Eno Benjamin Sets New School Record In Arizona State Win!
Written by Jeff Demers on 09/30/2018
Arizona State received the ball after a touchback on the kickoff to start off the game. Wilkins would start out by looking for his star wide receiver, N’Keal Harry early and often, sprinkled in with a little Benjamin (pun intended) running the rock. The Devils would drive all the way down to the Oregon State 10-yard line before having to settle for a field goal by Brandon Ruiz to take the 3-0 lead.
Oregon State would take the ball on their first drive and come out running with Jefferson. The Beavers would get the ball near midfield, but after a big sack by the ASU defense, and a partially blocked punt by Langston Frederick, the Sun Devils take over the ball on their own 43.
Benjamin would capitalize on some poor tackling and break about 19 tackles on his way to a 44-yard touchdown for the Sun Devils! They would take a 10 point lead on Oregon State with 4:28 remaining in the 1st.
The Sun Devils defense would step up again with a big sack/fumble on the next Oregon State drive, forcing another punt. This time, Rodriguez gets it off. Fair catch was called at the ASU 37.
The Arizona State offense would drive down the field and cap their drive off with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Wilkins to Benjamin. ASU lead 17-0 with 14:53 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
Oregon State would again get the ball on their own 25-yard line after a touchback. They would again lean on Jefferson to get their offense moving downfield. Down by 17, Oregon State would opt for the 35-yard field goal by Choukair after the stalled drive.
After another touchback, Arizona State would take the ball over on their own 25. Benjamin would start the drive off with a 21-yard run. And then cap the drive off with another big 47-yard touchdown run. ASU extended the lead to 24-3, 7:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
At this time, Eno Benjamin had set an ASU record for yards in a half with 179 rushing yards.
The Beavers would respond with a quick score and their first touchdown of the game. Jermar Jefferson ran up the middle for an 11- yard touchdown run. The score now was 24-10 with 6:22 remaining.
The Sun Devils would not get much on their next drive as they were forced to punt the ball from their own 33. And after a holding penalty, Oregon State would start their next drive on their own 11-yard line.
Oregon State would again lean on their running game and score on a Jefferson 27-yard rushing touchdown. Beavers would get within 24-17 with 1:02 remaining in the half.
And with :14 seconds remaining in the half, Wilkins would find Williams in the back of the end zone to extend the ASU lead to 31-17 over the Beavers.
Oregon State would receive the ball to begin the second half, but failed to notice that their offense didn’t come out of the locker room yet. They would be forced to punt and ASU would take over on the Beavers 44-yard line.
The Arizona State lead went back up to 21 as N’Keal Harry capped off the ASU drive with a touchdown run of his own from the yard line.
Oregon State finally got their offense out of the locker room on their next drive. They leaned heavily on Jefferson and the run game again. After getting the ball all the way down to the ASU 4-yard line, Oregon State would score on a TD pass by Blount to Noah Togiai to get the score to 38-24, ASU had the lead.
The Sun Devils would stall on the Oregon State 40, after the Beavers defense stopped ASU on a 4th down run play to take over on downs.
Second verse, same as the first. Oregon State would go back to Jefferson and rely heavily on the run game to march downfield against what looked like a tiring ASU defense. But after a false start on 4th and goal from the 1-yard line, the ASU defense would break up the following pass and take over on downs.
And this is the song that never ends. Eno Benjamin again rushes for another touchdown for Arizona State. He would have 284 yards and 3 touchdowns at this point, giving ASU the 45-24 lead over the Badgers.
The ASU defense would step up and force the Badgers to turn the ball over on downs again, after an incomplete pass on 4th down, inside ASU territory.
The Arizona State drive would be capped off by a Wilkins 41-yard touchdown pass to N’Keal Harry. The lead now was 52-24 with 3:28 remaining in the game.
Eno Benjamin has set a new Arizona State rushing record for most yards in a game. He finished tonight’s game with 30 rushes for 312 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He also caught 3 passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
To close out the night, the ASU defense would force a fumble on a sack, and recover.
ASU would take the victory tonight by the final score of 52-24. They improve to 3-2 on the season, with all three wins coming at home. Next for the Sun Devils, they will be traveling to Colorado next weekend.