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WSU ends Tempe curse with 37-32 win over ASU

TEMPE - Washington State (5-2, 4-0 Pac-12) remains undefeated in conference play after doing just enough to defeat Arizona State (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12). Luke Falk finished the game completing 42 of 53 passes for 398-yards and three touchdowns.

Wazzu picked up the second half right where they ended the opening 30-minutes. Luke Falk looked comfortable, accurate and most importantly he looked efficient. Falk ended the first three quarters of play with an impressive stat line of 33 of 41 passing for 287-yards and a pair of touchdown tosses.

The Sun Devils found some of their mojo late in the third by turning their offense into a smash-mouth style switching into what they call their Sparky formation. That calls for a big running back to take a direct snap, similar to what others identify as a wildcat formation. ASU put together a ten play 81-yard touchdown drive to end the quarter.

Falk and company wasted no time answering the Sun Devil score. They marched the ensuing kickoff down the field 75-yards using just five plays. Fittingly, Gabe Marks hauled in a Falk bomb of 52-yards for a touchdown and a place in the record books. Marks now in No. 1 in TD receptions in school history.

Tim White was able to breathe some live back into Arizona State by returning a Kyle Sweet punt for a touchdown. ASU completed the two-poiunt conversion to amp up their squad another notch or two. The Sun Devil homecoming crowd roared to life with the scoreboard showing WSU 37 - ASU 29 and more than eleven minutes to go.

When Wazzu got the ball back ASU bullrushed the WSU offensive line on back-to-back plays to force another Sweet punt. This time it bounced out of bounds harmlessly. However, Falk looked battered and shaken as his shuffled to the sideline.

Would the curse continue? The answer would be provided by the Cougar defense. With more than nine minutes left in regulation, it seemed clear the WSU D would have to wrestle control of momentum away from ASU.

Wazzu's defensive line saw more of the Sparky formation from the Sun Devils as they hoped to close the margin. They ran out of the Sparky enough times to allow appropriate adjustments by the Cougs. The ASU drive stalled if for no other reason than lack of imagination, settling for a field goal that did close the gap to just one score.

Falk trotted back out one more time with his offense appearing to look no worse for wear. From the view of Cougar Nation, he looked as good as ever by engineering a time consuming drive to put the game away.

This curse would come to and end after Falk took a knee three times. The curse is no more.

Final score: WSU 37 - ASU 32

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