It was a bad day for Minnesota football, but it was a good day for the Ducks.
The Ducks scored on their final five possessions of the game and won, 31-24, to open the season against Arizona State on Saturday.
The win was the Ducks first in back-to-back games since Feb. 13, when they defeated Iowa 48-17.
It was the second time in as many games the Ducks have scored in double figures.
The last time they scored 30 points or more in consecutive games was against Utah on Oct. 26 and 23, 2017.
That game was also a loss, and that was in overtime.
“We’re just not doing enough,” Ducks quarterback Taylor Martinez said.
“Not enough plays, not enough opportunities to score points.”
The Ducks have won nine of 10 games at TCF Bank Stadium, including two in the Pac-12 South.
“They’ve got a good football team.
They’ve got good guys on that football team,” Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
The Sun Devils (6-7, 4-6) are a third-place team in the American Athletic Conference and have won three straight games after winning four in a row.
They have not allowed more than 60 points in a game since March 8.
“That’s when we’ve been at our best,” Graham said of the Ducks’ early-season struggles.
“There’s no excuses.”
Arizona State won its first road game of the season at Oregon State last week, 28-24.
The Beavers (5-9, 4 of 12) have lost six of their last eight games.
Arizona State is in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
The Wildcats have won seven straight in the series.
The Buffaloes are tied for the most consecutive losses by a team in league history.
They are the only undefeated team in that group.
“It’s a long season, we have to play really well,” Graham told the team on Monday.
“But it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot to win these games.”
Arizona is also playing in its fourth straight home game, after losing nine straight at TCK Arena, including three in a span of nine weeks.
The two teams split the first meeting, 27-20, in Eugene in 2010.
Arizona’s last win came at home against Colorado on Sept. 26.
The teams combined for three turnovers and a 1-for-7 performance.
The most points scored by a Pac-10 team came in the fourth quarter of a 45-10 win in Denver on Nov. 4, 2006.