Paul Justin completed 33 of 47 passes for a school-record 534 yards and four touchdowns and Ron Fair had a school and conference-record 19 catches for 277 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona State upset No. 23 Washington State, 44-39, in a Pacific 10 game Saturday night at Tempe, Ariz.
The winning touchdown for the Sun Devils came on a two-yard run by Kelvin Fisher with 1:02 left in the game.
Justin broke the old school record of 532 passing yards, set by Jeff Van Raaphorst in 1984 against Florida State, as the Sun Devils improved to 4-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Pac-10.
Arizona State drove 82 yards in nine plays for the winning score. After Fisher’s touchdown, a two-point conversion pass failed.
Nathan LaDuke preserved the victory by intercepting a Washington State pass at the Sun Devils’ 10-yard line with 33 seconds left.
Washington State (6-3 and 3-3) had taken a 39-38 lead with 5:40 to play on Steve Broussard’s one-yard run--his third touchdown of the game--and his two-point conversion catch.
Arizona State had 651 yards in total offense--477 in the second half. The Cougars finished with 566 yards.
The Sun Devils, trailing 17-13 at halftime, went ahead 20-17 on Jeff Simoneau’s one-yard run with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Broussard, the conference leader in all-purpose running this season, returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a 24-20 lead. It was the second-longest kickoff return in Washington State’s history and the first one run back for a touchdown against Arizona State since 1967.
Oregon State 25, California 14--Pat Chaffey scored two touchdowns and Tony Bussanich kicked four field goals at Berkeley as the Beavers boosted their chances for their first winning season since 1971.
The Beavers, who upset UCLA last week, struggled in the first quarter, gaining only 15 yards. But Cal was unable to capitalize on its early opportunities and Oregon State (4-3-1 and 3-1-1) put the game away with 22 second-half points.
The Beavers have not had a winning record since going 6-5-0 under Dee Andros in 1971.
Cal (2-6 and 0-5) sealed its fate with turnovers on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter.
Arizona 38, Pacific 14--Redshirt freshman George Malauulu, making his first start, directed three touchdown drives as the No. 17 Wildcats beat the overmatched Tigers of the Big West Conference at Tucson.
Malauulu directed the Wildcats in the first and third quarters and junior Ronald Veal played the second and fourth periods as Arizona raised its record to 6-2 overall.
The Wildcats remain 4-1 in the Pac-10 Conference and trail only 4-0 USC.
Pacific, 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big West, trailed only 21-14 in the third quarter after a 26-yard touchdown pass from Troy Kopp to Bryan Baldwin.
But Arizona came back with with Reggie McGill scoring on a nine-yard run to make it 28-14. McGill rushed 11 times for 139 yards.