ASU gets a chance to secure bowl eligibility against Oregon State
By Harley Yearout // Football Beat Writer for Blaze Sports
CORVALLIS, OR — Arizona State (5-5, 4-3) has another chance to secure bowl eligibility as they take on the Oregon State Beavers (1-9, 0-7) on Saturday afternoon.
While the Beavers lone win this season may have come against an FCS team in Portland State in Week 2, they has given ASU trouble for the better part of the last decade.
Oregon State has won six of the last nine total meetings against the Sun Devils and the Beavers haven’t lost to ASU at home since 2005.
“They play very well at home, just like most people in our league are going to play better at home than on the road,” said Arizona State head coach Todd Graham. “It’s their senior day and I know we’re going to get their best game.”
The last time these two teams met was in 2014 in Corvallis and it didn’t go ASU’s way.
The Sun Devils was No. 6 in the nation at the time, but they were knocked off by Oregon State, 35-27.
The sting of that game still lingers to some, but Graham said the team is focused on this game and this season.
“Our guys don’t think about all that stuff,” he said. “Instead, our guys are focused on getting the next win and getting bowl eligible.”
The Beavers are coming off a 49-28 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. They are led by quarterback Darell Garretson, a product of Chandler, Arizona.
Garretson has accumulated over 1,000 passing yards in 7 games played, but has only five touchdowns to four interceptions. He replaced Jake Luton, who was the starter before suffering a spine fracture in September.
The Sun Devils, of course, come into this game after letting a chance to secure bowl eligibility slip through their fingers in a 44-37 loss at UCLA.
Despite that loss, Graham said the chance to get that sixth win presents itself this Saturday.
“It’s all about us playing disciplined football, getting after it, and being hungry to get our next win.”
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Corvallis as Drew Andre and Cole Feinbloom with have the call on Blaze Radio.
Harley Yearout is a reporter for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Harley on Twitter @HarleyYearout