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ASU Football: Game balls vs. Washington

Who stood out enough to earn a game ball in Arizona State's victory over Washington?

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We can all agree that is was not pretty. However, at the end of the day, the Sun Devils pulled out the victory on the road against Washington. With winds upwards of 60 MPH, the offense struggled through the air and the Sun Devils could not establish a consistent running game. Who stood out and earned a game ball Saturday night?

Laiu Moeakiola

The redshirt sophomore had another standout performance. Moeakiola tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles. He also tallied 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks a pass breakup and an interception. Once again, Moeakiola was all over the field.

Moeakiola had perhaps the play of the game when he came from the blind side and stripped Washington quarterback Troy Williams. The fumble was recovered by Demetrius Cherry and set up Arizona State inside the 10-yard line. Todd Graham said earlier this week that Moeakiola has one of the toughest jobs of any player on the defense, Saturday night it was put on display and he excelled.

Marcus Hardison

Hardison had a disappointing first season in Tempe, but the senior as been Arizona State's most consistent lineman thus far this season.

On Saturday night, the defensive end posted four tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks. Haridson rushed the passer with his hand in the dirt on Saturday and he showed why he is one of the most important players on the Arizona State defense.

Gary Chambers

The redshirt junior only caught one pass for seven yards, however his one catch was the go-ahead score with 3:00 left in the game. The thrown wasn't a particulary good one from Taylor Kelly, as he basically threw the ball up in traffic. Chambers made a great adjustment on the ball and had to dive to complete the catch.

Having the instincts to make that grab when you have been on the bench most of the game merits a game ball.