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
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.