Arizona State’s Steve Threet has accounted for all three touchdowns for the Sun Devils, including a 20-yard scoring strike to Mike Willie in the final seconds of the first half to give the Sun Devils a 21-7 advantage.
Threet laid a perfect pass to a streaking Willie along the right sideline. Cornerback Desmond Trufant appeared to get lost and mistime his jump, and Willie hauled in the past in the far right corner of the end zone for a touchdown with 19 seconds remaining.
ASU cashed in; the Huskies never did when they got past midfield.
The Sun Devils got a lift, too, when linebacker Vontaze Burfict took the field three minutes into the quarter.
The talented ASU linebacker, who did not start after a head-butting incident against Oregon State, came on at the 12:05 mark of the second quarter, and on his first play – as the UW was at the Sun Devils’ 23 – he drew an offensive holding penalty on left guard Gregory Christine.
Jake Locker was dropped for a 3-yard loss on a run, and a 3-yard loss on a sacky by Jamaar Jarrett on third down at the ASU 31.
Instead of attempting a 49-yard field goal, the Huskies elected to go for a fake on fourth-and-18. Holder Cody Bruns took off to the left sideline, but was met by two Sun Devils who were not fooled. Bruns was stopped for no gain at the 9:57 mark, ending the UW’s 5:03 drive.
The next time the Huskies got into ASU territory – to the 35-yard line at the 1:04 mark – UW coach Steve Sarkisian opted to go for it on fourth-and-5. Locker’s pass, while a tad high, went right through the hands of Jermaine Kearse.
Locker had four runs of negative yardage in the quarter, and was sacked twice.