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HALFTIME RECAP: Washington 17, Arizona State 3

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The Sun Devils trail the Washington Huskies 17-3 after two quarters at Sun Devil Stadium.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils have been gashed by big chunk plays for a third straight week, and do not seem to have an answer on the offensive side of the ball.

The Washington Huskies took the opening kickoff and subsequently gained 43 yards on its first three plays of the contest. Two big chunk plays, the first a 21-yard pass and the second a 17-yard run, set the Huskies up inside Arizona State territory, but the Sun Devil defense would then tighten up. A pair of incompletions, a false start, and a one-yard carry thwarted the drive, resulting in a pooch punt from quarterback Jake Browning.

Arizona State's first offensive possession went nowhere quickly. Two short rushing gains from Demario Richard and D.J. Foster were followed by a sack of Mike Bercovici, sending the Sun Devil punt team on to the field.

Matt Haack's kick was a great one, going 51 yards back to the Husky 35. That yardage was quickly made up, however, as Browning connected with receiver Marvin Hall for a 46-yard gain on the first play of the drive. Once again though, the Sun Devil defense would bend but not break. Two incompletions and a two-yard run brought kicker Cameron Van Winkle on to the field, and the senior hit from 35 yards out to make the score 3-0.

Another three and out followed for tASU, and this time its defense was not able to bail them out. A 53-yard gain on the sixth play of its next drive set Washington up inside the one, and tailback Myles Gaskin easily found his way into the end zone on the very next play. The ensuing extra point made the score 10-0, bringing with it a chorus of boos from the home fans.

Both teams struggled to keep their offenses on the field after that. There were a combined five punts over the next five possessions, the last of which set up the Huskies at their own 33 yard line.

Browning and company then embarked on their longest and most efficient drive of the game thus far, marching 67 yards on eight plays for another touchdown. The biggest play of the possession was actually the smallest, coming on a two-yard quarterback sneak when faced with an important 4th-and-inches. Washington then scored on the next play with Browning finding a wide open Darnell Daniels for a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Both teams traded punts after the Daniels touchdown. ASU's next drive would result in its first points of the game, with Bercovici and company going 32 yards before stalling. That brought Zane Gonzalez on to the field for the first time, and he connected on a 40-yarder to cut the deficit to 17-3.

Those would be the final points scored by either team. Punts were exchanged by both teams one last time before Washington ran out the clock, happy with its 14 point advantage.