Oct. 26, 2002
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Defensive end Terrell Suggs had 4 sacks as No. 23 Arizona State shut down the nation's third-best passing offense to beat Washington 27-16 Saturday night.
The Sun Devils (7-2, 4-0 Pac-10) held Washington (4-4, 1-3) without a touchdown 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 in a 45-42 win at Oregon, ASU's Andrew Walter threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington quarterback Cody Pickett's string of 300-yard games ended at seven. 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 the Huskies to their final score, Chris Singleton's 1-yard run with 51 seconds left.
Until then, Washington managed only a 40-yard field goal by John Anderson.
Suggs now has 17˝ sacks this season, tying for the most in the nation since the NCAA started counting sacks for records in 2000. Syracuse's Dwight Freeney set the mark last year.
The junior, who has 37˝ sacks in his career, finished the game 1˝ sacks off Arizona State's season record, set by Al Harris in 1978.
Hakim Hill caught one of Walter's touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Sun Devils became bowl-eligible with their third straight win in a 13-game schedule.
Arizona State broke from a 14-3 halftime lead by scoring on its first drive following after a 44-yard kickoff return by Hill.
Walter, who completed 18 of 27 passes, had completions of 10 and 16 yards to Cornell Canidate to set up his 15-yard TD pass to Shaun McDonald 4:59 into the third quarter.
After one fruitless possession, Hill gained 23 yards the first three plays of a drive, and Mike Williams broke a 15-yard run to set up the first of two fourth-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 the first TD, catching a 13-yard pass on third-and-7 and taking a tight end screen 13 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 pulling Pickett down by the shirt tail when the quarterback launched the ball.
Solomon Bates intercepted and returned it 22 yards to the 6, and Hill, after no 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.