Bruce Perkins ran 39 yards for a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter Saturday and Arizona State made it stand up to knock off No. 20 Oregon, 21-20, in a Pacific 10 Conference game at Eugene, Ore.
Oregon (6-2, 3-2) pulled to within a point on a 27-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Pete Nelson to fullback Latin Berry with 3:56 left, but Nelson’s pass for the 2-point conversion fell incomplete.
Nelson stepped in for starter Bill Musgrave, who suffered a broken collarbone late in the 1st half and was lost for the season.
The Ducks had one final chance, getting the ball back at their own 38-yard line with 2:30 left. Nelson hit Russell Lawson for 12 yards on a swing pass and Berry for 4 yards over the middle, but Arizona State’s Jeff Joseph stepped in front of Terry Obee to intercept Nelson’s next pass and seal the victory for the Sun Devils.
Perkins, who had only 171 yards all season, ran for 134 yards in 26 carries. Sophomore quarterback Paul Justin, starting only his 3rd game for the Sun Devils (5-3, 2-2), threw touchdown passes of 5 yards and 9 yards in the 1st half to tight end Ryan McReynolds.
Oregon scored on its first 2 possessions for a 14-7 lead, but was hampered by turnovers. The Ducks lost 2 of 3 fumbles in the 2nd half, and Nelson threw 3 interceptions.
Washington 28, Stanford 25--Cary Conklin passed for 2 scores and the Huskies beat the Cardinal in a Pac-10 game at Seattle.
Washington Coach Don James tied former USC coach John McKay as the winningest coach in Pac-10 history with his 70th conference victory.
Jon Volpe gained 220 yards in 29 carries to break the Stanford record of 211 yards set by Darrin Nelson against San Jose State in 1977.
The Cardinal (3-4-1, 1-3-1) made it close when Jason Palumbis hit a pair of 8-yard touchdown passes, to Walter Batson and Chris Walsh, in the final 6:42.
The Huskies (5-3, 2-3) took a 28-9 lead early in the second half on a 31-yard scoring pass from Conklin to Aaron Jenkins.
Conklin also had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brian Slater in the 1st quarter as the Huskies held a 21-9 halftime lead.
John Hopkins kicked 4 field goals--from 27, 25, 27 and 43 yards--to tie a Stanford record held by Rod Garcia, Bill Shoemaker and Mark Harmon.
California 10, Arizona 7--Troy Taylor hit Vince Delgado on a 55-yard touchdown pass play with 8:21 left to give the Bears (5-3, 1-3) a Pac-10 victory over the Wildcats at Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (4-4, 2-3) had a chance to tie the score, but Doug Pfaff’s 34-yard field goal went wide left with 4:37 remaining.
Arizona took a 7-3 lead on the first play of the final quarter when Derek Hill caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bart Recktenwald.