Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/22/12
There was 5:25 left in the first quarter, and Arizona State had the ball, 4th down and 1, at their own 24 yard-line. The score of the Oregon Ducks - ASU Sun Devils Thursday night stood at 15-7 Ducks. And Todd Graham was about to go for it. On fourth and one, from his own 24, knowing full well that if he gave the ball back to the Ducks; dynamo offense with 24 yards to the end zone, it would be 22-7 before he could process what he'd just done. Yet Graham thought about rolling the dice. It would have been a death wish. Turns out, after an Oregon timeout, the Sun Devils decided to punt the ball away. Which is a death wish too against the Ducks. Oregon scored on the ensuing drive. And the next drive. And the one after that. And the one after that. It was 43-7 with 11:37 left in the second quarter. What caused Todd Graham, who is surely a swift fellow, to even consider going for it on fourth down from his own 24? The hopelessness, the desperation that quickly sets in when you play an Oregon team
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