Arizona State Sun Devils
The Washington Huskies’ defense has one shortcoming, and improvement in that department may be the difference Saturday in Tempe.
In suffering consecutive losses to top-5 teams over the past two weeks, Washington has struggled to get the offense going early in games. That has led to second half deficits and the team being forced to play catch up.
Aziz N’Diaye converted a three-point play off an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left, Shawn Kemp Jr. scored a career-high 18 in just his second start and the Huskies held off The Sun Devils 96-92 on Saturday night despite 32 points from Arizona State’s Jahii Carson.
Mike Ladd finished with 14 points and has now scored in double figures in each of the last nine games, but the rest of the squad had a tough time containing the Arizona State offense.
Arizona State dominated Washington State’s usually-prolific offense and its quarterbacks combined for six touchdowns, helping the Sun Devils roll over the Cougars 46-7 Saturday to become bowl eligible in their fifth attempt.
Oregon has two of the most dynamic running backs in the country in Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas, and a slew of talented receivers who have made life a whole lot easier for freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota.