ASU lost to Oregon last night, as expected. They were competitive as they usually are, but couldn’t avoid their commitment to self harm. The refs weren’t particularly friendly, but the Sun Devils earned enough dumb penalties to take themselves out of the game. The worst part of the evening was how they seemed to totally give up at the end of the game. Down by two touchdowns with only 8 minutes remaining in the game, Erickson decided to punt the ball away rather than go for it on 4th and 2. He can’t be unaware of what happened to the coach before him (did this: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/oct/15/sports/sp-uscrep15, and was eventually fired). Even when ASU finally got the ball back (now with 4 minutes left), they didn’t play with any urgency. Had they scored quickly, there would’ve been a chance to recover an onside kick and try to tie the game. Instead, they slowly moved up to the line and let the clock tick off. The interception which sealed the game should have been caught for a touchdown, but the Sun Devils appeared to be resigned to defeat before that anyway. That was very disappointing.