Threet, teammates prove mettle in WSU win

Quarterback Steven Threet and the rest of the Sun Devils seem to have fully recovered mentally and physically from their performance last week at Cal. The ASU signal caller showed no ill effects from the concussion he suffered in the first half of the Golden Bears' game and responded with a 26 of 32 performance throwing for 300-yards and three touchdowns.

"I took it a little easier in practice this week in the beginning of the week," Threet commented. "As the week progressed I was feeling better and better but I knew yesterday I felt 100% so I was ready to go."

Threet and the offense found success during tonight's matchup while utilizing the majority of their receivers.

"We have some great skill guys," Threet said. "To make the defense defend them all is difficult and so just spreading the ball around really helps our run game just as much as our pass game also.

"We just wanted to play well, treat every play as important as it could be and just execute one at a time."

This game marked the return of senior Jon Hargis. The offensive guard suffered a torn ACL last spring, and Hargis' diligent rehabilitation efforts allowed him to come back only after six months, the senior entered the game early in the fourth quarter and turned in a solid performance.

"It feels good, it feels great," Hargis said. "It was nice to get knocked on the ground actually once or twice. I actually pancaked my guy so it was nice to build some confidence. It feels good to be back.

"I was more panicked to mess up and feel bad about showing off to the coaches so I was worried about that more. It was a big sigh of relief, just al the support I had from the teammates and my fans, family and everyone else."

Dominating throughout the matchup, senior LeQuan Lewis easily had his best performance of his Arizona State career. The cornerback intercepted Washington State quarterback, Jeff Tuel in the end zone in the second quarter, and was also responsible for three pass breakups and downing two punts within the opponents' 5-yard line.

"I always told myself I was going to wait and be patient," Lewis said. "Because I didn't get much time at the corner spot so when I got the opportunity I was going to take it and not let go of it."

The previous week the maroon and gold defense allowed the Golden Bears to score 50-points. The Sun Devils responded by holding the Cougar offense to only 264-yards and no points.

"We were not in fear today," Lewis commented. "We went up there and we said we were going to get a donut, we said it all season that we're not going to let teams score but today we really stepped up and really tightened up in the end zone and played hard. We put a lot of effort into it because even though guys were going down, other guys stepped up and we just played assignment sound and made it a good outcome."

With a handful of sacks and a remarkable 15 tackles for losses, the maroon and gold defense dominated the Cougars for four quarters. Junior Jamaar Jarrett earned one of those sacks as well as four tackles. The defensive end attributes the defense's success to the time spent in practice preparing for their opponent.

"We practiced pass rush a lot," Jarrett stated. "And we knew they had a lot of 3-receiver sets and we just got after the quarterback, really."

Now with a mark of 4-4 on the season, the Sun Devils will need to establish some sense of consistency in what has been an inconsistent campaign in order to prevail in their last four matchups. The team needs to win 3 of their 4 remaining games in order to become bowl eligible, a goal that is entire within their capabilities.

"I consider ourselves a great team," Jarrett said. "We have our ups and downs, we come out and sometimes we're a little flat and lack energy but we came out today and we knew what we had to do and we got it done."

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