Scores

Final

Washington 20

(2-4, 0-3 Pac-12)

(14) Arizona State 44

(7-0, 4-0 Pac-12)

10:26 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
WASH 7 10 0 320
#14ASU 3 10 21 1044

Top Performers

Passing: R. Carpenter (ASU) - 227 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Herring (ASU) - 10 CAR, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Burgess (ASU) - 4 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

After trailing at half, Sun Devils start scoring spree vs. Huskies

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State has a knack for slow starts.

When the No. 14 Sun Devils wake up, look out.

Trailing Washington by four at halftime, the Sun Devils stormed back for a 44-20 victory on Saturday night behind a 76-yard touchdown run by Keegan Herring and a 57-yard touchdown run by Dimitri Nance.

"One thing about this team, they keep fighting," coach Dennis Erickson said. "I don't know how good we are but we have won seven games, and we'll take it right now."

The Sun Devils (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) are among only six remaining major-college unbeatens, along with Ohio State, Boston College, South Florida, Hawaii and Kansas. ASU takes next week off before playing host to No. 2 California, which lost to Oregon State on Saturday.

Washington (2-4, 0-3) has lost four straight.

"We didn't make plays," Washington coach Ty Willingham said. "I really don't know how to explain it."

For the fourth time in seven games, ASU overcame a double-digit deficit or trailed in the second half. The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 136-29 in the second half.

"We're having a lot of fun competing every week," quarterback Rudy Carpenter said.

The Sun Devils took a 20-17 lead early in the third quarter on a 21-yard pass from Carpenter to Rudy Burgess, who made a leaping catch at the pylon and got a foot down before tumbling out of bounds.

Five minutes later, Nance broke through the right side of the line for a career-long 57-yard score to put the Sun Devils up 27-17.

Herring then went around left end and raced 76 yards down the sideline for the longest run of his career. The junior finished with 119 yards on 10 carries.

Asked about his offensive line, Herring said, "I think I might marry one of them."

Herring and Nance played big roles on a night the Sun Devils lost starting tailback Ryan Torain, who injured his left leg early in the first half and watched the rest of the game on crutches. Erickson said Torain "sprained his foot pretty seriously."

Said Carpenter: "I've been saying for a while that we have three really good backs."

Carpenter completed 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona State, with one interception.

Carpenter won his 18th game as a starter, tying Andrew Walter and Ryan Kealy for third in school history. Carpenter, a junior, needs seven wins to pass the leader, Jake Plummer.

Washington redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker completed 10 of 28 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, and he had an interception returned for a touchdown. Locker also ran 32 yards for a score.

Thomas Weber, a redshirt freshman, stretched his Arizona State-record streak to 14 straight successful field goal attempts with kicks from 33, 24 and 20 yards.

Arizona State followed what has become a familiar script, spotting its opponent a lead and then rallying. The Sun Devils trailed Colorado 14-0 after one quarter, Oregon State 19-0 after one quarter and Washington State 17-14 in the third quarter.

On Saturday night, ASU jumped ahead 3-0, after opening the game with a 16-play, 59-yard drive. Washington answered with a 36-yard pass from Locker to Marcel Reese, who made a sliding catch in the back of the end zone.

ASU took a 10-7 lead on a 3-yard pass from Carpenter to Kyle Williams. The Huskies made it 17-10 on a 32-yard run by Locker, who sliced through the middle of the line and outraced several defenders to the goal line.

The Sun Devils caught a big break at the end of the first half. They had a first-and-goal at the Washington 8 with 8 seconds left and no timeouts. Carpenter tried to run for a score and was stopped at the 1 as time expired. But officials ruled he had stepped out of bounds at the 7 with 1 second remaining, allowing Weber to kick a 24-yard field goal that cut ASU's halftime deficit to 17-13.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WASH
ASU
1st Downs1323
Total Yards288523
Passing142227
Rushing146296
Penalties8-626-58
3rd Down Conversions4-165-16
4th Down Conversions1-23-3
Turnovers21
Possession24:2735:33

Passing Leaders

WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Locker10/281425.111
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carpenter20/312277.321

Rushing Leaders

WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rankin11807.3038
Locker12484.0132
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herring1011911.9176
Nance13927.1157

Receiving Leaders

WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reece24522.5136
Daniels13232.0032
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGaha57314.6024
Burgess45513.8121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWASHASU
FG07:56Thomas Weber 33 Yd
Drive: 16 plays, 59 yds, 7:04
03
TD04:03Marcel Reece 36 Yd Pass From Jake Locker (Ryan Perkins Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 75 yds, 3:53
73
SECOND QUARTERWASHASU
TD09:13Kyle Williams 3 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 71 yds, 4:57
710
FG04:31Ryan Perkins 24 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yds, 4:42
1010
TD04:11Jake Locker 32 Yd Run (Ryan Perkins Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 32 yds, :08
1710
FG00:00Thomas Weber 24 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 68 yds, 4:11
1713
THIRD QUARTERWASHASU
TD11:01Rudy Burgess 21 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 35 yds, 1:49
1720
TD06:57Dimitri Nance 57 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 57 yds, :10
1727
TD02:29Keegan Herring 76 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 80 yds, :52
1734
FOURTH QUARTERWASHASU
FG12:33Ryan Perkins 31 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 19 yds, 2:17
2034
FG04:29Thomas Weber 20 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 75 yds, 4:35
2037
TD04:12Troy Nolan 35 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 2044