Devils run away from Dawgs in desert

For the fourth game in a row, the Huskies came out of the locker room for the second half either in the lead or tied and left the field when time expired with less on the scoreboard than their opponent, falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils 44-20 in Tempe.

Early on it appeared things might be different as the Huskies held tough on Arizona State's first drive and forced the home to settle for a 33-yard Thomas Weber field goal.

On the ensuing drive, QB Jake Locker ended a nine-play, 75-yard drive by tossing a 36-yard touchdown to WR Marcel Reece who had gotten behind the Arizona State secondary and dragged his foot in the back of he endzone for the score.

Locker was efficient in the first half, completing 6 of 10 passes for 80 yards and a score, but finished 10 of 28 for 142 yards with the one touchdown to Reece and one interception that was returned by Troy Nolan 35 yards for the final touchdown of the night.

The redshirt freshman quarterback also managed to gain 48 tough yards on the ground including a 32-yard scamper that gave Washington a 17-10 lead with only 4:11 remaining on the clock.

Arizona would then drive down and on the final play of the first half, Weber hit the second of his three field goals, this one coming from 24 yards out to send the teams into the locker room with Washington leading 17-13.

However, the third quarter hasn't been kind to the Huskies in recent weeks and this week was no different as Locker fumbled while being sacked on Washington's first drive of the second half and Sun Devils QB Rudy Carpenter was able to take advantage of the excellent field position and was able to hit WR Rudy Burgess with a 21-yard touchdown.

Carpenter, who was knocked around by Washington State last week, was beaten and batter in the first half by the Huskies, but still managed to complete 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards for two touchdowns and one interception.

The Husky defense, for the fourth straight game, was abused on the ground by Arizona State as Keegan Herring, who was replacing an injured Ryan Torain, ran for 119 yards and one touchdown, a 76-yard nail in the Huskies' coffin, while Dimitri Nance managed to get 92 yards on 13 carries including a 57 yard touchdown jaunt.

The Huskies managed just 288 yards of offense while Arizona State racked up 523 yards – 227 passing and 296 rushing.

Offensively, the Huskies finally managed to get RB Louis Ranking untracked a bit as he hit the hole hard and put 80 yards on 11 carries including a physical run that resulted in 38 yards.

Reece managed just 45 yards on two catches while three others also totaled two catches as well.

Defensively, the Huskies were led in tackles by CB Byron Davenport (nine tackles and one sack, DE Greyson Gunheim (nine tackles and 1.5 sacks) and S Mesphin Forrester (nine tackles).

The Huskies now fall to 2-4 (0-3) and will come home to face off against the Oregon Ducks who manhandled Washington State 53-7 in Eugene this weekend.


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