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Oct. 11, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Washington faces another tough Pac-10 Conference test Saturday night with a visit to Sun Devil Stadium to battle upstart Arizona State.

It's been a rough start to the conference schedule for the 11th-ranked Huskies (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10) and this contest does not exactly give them a break.

Washington opened Pac-10 play with a loss at Oregon, but bounced back last week by escaping with a 33-30 victory over then-No. 23 Oregon State.

"The team was certainly fired up and excited from the victory, but there wasn't much left in the tanks," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "Everybody is tired, which is probably attributed to our guys using everything they had."

The Huskies gained a season-high 504 yards of offense, including 281 on the ground to improve to 46-4-1 when rushing for 200 or more yards since 1990. Controlling the clock with the running game is particularly important for the Huskies, who are 10-0 under Neuheisel when winning the time of possession battle.

Starting tailback Paul Arnold and backup Rich Alexis both rushed for over 100 yards, with Arnold also catching seven passes to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.

Despite those performances, the key to Washington's offense remains quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. The fleet-footed senior had just 39 yards rushing, but threw for at least 200 yards for the fifth straight game. His 14 career 200-yard passing games tie him with Brock Huard for the most in school history.

While Washington has the more heralded quarterback in Tuiasosopo, Arizona State (4-1, 1-1) leads the Pac-10 Conference in passing offense at 279.2 yards per game despite starting three signal-callers in its five games this year.

With senior starter Ryan Kealy having blown out his knee and backup Jeff Krohn battling mononucleosis, senior Griffin Goodman made his second career start last week and came up big in Arizona State's 30-10 win over California.

Goodman, whose only other start came in the 1999 Aloha Bowl, threw for 394 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to get another start this week, but Krohn could see action if feeling up to the task.

The Sun Devils are seeking their first victory over a ranked Pac-10 Conference opponent since beating then-No. 10 Washington State 44-31 on Nov. 1, 1997.

Arizona State posted a 28-7 victory in Seattle last season for just its third win in the last 10 meetings. Washington leads the all-time series, 13-8.

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