Sun Devils beat Tigers in overtime


September 12, 2011

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Brock Osweiler hit Jamal Miles on an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Arizona State made a big early season statement with a wild 37-30 victory over No. 21 Missouri, Sept. 9.

Arizona State (2-0), playing in front of a "Black Out" crowd at Sun Devil Stadium, built a 30-16 lead behind Osweiler's 353 yards and three touchdowns passing, and another score rushing.

Missouri (1-1) charged back in the fourth quarter behind James Franklin, who hit L'Damian Washington on a 25-yard touchdown pass and tied it on 3-yard TD pass to Michael Egnew with 2:50 left.

Missouri's Grant Ressel missed a 48-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in regulation, then Osweiler opened overtime with the TD pass to Miles, his second of the game.

Missouri's final chance ended when Franklin's pass on fourth down fell harmlessly in the end zone, ending a back-and-forth game that included 23 penalties for 224 yards.

Aaron Pflugrad had eight catches for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns-- the second on a trick play from Miles--and Arizona State had 492 yards to end a 10-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Franklin threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 84 yards and another score. Missouri had 501 total yards, but converted just three of 15 third-down chances to see its 22-game winning streak in regular-season non-conference games come to an end.

Both teams came in looking to make a statement against a big-time program after opening against smaller schools.

Arizona State rolled over UC Davis in its opener, thanks to 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns from Osweiler, along with a stingy defense that held the FCS Aggies to minus-4 yards rushing before giving up a couple of late scores.

This matchup had Sun Devil Stadium juiced in a sellout crowd, which was the first since 2008. 70,236 fans dressed in black to create the "Black Out." A nearby lightning storm added to the buzz, as did the celebrities in attendance: golfer Phil Mickelson, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, not to mention a dozen or so NFL scouts.

They got to see quite a show.

Osweiler was sharp from the opening drive, squeezing a 12-yard touchdown pass between two defenders to Miles, who was pinballed but still held on.

Alex Garoutte's 47-yard field goal after a fourth-down conversion was wiped out by a penalty early in the second quarter, but Osweiler answered Missouri's first touchdown with a 60-yard scoring pass to Pflugrad on the next play.

Osweiler had the hockey assist on back pass to Miles, who hit Pflugrad for a 35-yard touchdown pass, then took it in himself for a rumbling 12-yard touchdown run up the middle that put ASU up 30-16. Osweiler finished 24-for-32.

Franklin followed with the 3-yard touchdown pass to Egnew, tying it at 30-all with 2:50 left, and had the Tigers moving again, but Ressel missed the final chance in regulation. Franklin's last-ditch attempt on fourth down in overtime fell in the corner of the endzone when he receiver cut inside. He finished 26 for 42.

Women's golf opens up the season at the Dale McNamara Invitational


September 12, 2011

Ranked eighth in the Golf World/NGCA preseason coaches' poll, the Arizona State Sun Devils open the season in a familiar setting for ninth-year head coach Melissa Luellen. ASU will tee off its fall campaign at the 2011 Dale McNamara Invitational hosted by the University of Tulsa.

The Dale McNamara Invitational is named for the NGCA Hall of Fame women's golf coach who pioneered the women's golf program at Tulsa and won NCAA championships in both 1982 and 1988, but to Luellen, she is also mom. Download Full Image

"It's such an honor to have a tournament to be named after [McNamara], my mom," said Luellen. "She'll get to be the shinning star."

McNamara, who paved the way for collegiate women's golf and its incorporation as an NCAA varsity sport, also coached Luellen when she was a college golfer at Tulsa. Under her mother's direction, Luellen won both the NCAA team and individual titles in 1988 for the Golden Hurricane.

"Hopefully these young players will appreciate what people like my mom have done," said Luellen. "That her work helped enable them to be where they are now."

The second-annual Dale McNamara Invitational is a 54-hole format played over the course of three days, Sept. 12-14. The tournament, hosted by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be held at the 6,626-yard, par-72 Patriot Golf Club.

The field for the tournament features: Arizona State, Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, UCF, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Longwood, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Southern Miss, and Tulsa.

Competing in the line-up for Arizona State will be senior Giulia Molinaro, sophomore Daniela Ordonez, freshman Noemi Jimenez, sophomore Justine Lee and sophomore Brittany McKee.

"After our first qualifying, I felt confident from one to six, said Luellen. "It was very competitive. I think they all gained a little confidence in each other. Everyone obviously worked hard over the summer and they're ready to play. "

Live results for the Dale McNamara Invitational will be available at www.golfstat.com.

With the Sun Devils competing against McNamara's own Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Luellen is still unsure which team her mother is going to cheer for.

"My mom loves the girls on the [ASU] team but is she going to pull for ASU or is she going to pull for Tulsa?," asks Luellen. "I think she'll cheer for good golf."