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November 8, 2008 at 3:28 PM

ASU game thread

IT’S OVER — ASU wins 39-19. We’ll have more later.
HOW MANY FANS ARE LEFT? — The raging debate in the press box right now, with 4 minutes left, is how many fans are left in the stands. We think about 4,500. There are almost that many seagulls.
RECORD-SETTING LOSS — With this defeat, UW sets a school-record with an 11th straight loss dating to last season. UW has also lost 18 of its last 20 games dating to the 2-0 start last season. And lastly, UW’s 0-9 start ties the 1969 team for the worst in school history.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS — A 29-yard TD run by Keegan Herring has put ASU ahead 37-19 and the Sun Devils are now running away with it. Those who bet on ASU are happy as the Sun Devils were 14-point favorites, which seemed dicey a little while ago.
SUN DEVILS NOW UP 30-19 — A 2-yard Carpenter to Jones pass has given ASU a 30-19 lead with 12:34 left, and the result is starting to look inevitable. Jones beat Matt Mosley on the play.
ASU TAKING CONTROL — Feels as if the game is slipping way from the Huskies as the third quarter ends. ASU is again driving, with the ball at the 21, after the Huskies went three-and-out following the Sun Devil score. I’m reminded that ASU outscored UW 31-3 in the second half in Tempe last year, a game that felt like a tipping point in terms of the perception of Willingham.
UW has just 20 yards rushing, which is a big reason the Sun Devils appear to be taking command.
ASU REGAINS LEAD — You can’t say it’s not entertaining. ASU has retaken the lead on a 7-yard Carpenter pass to Michael Jones. Appeared to be a busted coverage as both UW safeties — Tripper Johnson and Nate Williams — converged on the tight end, leaving Jones open in the back of the end zone.
UW TAKES 19-16 LEAD — Perkins hits his fourth field goal of the day to give UW a 19-16 lead with 8:53 to play in the third quarter. But it feels a little hollow as the Huskies have had two big special teams plays turn into only six points. It’s the most FGs for UW since John Anderson had five in the 2002 Apple Cup — three of those came in overtime.
TODAY’S ATTENDANCE — Is announced as 57,013. But no more than half that actually here.
STEVENS BLOCKS PUNT — Chris Stevens blocks a punt to give UW the ball at the ASU 14. It’s the first block for UW since the USC game last year.
QUICK NOTE ON TIE — UW has trailed every minute of the second half since the BYU game.
HUSKIES TIE IT AT 16 — UW ties it at 16 to start the half using the a long KO return by Matt Mosley to get into position. But the Huskies couldn’t convert on first-and-goal at the three. It’s 16-16 with 12:01 left.
HALFTIME STATS — UW has 204 yards to ASU’s 200 at the half, each running 33 plays. Fouch is 7-17 foor 151 yards and Bruns 2-2 for 25. ASU’s Carpenter is 12-16 for 138 and at least one was dropped. UW has just 18 yards on 14 carries rushing.
UW HONORS TUBA MAN — A nice touch by the UW band at the end of its halftime routine to honor the Tuba Man, spelling out his name.
WILLINGHAM AT THE HALF — Here’s some of what Willingham said in his halftime comments:
On trying to score at the end of the half and throwing an interception instead — “We knew what we wanted to do, that’s something we work on all the time is our two minute drill. We just got an unlucky bounce there otherwise we would still have a chance to do some scoring or else just shut it down to get out of the half without giving up any points. Unfortunately we gave up the field goal.”
On using Cody Bruns —- “We’ve been waiting for him to be involved but he’s had some injuries a little bit that have kept him out. But he does a marvelous job of throwing the ball from the receiver position so when you have talent you try to use it.”
On the ineffective running game — UW has just 18 yards — “We’ve got to use some patience and stay on some blocks.If we can do those two things we’ve got a chancce. Our backs are not seeing it the way they should and we’re coming off blocks and that doesn’t give us a chance.”
On seeming to have more energy — “Our guys came into this ball game believing that they could win and when you have that kind of belief it brings more excitement and more energy. Hopefully we can carry it through to the second half.”
ASU TAKES LEAD — So much for the note about UW not trailing at the half. ASU kicks a 29-yard field goal to take a 16-13 lead with three seconds left in the half following an interception of a Fouch pass, the second Husky turnover of the game. The two turnovers have led to 10 ASU points, the difference in the game right now.
ASU TIES IT AT 13 — On a 37-yard Thomas Weber field goal with 1:02 remaining in the half. UW has not trailed at the half only once all season — a 14-14 tie against BYU.
HUSKIES SHOWING A LOT OF LIFE — Fouch has just connected on a 50-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse in which Kearse outfought an ASU defender for the ball. So far, the Huskies are showing as much life as they have all season.
HUSKIES TAKE LEAD — A fumble recovery at the ASU 29-yard line results in another UW field goal, this one from 38 yards by Perkins, and a 13-10 lead with 10:09 to play in the first half. UW got the ball after a replay overturned the original call — the third review of the game.
HUSKIES TIE IT UP — UW strikes back as Bruns throws a TD pass to Ronnie Fouch after taking a lateral as the Huskies are opening up the playbook with little to lose. It’s 10-10 at 12:01.
DISASTER STRIKES — UW went for it on fourth down and Paul Homer fumbled, with Troy Nolan returning it 44 yards for a TD. The play was reviewed by it appeared that Homer’s knee never hit the ground as he was on top of the pile at the time. It’s 10-3 ASU with 14:50 remaining.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS 3-3 — UW is facing a fourth-and-1 at its own 43, apparently ready to go for it as the quarter ends.
CHANCELLOR YOUNG SEES ACTION — On the kickoff return team.
ASU TIES IT AT 3-3 — A Thomas Weber field goal has tied the game at 2:27. ASU drove 63 yards but the Huskies held with a good play by Quinton Richardson in coverage on third down.
UW TAKES 3-0 LEAD — The drive ends in some disappointment as UW is forced to kick a 34-yard field goal. Perkins makes the kick for a 3-0 lead at the 5:47 mark. It’s UW’s first lead since a 3-0 lead in the first quarter against Oregon State Oct. 18.
BRUNS COMPLETES PASS — A little razzle-dazzle for UW as Cody Bruns completes a pass off a reverse to D’Andre Goodwin. Bruns played a little QB at Prosser High. With this team in this season, it’s about time they tried a few tricks.
HUSKIES GET TWO SACKS IN ONE SERIES — After ASU got a couple first downs, the Huskies scrapped the 3-4 and put in Johnie Kirton at DT. It worked as the Huskies then got two sacks in three plays to stop the drive. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Mason Foster got the sacks.
HUSKIES START IN 3-4 — Anticipating a lot of passing, UW has opened the game in a 3-4 defense with Chris Stevens in as an extra linebacker playing on the line as a rush end. That leaves Alameda Ta’amu as the only tackle.
UW’S CAPTAINS — For today are Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Michael Gottlieb.
AND CROWD STILL NOT ARRIVING — Not to beat this into the ground, but there can’t be more than 25 percent of the seats filled with kickoff just six minutes away. However, the official attendance won’t reflect that as about 57,000 tickets have been sold, and the school announces tickets sold and not actual butts-in-seats.
LATE-ARRIVING CROWD — About 18 minutes to kickoff and there isn’t much of a crowd here — maybe 15 percent filled, if that. Not a surprise, but still kind of hard to believe.
CHANCELLOR YOUNG IN UNIFORM — I’ll start off the game thread with a note that Chancellor Young — remember him? — is back in unifom and running around catching passes in the pre-game warmups. He hasn’t played since hurting his knee in practice before the Stanford game.

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