Things started out well enough for Washington on Saturday.
The Huskies, trying to rebound from two-straight losses to top 10 teams, drove 60 yards in 11 plays on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead on Arizona State in the first quarter.
But that was the high point for UW.
The Sun Devils stormed back with 29 unanswered points to take a 29-7 lead into the break. The dominance continued in the second half as ASU moved to 5-2 with a 53-24 stomping of the Huskies.
Everything ASU did worked. The Sun Devils piled up 587 yards of offense, including 316 on the ground. Marion Grice ran for a game-high 158 yards and two TDS while Taylor Kelly threw for 271 and two scores.
Meanwhile, ASU’s defense harassed Keith Price all day. The senior completed just 16 of 39 passes for 217 yards and generally looked out of sync.
But the Huskies ground game was even worse.
ASU held UW to negative five yards on the ground. Bishop Sankey, who came into the game leading the nation with 150 yards per game, gained 22 on 13 carries.
All in all, it was a great performance by ASU and a horrible one by Washington, and maybe indicative of two programs heading in opposite directions right now.
After a 4-0 start, Washington has now dropped three straight. The Huskies are coming off three-straight 7-6 seasons and they could be staring at another one if they don’t right their ship soon.
As for ASU, they look like the favorite in the Pac-12 South right now and should be ranked come Sunday.
In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.
Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst. Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.
Is that perception valid? Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.
He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season. When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.
He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts. Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well. During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.
So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right? Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.
A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.
He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.
Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.