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ASU football can’t stop No. 23 Oregon State’s run game in loss on senior day, homecoming

Nov 19, 2022, 5:20 PM
Running back Damien Martinez #6 of the Oregon State Beavers breaks a tackle by defensive lineman Jo...
Running back Damien Martinez #6 of the Oregon State Beavers breaks a tackle by defensive lineman Joe Moore #58 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

TEMPE — The Arizona State Sun Devils’ defense could not stop a nosebleed in Saturday’s 31-7 loss to the No. 23 Oregon State Beavers.

ASU allowed 443 total yards of offense, 222 of which came on the ground on what was homecoming and senior day at Sun Devil Stadium.

“We played a very disappointing game in all phases. Our kids still played hard but it was disappointing on all sides,” Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano said postgame. “From a defensive standpoint, we couldn’t stop them.

“From an offensive standpoint, we couldn’t get anything going then we had to play catchup. And then we missed a field goal and muffed a punt return, so it wasn’t good in all phases and was just a huge disappointment.”

The rushing yards tally is the third-most the Sun Devils have allowed this year behind UCLA (402) and Eastern Michigan (305).

In fact, exactly half of Arizona State’s losses this season have come when allowing 200+ rushing yards — all of which have come at home — with Utah’s 205 rushing yards in Tempe being the fourth.

Oregon State (8-3, 5-3 in Pac-12) managed to run all over ASU (3-8, 2-6) despite not having running back Deshaun Fenwick, who came into the game as the team’s co-leader with six touchdowns in addition to 393 rushing yards.

Instead, Beavers RB Damien Martinez ran for 139 yards and two TDs on 22 carries for a 6.3 average. OSU quarterback Ben Gulbranson added 47 rushing yards and a score on nine rushes (4.0 per). The QB also had one TD throw and 188 yards on 15 of 21 passing (71%).

As a team, Oregon State averaged 6.7 yards per play and 5.3 per rush while also generating 28 first downs in over 34 minutes of possession without turning the ball over.

The Beavers were also 5-for-11 (45%%) on third down and 1-for-1 on fourth down. OSU only punted twice all game, the second of which was muffed by ASU defensive back D.J. Taylor and led to an Oregon State field goal.

“We’re not following through on our tackles,” Aguano said. “We get them pinned up and they’re running right through our tackles and that’s not good.

“A couple of times we had them trapped in the backfield and they squared it out. From a fundamental standpoint, it’s just not tackling well and we have to go about and fix that.”

And following the Arizona Wildcats’ (4-7, 2-6) loss to the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, that means this year’s Territorial Cup battle will feature two non-bowl eligible teams.

“Now it’s all for pride and that’s huge,” Aguano said. “Both teams aren’t going to a bowl, so now it’s all about pride. They have something to prove and we have something to prove and make sure that we keep the cup here.

“Now it’s mano a mano and who’s going to be the best team, and we’re going to go down there and try our best and put out the best product that we can. We have five days and we have to get ready to go.”

But with it truly being just a one-game season for both schools now, upperclassmen playing in their final game for Arizona State and Aguano — who is trying to get the interim tag removed — will look to close out this turbulent campaign with the same record as their in-state rivals.

A 4-8 finish to the year would also prevent this ASU team from being one of the worst in program history.

“We gotta have our best week of practice, we have to have our best week of preparation,” ASU linebacker Kyle Soelle said postgame. “They’re a good team down there and if we don’t prepare right, we’ll get embarrassed. … I feel like that game every year means a lot to me, it means a lot to the local guys, it means a lot to this school, this program — anyone who’s a Sun Devil, it means a ton.

“All my eggs are in that basket next week, all my focus is into that next week,” he added. “I know the whole team is going to be the same way. We have to have our best week of preparation and we have to come ready to play and like I said, they’re a good team down south. If we don’t come prepared, they will embarrass us.”

EXTRA POINTS

The Sun Devils were once again without starting left guard LaDarius Henderson, who has now missed five straight games after injuring his finger against Washington on Oct. 8.

UP NEXT

ASU travels to Tucson to take on Arizona in the Territorial Cup on Friday at 1 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

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Oregon State running back Damien Martinez celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State with Oregon State tight end Jake Overman during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) scores a touchdown as he gets past Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) gets sacked by Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay (1) runs past Oregon State linebacker Kyrei Fisher-Morris (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Silas Bolden (7) gets shoved out of bounds by Arizona State defensive back Ed Woods during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State tight end Jack Velling (84) gets taken out of bounds by Arizona State linebacker Connor Soelle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) runs with the ball as Arizona State linebacker Kyle Soelle, left, closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) runs past Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 
              Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson runs with the ball as Arizona State defensive lineman B.J. Green II, right, dives for the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson looks to throw the ball as Arizona State defensive lineman B'Ahmad Miller applies pressure during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet, left, runs past Oregon State linebacker Andrew Chatfield Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) takes the snap during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Oregon State running back Kanoa Shannon (29) runs with the ball as he tries to elude Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (1) runs with the ball as Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark (1) closes in during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet throws a pass against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State defensive back Skyler Thomas (19) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona State tight end Jalin Conyers (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) looks to throw a pass as he gets away from Arizona State defensive lineman Nesta Jade Silveraright, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) drags Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley as he runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State with Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) and offensive lineman Joshua Gray (67) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Running back Xazavian Valladay #1 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is tackled during the first half against the Oregon State Beavers at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith, right, slaps hands with Oregon State wide receiver Silas Bolden (7) after an Oregon State score against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) celebrates his touchdown as teammates Oregon State wide receiver Jesiah Irish (13) and tight end Jake Overman, right, look on as Arizona State defensive back Ro Torrance (9) reacts to the score during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) runs for a touchdown beating Arizona State linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) to the endzone during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (1) is forced out of bounds by Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Makiya Tongue (9) gets tackled by Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley (15) and defensive back Ro Torrence (9) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Jeremiah Noga (18) makes a catch against Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State offensive lineman Jake Levengood tries to stretch the calf of teammate Oregon State wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona State head coach Shaun Aguano, left, checks on injured Arizona State defensive lineman B.J. Green II (35) as Green receives medical attention during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State running back Damien Martinez (6) gets tackled by Arizona State linebacker Connor Soelle during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oregon State wide receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison (0) gets away from Arizona State linebacker Kyle Soelle as Harrison runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Oregon State won 31-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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