TEMPE, AZ - Washington State lead much of the game against the No. 18 Sundevils on Saturday, but were ultimately defeated as Sun Devils' QB Jayden Daniels scored the game winning touchdown on a 17-yard scamper to the endzone with only 34 seconds left on the scoreboard. The Cougs would have one last shot at attempting to get into the endzone with a hail mary, but offensive lineman Abe Lucas was beaten badly on the final play, and as a result WSU QB Anthony Gordon wasn't able to get the ball to the endzone, and the game was over.
As a result, Washington State has now lost three in a row, a team that was ranked No. 19 and undefeated heading into the UCLA game, now looks as though the season is in danger of coming completely undone. The defense started the game out well enough, as they were able to keep the Sun Devils out of the endzone on their first two drives. New starting nose tackle, Dallas Hobbs was doing a nice job plugging up the middle, and the secondary was keeping everything in front of them... emphasis on was. As the game continued on, the secondary was exposed once again, as Jayden Daniels finished the afternoon with 363 yards on 26 of 36 passing attempts, he also found the endzone three times plus one more on the ground; the game winner.
There were some bright spots in the game, as Anthony Gordon had another fantastic day passing the ball. He threw for 466 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions; on 44-of-66 passing attempts. Easop Winston Jr. was his favorite target once again as they connected 14 times for 118 yards, and a TD.
The most frustrating part of this game was WSU had multiple opportunities to take control of the game. The Cougs had a chance to start the game with a 17-0 lead due to great defensive play, but the offense couldn't capitalize, and instead the Sun Devils found the endzone on the next possession, making the score 10-7. Still, WSU would respond with another long TD drive to go up 17-7, on top of that, the defense would go on to stop the Sun Devils for the third time in their first four drives, really the most anyone could ask of the defense; yet the offense was unable to capitalize, and had to punt. ASU would score on the following possession, and as both teams headed to their locker rooms, the game was tied at 17-17. Despite the fact that it seemed as though WSU had outplayed Arizona State much of the half.
We all know how the rest of the story played out... WSU now stands with a 3-3 overall record, and 0-3 in Pac-12 play. The Cougs are back at home this week to take on the Colorado Buffaloes, another Pac-12 team with a 2-game losing streak of their own. Kick off time is set for 4 P.M.