Apparently, not all dogs go to heaven, as the Washington Huskies found themselves in hell Saturday night. The Dawg's mismanagement of the last two minutes allowed for Danny Sullivan to connect for a game-winning touchdown.
An emotional Sullivan squatted in disbelief as the Washington secondary gift-wrapped a win for the Devils. Sullivan was welcomed to the sideline with cheers as the he was finally embraced by the Sun Devil faithful.
The game wasn’t all Devils in the first half, on the opening drive Husky's quarterback Jack Locker put up six points on a 49-yard reception t0 Devin Aguilar. The Devils were able to answer with a touchdown of their own compliments of a Danny Sullivan quarterback sneak.
The game soon turned sloppy as it seemed to be raining laundry in Tempe. The Sun Devils and Huskies would combine for an embarrassing 16 penalties in the first half. To coincide with their undisciplined play ASU left plenty of points on the field.
Kyle Williams fumbled through the end zone and Thomas Weber missed a pair of field goals. Yet the Devils would finish the half up 14-7 after a wide receiver reverse pass.
Arizona played an uncharacteristically clean second half, with zero turnovers and only one penalty. However, while they improved on that facet of the game, they struggled in others. ASU still wasn’t able to capitalize on their red zone trips which essentially let Washington back into the game.
However, the Devils defense came to play Saturday as Locker was picked off twice and was under pressure all night. Highly touted freshmen Vontaze Burfict brought the intensity to the game unfortunately he was also the recipient of three personal fouls.
On numerous occasions, he had to be restrained by his teammates so he wouldn’t get a fourth. As much as I love the fire in Vontaze, he needs to understand that football is controlled chaos and that he is one cog in a well-oiled machine.
With this game the Sun Devils are hoping they are back to being Pac 10 contenders, however this game still left doubts. If Washington didn’t completely mismanage the last two minutes of the game, ASU would have been left with overtime against Jake Locker with nothing to lose and with Thomas Weber who’s kicking was less than stellar.
For ASU to compete at the highest level, they need to cut down on mental mistakes and capitalize in the red zone.