Dixon, Ducks Spoil ASU's Perfect Season 35-23

No. 4 Arizona State suffers first loss at the hands of No. 5 Oregon
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2007 7:01 AM CST
Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart, left, struggles for yardage against Arizona State defender Brett Nenaber during the second half of their college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dennis Dixon's Heisman chances are looking better than ever after his four touchdown passes vaulted the Oregon Ducks over the undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils, 35-23. Dixon left with a knee injury late in the game, but by that point the Ducks' domination was complete, reports AP. "Oregon definitely put themselves in the driver's seat in the Pac-10," said one Sun Devil.

ASU, now sharing an 8-1 record with Oregon, can still hold on to hopes for a BCS slot, though not if quarterback Rudy Carpenter again finds himself sacked eight times in a game. The effectiveness of the Ducks' defense was something of a surprise in this matchup of the Pac-10's best offense (Oregon) against its best defense (ASU).