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'Sickses' get well, bedevil Dawgs
Malamute, 9 November 2008

Trailing 19-16 midway through the third quarter, the Arizona State Sun Devils went on a scoring spree to beat the Washington Huskies, 39-19, before an announced crowd of 57,013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

QB Rudy Carpenter completed 22 out of 31 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns and Keegan Herring rushed 22 times for 142 yards, as they led the Sun Devils to victory. 

At six-feet-four inches, 211 pounds, Michael Jones is the epitome of the tall receiver every quarterback wants. He caught 11 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Sun Devils, alias the "sixes", alias the "sickses," got well.

Coach Dennis Erickson got well, winning his first game ever at Husky Stadium, this out of four tries. His Arizona State Sun Devils got well, snapping a six-game losing streak.

The wide smile of an opposing coach, seemingly rubbing it in at the end of the game, has got to go. Can't someone wipe the smile off his face or take a bite out of the seat of his pants. Even Spirit, the Huskies' mascot, is nursing a bad shoulder.

The Huskies played with enthusiasm from the game's start to midway through the third quarter and then turned into Zombies, as if they'd lost their sugar rush left over from Halloween candy.

There were a couple of ghoulish, freakish plays in the second quarter.

With the score tied at the start of the second quarter and a fourth and one on his own 43, Washington's Paul Homer stretched the ball out as he plunged for the one yard and had it swiped away by Troy Nolan who took it all the way to the house.

And then there was the lateral from QB Ronnie Fouch to WR Cody Bruns who passed the ball back to Fouch who scampered in from 6 yards out, knotting the score at 10. Clever.

The Huskies played with abandon, as if they had nothing to lose, their coach Tyrone Willingham in lame-duck status, coaching the game to the sound of horns announcing his exit, along with the sound of muted horns way off in the distance announcing his successor. That guy, of whom we know nothing about, could make us all wish we had Tyrone back next season. ;-)

Playing with abandon: With the score knotted at 13 and 1:02 left in the first half, Washington's next drive featured a running play netting 3 yards, a pass play netting 10 yards and a pick-play run back19 yards to the UW 37. Thomas Weber's 29-yard field goal made it 16-13 at the pit stop.

At the 8:53 mark in the third quarter, Ryan Perkins gave the Huskies a short-lived lead, 19-16, with a 20-yard field goal.

And then the roof caved in, ASU scoring 23 unanswered points.

Now for the bad news.

QB Ronnie Fouch completed 13 of 40 passes for 192 yards, along with 2 picks and 4 sacks. That data, sans sacks, computes to a passing-efficiency rating of 62.82.

The Huskies rushed for 52 yards against the Solar Dev's 182 yards. Those numbers are the story of the game. The Huskies' collapse in the second half can be attributed to their lack of a running game. A worn-out "D" was on the field way too much in the last half. A beefier running game would have given Fouch more time to throw and would have taken a lot of pressure off him.

The Huskies' leading rusher, Terrance Daily, rushed 14 times for 66 yards, with 39 of them coming on the Huskies' last drive of the game, the outcome being long decided.

Two turnovers gave ASU 10 points.

UW is 0-9 on the season -- 0-11 dating back to last season -- and has the longest losing streak in FBS football.

 
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
ASU 3 13 7 16 39
UW 3 10 6 0 19


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
5:47 UW FG Ryan Perkins 34-yard boot. UW, 3-0
02:27 ASU FG Thomas Weber 34-yard boot. Tie, 3-3
2nd qtr
14:50 ASU TD Troy Nolan 44-yard fumble recovery. Thomas kick. ASU, 10-3
12:01 UW TD Cody Bruns 6-yard pass to Ronnie Fouch; Perkins kick. Tie, 10-10
10:09 UW FG Perkins 38-yard kick. UW,13-10
1:02 ASU FG Weber 37-yard kick. Tie, 13-13
0:03 ASU FG Weber 29-yard kick ASU, 16-13
3rd Qtr
12:01 UW FG Perkins 21-yard kick Tie, 16-16
8:53 UW FG Perkins 20-yard kick UW, 19-16
2:33 ASU TD Rudy Carpenter 6-yard pass to Michael Jones; Weber kick. ASU, 23-19
4th Qtr
12:34 ASU TD Carpenter 2-yard pass to Jones; Weber kick. ASU, 30-19
6:46 ASU TD Keegan Herring 29-yard run; Weber kick. SU, 37-19
5:52 ASU S Safety; Fouch illegal grounding in end zone. SU, 39-19

 

Statistic ASU UW
Total First Downs 19 16
  Rushing 10 4
  Passing 9 8
  Penalty 0 4
Total Net Yards 400 279
Net Yards Passing 218 227
Net Yards Rushing 182 52
Completions-att-int 21-31-0 15-42-2
Punts, yards, average 5-165; 33-0 3-134; 44.7
Sacks by (number, yards) 4-31 2-14
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 5-56-0 8-179-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 2-29-0 3-24-0
Kickoff Yards 8-494 7-420
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 2
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 2-19-0 0-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 12-92 4-31
Fumbles: number/lost 1-1 1-1
Time of Possession  30:30 29:30

Passing cmp att yds tds int
ASU          
Rudy Carpenter 22 31 218 2 0
           
           
Washington          
Ronnie Fouch 13 40 192 0 2
Cody Bruns 2 2 35 1 0
           
Sun Devils' Rushing No. Yds TDs Long  
Keegan Herring 22 144 1 29  
Shaun DeWitty 12 47 0 9  
Kyle Williams 1 2 0 2  
TEAM 1 -1 0 0  
Rudy Carpenter 4 -10 0 3  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Terrance Dailey 14 66 0 39  
Ronnie Fouch 6 -25 0 5  
Willie Griffin 2 3 0 2  
D'Andre Goodwin 1 8 0 8  
Brandon Johnson 3 4 0 4  
Paul Homer 1 1 0 1  
Devin Aguilar 1 -5 0 0  
           
ASU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Michael Jones 11 146 2 37
Wes Evans 4 11 0 3  
Chris McGaha 2 23 0 17  
Andrew Pettes 2 8 0 6  
Shaun DeWitty 1 22 0 22  
Nate Kimbrough 1 9 0 9  
Rudy Carpenter 1 -1 0 0  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kavario Middleton 2 2 0 4  
Michael Gottlieb 1 12 0 12  
Jermaine Kearse 2 60 0 50  
Alvin Logan 1 15 0 15  
D'Andre Goodwin 5 99 0 53  
Devin Aguilar 1 14 0 14  
Cody Bruns 2 19 0 13  
Ronnie Fouch 1 6 1 6  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
ASU        
Thomas Weber 4 165 56 41.2
Team 1 0 0 0  
Washington          
   
Jared Ballman 3 134 46 44.7  
Attendance: 57,013          

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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