The final full statistics of the game can be found here.
Offensive Player of the Game - Louis Rankin. We've been waiting a while to talk about Louis having a strong game, and even though he only had four second-half carries, he did the most with what he had to work with. 68 first-half yards was really encouraging to see, and I think he's also solidified his place as Washington's main kick returner. Runner-up: Jared Ballman.
Defensive Player of the Game - Greyson Gunheim. It's impressive to see a defensive lineman tie for the team lead in tackles, and that's what the senior from Sebastopol, Calif. did against ASU, racking up nine stops. Add 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, and Gunheim did his work - and then some. Runner-up: Darin Harris.
Turning point - Rudy Carpenter's run at the end of the first half. When the Sun Devils were able to kick a chip-shot field goal going into halftime when there was a chance they would get stuffed at the one-yard line, you knew things were just not going to break the Huskies' way. From the press box, it was hard to determine whether or not Carpenter did step out at the 7 yard line, but that's what was called, and that's what was upheld. From that ruling on, it was 34-3 ASU, so that's a pretty easy 'turning point' to call.
Play of the Game - Locker's run. Right after Darin Harris made a great play on a Carpenter pass for an interception, Locker took advantage in a big way - straight up the gut for a 32-yard score. It was a thing of beauty - and the best part was watching Jake carry ASU safety Troy Nolan for the final 10 yards.
Unit of the game - Punt Return Team. For the team that arguably cost the Huskies a chance at beating USC, they did everything right against ASU. Anthony Russo has emerged as a legitimate threat as a punt return specialist. His 21-yard return at the beginning of the 4th quarter gave Washington the field position they needed to score points in the second half.
Assistant of the game - None.
Stat of the game - Keegan Herring's 76-yard run was the longest ASU run since J.R. Redmond's 80-yard run against UCLA on October, 2, 1999.
Note of the game - With the Huskies' fourth-straight loss, it also marks the 16th league loss under Willingham's current tenure. His overall record is 9-20.
The Fifth Quarter - ASU
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