SEATTLE (AP) -- Arizona State is a run-first team now, meaning
free-throwing quarterback Rudy Carpenter rarely gets a chance to
sling passes as he did in his freshman year.
But the sophomore got an opportunity in overtime Saturday, and
delivered Arizona State a crucial victory.
Carpenter threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Brent Miller on
the Sun Devils' second play of overtime as Arizona State held off
Washington 26-23 in the first overtime game in Husky Stadium
Carpenter, who is not often let loose to fling passes downfield,
found Miller streaking up the far sideline behind Washington
linebacker Dan Howell.
"This year I'm not getting a lot of them because our strength
is running the ball and that's what we're going to do," Carpenter
said. "But when I do get a call like that I do get excited."
Arizona State (5-3 overall, 2-3 Pac-10) won its second straight
after stumbling against the Pac-10's elite -- California, Oregon and
It was the fourth straight loss for Washington (4-5, 2-4) and
the second consecutive loss in overtime, following last week's
31-24 loss at California. Three of the Huskies' last four losses
have been by a combined 16 points.
Brent Miller often gets overlooked in comparison to his brother
Zach, the Sun Devils' talented tight end. Brent Miller had just two
catches coming into Saturday's game, but he found himself open when
it counted most.
"It was great celebrating with my brother. It's definitely the
biggest moment of my career," he said.
"Brent's a great player too. He just hasn't gotten as many
opportunities as Zach," Carpenter said. "We knew all along that
we were going to get a chance to win the game and we were not
listening to any doubt."
Washington got the ball first in overtime, but moved backward 5
yards. Michael Braunstein kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal
to put the Huskies up 23-20.
Carpenter threw incomplete on Arizona State's first play, and
before hitting Miller. He was careful and efficient, completing
16-of-22 passes for 170 yards and adding a 12-yard TD pass to
Jamaal Lewis in the second quarter.
The Sun Devils won their first conference road game since Nov.
5, 2005, at Washington State.
Washington severely damaged its bowl hopes, and now must win two
of its last three -- at Oregon, home for Stanford and at Washington
State -- to be bowl-eligible. Asked if his team can come back from
its recent emotional defeats, coach Tyrone Willingham seemed
"I think our football team has shown amazing resiliency. ...
Definitely some people thought we were near the grave coming out of
California and we came back," Willingham said.
The Huskies scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on the Sun
Devils, the second directed by backup quarterback Johnny DuRocher,
who took over for injured starter Carl Bonnell. Willingham chose
DuRocher, a junior, over highly touted freshman Jake Locker.
Bonnell, who made his first start last week against Cal in place
of injured Isaiah Stanback, left with 7:35 remaining in regulation
after getting hit while throwing by Arizona State's Dexter Dravis.
After the game, Willingham said Bonnell had a shoulder and neck
injury and should be able to play next week at Oregon. Dravis was
penalized for roughing the passer, keeping Washington's drive
alive. Arizona State was penalized 16 times for 127 yards.
Bonnell suffered a third-degree shoulder sprain on his
non-throwing shoulder last week, and stayed down on the field for a
few minutes before slowly walking off. Willingham was not specific
about which shoulder was affected by Saturday's hit.
DuRocher completed all four of his passes on the drive, assisted
by a pass interference call on Arizona State defensive back Justin
Tryon on third-and-5 at the Sun Devils' 12. On third-and-goal,
DuRocher rolled right then threw a strike to Sonny Shackelford for
the TD. Braunstein's extra point tied the score at 20.
"We've been close in a lot of games and we're getting tired of
it," DuRocher said. "We've been saying it for a while now, but
we've got to put a full game together."
Washington pulled up to 20-13 when Shackelford threw a 41-yard
double pass to Anthony Russo for a score with 11:04 remaining.
Arizona State backup running back Keegan Herring rushed for 98
and two touchdowns, his second score a 65-yard run on the last
offensive play of the third quarter, giving Arizona State a 20-6
Herring added a 19-yard TD run in the second quarter to give
Arizona State a 14-3 lead, and caught three passes for 43 yards.
Starter Ryan Torain did the bulk of the running with 23 carries for
"When I get in there, I just try make plays. When Torain gets
in there he makes plays," Herring said. "When you get your
chance, you try to shine."
Bonnell struggled, completing just nine of 23 passes for 67
yards and two interceptions. Louis Rankin made his first start of
the season and had 67 yards rushing on 25 carries.