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Arizona State rides Carpenter's hot start to down Arizona

Nov 26, 2006 - 3:39 AM TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Rudy Carpenter produced more points in the first quarter than Arizona was able to muster all game.

Carpenter threw three first-quarter touchdowns to lead Arizona State to a 28-14 Pac-10 Conference victory over the rival Wildcats.

Carpenter completed 17-of-25 passes for 214 yards with an interception and Ryan Torain ran for 139 yards for the Sun Devils (7-5, 4-5 Pac-10), who beat the Wildcats for the fourth time in five years.

A sophomore, Carpenter opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Chris McGaha just 3:28 into the game. He added TD tosses of 38 yards to Jamaal Lewis and - following a botched punt by Nick Folk - seven yards to tight end Zach Miller for a 21-0 advantage after one quarter.

The Wildcats (6-6, 4-5) got back into the game in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass from Willie Tuitama to Syndric Steptoe and a 22-yard toss from backup quarterback Adam Austin to Michael Thomas. Austin replaced Tuitama after the starter was knocked from the game.

But Arizona was blanked in the second half, and Arizona State's Dimitri Nance capped the scoring with a one-yard run midway through the third quarter.

Austin completed just 11-of-30 passes for 99 yards with two interceptions. Tuitama was 6-of-10 for 36 yards.

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