SARK SAYS THIRD DOWN PLAY — “Was just a poor call.”
I’ll have a little more later, though some really tight deadlines and early morning flights will impact what I do here.
But I’ll link some of our stories that detail what happened in a few minutes.
Suffice to say, a stunned team here.
ASU TAKES LEAD — A 50-yard TD pass is going to give ASU the win here. More later.
HUSKIES SURVIVE AGAIN — Another long ASU drive turns up pointless as the Huskies stop it at the 22 and Weber then missed a 40-yard FG leaving it 17-14 ASU with 6:56 to play.
ASU GETS IT BACK — Burfict was off the field for that last drive — maybe just taken out for lacking some discipline on that last series. ASU held UW without him, forcing a punt after one first down, and the Devils now have the ball at their own 40 with 10:51 to go. The game is beginning to hang precariously.
HUSKIES HANG TOUGH — UW held ASU to another three and out and has the ball back at its own 20 with 13:18 to go.
DISASTER ON PUNT — Fogerson ran up to catch a short punt and let it bounce off his pads and ASU recovered at the UW 45.
HUSKIES STOP DEVILS — First three-and-out for the Huskies forces an ASU punt.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — UW has the momentum as the quarter ends, cutting the leads to 17-14 and forcing ASU into a third-and-10 at its own 20. ASU leads 17-14.
HUSKIES GET RIGHT BACK IN IT — UW gets the drive it had to have moving 72 yards in seven plays. Chris Polk got the TD when he bounced off a tackle from Burfict at the line and whelled 23 yards into the end zone. That made it 17-14 with 1:18 to play in the third quarter.
AGUILAR HAVING CAREER DAY — Aguilar has six catches for 133 yards, a career high in yardage.
BEND BUT DON’T BREAK LIVES AGAIN — ASU moved 87 yards in seven plays but was held out of the end zone, settling for a 24-yard Weber field goal. Still, that gives ASU a two-possession lead at 17-7 with 4:45 to play. UW needs a good drive here.
POLK BACK AT TB — He appears fine. Goodwin, trying to shrug off a concussion, has not played since early in the second quarter and may be done for the night.
UW forced to punt on its series following the Weber miss.
WEBER MISSES FG — ASU got some help with two UW personal fouls on one play to move to the 19. But Thomas Weber missed a 41-yard FG with 10:34 left in the third quarter. Opponents are now 17-18 on FGs against UW this year.
ELISARA NOT IN PADS — Maybe they mentioned it on TV or radio, but the Huskies are starting the second half without Cameron Elisara, a starting DT who is not in pads. He has been bothered by stingers.
CUTAIA AGAIN IN THE HOUSE — For the second straight UW game. Pac-10 coordinator of officiating Dave Cutaia is in attendance. Just a coincidence as he takes in a game somewhere each week and only four to choose from this week.
HUSKIES NEED TO SHORE UP SECONDARY — In the last two-and-a-half games, including tonight, opponents are exactly 74-100 passing for 961 yards.
FOLK HAD MADE SEVEN IN A ROW BEFORE MISSING — He is now 9-11 on the season. His previous miss was 42 against LSU.
A FEW HALFTIME STATS — UW has 34 yards rushing on 16 attempts, ASU 71 on 11 though including a 30-yard reverse.
Sullivan is 11-15 for 123 yards and has been sacked once.
Locker is 11-21 for 136 with one interception and has been sacked three times.
Aguilar is UW’s leading receiver with 74 yards on three catches, a long of 49.
RB Dimitri Nance leads ASU with four catches for 20 yards and also has 44 y ards rushing on six carries.
UW has run 37 plays and officially has 170 total yards while ASU has run just 27 plays and has 226.
EACH TEAM HAS EIGHT PENALTIES IN THE FIRST HALF — Nuff said there.
FOLK MISSES FROM 48 — After two ASU time outs — when when Folk made the kicker after the snap — he missed from 48 yards wide to the right. That means ASU will have a halftime lead of 14-7.
SO DOES THIS LOOK AS DISJOINTED ON TV AS IT DOES HERE? — It would be nice if the timers and the officials would get on the same page.
