Eds. This is the second half recap on top of the first half recap. Make sure to check HoS tomorrow for more post game analysis.
Arizona State forced a three and out on their first drive, the fourth of the game for Washington. A 13-yard completion moved the Sun Devils across the 50-yard line. DJ. Foster added 10 yards of his own on the drive but two sacks by Hau'oli Kikaha stopped Arizona State in their tracks.
As Washington took over at their own 15-yard line, Laiu Moeakiola came around the left edge forcing a Troy Williams fumble recovered by lineman Demetrius Cherry at the Huskies' one-yard line. The Sun Devils were then stuffed on four straight plays from their own 1-yard line. The maroon and gold forced another quick UW stop on the next drive. Taylor Kelly was quickly picked off by John Timu who brought it back for a Washington touchdown to make the score 10-7 with 4:13 left to play in the third quarter.
The Sun Devils quickly punted again but the Huskies gave it back when Jordan Simone intercepted a Williams pass and brought it back to the UW 31-yard line. Arizona State then flubbed a 27-yard field goal attempt on a high snap. Washington then drove the length of the field using extended runs by Shaq Thompson, but were stopped inside the Sun Devils 10-yard line. Cameron Van Winkle tied the game at 10 with a field goal with 7:14 to play. The next Arizona State drive was highlighted by a long 18-yard run by Demario Richard which set up a 7-yard touchdown catch by Gary Chambers, giving the Sun Devils the 17-10 lead with three minutes left.
Armand Perry sealed the game on the next Washington drive.
Williams was sacked twice on the next drive which brought up 4th and 25 from their own 44-yard line. Williams threw right and Perry took the pass back 61 yards for a touchdown to seal the 24-10 win for Arizona State.
The first quarter was either an excellent defensive play or a poor offensive output, depending on your point of view. But one thing that is fairly indisputable is how much the wind is affecting the game. Washington punter Korey Durkee couldn't put a solid boot into the ball attempting to go into the wind, and Taylor Kelly completed only 5-of-10 passes.
Whether it was the wind or not, through the first quarter, there were a combined six first downs and seven tackles-for-loss. Both teams were 0-9 combined on third down.
The Sun Devils' first 10 rushes for a total of seven yards, which is even more odd when you consider Taylor Kelly had two rushes of more than 10 yards. Arizona State's sluggishness included tackle-for-loss No. 16.5 for Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, tops in the nation.
The second quarter: not much better. Wind was absolutely brutal, affecting all aspects of the game. Two interceptions were dropped, punts were going nowhere, a field goal got blocked, and neither quarterback was able to throw the ball with any real accuracy.
Arizona State finally got on the board with 4:58 left, when Kelly found Jaelen Strong on a 16-yard cross. Strong, who evidently had been jawing at Washington cornerback Marcus Peters, took some time to let Peters know he just beat him for a touchdown. Zane Gonzalez added a 33-yard field goal into the swirling wind to make it 10-0 with 55 seconds left, where the score would stand heading into the break.