put the game away on a 2-yard pass from Canfield to Adeniji midway through the fourth quarter.

Canfield completed 18 of 30 passes for 216 yards and two TDs and threw an interception.

When it ended, a pack of Beavers ran to the southwest corner of the virtually deserted stadium to celebrate with an orange-clad section of Oregon State fans.

Some may have been celebrating the end of the drought at ASU. But James Rodgers, for one, seemed unaware of his team's dismal history in the desert.

"It was a great experience just to come out here," he said. "How many years do you say? 40? The guys came out and played hard from the start to the finish and came away with a win."