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Bourguet leads Arizona State past No. 21 UW Huskies 45-38

Oct 8, 2022, 5:40 PM | Updated: 8:54 pm

              Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata (4) is tripped by Washington safety Alex Cook (5) and cornerback Jordan Perryman (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington's safety Asa Turner walks off the field after being ejected on a targeting penalty during a tackle against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State's Isaiah Johnson (0) celebrates with other players after an NCAA college football game against Washington in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano, front left, celebrates with players, including RJ Regan (21), after an NCAA college football game against Washington in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State's Macen Williams (6), Charles Hall IV (0), Xazavian Valladay (1) and Matthew Pola Mao (95) celebrate during the closing moments of the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State's quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) celebrates with family and friends after an NCAA college football game against Washington in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State's quarterback Trenton Bourguet, right, throws a touchdown pass as Washington's linebacker Dominique Hampton (7) applies pressure during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) throws a pass as offensive lineman Isaia Glass (73) blocks Washington defensive lineman Jeremiah Martin (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay, right, breaks free for a touchdown run, beating Washington cornerback Jordan Perryman (1) and linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan (13), during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay (1) beats Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan (13) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark (1) celebrates after his interception for a touchdown against Washington as Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley (15) and linebacker Merlin Robertson (8) follow during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Emory Jones warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Washington in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throws a pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State's defensive back Ro Torrence, left, breaks up a pass intended for Washington wide receiver Ja'Lynn Polk, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay runs for a touchdown against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Trenton Bourguet was a fifth-string walk-on four years ago and spent the spring in a walking boot when he wasn’t practicing.

The Arizona State quarterback prepared as if he was going to be the starter no matter where he was on the depth chart or how bad his foot hurt — a mentality that paid off in a huge way for the Sun Devils.

Called into action after Emory Jones was injured, Bourguet threw for three touchdowns and orchestrated Arizona State’s offense to near perfection in a 45-38 victory over the No. 21 UW Huskies on Saturday that gave interim coach Shaun Aguano his first victory.

ASU 45, UW Huskies 38: Box score

“He’s not the tallest or the strongest, but he has the traits to be a good quarterback,” Aguano said. “Once you have that opportunity, make sure you take advantage of it and he did that.”

The Sun Devils (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) lost their first two games after Herm Edwards was fired Sept. 18, though played No. 6 Southern California close last week before fading late.

Bourguet, who had offseason foot surgery, adeptly led the offense after Jones was injured in the second quarter against Washington, throwing for 182 yards on 15-of-21 passing with an interception. He hit Elijhah Badger for two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the fourth quarter to put the Sun Devils up 45-38.

Arizona State stopped the Huskies on fourth-and-9 near midfield and a botched snap all but ended the Washington’s final drive.

“Once you get smacked in the mouth enough times you’re going to get up and land the first and last punch,” said Arizona State’s Xazavian Halladay, who accounted for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington (4-2, 1-2) had a solid offensive day in the desert, rallying from a 14-point deficit to tie it on Cameron Davis’ third rushing TD, from 5 yards out. Michael Penix Jr. threw for 311 yards on 33-of-53 passing, but no touchdowns.

The Huskies struggled defensively in last week’s loss to UCLA and continued to have breakdowns as injuries mounted against the Sun Devils to remain winless in Tempe since 2001 (eight games).

“Second week in a row coming down to the wire,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said. “We’re giving ourselves a chance to win the game, but we’ve got to do a better job earlier in the game. We’re just digging ourselves a hole.”

A three-year after a redshirt, Bourguet was sharp after Jones took a shot to the head in the second quarter from Washington safety Asa Turner, who was ejected for targeting.

Halladay scored on an 11-yard run the next play and Bourget followed with a 14-yard TD pass to Halladay, throwing to the flat with a blitzing defender in his face.

Arizona State went up 24-10 when Penix had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage and Jordan Clark intercepted it for a 38-yard touchdown.

Washington grabbed a bit of momentum back, pulling within 24-17 at halftime on Wayne Taulapapa’s 1-yard TD run.

After Arizona State stuffed the Huskies on fourth-and-1 at their own 32, Bourguet followed with another superb throw with pressure in his face, finding Badger in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard TD and a 31-17 lead.

Washington’s Cameron Davis scored on a 4-yard TD run, but Bourguet then split two defenders with a pass to Bryan Thompson for a 38-yard gain to the 1. Daniyel Ngata scored on the next play to put Arizona State up 38-24.

“This is what I’m supposed to do as a backup quarterback, be prepared, and I’m glad we came out with a W,” Bourguet said.

THE TAKEAWAY

UW Huskies: Consecutive letdowns are sure to drop the Huskies out of Sunday’s AP Top 25. Washington couldn’t slow the Sun Devils even after knocking out Arizona State’s starting quarterback to lose consecutive games after a 4-0 start.

Arizona State: A week after giving USC a test, the Sun Devils handed Aguano his first win with their best offensive game against an FBS opponent this season.

SCARY HIT

Penix took a huge hit on Washington’s final drive after being sandwiched between two defenders. Arizona State’s BJ Green was hit with a targeting penalty on the play after hit helmet hit Penix in the throat and left the Washington quarterback gasping for air.

“It was a shock,” he said. “It was scary, but I’m good.”

Washington’s trainers attended to Penix for several minutes before he gingerly walked to the sideline. Given time to catch his breath, he ran back onto the field after missing one play.

“It says a lot about him,” DeBoer said. “He’s been a fighter his entire life and I’m super proud of him.”

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