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ASU 26, UW 23 (OT)

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2006 at 7:47 pm with No Comments »
October 28, 2006 7:47 pm

Player of the game

Arizona State tailback Keegan Herring led the Sun Devils with 98 rushing yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that moved ASU ahead, 20-6. Herring also was tied for the ASU lead with three catches for a team-high 43 yards.

UW player of the game

Safety C.J. Wallace led Washington with nine tackles – one behind the line and several of them jolting. He also forced a fumble.

Key statistics

Starting UW quarterback Carl Bonnell completed nine of 23 passes for 67 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. He was injured in the fourth quarter and replaced by Johnny DuRocher, who went 4-for-8 for 40 yards and one touchdown.

Best play

Early in the fourth quarter, UW receiver Sonny Shackelford took a backward pass from Bonnell, faked a run, then pulled up and threw to Anthony Russo for a 41-yard touchdown.

"I’ve done it the past couple of years, and it hasn’t happened for me this year," he said. "It was perfect. He was wide open, I gave him the ball and he scored. … I felt like we could come back and win the game. As you saw, we came back, tied it up, and went into overtime."

Shackelford had attempted one pass each of the last two seasons, but both fell incomplete. He had spent some of his time at Beverly Hills (Calif.) High School as a quarterback.

Worst play

On the first play of overtime, Washington was guilty of a false start, and so instead of starting with a first-and-10 from the 25, they started with a first-and-15 from the 30. They didn’t manage a first down and had to settle for a field goal – which wasn’t enough.

"It kills you," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "It kills you. Now you’re first-and-15 and that’s a very difficult situation to come out of."

Special play

Senior walk-on Felix Sweetman of Lakewood saw his first action of the season on the Huskies punt team. He wore No. 40 instead of his usual 17 so that he couldn’t be confused with punter Sean Douglas.

Injury report

Bonnell suffered a concussion. The new injury, in addition to a pre-existing left shoulder sprain leaves him questionable for next week. Linebacker Donald Butler suffered a calf injury. Safety Jason Wells suffered a knee injury. Johnie Kirton missed time with sickness. Tailback Kenny James didn’t play due to a pre-existing ankle sprain. And offensive lineman Jordan White-Frisbee stood on the sideline with his arm in a sling. UW coach Tyrone Willingham said the injury occurred about 10 days earlier, although it had not been reported.

Sun Devils quote

"Washington came back to tie it, and the crowd really got into the game. When the crowd gets into it here, this place is as loud as it comes." – ASU coach Dirt Koetter.

Extra points

This was UW’s fifth overtime game ever, and the first at Husky Stadium. The Huskies are 2-3 all-time, but 0-2 in the last two weeks. … Russo has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games. … In the first quarter, UW tight end Johnie Kirton got the first carry of his college career, gaining a yard on a third-and-one. … Fullback Mark Palaita recorded his first carry of season. … Senior tailback Shelton Sampson saw his first action of the season, although he did not carry the ball. … Until the Shackelford-to-Russo trick play, Arizona State hadn’t allowed a touchdown in seven straight quarters.


12:30 p.m. Saturday, at Oregon, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.

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