The Washington Huskies are in a free-fall. Just a week after taking it on the muzzle by 21 at the hands of Oregon, the Huskies came a cropper Saturday evening to the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Arizona. The final score was 53-24. The Huskies are 4-3 overall, and 1-3 in Pac-12 play. Arizona State improves to 5-2, and 3-1.
Keith Price, Washington's fifth year senior quarterback, played perhaps his worst game in two seasons. Price finished 16-39 for 217 yards and two scores, but most of the completions came after the issue had been largely resolved.
All season Husky running back Bishop Sankey has been able to come through when his quarterback has faltered. Such was not the case against Arizona State. Sankey, the nation's leading rusher coming into the game, will not be holding that lofty perch when Saturday's games are in the books. Sankey garnered but 22 yards in 13 carries against ASU. Washington's ground attack actually ended up at minus five yards in being completely dominated by Arizona State's defensive front.
For the Sun Devils it was a matter of personal choice in terms of the play call. Everything worked and worked well against Husky defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's unit's futile efforts. Sun Devil quarterback Taylor Kelly was 26/42 for 271 with two scores and one pick. Workhorse running back Marion Grice gained 158 yards in just 21 carries, and Kelly added 84 rushing yards against a defense that was a step slow in diagnosis, and two steps slow in reaction. The Sun Devils piled up 314 net yards on the ground, and outgained the over-matched Dawgs 585 yards to just 212 for Washington.
Just ahead for Washington are two games that, on paper, look to be breathers. They face Cal next Saturday at home, and welcome Colorado to Husky Stadium on Saturday November, 9th. But for Head Coach Steve Sarkisian's troops anything is possible, and that's not always a good thing.