Sun Devils Clamp Down On Huskies
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Defensive end Terrell Suggs had 4.5 sacks as No. 23Arizona State shut down the nation's third-best passing offense to beatWashington 27-16 Saturday night.
The Sun Devils (7-2, 4-0 Pac-10) held Washington (4-4, 1-3) without atouchdown until the final minutes. The Huskies have lost three of four.
One week after he threw for a Pac-10-record 536 yards and four touchdowns ina 45-42 win at Oregon, ASU's Andrew Walter threw for 184 yards and twotouchdowns.
Washington quarterback Cody Pickett's string of 300-yard games ended atseven. He was limited to 210 yards, and all but 70 came in the fourth quarter.He threw a 38-yard TD pass to Paul Arnold with 3:47 to play, and he drove theHuskies to their final score, Chris Singleton's 1-yard run with 51 secondsleft.
Until then, Washington managed only a 40-yard field goal by John Anderson.
Suggs now has 17ï¿½ sacks this season, tying for the most in the nation sincethe NCAA started counting sacks for records in 2000. Syracuse's Dwight Freeneyset the mark last year.
The junior, who has 37ï¿½ sacks in his career, finished the game 1ï¿½ sacks offArizona State's season record, set by Al Harris in 1978.
Hakim Hill caught one of Walter's touchdown passes and ran for a score asthe Sun Devils became bowl-eligible with their third straight win in a 13-gameschedule.
Arizona State broke from a 14-3 halftime lead by scoring on its first drivefollowing after a 44-yard kickoff return by Hill.
Walter, who completed 18 of 27 passes, had completions of 10 and 16 yards toCornell Canidate to set up his 15-yard TD pass to Shaun McDonald 4:59 into thethird quarter.
After one fruitless possession, Hill gained 23 yards the first three playsof a drive, and Mike Williams broke a 15-yard run to set up the first of twofourth-quarter field goals by Mike Barth.
The Sun Devils led 27-3 after Barth's second kick, with 8:38 left.
Mike Pinkard figured prominently in Arizona State's short drive for thefirst TD, catching a 13-yard pass on third-and-7 and taking a tight end screen13 yards to the 1 to set up Hill's plunge with 8:06 to play.
Then Suggs set up an even shorter drive for a 14-0 lead.
First, he sacked Pickett on second down. On the next snap, Suggs was pullingPickett down by the shirt tail when the quarterback launched the ball.
Solomon Bates intercepted and returned it 22 yards to the 6, and Hill, afterno gain on two carries, took a pass in with nine seconds left in the quarter.
In the second quarter, Suggs stopped a Washington drive with his third sack,and the Huskies settled for Anderson's field goal with 1:57 left.
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