Devils Edge Huskies in OT 26-23

It wasn't pretty but Arizona State squeaked out an overtime 26-23 win in their first trip to Husky Stadium since 1999.

After leading 20-6 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, Sun Devil miscues allowed the Washington Huskies to get back into the game by scoring 14 unanswered points to force an extra period. After a 47 yard field goal by Husky placekicker Michael Braunstein, quarterback Rudy Carpenter found tight end Brent Miller for a 25-yard game winning touchdown in the corner of the endzone. Minutes later, the Sun Devil players and coaches jubilantly celebrated the 26-23 win with the visiting ASU fans in the corner of the stadium.

The Huskies had trouble containing the ASU tailbacks for the first three quarters. Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring both spurred a ground game that out gained the Sun Devil passing attack. Torain netted a tough 99 yards on 23 carries while Herring had two big plays that led to a pair of scores. The sophomore weaved his way through several Washington defenders and found the endzone on a 19-yard touchdown run late in the 2nd quarter. Herring then hit pay dirt on a 65-yard run with :11 seconds left in the 3rd quarter that put the Sun Devils up 20-6.

A fumbled snap on the extra point attempt forced Carpenter, the holder, to roll out with the football and throw it away. That seemed to foreshadow a momentum change that would soon favor the Huskies in the final quarter.

After a three and out series by the Huskies, the Sun Devil offense failed to put away Washington with a sustained drive and allowed Carpenter to be sacked on third down. Jonathan Johnson shanked a 24-yard punt that gave the Huskies great field position, which set up a trick play where WR Sonny Shackelford passed to fellow wideout Anthony Russo for a 41-yard score that inched the Dawgs to within a score, 20-13.

The Sun Devils took over on offense and went fruitless on all three downs. Johnson came in to punt again, this time with a loud and invigorated crowd that were back into the game action, and booted a 55- yard punt. Two big penalties by ASU put the Huskies in the driver's seat to drive down the field for a game tying score. Defensive end Dexter Davis was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty that knocked Husky quarterback Carl Bonnell out of the game. Johnny DuRocher entered the contest and marched his squad downfield when cornerback Justin Tryon was called for pass interference, setting up a fresh set of Husky downs in the red zone. DuRocher then connected with Shackelford a few plays later for a 4-yard touchdown to even the score at 20.

Penalties have become a disturbing trend for ASU over the season and this game was no different. A season high 15 penalties were called on the Sun Devils, and the 122 penalty yards were a big reason why the Huskies stayed in the game. Despite the sloppy play, head coach Dirk Koetter was all smiles after the game, as he should be considering his team responded to the adversity and clawed out a win. "I'm so proud of my guys" said the Sun Devil skipper moments after the overtime win. With this victory, ASU is one win away from being bowl eligible.

Safety Josh Barrett was the player of the game on defense with two first half interceptions that were crucial in not allowing Bonnell to get into any rhythm with his receivers. The ASU defense held Washington to just 110 yards of total offense in the first half.

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