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Arizona State finally gets statement win under Graham by routing Washington

  • Arizona State head coach Todd Graham makes a call against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 53-24. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona State head coach Todd Graham makes a call against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 53-24. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier (82) makes the catch as Washington defensive back Will Shamburger (13) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 53-24. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier (82) makes the catch as Washington defensive back Will Shamburger (13) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 53-24. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (The Associated Press)

Arizona State finally got the signature victory it had been missing by beating Washington.

The Sun Devils had come up short in potential statement games under coach Todd Graham over the past two seasons, including losses to Stanford and Notre Dame this year.

Arizona State beat then-No. 20 Wisconsin earlier this season, but it was clouded by a controversial finish. The Sun Devils also rolled over Southern California, but the Trojans were already in disarray and about to lose their coach.

The victory over Washington on Saturday should change perceptions.

By dominating a ranked team on both sides of the ball, the Sun Devils raced off to the kind of victory that should show they belong on the big stage.