Sun Devils hope for turnaround at Oregon State

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TEMPE -- A year ago this week, Arizona State was 8-0, ranked fourth in the Bowl Championship Series standings and headed to Oregon to play the Ducks in a game with national title implications.

The Sun Devils return to the state of Oregon this week. But that's where the similarity ends. They're 2-5 and riding a five-game losing streak into Saturday night's game against Oregon State in Corvallis.

The Sun Devils have been going in the wrong direction since they took off for that big game in Eugene last fall. They're 4-8 since then and are coming off a humiliating 54-20 home loss to the Ducks on Saturday night.

ASU has gone 50 days since its last victory, a 41-17 defeat of Stanford on Sept. 6.

If the Sun Devils lose to the Beavers, they would match the school record for consecutive losses -- six, set in 1929.

The 1929 team scored a total of 13 points and finished 0-6, losing home-and-home games to Northern Arizona. At least this year's Sun Devils beat the Lumberjacks.

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