Danny Sullivan was 19-29, and achieved his highest completion percentage of the season at 65.5. He threw for 169 yards and a score, yet also threw for three interceptions versus the Cougars.
“It was okay,” Sullivan commented regarding his performance. “Of course the two interceptions that I threw were mistakes on my part and are going to jump out in my mind because I’m always hard on myself and the third one I can’t really control; those are going to happen no matter what.
“When you look at the positive side, the two minute drive was amazing, we got right up and down the field and we needed that right before halftime. I think getting the ball in Kyle’s (Williams) hands was a big deal for us because he makes so many plays in space and throwing that little bubble screen to him worked out and we got away with the win.”
The connection between Sullivan and his receivers has been unpredictable thus far. However, on Saturday Sullivan found Kyle Williams who had a career high of 14 catches. The senior wideout also had 126 yards and a touchdown.
“Kyle and I have always had a thing kind of, just because we came in together, we’ve really gotten our time to hang out and be friends,” Sullivan stated. “It’s just that mutual respect for each other that we have and the same goes for Chris (McGaha). Ever since January we have started to begin a good friendship going together so just knowing where those guys are and knowing who they are, reading their body language has been a big deal for me.
“As you can tell Kyle already surpassed last year’s total by twelve catches or something like that (11 to be exact) and Chris is already having a good year. Those guys are going to make big plays and in time Kerry (Taylor) and Gerell (Robinson) will eventually get those catches. Gerell is doing a really good job right now, the first game he didn’t play so well and he is doing better now. We have a good group of guys and we’re ready to go.”
Accumulating six turnovers, the Sun Devils had to rely heavily on their defensive unit to keep Washington State at bay, and secure the 27-14 win.
“I feel bad that we had to keep putting them back on the field, we can’t do that,” Sullivan noted concerning the ASU defense. “Six turnovers are ridiculous, it’s inexcusable and I take full responsibility for it, that’s for sure I can’t be doing that anymore. Three interceptions are more than I threw in the first four games combined so at this point we were lucky to get a win. We needed one no matter how we could get it so we just have to keep rolling.”
Up next for the maroon and gold is a home contest against Washington, a squad that is much improved than their 0-12 season last year.
“They’ve got a good linebacking core that’s for sure, Mason Foster, E.J. Savannah, and Donald Butler,” Sullivan remarked concerning the Huskies’ defense. “You have two seniors and a junior that have played a lot and they’ve done great things for that defense already this year. They’re kind of what is making that defense go, they make plays. Mason Foster had that great play at the end of the game last week (an interception for a TD that secured a win versus Arizona).
“Coach Holt and Coach Sarkisian are doing a great job of just firing that team up. They’re riding a wave right now that they haven’t had in a while and I think they’re feeding off of it and they’re starting to believe in themselves. They’re going to be a tough opponent for Saturday.”
Sullivan’s last home game was one that he rather forget, a 28-17 loss to Oregon State, but then again being reminded of that game has its positives as well.
“I reflect on it sometimes to motivate myself to be better,” Sullivan said. “But at the same time you really don’t want to remember it that much especially with what happened.”