UW Falls To No. 14 ASU

SEATTLE -- Taylor Kelly threw two touchdown passes after missing more than a month with a foot injury, the second a 7-yarder to Gary Chambers with 3 minutes left in No. 14 Arizona State's 24-10 victory over Washington on a blustery Saturday night.

Playing in strong swirling wind with waves of heavy rain blowing in sideways, the guys from the desert managed the difficult conditions for their ninth straight win over Washington. Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) remained in control of the race in the Pac-12 South and set up a huge matchup with Utah next week in Tempe.

Kelly threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong in the first half, but was at his best on Arizona State's final drive. On second-and-goal, Kelly got his pass off as he was being pulled down by Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha. Chambers made the adjustment on the throw and hauled in his only catch of the night for the go-ahead points.

Armand Perry returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds left when Washington's Troy Williams attempted a desperation throw on fourth-and-25. It was the second interception throw by Williams, making his first start after Cyler Miles suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter last week against Oregon.

Washington (5-3, 1-3) suffered its second straight loss to a ranked opponent. It's the first time a Chris Petersen-coached team has lost consecutive games since the end of the 2007 season when Boise State lost at Hawaii and then to East Carolina in the bowl game.

Shaq Thompson moved almost exclusively to running back with injuries thinning the Huskies ball carries. The linebacker finished with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Kelly was 14 of 25 for 180 yards. He was 3 of 3 for 36 yards and ran for another 12 on Arizona State's final drive.

Kelly also gave Washington a chance when John Timu intercepted Kelly's pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Arizona State also twice failed to come away with points in the second half after having the ball inside the Washington 10.

But the good in Kelly's return outweighed the mistakes.

Kelly made his first appearance since suffering a foot injury on Sept. 13 against Colorado. Mike Bercovici filled in more than admirably with Kelly on the sidelines leading the Sun Devils to back-to-back wins over ranked opponents -- USC and Stanford -- for the first time since 1997.

Kelly and the Sun Devils scored all 10 points in the first half taking advantage of poor punts by Washington. Kelly found Strong on a quick slant for the touchdown after the receiver beat Washington cornerback Marcus Peters off the line of scrimmage midway through the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. Zane Gonzalez guided through a 33-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead at halftime.

But Arizona State could not extend the lead despite two huge opportunities.

Early in the third quarter Williams was sacked by Viliami Moeakiola and fumbled with Demetrius Cherry picking up the loose ball and returning it to the Washington 1. But the Sun Devils were stuffed on four tries from the 1 and Washington took over

Then after Timu's interception return pulled Washington within 10-7, Williams was intercepted on a third down pass by Jordan Simone. The Sun Devils failed to capitalize again when Bercovici bobbled a high snap on Gonzalez 27-yard field goal attempt.

The Huskies then put together their best drive of the night running on 13 of 14 plays, but Thompson was stopped for a loss of 4 yards on third-and-goal at the 2. The Huskies settled for Cameron Van Winkle's 23-yard field goal and a 10-10 tie with 7:14 left.


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