FOGERSON AT TB — He has played this entire series and could be because Polk is hurt, though Polk has also played on this series.
OFFICIALS LOSING CONTROL OF THIS ONE — A Pac-10 crew led by Jack Wood is not having its best day as they struggle with timing issues here, calling stoppages that allow ASU to sub on this drive. Sark not happy.
HOMER GETS FIRST DOWN ON FIRST CARRY OF SEASON — He picks up a fourth and one at the 45 as UW is driving with under two minutes to go in the half.
ASU HAS 229-116 EDGE IN YARDS — But just 14-7 on the scoreboard.
UW AGAIN BENDS BUT DOESN’T BREAK — Devils drove from their 7 yard line and appeared to have a TD when Mason Foster hit Kyle Williams from behind as he was at about the 2 and forced a fumble through the end zone. That’s a touchback that gives UW the ball at its own 20 with 6:08 to play in the half.
DEFENSIVE CHANGES — Lots of defensive changes on this drive, but none working so far. Thompson got a few plays at DT, then Matthews came in. Crichton also some time at DE. And Richardson in the game as an extra CB on passing downs.
HUSKIES TURN IT OVER — One of the nuttiest series in recent memory endds unhappily for UW as Locker throws an interceptoin at the goal line. Ryan McFoy stepped in front of Aguilar. Four ASU penalties had helped UW move to the 10. Both sides having some heated feelings in this one.
ERICKSON GOING NUTS — A pass interference penalty on ASU, the third penalty on the series, has the fans booing and Erickson going crazy on the sidelines. UW will have a first down at the 22.
FIRST-QUARTER STATS — ASU has a 111-78 edge in yards and 7-3 in first downs. Locker 5-7 for 73, Sullivan 7-9 for 77. UW 5 yards rushing on six attempts.
LOTS OF FLAGS — Each team now has four penalties and ASU’s Burfict now has two personal fouls. The latest has given UW a first down at its own 25.
ASU TAKES LEAD — The play is being reviewed but ASU appears to have taken the lead on a reverse pass by Kyle Williams to T.J. Simpson. Simpson was well-covered by Nate Williams but made a nice adjustment to the ball and caught it in the back of the end zone.
And the ruling has just been confirmed, so ASU is now ahead 14-7.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS 7-7 — A pretty fast first quarter has ended with the score tied but ASU driving. Passes of 17 and 14 have the Devils at the UW 32-yard-line.
UW FORCED TO PUNT AGAIN — And Anthony Boyles is in the game as a gunner on the punt team.
HUSKIES FORCE PUNT — Adam Long gets a sack on first down to derail ASU’s second possession and the Devils are now set to punt and the Huskies to get good field position. Aguilar with just the third punt return of the year for the Huskies.
UW THREE AND OUT — Huskies getting nowhere running and Huskies forced to punt after three plays of second possession.
JAMES JOHNSON ALSO BACK WITH POLK ON KICKOFF RETURNS — Another twist to the return game this week.
ASU TIES IT UP — A 1-yard run by ASU QB Danny Sullivan ties it up with 9:22 to go in the first quarter. Maybe we have a shootout on our hands after all.
WILLIAMS PLAYING FOR ASU — WR Kyle Williams caught a third-down pass for the Sun Devils so he is playing after being listed as questionable.
HUSKIES TAKE 7-0 LEAD — A 49-yard pass from Locker to Aguilar has UW ahead 7-0 at the 12:28 mark. Play came after ASU’s Burfict was called for a personal foul hitting Locker after UW appeared stopped.
ASU WINS TOSS, DEFERS — So UW will get the ball first.
TEMPERATURE IS OFFICIALLY 96 AT THE MOMENT — As I type this with 12:00 to go to kickoff. But it says “it feels like 92.” So not so bad then.
PRE-GAME — 22 minutes left to the 7:28 kickoff as I type this.
In the pre-game warmups, looked like Adam Long starting at CB ahead of Richardson, and Aiyewa at safety along with Nate Williams. But it looked like the rest of the starters were as expected.