ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL
ASU defense turns in multiple 2nd half stops in upset win vs. Washington
Oct 8, 2022, 3:58 PM | Updated: 8:25 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
While its offense was clicking all game, Arizona State’s defense delivered many key stops in the second half of Saturday’s 45-38 upset win vs. Washington at Sun Devil Stadium.
Trailing 24-17, the Huskies boldly went for it on 4th-and-1 at their 32-yard line. ASU defenders Khoury Bethley and Merlin Robertson turned an end-around run into a 3-yard loss and the Sun Devils took over on downs.
On ASU’s ensuing possession, backup quarterback Trenton Bourguet tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yarder to Elijah Badger, to give the Sun Devils a 31-17 lead.
Bourguet entered the game after starting quarterback Emory Jones was removed following a hit to the head by Washington’s Asa Turner in the second quarter. He finished 15-of-21 for 182 yards, three passing touchdowns and one interception.
The first major defensive stop of the game for the Sun Devils came when the team forced a pick-six in the second quarter to stretch their lead to 14 points.
DB Jordan Clark took a deflected pass off a helmet and walked the ball into the endzone.
Bird's eye view of the @Jclark21_ pick six 🤌#ForksUp | #O2V pic.twitter.com/FNyZlJguqe
— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) October 8, 2022
In one of the final stands, ASU’s defense forced Washington into a 4th-and-10 at the Sun Devils’ 45-yard line. ASU blitzed QB Michael Penix Jr. and forced an incomplete pass.
ASU punted on the next possession giving Washington a chance to tie the game with just under three mins left. On the 1st-and-10, the Sun Devils sacked Penix Jr. for a 10-yard drop and forced the Huskies to burn much of the clock without a timeout.
After Washington drove much of the field, a wild snap forced the Huskies into a 4th-and-35 with five seconds left, which they did not convert.