SEATTLE – Taylor Kelly threw two touchdown passes after missing more than a month with a foot injury, the second a 7-yarder to Gary Chambers with 3 minutes left in No. 14 Arizona State’s 24-10 victory over Washington on a blustery Saturday night.
Playing in strong swirling wind with waves of heavy rain blowing in sideways, the guys from the desert managed the difficult conditions for their ninth straight win over Washington. Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) remained in control of the race in the Pac-12 South and set up a huge matchup with Utah next week in Tempe.
Kelly threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong in the first half, but was at his best on Arizona State’s final drive. On second-and-goal, Kelly got his pass off as he was being pulled down by Washington’s Hau’oli Kikaha. Chambers made the adjustment on the throw and hauled in his only catch of the night for the go-ahead points.
Armand Perry returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds left when Washington’s Troy Williams attempted a desperation throw on fourth-and-25. It was the second interception throw by Williams, making his first start after Cyler Miles suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Oregon in Eugene.
Washington (5-3, 1-3) suffered its second straight loss to a ranked opponent. It’s the first time a Chris Petersen-coached team has lost consecutive games since the end of the 2007 season when Boise State lost at Hawaii and then to East Carolina in the bowl game.
Shaq Thompson moved almost exclusively to running back with injuries thinning the Huskies ball carriers. The linebacker finished with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Kelly was 14 of 25 for 180 yards. He was 3 of 3 for 36 yards and ran for another 12 on Arizona State’s final drive.
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