FROM TEMPE — For those of you still willing to relive Washington’s nightmare in the desert earlier today, here’s our capsulated recap, as usual.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Marion Grice entered the game with more touchdowns (15) than anybody in the country, and went out against the Huskies and scored another three — two rushing and one receiving. He also rushed for 161 yards and broke enough tackles to fill an entire highlight reel. Dude is the real deal.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Will Sutton finished with four tackles — UW ran so few plays, ASU’s leading tackler had only five — and three of them were for loss. He also had a sack, and spent the entire game blowing up the middle of UW’s offensive line. Sutton was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season for a reason, and he was simply too much for the Huskies to handle today.
PLAY OF THE GAME — Can’t really nail down a definitive turning point in a game this lopsided, but the personal foul call against Princeton Fuimaono felt pretty big at the time. Without that penalty, ASU likely punts on fourth down and the Huskies would have had the ball trailing by 15 points with a chance to make it a one-score game. But the Sun Devils owned this day in every way possible, so not sure something as nebulous as “momentum” would have had much to do with the outcome.
STAT OF THE GAME — The Huskies went 3-and-out 10 times, including six in the first half when they struggled to even move the ball past the line of scrimmage.
QUOTABLE — “That was embarrassing.” — UW coach Steve Sarkisian
WHAT IT MEANS — Washington isn’t as good as it hoped it would be when this season began. The shine of a 4-0 start has now completely vanished after (another) 3-game losing streak, and the fact that the Huskies were so thoroughly dominated by a conference opponent not named Oregon is what has to be particularly disheartening for Huskies fans. The way UW’s offense moved the ball and the way its defense played in those first four games seemed to support the notion that this year could be different. But after watching the Huskies get pushed around for 60 minutes by a team many thought they could beat, it’s difficult to conclude that much has changed this year. They should still be 6-3 when they travel to UCLA on Nov. 15. The Huskies have to wait until then to prove wrong any assumptions made about them tonight, because two wins over California and Colorado aren’t likely to be enough for a fanbase that all of a sudden has to feel pretty uneasy about the direction of the season.
UP NEXT — Saturday at 8 p.m. against California from Husky Stadium. The Bears were crushed by Oregon State tonight, and enter the game with a 1-6 record.
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