7:00 PM ET, October 28, 2006
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
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 history.
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 USC.
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 confident.
"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 lead.
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 98 yards.
"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.