Players and coaches acknowledged that the Huskies seemed to have extra energy tonight ... thanks in part to the agressive and tricky play-calling.
However, when the trick plays stopped, the basics were ugly: 1.9 average yard per rush. Ronnie Fouch 13 of 40 passing with two interceptions.
And defensively, they allowed Rudy Carpenter to complete 22 of 31 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. And for all the troubles ASU has had running this season, they let Keegan Herring rip through them for an ASU season-high 144 yards.
Nine games -- and nine losses down -- three games to go.
Here's my game story.
Here's coach Tyrone Willingham's postgame interview.
And some highlights and notes:
Player of the game
Arizona State senior quarterback Rudy Carpenter completed 22 of 33 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"We just had to stay with our plan, stay patient, keep on going," Carpenter said. "We were going to get our chances to score, which we did."
Husky of the game
Receiver Cody Bruns caught two passes for 19 yards. He also completed two passes, including a 6-yard touchdown throw to quarterback Ronnie Fouch.
Midway through the third quarter, UW had possession and a 19-16 lead. A trick play was ordered in which Bruns took the snap, handed to receiver Jermaine Kearse on a reverse and Kearse flipped the ball back to Fouch who was supposed to throw down field. However, Fouch's primary receiver was covered and the secondary receiver didn't complete his route, forcing Fouch to take a sack for a 12-yard loss. The Huskies couldn't make up that yardage, and punted to the Sun Devils, who promptly began a run of 23 unanswered points.
"We were trying to do a little reverse pass to D'Andre (Goodwin), but he was covered," Fouch said. "My outlet was Jermaine down the sideline, but we just had a miscommunication between me and him."
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson grew up in Everett and spent many afternoons at Husky Stadium. However, this was his first win there as a coach.
"This stadium is someplace I grew up around, and I haven't been very lucky here," Erickson said. "So it was nice to win here, but that wasn't the biggest thing. The big thing is getting a win for our team."
UW's Ryan Perkins connected on a career-high four field goals, one short of John Anderson's school record five in the 2002 Apple Cup. Perkins said he will give up the game after this season due to a history of knee troubles. … UW returner/receiver Jordan Polk suffered a concussion, and defensive back Vonzell McDowell Jr. left the game late with an apparent arm injury. No prognosis was immediately available for either player.
Terrance Dailey ran for 66 yards. That gives him 240 for the season and moves him past Jake Locker for the UW rushing lead. … Washington entered the game with five sacks on the season and recorded two on ASU's first drive of the game. … UW linebacker Chris Stevens blocked a punt in the third quarter, the first blocked punt by a Husky this season. … ASU's Troy Nolan's 44-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first such play by a UW opponent since Arizona's Wilrey Fontenot did it on Nov. 6, 2004. … UW game captains were Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Paul Homer and Chris Stevens.
The Huskies close their home season with a visit by Rick Neuheisel and UCLA at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The game will be shown on FSN.