ASU Downs Washington 44-20
Oct. 29, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start Saturday and Arizona State ended a three-game skid with a 44-20 victory over Washington.
All three touchdown passes were to Matt Miller, for 12, 69 and 10 yards. Miller, a senior, had five catches for a career-high 139 yards. Derek Hagan caught nine for 115 yards to move to third in the Pac-10 in career receptions with 236.
Carpenter, playing in place of injured Sam Keller, completed 27 of 34 passes with no interceptions, but was sacked seven times behind Arizona State's injury-depleted offensive line.
James Sims, who started the season at fullback, rushed for a career-best 140 yards in 24 carries Washington, including touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards. Sims started because Louis Rankin was out with a sprained toe.
The Sun Devils (4-4, 2-3 Pac-10) had not won since beating Oregon State on Sept. 24.
Washington (1-7, 0-5) trailed only 24-20 until Arizona State put the game away with three touchdowns in the final 5:04. The game ended with Josh Golden's 58-yard interception return for the Sun Devils.
Arizona State went 64 yards in 10 plays, throwing 10 yards to Miller to put the Sun Devils ahead 31-20 with 5:04 to go. Jamar Williams intercepted Isaiah Stanback's pass on Washington's next possession. The Sun Devils went 51 yards in eight plays. Preston Jones' 10-yard touchdown run boosted the lead to 38-20 with 1:09 remaining.
Keller didn't play because of a sprained right thumb, but Carpenter picked up where he left off last week in the team's 45-35 loss at Stanford, when he was 19-for-25 for 304 yards and three TDs in the second half after ASU fell behind 45-7.
Washington's only lead was at 3-0. Carpenter's 1-yard sneak put Arizona State up 7-3, then Stanback fumbled and Dale Robinson got the first of his two recoveries, this one at the Arizona State 43. Carpenter went 5-for-6 on the subsequent drive, capped by a 12-yard pass to Miller to make it 14-3.
But the Huskies moved the ball consistently on the ground. They went 74 yards in nine plays without throwing a pass. Sims' 1-yard run cut the lead to 14-10.
Carpenter's 69-yard pass play to Miller over the middle quickly made it 21-10. A seven-play, 73-yard drive, with Sims running 3 yards for the score, cut the lead to 21-17 with 1:48 remaining in the half. Jesse Ainsworth, who also took over punting in the game for beleaguered Chris MacDonald, kicked a 21-yard field goal as the half ended to put Arizona State ahead 24-17.