TEMPE, Ariz. -- Plenty of skeptics figured Arizona State would come back to Earth against No. 3 Oregon on Thursday night. Few expected it to happen on the second play of the game.
After losing star defensive tackle Will Sutton to a knee injury in the game's first minute, the Sun Devils were exposed by a vastly superior team in a 43-21 loss in which Oregon scored six touchdowns in the first 19 minutes to quickly quiet any talk of an upset.
"We just got whipped," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "I don't know any way to say it other than that."
The play on which Sutton was hurt served as both the high point and low point for the Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12). Sutton forced a fumble on the play and ASU recovered, setting up a one-play touchdown drive and a surprising 7-0 lead 49 seconds into the game.
But his injury took a toll beyond his absence.
"It was a high-low moment for us," junior safety Alden Darby said. "We were excited about the turnover and then we looked down and saw Will S...