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No. 2 Oregon rumbles past Arizona State

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) dives in for one of his three touchdowns against Arizona State. (Associated Press)
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) dives in for one of his three touchdowns against Arizona State. (Associated Press)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State in a 43-21 victory Thursday night.

Facing its first true road test, Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we’ve-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half.

The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12’s best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) got the start it wanted, forcing a fumble on Oregon’s second play and scoring a touchdown on its first.

The Sun Devils wilted after that, unable to make up for the early loss of star defensive tackle Will Sutton or find a way to slow down the Ducks as they raced past.

Taylor Kelly, the Pac-12’s pass efficiency leader, threw two interceptions that set up Oregon touchdowns in the first half and had 93 yards on 10-of-18 passing while being chased by the Ducks most of the game.

Arizona State’s defense, its anchor through the first six games, allowed 454 total yards, including 48 more rushing than it had the previous four games combined.

Mariota threw for one touchdown, ran for another and had one receiving in his first true road game.

Sun Devil Stadium hadn’t been the stage for a game like this for some time, maybe back to 2005, when Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and No. 1 Southern California beat the Sun Devils 38-28.

Oregon led 43-7 at halftime and had 329 yards rushing, 29 fewer than Arizona State allowed against Colorado, California, Utah and Missouri combined.

The Ducks coasted through the second half, resting many starters.

Oregon 22 21 0 0 43
Arizona St. 7 0 0 14 21

ASU—Ozier 28 pass from Kelly (Garoutte kick)

Ore—Barner 71 run (Beard pass from Rice)

Ore—Addison 6 pass from Mariota (Beard kick)

Ore—Mariota 2 pass from Bennett (Beard kick)

Ore—Barner 1 run (Beard kick)

Ore—Mariota 86 run (Beard kick)

Ore—Barner 1 run (Beard kick)

ASU—Jones 36 interception return (Garoutte kick)

ASU—Foster 23 pass from Eubank (Garoutte kick)


First downs 18 21
Rushes-yards 60-406 47-192
Passing 48 216
Comp-Att-Int 11-19-1 20-37-4
Return Yards 111 65
Punts-Avg. 8-43.3 7-49.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-40 2-10
Time of Possession 29:24 30:36


RUSHING—Oregon, Barner 16-143, Mariota 10-135, Marshall 9-44, Bennett 8-40, D.Thomas 12-25, Forde 2-9, Stanford 0-8, Bassett 2-2, Lyerla 1-0. Arizona St., Grice 8-48, Foster 9-41, Kelly 16-38, Eubank 7-35, C.Marshall 6-30, Miles 1-0.

PASSING—Oregon, Mariota 9-12-0-46, Bennett 2-7-1-2. Arizona St., Eubank 10-19-2-123, Kelly 10-18-2-93.

RECEIVING—Oregon, Hawkins 4-28, D.Thomas 3-4, Addison 2-14, Mariota 1-2, Stanton 1-0. Arizona St., Coyle 7-56, R.Smith 3-34, Grice 3-30, Foster 2-50, Agwuenu 2-22, Ozier 1-28, C.Marshall 1-(minus 2), Ross 1-(minus 2).

Oregon 4070
Oregon St. 3050
Stanford 2142
Washington 1233
California 1224
Washington St. 0324
Southern Cal3151
Arizona St. 3152
UCLA 2252
Colorado 1215
Arizona 0333
Utah 0324