No. 5 Huskies fall to ASU 13 to 7

The unranked Arizona State Sun Devils ( 3-3 overall, 2-1 Pac-12)continued their mastery of the fifth-ranked Washington Huskies (6-1,3-1) with a dominating 13 to 7 win Saturday night in Tempe, Arizona.

The  Sun Devils defense held the high powered Washington Huskies offense to just 91 rushing yards and  130 passing yards for a total of 230 offensive yards. The Huskies offense was averaging 43 points a game entering the Saturday night matchup.

The Sun Devils defensive line chased, harassed and stalked Husky quarterback all night. In addition to stalking  Browning in pass formation, the Sun Devils D-line was standing up the Huskies offensive line and making it impossible for the Husky Ball carriers to find room to run.

ASU head coach Todd Graham said after the game that his teams game plan to mix various defensive schemes confused the Huskies offense.

“We showed blitz and then we would rush three and then we sometimes would rush a different three. It was masterful. Coach (Phil) Bennett and the staff did a great job and made great adjustments. We had 42 plays in the first half on offense. That was exactly our plan. They ran 20. I think they finished up with 61 plays and we had 73; that’s about on par with where we wanted to be. I think we had one penalty. That shows the discipline that our guys play with. ”

 

In addition to an inept offensive showing the Huskies had their worst kicking game performance of the season. Huskie freshman kicker  Van Soderberg missed two third-quarter field goals from 27 and 21 yards. The  Huskies had a blocked punt that led to a Sun Devils field goal in the second quarter.

The Huskies lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a Browing one-yard run. The Huskies defense was unable to stop the Sun Devils who ran out the clock after receiving the kick off after the Browning score.

Husky head coach Chris  Peterson admitted after the game that his team never found its offensive rhythm.

“Tough day at the office. We could not get any rhythm going whatsoever. And when we did on offense, we’d get a penalty or couldn’t chaptalize in the red zone. I’m anxious to go back and analyze this, we all are, so we can figure out how we can do better. We fought hard, we played hard. If we don’t play how we are capable of playing, we will get beat by anybody on our schedule.”

The Huskies have now lost the last ten games to the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils have beaten the Huskies seven consecutive times at Sun Devil Stadium.

 

Team Statistics
Statistic WASH ASU
FIRST DOWNS
Total 14 17
Rushing 5 7
Passing 9 10
Penalty 0 0
RUSHING
Total (Net) 91 40
Attempts 31 32
Avg. Per Rush 2.9 1.3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Yds. Gained 141 71
Yds. Lost 50 31
PASSING
Total (Net) 139 245
Comp.-Att.-Int. 17300 29410
Avg. / Att. 4.6 6.0
Avg. / Comp. 8.2 8.4
TDs 0 0
TOTAL OFFENSE
Yards 230 285
Plays 61 73
Avg. / Play 3.8 3.9
Fumbles – Lost 20 10
Penalties – Yds. 315 15
PUNTING
Punts – Yds. 7292 6243
Avg. / Punt 41.7 40.5
Inside 20 3 1
50+ Yds. 2 0
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair Catch 2 1
KICKOFFS
Total – Yds. 2130 4259
Avg. Yds. / Kickoff 65.0 64.8
Touchbacks 2 2
RETURNS
Punt: Total – Yds. – TDs 370 1160
Punt: Avg. / Return 2.3 16.0
Kickoff: Total – Yds. – TDs 2-40-0 0-0-0
Kickoff: Avg. / Return 20.0 0
INT: Total – Yds. – TDs 0-0-0 0-0-0
Fumble: Total – Yds. – TDs 0-0-0 0-0-0
MISCELLANEOUS
Misc. Yards 0 0
Poss. Time 25:05 34:55
3rd. Down Conv. 3 of 14 5 of 18
4th. Down Conversions 2 of 2 3 of 3
Red-Zone: Scores – Chances 13 23
Sacks: Total – Yds. 28 545
PAT: Total – Made 11 11
Field Goals: Total – Made 02 23

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