UW QB Cyler Miles expected back for next game against Colorado
Cyler Miles is expected to return as the Huskies’ starting quarterback next week at Colorado. A week after suffering a concussion, Miles did not play in Washington’s 24-10 loss to No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Cyler Miles is expected to return as the Huskies’ starting quarterback next week at Colorado.
A week after suffering a concussion, Miles did not play in Washington’s 24-10 loss to No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday night at Husky Stadium. Redshirt freshman Troy Williams made his first career start in Miles’ place.
“Cyler should be back,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “We don’t want a guy to have to lose his position to an injury; that’s not the right thing.”
Petersen said Miles was available Saturday night after being cleared from his concussion, but Miles hadn’t practiced “a whole lot” during the week leading up to the ASU game.
It will be homecoming for Miles, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., in his first year as UW’s full-time starter.
In UW’s eighth game of the season, Williams became the Huskies’ third starting quarterback. That’s the first that’s happened at UW since 2004.
The Huskies also used sophomore Jeff Lindquist for several plays against Arizona State. He didn’t attempt a pass but ran twice for 10 yards.
The sack king
Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha recorded two sacks on Arizona State’s first drive in the third quarter, which moved him to the top of Washington’s all-time sack list and tied for the school’s season sack record.
Kikaha sped past ASU left tackle Jamil Douglas on both plays to sack quarterback Taylor Kelly. Kikaha (31 sacks) zoomed pass Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who set the previous sack record at 30 between 2006-09.
Kikaha is tied with Jason Chorak (1996) for the season record at 14.5.
Kikaha finished with six tackles, four solo, and four tackles for loss.
It was simply a miserable night for Washington punter Koree Durkee, who had tremendous difficulty with the inclement weather at Husky Stadium and constant pressure from Arizona State defenders.
His first two attempts traveled 42 and 45 yards, respectively, but then things got progressively worse for the junior from Gig Harbor.
His next four punts were 20, 36, 24 and a season-low 15 yards. The last two attempts gave the Sun Devils good field position, and they capped a low-scoring first half with drives that ended with a touchdown and field goal to take a 10-0 lead at halftime.
Before Saturday, Durkee had a 42.2 punting average that ranked fifth in the Pac-12. He finished with seven punts, averaging 30.1 yards.
Durkee was replaced by freshman Tristan Vizcaino in the third quarter. Vizcaino punted once for 33 yards.
• John Ross III had a 77-yard kickoff return just before halftime negated due to a a holding penalty on freshman receiver Brayden Lenius. It’s the third long return Ross has had overturned because of penalties. He returned 100-yard kicks for touchdowns against Stanford and Illinois.
• UW observed a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday.
• Freshman Budda Baker served as a UW game captain for the first time, along with seniors Hau’oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton and Micah Hatchie.
• The Huskies were coming off a 45-20 loss at Oregon a week earlier. Petersen had not lost two games in a row since the end of the 2007 season at Boise State.
• UW’s last victory over a ranked team was against Petersen’s Boise State team to open the 2013 season.