For the second consecutive week, the Sun Devils failed to do enough to win. The No. 10 Washington Huskies (3-1, 2-0) defended their home field and knocked off the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 0-1) from Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Field Saturday night, by a score of 27-20 .
ASU came into Washington at an opportune time as while the weather was cool, there was no rain and the wind was very manageable.
Although initially billed to be a low scoring affair, both offenses got out of the gates hot and combined for 24 first quarter points. The Sun Devil defense struggled throughout the first quarter, besides the first play from scrimmage.
The game got off to a sloppy start, as Washington attempted to employ some trickery as wide receiver Andre Baccellia threw an interception to Sun Devil corner Chase Lucas who returned it to the UW 20 setting up the ASU offense nicely.
ASU got in the end zone on a short, six play drive ending in a one-yard touchdown run from Eno Benjamin giving the Sun Devils a quick 7-0 lead.
Washington responded with a nine play, 80-yard drive of their own to get in the end zone, as quarterback Jake Browning found wide receiver Aaron Fuller for an 11-yard TD reception to tie the game.
ASU was able to manufacture another solid drive that ended in a 48-yard field goal from kicker Brandon Ruiz, to put the Sun Devils in front with a 10-7 lead.
The Huskies offense picked right back up as Browning sliced-and-diced the ASU secondary and capped the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Ty Jones. The score put Washington up 14-10 and ended the first quarter scoring.
Washington would tack on a 26-yard field goal from kicker Peyton Henry for the only scoring of the second quarter. Both defenses made some impressive stands to limit both offenses after early struggles.
ASU gained 98 less yards than the Huskies during the first half, but only trailed by a touchdown at halftime. The passing game for the Sun Devils was held in check by the Husky secondary as ASU only threw for 36 total yards.
To begin the third quarter, ASU was able to piece together 10 play drive that ended with a 41 yard field goal from Ruiz. The Sun Devils cut the lead down to 17-13, and were doing a lot of good work in the running game. Trelon Smith became a focal point of the offense as he continues to play a bigger role after his suspension.
Browning and the Husky offense came out of the break and devised a game play that revolved around play action passing. Washington moved the ball down the field effortlessly during their first possession of the second half, but were forced to settle on a 29-yard field goal from Henry extending the lead back to 20-13 UW.
ASU was moving the ball well following the Husky field goal, but a fumble from Smith on the Washington 38 was recovered by linebacker Ben Burr-Kiven giving the Huskies the ball and the momentum.
Smith fumbled earlier on in the contest, but was able to fall on the ball to keep the possession. The Sun Devils found no such luck the second time.
After each team was forced to punt, UW finally landed to knockout blow.
The Huskies manufactured an eight play, 67-yard possession that ended with Browning finding tight end Cade Otton in the back of the end zone for a commanding 27-13 lead.
ASU attempted to get back in the game, and were able to put together another late second half drive that was capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Wilkins getting ASU within one score.
Washington was able to move the ball enough to run out the clock, and put ASU to bed.
The Sun Devils now return home for their Pac-12 home opener against the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers are coming off of a home loss against the Arizona Wildcats 35-14 in Corvallis.