Finally a solid win from the Devils. ASU fans have been waiting for that for weeks, and if they caught the game, they were not disappointed. This was the game I had been waiting to see from ASU against the last few opponents. They got out of their own way by minimizing turnovers and penalties, and not surprisingly they were able to salvage their season, and bowl hopes, in the process.
Though they gave up a couple of touchdowns, including one late in the game to get the Huskies back in the game, the defense got it together in the penalty department. They made sure the Huskies didn’t get too close by being the highly ranked defense they had been all of last season and most of this season.
Steven Threet and the offense did their duty by scoring early and often, and minimizing turnovers, which had plagued them in this season’s three losses.
ASU never trailed in the first half and stretched its halftime lead to 21-7 by going 65 yards in 42 seconds for a touchdown with 19 seconds left.
After stopping Locker on a fourth-and-5 run at the ASU 35, the Sun Devils raced down the field in five plays to build a two-touchdown lead.
Threet, 13-of-22 for 209 yards in the first half, found little-used wide receiver A.J. Pickens for consecutive completions of 18 and 13 yards in the late drive. He hit a leaping Mike Willie, working against cornerback Desmond Trufant, for a 20-yard score.
Threet and Willie combined on a 40-yard completion to start a late first-quarter drive that ended with a Threet 1-yard keeper for a 14-7 lead. That possession also included the junior quarterback moving players on an apparent check at the line of scrimmage then locating tailback Deantre Lewis over the middle for 23 yards.
ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict did not play in the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, with Gerald Munns starting in his place. Burfict entered with 13:18 left in the second quarter.
The Sun Devils had just two penalties for 16 yards in the first half and were 3-of-3 scoring in the red zone, major improvements in areas where they rank near the bottom in the nation. There were no first-half turnovers on either side in a steady, sometimes hard, rain.
This was the win the Sun Devils needed. And thankfully, they got it.
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Written by Leslie Charles
Passionate sports diva with a love for Arizona State University that goes beyond no other. Go DEVILS!!!!!