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Bishop Sankey re-took the top spot as the nation's leading rusher after gaining 167 ground yards vs. No. 2 Oregon (Joe Nicholson/Redbox Pictures).
Dawgs Head To Desert For Daytime Tussle With ASU
Release: 10/14/2013
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The Game:  The Washington football team (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) will try to snap a two-game skid when the Dawgs head to Tempe for a 3:00 p.m. game Saturday vs. Arizona State (4-2, 2-1) at Sun Devil Stadium (Pac-12 Networks). The Huskies remained in both national polls despite the back-to-back defeats. They are currently No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 25 in the coaches’ poll. ASU is receiving votes in both. The Dawgs and Devils haven’t played since 2011 and it’s been since 2005 that the Huskies played a day game in Tempe. That year, kickoff was 3:30 p.m.

Quick Snaps:  Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s leading rusher with 149.8 yards per game ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in nine of the last 11 ... Sankey’s 2,525 career rush yards are good for 7th in UW history, just ahead of Hugh McElhenny ... Keith Price, who is currently No. 11 in the nation in completion percentage, moved into the No. 3 spot in UW career passing yards in the win at Illinois ... he now has 7,529 career yards, 110 shy of the No. 2 spot on the list ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 16 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also tied for sixth-most in Husky history among all players ... the UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in five of six drives ... Washington is highly ranked in the NCAA in a number of offensive and defensive categories, including: 4th in 3rd-down conversions, 8th in first downs, 8th in total offense and 12th in completion pct., as well as 12th in pass efficiency defense and 25th in scoring defense ... the Huskies have turned the ball over eight times this year, but have allowed only one of those turnovers to be converted into points ... conversely, the UW has converted six of eight takeaways into touchdowns ... Washington has allowed just 14 points in the first ... UW ran more than 80 plays in each of the first five games this season (85, 85, 81, 86, 88) ... 10 true freshmen played this season: WR Darrell Daniels, DB Kevin King, DE Joe Mathis, WR John Ross, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, PK Cameron Van Winkle, DB Trevor Walker, DE Marcus Farria, WR Taelon Parson, DB Kaleb Taylor ... not counting specialists (kickers, punter, snappers, holders, returners) the UW has 36 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... however, only 24 different players have started a game this season ... Sean Parker is 19th in the nation in interceptions per game.

Television:  The Washington-Arizona State game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Drea Avent (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Network will also air condensed, one-hour replays of the game during the following week.

Radio:  The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 19 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The ASU broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (94) and XM (196) satellite radio.

Huskies vs. Devils History: Arizona State has knotted the all-time series vs. Washington at 15-15 by winning the last seven in a row over the Huskies, who first met the Devils in 1975. That ‘75 game marked the only time that the two teams ever played one another prior to the Sun Devils joining the Pac-10 Conference before the 1978 season. Since then, the two have played one another every year between 1978 and now except for 1983 and 1984, 2003 and 2004, and 2011 and 2012. The Huskies lost that first-ever meeting at Tempe in 1975, 35-12, but routed the 12th-ranked Devils in the next matchup, winning 41-7 at Husky Stadium in 1978. One of the two teams (or both) has been ranked in 13 of the last 17 meetings, the only exceptions the 1999 game when the Devils came to Husky Stadium and beat Washington, 28-7, and the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 games, all ASU wins. Some of the Huskies’ most memorable games in recent history have come vs. ASU. In the 1995 season-opener, tailback Rashaan Shehee hit receiver Fred Coleman with a 30-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give Washington a 23-20 win. The following year at Tempe, Washington trailed 42-21 before backup QB Brock Huard came on to lead the Huskies to three fourth-quarter TDs, but Robert Nycz kicked a 38-yard field goal with 0:02 left to win, 45-42. In 1998 at Sun Devil Stadium, the Huskies pulled off the “Miracle in the Desert” as Huard hit tight end Reggie Davis with a 63-yard pass on fourth-and-17 with 0:28 left in the game to pull out a 42-38 Washington win. In 2001, the Huskies capped a seven-minute, 12-second drive with a 30-yard field goal with no time remaining to edge the Devils, 33-31. In 2005 in Tempe, ASU QB Rudy Carpenter passed for 401 yards and three TDs as the Devils pulled away in the second half of a 44-20 win. The 2006 game was another tight contest as the Devils pulled out a 26-23 overtime win at Husky Stadium. The UW trailed 20-6 before receiver Sonny Shackelford threw a TD pass to Anthony Russo and then caught a touchdown from backup QB Johnny DuRocher to send the game into OT. After a UW field goal, Rudy Carpenter hit Brent Miller with a 25-yard TD pass for the win. In 2007, 14th-ranked ASU came back from a halftime deficit to win, 44-20. In 2008, the Devils led 16-13 at half, but pulled away for a 39-19 victory. Carpenter threw for 218 yards and two TDs while Keegan Herring rushed for 144 yards and one score. Last season was another tight contest as Danny Sullivan hit Chris McGaha with a 50-yard pass with five secons left to beat the Huskies, 24-17. The most recent UW-ASU game, in Seattle in 2010, the Devils beat the Dawgs, 24-14, despite 110 rushing yards from Chris Polk and 209 passing from Jake Locker.

Washington-Arizona State Ties:  UW offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto spent a good deal of time at Arizona State, serving as offensive coordinator from 1992-99 and as tight ends coach in 2008. UW assistant strength coach Grey Ruegamer was a four-year starting offensive lineman for the Devils, playing for Cozzetto. Additionally, UW running backs coach Johnny Nansen and ASU co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball were on the same WSU staff in the early 2000s while Husky assistant Peter Sirmon and ASU’s Joe Lorig worked together at Central Washington in 2008. Finally, ASU assistant DelVaughn Alexander was on the USD staff when Husky tight ends coach Jordan Paopao played for the Toreros. As far as players go, Arizona State’s roster includes four players from Washington:  Alex Bykovskiy (Federal Way/Decatur), Jordan Simone (Sammamish/Skyline), Dom Vizzare (Tacoma/Stadium) and Chris Young (Auburn). Simone attended Skyline with three current Huskies: Weston Blackburn, Connor Cree and Kasen Williams. Washington’s roster includes four from Arizona: Marcus Farria (Peoria/Centennial), Ryan Masel (Phoenix/Desert Vista), Taelon Parson (Gilbert/Perry) and Kendyl Taylor (Chandler/Hamilton). Masel went to high school with ASU’s Jarek Hilgers and Marcus Washington while Taylor went to Hamilton with Sun Devils Dante Alexander, Jaxon Hood and Christian Westerman. Other HS teammates: UW’s Erik Kohler and  ASU’s Chris Coyle and Carlos Mendoza (Oaks Christian), UW’s Joe Mathis and ASU’s James Johnson and Osahon Irabor (Upland); UW’s Shaq Thompson and ASU’s Kipeli Koniseti (Grant), UW’s Cyler Miles and ASU’s Junior Onyeali (Mullen), UW’s Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall and ASU’s Jayme Otomewo (Dorsey).

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