Here's my game story.
The Huskies fall to 0-9 and the losing streak extends to a school-record 11 straight games.
I'll check back in a couple of hours with notes and quotes. Meanwhile, I hope to hear your thoughts on a game that for quite a while seemed more competitive -- far less like sheep to slaughter -- than recent UW efforts. The coaches opened the playbook, and at least tried some new things on the way to an overly familiar result.
4th/12:34: It feels like the Sun Devils just finished a drive the Huskies couldn't afford to let them finish. Eight plays, 49 yards, 2-yard TD pass. ASU up, 30-19.
Start of fourth quarter: UW went three and out, and ASU is back in UW territory. This feels like a drive the Huskies need to stop or this thing could start slipping out of reach.
3rd/2:33: Eight play 41-yard drive moves Sun Devils back ahead, 23-19.
3rd/8:53: Chris Stevens blocks ASU punt, and Huskies take over at the ASU 14. Then defensive holding makes it a UW first down at the ASU 7. However, they were stopped on the three, and Perkins came in for his fourth field goal, making it UW, 19-16.
Attendance: 57,013 paid. There are fewer here; but not terrible, all things considered. (And the rain has mostly stayed away.)
3rd/12:01: Nice Matt Mosley kickoff return. Then 21 yard field goal to tie it again at 16.
Halftime: In the final half minute, ASU intercepted a Ronnie Fouch pass, and turned it into three points giving the Sun Devils a 16-13 lead at halftime.
UW leads in total yards, 204-200. First downs are even, 16-13. However, 10 ASU points have come from UW turnovers, and the Huskies have to clean that up.
Fouch has completed seven of 17 passes for 151 yards. Terrance Dailey has eight carries for 17 yards ... which moves him past Jake Locker into the team's rushing lead.
Overall, an uncommonly interesting first half.
And even halftime had something to recommed it, as UW's new school song was played in Husky Stadium for the first time.
2nd/1:02: 37-yard ASU field goal ties it at 13.
2nd/5:30: Rain seems to have stopped.
2nd/6:30: Pretty good rain coming down all of a sudden.
2nd/10:09: Matt Mosley forces an ASU fumble. Ryan Perkins converts 33-yard field goal. UW, 13-10.
2nd/12:01: This time the Huskies are opening the playbook. After a long pass to Goodwin got them inside the ASU 10, UW finished the drive with a long lateral to Cody Bruns, who then passed back to QB Ronnie Fouch for the touchdown.
However this turns out, the Huskies are playing loose and wide open.
Get to a TV.
2nd/14:50: The Huskies decided to go for it on fourth and 1 from their own 43. Paul Homer took a handoff up the middle and seemed close, but the ball popped out and ASU safety Troy Nolan recovered and ran it in for a touchdown.
2:27 of first: ASU answers with 34-yard field goal.
5:47 of the first: The stadium is now maybe half full, and those who came out have been rewarded with the Huskies' first lead since Oct. 18 vs. Oregon State: a 35-yard Ryan Perkins field goal on UW's first possession
The UW defense has opened with three down linemen and Chris Stevens as a stand-up end/linebacker/rusher.
The offense got a boost with a Cody Bruns' end-around pass to D'Andre Goodwin for 29 yards.
Kickoff: UW won the toss and chose to defer. Arizona State will open the game on offense.
Weather still OK, but iffy.
Crowd still tiny ... can't be more than one out of four seats filled.
UW game captains are Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Paul Homer and Chris Stevens.
3:30: I am tempted to leave the press box, walk to the middle of the field, yodel, and see if it echoes. I can't begin to describe how empty the stadium is a half hour before kickoff.
And the weather remains better than predicted ... although there are enough clouds up there where the expected rains may yet arrive.
1:50: I made it to the press box just in time to watch the Huskies march across the field and up the tunnel to prepare for Game Nine, their second-to-last home game of the season.
And they made the march in sunshine. For all the dreary weather forecasts this week -- and for all the dreary weather this morning -- it's a comfortable, beautiful afternoon at Husky Stadium.
We'll handle our usual gameday blogging patter: I'll pop in here and pregame news develops, then keep the running blog going through the game, then turn it over to you for in-game and postgame comments while I handle postgame interviews. Then I'll be back late with one final post of notes and quotes.
Kickoff is 4 p.m., and the game is on FSN.