Last-Minute Touchdown Pass Delivers Victory for Huskies
Sept. 5, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Brock Huard connected with Reggie Davis on a 63-yard touchdown play on fourth-and-17 with 28 seconds to play Saturday night as 18th-ranked Washington stunned No. 8 Arizona State 42-38.
The Sun Devils had gone ahead 38-35 when Ryan Kealy threw a fourth-down, 8-yard touchdown pass to his old high school teammate, Tariq McDonald, with two minutes remaining.
The Huskies seemed dead after Huard's bad pitch left them in the desperate fourth-down situation on their 37. But Davis, the tight end, outran defensive back Phillip Brown, caught the ball and raced downfield, avoiding Mitchell Friedman's tackle for the score.
Huard, who made his college debut almost two years ago to the day in a 45-42 loss in the same Sun Devil Stadium, completed 27 of 47 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.
J.R. Redmond, his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown called back early in the fourth quarter, returned another one 61 yards to set up Arizona State's final score.
Kealy threw two incompletions and the Sun Devils were down to one last play when McDonald, who had dropped a wide-open pass earlier in the fourth, made a leaping grab against tight defense.
Arizona State had one last chance, even after Kealy threw an interception in the final seconds, because Washington was called for a personal foul on the play, giving the Sun Devils one last chance on the Huskies 39. But no receiver was anywhere near Kealy's desperation pass.
Dane Looker, a transfer from Western Washington, tied a Washington record with 11 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his first game for the Huskies.
Kealy completed 20 of 35 passes for a career-high 302 yards and three touchdowns. Redmond rushed for 108 yards in 22 carries and caught four passes for 68 yards. In the first half, he scored on a 22-yard run and set up another touchdown with a 47-yard swing pass reception.
The Huskies, in a supposed rebuilding year after having 10 players drafted by the NFL last season, lost wide receiver Ja'Warren Hooker, the Pac-10 100- and 200-meter champion, with a shoulder separation early in the game. But it didn't slow the Washington offense.
After falling behind 28-14 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half, the Huskies scored 21 unanswered points. The two third-quarter touchdowns came on drives of 49 and 50 yards, the first after Redmond fumbled the ball away and the second after he was stopped on fourth-and-inches.
Huard's 2-yard touchdown pass to Looker with 3:04 left in the second quarter cut the lead to 28-21 at halftime. The Huskies tied it 28-28 with 9:05 left in the third quarter when Huard's pass bounced off intended receiver Gerald Harris and was caught by Looker for a 9-yard touchdown.
After Arizona State's fourth-down play failed at midfield, the Huskies went 50 yards in six plays, Jason Harris scoring on a 5-yard run to put Washington ahead 35-28 with 4:45 left in the third.
After a 7 1/2-minute drive stalled, Mike Gauthier kicked a 42-yard field goal to cut Washington's lead to 35-31 with 12:21 to play.