September 24, 2007

Oregon State Report Card

Arizona State improved to 4-0 with its impressive 44-32 victory over Oregon State, in which it reversed an early 19-0 deficit. The play of several of the team's position groups was stellar, while others did not perform quite as well. Here is a look at how we graded each group for how well they did versus the Beavers.

Quarterback

For the second time in three games, Rudy Carpenter threw an early interception (this one in ASU's second offensive series) and yet it did not seem to outwardly phase him in any way. Carpenter did a terrific job of maintaining his composure, no easy task against an Oregon State defense that severely pressured him and sacked him four times (The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 14). 25-of-36 with four touchdowns against a defense that returns nine starters from a team that shut ASU down last year? When Carpenter spent much of the night forced to throw the ball on the run? That's a heck of a performance.

Carpenter now ranks second in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency, with a very solid 166.3 rating, and he's fifth in total offense. He also has 11 touchdown passes, which is tied for second in the conference. For the job he did versus the Beavers, Carpenter deserves an 'A-.' The only glaring mistakes were the interception (which is a borderline mistake anyway because he identified the single coverage and it was a deep downfield pass) and the illegal throw to Brandon Rodd which resulted in a turnover.

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