It was not the result most experts picked, but it was the result that ASU football needed.
The Sun Devils entered the pivotal conference game against the previously ranked Washington Huskies and dominated them from start to finish for a 53-24 victory.
The ASU defense stuffed the nation’s leading rusher, holding Washington running back Bishop Sankey to 22 yards for the game. Sankey averaged nearly 150 yards per game entering the game on Saturday.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly racked up 352 total yards and four touchdowns. Running back Marion Grice rushed for two touchdowns and caught another to raise his total touchdowns to 18 on the season.
The win, coupled with UCLA’s loss earlier in the day to Stanford, puts the Sun Devils in the driver’s seat for the Pac-12 South championship. ASU leads in the Pac-12 South but have yet to face UCLA.
ASU gets next weekend off but resumes play the week after when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to face the Washington State Cougars.
Written by Troy Lopez