Looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, Washington didn’t exactly jump out to a hot start on Saturday night. Still, the Huskies did what they needed to do in the second quarter against an overmatched Arizona State squad and ended up with a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Jake Browning struggled a bit, getting picked off in the first quarter after a ball was deflected off his receiver’s hands for a tip drill interception. He threw another right to a defender in the second quarter for an apparent pick-six, but that play was negated by a flag. His defense bailed him out with an incredible interception from cornerback Kevin King in end zone on the ensuing drive.
Luckily Browning was able to make up for his second mistake, dumping it off and letting Chico McClatcher do most of the work on a 75-yard screen play for the first touchdown of the game. Dante Pettis hauled in a second score on a crisp 46-yarder after blowing by the Sun Devils’ secondary and Lavon Coleman punched it in from a yard out for another.
As bad as the Washington offense looked at times though, it had nothing on Arizona State’s performance that included six punts, two turnovers and just 48 yards in the first two quarters.
The Huskies do get the ball back to start the second half and you can bet Chris Petersen and company will be looking to put some more distance between themselves and the Sun Devils as they try to get some style points for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.