One week after losing their undefeated 2016 record to USC, the Washington Huskies knew that they had to take care of business at home against the Arizona State Sun Devils to control their fate in the Pac-12 North and have any chance of moving back up into College Football Playoff contention.
The #6 Huskies were able to defend their turf with a 44-18 win that sounds comfortable, but might have been much more difficult had it not been for this second-quarter interception by defensive back Kevin King.
The score was 3-0 in the favor of the Huskies, as the home team struggled to get into any kind of rhythm offensively in the first quarter. Washington was likely feeling the hangover effect of that USC loss, but dropping a game to the 5-5 Sun Devils would have completely eliminated the 9-1 ball club from playoff consideration.
Arizona State faced 3rd-and-seven inside the Washington red zone when quarterback Manny Wilkins threw a fade to the back left corner of the end zone. You know that a play, especially a reception or interception, is special when the announcer has to pause to give his (or her) brain time to compute exactly what just happened. That is the case here as Kevin King blankets the receiver on the ball before somehow locating the ball and snagging it out of the air with a wild sweep of his left arm.
It is one of those plays that really does have to be seen to be believed as at no point during the play until he stands up with the ball does it look like King has any shot at making a play on it. The pick would have been difficult enough with two hands given that King is falling away from the pass and trying to keep his feet inbounds, but to make the interception with just one hand instantly makes this one of the plays of the season in the entire college football universe.
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