Devils Humble Huskies in Comeback Win

Sun Devils start Slow. Sun Devils Trail at halftime. Sun Devils Explode on both sides of the ball in the second half en route to a win. Stop us if you've heard this game recap before, and admit that you wouldn't mind hearing it over and over for the rest of the season. ASU continued its undefeated season with 44-20 win against Washington, outscoring the visitors 31-3 in the last 30 minutes.

"We'll take it, what can I say," said Head Coach Dennis Erickson on his team's 7-0 season record. "It was a hard fought football game. Washington did a heck of a job in the first half and our guys obviously came back in the second half an obviously took control of the game…obviously the toughest part of our schedule is coming up, but nothing like going into a bye (week) with a win."

Arizona State (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) and Washington (2-4, 0-3) answered each other's scores in the first half. Huskies' QB Jake Locker showcased his arm (in a 36-yard TD pass to Marcel Reece) and his much-publicized running ability (running 32 yards for a score). The Sun Devils struggled in the red zone, and their two trips there ended in Thomas Weber field goals. Sandwiched in-between, was a 3-yard TD pass from Rudy Carpenter to Kyle Williams.

Down 17-13 at halftime the maroon and gold were in familiar territory, with a coaching staff armed with yet again efficient mid-game adjustments. Aided by a Washington fumble and missed field goal, ASU shut out the visitors from Seattle 21-0 in the third quarter, scoring in three of their four possessions during that period. Keegan Herring and Dimitri Nance, seeing extensive duty due to a first quarter injury to Ryan Torain, had electrifying touchdown runs of 76 and 57 yards respectively in that stanza.

A fourth quarter field goal by Weber, preserving his perfect record on the season (15-15), followed by Troy Nolan's second interception for a touchdown this year, put the finishing touches on the Sun Devil victory.

Carpenter was 21-30 for 227 yards. He had two touchdown passes (the second one being to Rudy Burgess), had one interception and was sacked four times. Herring paced all running backs with 119 yards on only ten carries. Chris McGaha had a game-high five catches for 73 yards. Robert James had a team-high seven tackles, while Dexter Davis recorded two sacks. The Sun Devils had 523 yards of offense compared to the Huskies' 288. ASU's 296 net yards rushing were a big reason for its dominance in the time of possession 35:33 to 24:27.

After playing seven straight weeks, with many key players nursing injuries, ASU will welcome with open arms a week off. While the 7-0 record was predicted by many pundits and fans prior to the season, it's nonetheless very impressive in a college football season filled with upsets. A home game versus Cal awaits the Sun Devils following the bye week, in what many call the first true test of the 2007 campaign. The maroon and gold's trademark resiliency certainly gives them a chance in that contest and any other one that remains in 2007 season.

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