Game Analysis - Arizona State

It was pretty much an utter debacle for the Huskies on their trip to Tempe. They didn't seem to even get off the bus and were run out of Sun Devil Stadium as their hosts ran up 585 yards, including 314 on the ground, as they were trounced by ASU 53-24. Here's a closer look at what wen't wrong and the keys to this epic loss...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: It really was the entire second quarter. After Washington's first drive, which resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by Bishop Sankey to put Washington up 7-0 with 10:29 left in the first quarter, neither the Husky offense nor their defense were able to do much to stop the Sun Devils. Offensively, Washington only had one more first down the rest of the half following their opening drive, meanwhile, Arizona State seemed to have their way with the Dawgs until they got to the redzone where they had to settle for three field goals, otherwise the score would have been much more out of hand.

Offensive Player of the Game: Hard to have one when your team collectively totaled 212 yards of offense, the nation's leading rusher has just 22 yards and your quarterbacks go a combined 16 of 40.

Defensive Player of the Game: Yeah, Princeton Fuimaono had 12 tackles, but he also took a lot of bad angles, struggled in coverage and missed a lot of tackles. Thus, there really isn't a defensive player of the game either.

Handouts the the standouts: Should we list the ASU players? They are really the only ones that stood out. As noted, Fuimaono had 12 tackles and half a sack, but his bad plays/mistakes outweighed whatever contributions he had; Will Shamburger had a decent game, posting nine tackles (eight solo), but he was exposed for the second straight game in coverage; Hauoli Kikaha had seven tackles (five solo), 1.5 tackles-for-loss and half a sack and generally was one of the few that was disruptive up front for the Dawgs; Marcus Peters' pick of Taylor Kelly on the "trick" play after a timeout was beautiful, but otherwise he had a mediocre game; Cory Littleton looked solid at times, but, like Shamburger, he was exposed in coverage. He finished with seven tackles (four solo) and a sack to go along with four tackles-for-loss; WR Kevin Smith had the one big catch to begin the third quarter, a 70-yard touchdown reception, but other than that he was a non-factor; Austin Seferian-Jenkins only had one catch, but it resulted in a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Stat of the Week: Take your pick. Completions (16 of 40), rushing yards (minus five...yes...minus five), penalties (8 for 54 yards), third down efficiency (4 of 17), first downs allow (31), rushing yards allowed (314)...the list goes on and on.

Needs Work: Right now, it has to be the psyche of this team. Can they get up for a game they should win even though it's on the road. I have a lot of respect for what Arizona State has talent-wise, but Washington has just as much, if not more, talent on their squad. They might not have won, but at least be competitive. They looked like they quit. The offensive line looked lost, Price looked timid and didn't make plays, the receivers had chances to make catches but dropped passes, the defense couldn't stop anything ASU threw at them...nothing. This is on the coaches and the players. They need to get this ship righted and close this season out well. Can they do it? They have five games to prove that they can.


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