Scores

Final

Arizona State 27

(3-2, 1-1 Pac-12)

Washington St 14

(1-5, 0-4 Pac-12)

5:00 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 7 6 6 827
WSU 0 0 7 714

Top Performers

Passing: J. Tuel (NTL) - 175 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Nance (ASU) - 21 CAR, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Williams (ASU) - 13 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Arizona St. relies on D to beat Washington St.

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Danny Sullivan ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Arizona State relied on the Pacific-10's best defense to beat Washington State 27-14 on Saturday.

Kyle Williams had 13 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown as Arizona State (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) beat WSU for the sixth straight time. The Sun Devils won despite suffering three interceptions and losing three fumbles in unseasonably cold, windy conditions.

Washington State (1-5, 0-4) managed only 181 yards, 99 of them on the longest touchdown pass in school history. But it was their closest conference loss so far.

Embattled quarterback Danny Sullivan played most of the game for Arizona State, although Brock Osweiler got some plays. Sullivan completed 19 of 29 passes for 169 yards.

Arizona State, leading 13-0 at halftime, struck quickly on its first drive of the second half. Williams gained 53 yards on a reverse and Dimitri Nance ran the final nine yards for a touchdown. Bobby Wenzig missed his second-consecutive conversion kick for a 19-0 lead.

Andy Mattingly's interception gave WSU the ball on ASU's 31. On fourth down, the Cougars' Jeff Tuel threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to a diving Jared Karstetter and WSU trailed 19-7 with 2:22 left in the third.

A botched fake punt by WSU gave Arizona State the ball on the Cougars' 34 early in the fourth. Cameron Marshall scored on a 10-yard run and the Sun Devils led 27-7.

Buried on his own 1-yard line on the next series, Tuel fired a pass downfield to Johnny Forzani. He outran the ASU defense for a 99-yard touchdown that was the longest in team history, cutting ASU's lead to 27-14 with 11:33 left in the game.

Washington State had only 29 yards of offense in the first half, as its quarterbacks were sacked five times.

Arizona State scored in the first quarter when Sullivan hit a wide-open Kyle Williams for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Washington State has yet to score in the first quarter in six games this season, and has been outscored 84-0.

Late in the second quarter, Sullivan marched the Sun Devils 78 yards in nine plays, running the final seven yards himself for a touchdown. The conversion kick by Wenzig missed and Arizona State led 13-0 at halftime.

Arizona State's defense ranks first in the Pac-10, allowing just 232 yards per game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
WSU
1st Downs2210
Total Yards410181
Passing190235
Rushing220-54
Penalties6-7010-85
3rd Down Conversions3-122-17
4th Down Conversions1-22-4
Turnovers64
Possession29:0230:58

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan19/291695.813
Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuel11/221758.022

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nance211135.4135
Williams15353.0053
Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest11515.0015
Tardy441.004

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams131269.7119
Robinson33511.7021
Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forzani19999.0199
Karstetter44511.3123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASUWSU
TD04:55Kyle Williams 9 Yd Pass From Danny Sullivan (Bobby Wenzig Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERASUWSU
TD00:21Danny Sullivan 7 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 130
THIRD QUARTERASUWSU
TD13:24Dimitri Nance 9 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 190
TD02:22Jared Karstetter 23 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 197
FOURTH QUARTERASUWSU
TD12:25Cameron Marshall 10 Yd Run (Danny Sullivan Pass To Gerell Robinson For Two-Point Conversion) 277
TD11:33Johnny Forzani 99 Yd Pass From Jeff Tuel (Nico Grasu Kick) 2714