It’s not clear if the Sun Devils were channeling Brittney Spears but they did it again. For the second time in as many weeks, Arizona State eclipsed the 50 point mark against an opponent. The Sun Devils actually trailed through the first quarter before stepping on the gas and rolling right over the Washington Huskies 53-24 on a warm afternoon in Tempe, AZ.
Washington and their heralded quarterback Keith Price looked positively business-like on their first offensive possession of the game. Price directed the Huskies offense 60 yards in 11 plays for the 7-0 lead.
One look at the team statistics and it was clear that a 7-0 lead would never hold up against Head Coach Todd Graham’s offensive prowess.
Graham opened up the throttle two minutes into the second quarter. Three plays minus a penalty and the Sun Devils were knocking on the door. Marion Grice ran by the covering linebacker that got caught up in traffic and Taylor Kelly found him by the pylon for 6.
Once the gate was opened, Arizona State took full advantage. The Sun Devils dropped 20 more points on the Huskies before the half ended.
Price regained his touch at the top of the third. The senior from Compton, California got up from a sack and immediately hit senior wide out Kevin Smith on a crossing pattern at the 45. Smith, also from Compton, turned up-field outracing three defenders to the endzone.
The Huskies played the Sun Devils even in the third quarter 10-10 and still trailed by three scores.
After nearly two quarters, Grice found his way back in the endzone with a 1 yard run to start the fourth. The senior from Houston, Texas burned through the Huskies defense to the tune of 158 yards on 21 carries.
If it wasn’t Grice chewing up the turf it was Kelly. The redshirt junior rushed for 84 yards and passed for another 271 more.
Washington defensive lineman Marcus Peters credited the Sun Devils physical play for their success on offense. “They were more physical than we were,” said Peters. “They blocked us and we stayed blocked. We couldn’t get off blocks and they broke tackles. They were more physical than we were all across the board.”
As physical as the offense was in the game, the defense was every bit their equal. Arizona State sacked Price five times and recorded 2 more on his replacements. “We dominated the line of scrimmage and all those guys played exceptionally well inside and I am really proud of them,” said Grantham of his defensive front.
Huskies Head Coach Steve Sarkesian summed up the game in three words. “That was embarrassing,” said Sarkesian. The Huskies ground attack was held to a net loss of -5 yards. Price, who had entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in completion percentage at 69.3%, was held in check. The Sun Devils limited him to just 16 completions on 40 attempts (41%).
The win gives Arizona State its eighth consecutive win over Washington and a 16-15 lead in the series. Arizona State has 11 days to prepare before heading to the upper northwest to face Washington State. Washington will host Cal on Saturday.
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