The Huskies lost to ASU for the ninth straight time in a game played in classic Pacific Northwest elements late Saturday night. The wind, which was reported to reach gusts of up to 60 mph, swirled around the stadium and created a challenging environment for both teams.
It was ASU, however, that seemed to cope with the conditions early in the game, running out to a 10-0 lead in the first half. That lead was staked out in large part to big advantages that ASU was earning in field position thanks to a Husky kicking game that was clearly out of synch.
The Huskies D kept battling throughout the night and was responsible for generating the Huskies first touchdown of the game when John Timu held on to a Taylor Kelly interception and returned it for seven in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the Huskies offense was not up to the task. The Jonathan Smith game plan led to a total output of just three points out of the Huskies offense compared to 17 for ASU. The Sun Devils D was active in blitzing and confusing the Huskies RS Freshman QB, Troy Williams, who was making his first collegiate start. Williams ended up 15 of 23 for just 86 yards passing and 2 INTs including a pick six.
The Sun Devils won the game late in the fourth by taking advantage of the absence of Washington's star CB Marcus Peters, who left the game with a leg injury. ASU was able to pick apart the Husky D through the air and convert a red zone TD pass that iced the game. They added a final insult with the pick six thrown by Troy Willliams in an attempt to convert a fourth and 25 situation.
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That's about all there is to say on this one. UW will now fall to 1-3 in conference play and will now have to put together a significant rally to reach five conference wins in 2014. The Huskies and Head Coach Chris Petersen are certainly going to face heavy criticism for yet another game where the Huskies failed to demonstrate even a basic level of competency on the offensive side of the ball. Now, on to the vodka. G'night Dawg Fans