Two weeks ago, Washington coach Chris Petersen complained about his team playing late night games that many people on the East Coast can't stay up for. It's probably better that those people were sleeping during his team's game vs. Arizona State -- which kicked off at 10:45 p.m. ET -- because his Huskies laid an egg.
Against a defense that had given up 30 or more games in 11 straight games, didn't need to bring much pressure and a team that looked lost with a 2-3 record going in, the Huskies fell 13-7 and couldn't muster anything against a gassed Sun Devil defensive unit in the second half.
This was a clunker of massive proportions.
The Sun Devils entered play ranked 120th in FBS out of 130 teams in total defense at 484.2 yards per game and 127th in yards per play 6.92. Yet, despite a typically potent offense under quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and wide receiver Dante Pettis, the Huskies managed just 230 total yards and 3.77 per snap.
Pac-12 After Dark is typically a place where bizarre thrives, and it blossomed inside Sun Devil Stadium Saturday night where nobody saw this coming. Washington had been on cruise control against a relatively soft schedule, but things weren't supposed to toughen up against these Sun Devils.
What does it do for the Huskies playoff hopes? One loss won't kill those chances, but with no undefeated teams in the Pac-12, the margin for error is razor thin midway through the season.
So what does it mean for the Pac-12 North? With Washington State getting throttled by Cal on Friday night, it looks like Stanford -- with two losses on the season but only one in conference (to USC of the Pac-12 South) -- might be the class of a suddenly beleaguered division.
For Arizona State, it means coach Todd Graham has life. The embattled coach of the Sun Devils got the program's first win over an AP Top 5 team since they topped No. 1 Nebraska in 1996. What's more, they did it with defense against an offense that is loaded with weapons.
They did it their own way, including a risky 4th-and-3 call late in the game to ice it on a gamble that few, other than Graham, would take.
As long as you stay up, Pac-12 After Dark never disappoints. It didn't Saturday night, and provided one of the biggest upsets of a weekend that saw four top 10 teams fall.
Petersen hopes you didn't stay up to witness this one, though.