UCLA Upsets No. 20 Arizona St., Now Tied For First Place In Pac-12 South

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First-Place UCLA In Control Of Own Destiny In Pac-12 South

Sixteen days ago, on October 20, the UCLA Bruins were embarrassed on national television in Tucson with a 48-12 loss to the Arizona Wildcats. It led some, like Bruins Nation, calling for regime change in Westwood. Now, somehow, two weeks later, the UCLA Bruins are tied for first place in the Pac-12 South Division.

Even better for the Bruins, they are in the driver's seat, in control of their own destiny with the tiebreaker over Arizona St. Sun Devils. Their next two games are against conference newcomers Utah and Colorado, who have combined for two conference wins, though the trip to Salt Lake City next week against the Utes won't be easy. Here's a look at the standings in the Pac-12 South Division:

Pac-12 South Division Standings
Team Conference Overall Remaining Games
UCLA 4-2 5-4 at Utah, Colorado, at USC
Arizona St. 4-2 6-3 at WSU, Arizona, Cal
USC* 4-2 7-2 Was, at Oregon, UCLA
Utah 2-4 5-4 UCLA, at WSU, Colorado
Arizona 1-6 2-7 at Colorado, at ASU, Louisiana-Lafayette
Colorado 0-6 1-9 Arizona, at UCLA, at Utah
*USC is ineligible for postseason play

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game will be held on Friday, December 2 at the home stadium of the division winner with the best record (in other words, the winner of Stanford vs. Oregon next Saturday). UCLA still has a long way to go before booking team travel plans for December 2, but the fact that they are in this position is a story in itself.

For more UCLA football news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. ASU: Bruins Upset Sun Devils 29-28, Move Into First Place In Pac-12 South

Kevin Prince threw for 196 yards and ran for 61 more, leading the UCLA Bruins to a comeback 29-28 win over the Arizona St. Sun Devils Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins, who have won two straight games for the first time all season, are suddenly in control of their own destiny and in first place in the Pac-12 South Division.

Sun Devils kicker Alex Garoutte missed a 46-yard potential game-winning field goal as time expired, his third miss of the night.

Running back Derrick Coleman ran for 119 yards on 17 carries for the Bruins (5-4, 4-2), including the deciding touchdown from one yard out with 49 seconds left in the game. Coleman had a 41-yard run earlier on the drive that put the Bruins in the red zone.

Running back Cameron Marshall and quarterback Brock Osweiler were instrumental in a 10-play, 93-yard drive that gave the Sun Devils (6-3, 4-2) the lead with 7:48 remaining in the game. Marshall ran for 39 of his career-high 168 yards on the drive, and Osweiler threw for 53 yards on the drive and capped it off with a quarterback sneak from one yard out.

UCLA struck first on the second play of the half. Wide receiver Nelson Rosario found himself 15 yards behind the secondary and Kevin Prince found him for a 76-yard touchdown to widen the Bruins' lead to 23-14.

The Bruins were hurt in the third quarter by a pair of holding penalties. One wiped out a 41-yard run by Johnathan Franklin, then on the next series a nearly 60-yard run by Prince was erased by a holding call on Rosario.

UCLA looked like they would get hurt again by Franklin with a fumble with 12:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the first turnover of the game, and it came at the ASU 25-yard line, but the Bruins defense was able to hold Osweiler and the Sun Devils to a three-and-out.

The Bruins fumbled again on the kickoff after ASU took the lead, but kicker Alex Garoutte missed a 36-yard field goal that would have given the Sun Devils an eight-point lead.

The Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 with a +14 turnover margin this season.

The Bruins travel to Salt Lake City next Saturday to battle the Utah Utes (5-4, 2-4).

For more UCLA football news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. ASU: Derrick Coleman Touchdown Gives Bruins 16-14 Halftime Lead

Derrick Coleman scored a rushing touchdown from one yard out with 4:25 remaining in the second quarter, giving the UCLA Bruins a 16-14 lead at halftime over the No. 20 Arizona St. Sun Devils. The winner of Saturday's college football contest at the Rose Bowl will be in first place in the Pac-12 South Division.

The run by Coleman capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive for UCLA, which chewed up over six minutes on the clock. Coleman ran for 36 yards on six carries on that drive alone, and was part of a three-headed ground attack for the Bruins in the first half. Quarterback Kevin Prince ran for 42 yards on eight carries and tailback Johnathan Franklin picked up 33 yards on eight carries.

Earlier in the quarter, senior kicker Tyler Gonzalez, who was the manager of the UCLA soccer team the last two years, recovered from his missed extra-point in the first quarter to kick a career-long 43-yard field goal with 12:17 remaining in the second quarter. The bad part for UCLA was that the field goal by Gonzalez completed a scoring "drive" that lost seven yards.

Josh Smith returned a kickoff 78 yards to the ASU 19-yard line to set up the Bruins with great field position, but they couldn't capitalize. Kevin Prince lost two yards on a rushing attempt on first down, was sacked for a five-yard loss on second down, then lost the ball after nearly getting sacked on third down, but the final play was ruled an incomplete pass.

The Sun Devils returned the favor of not converting a strong kickoff return, as Jamal Miles returned the ball to the UCLA 43-yard line, but Arizona St. went three and out and were forced to punt.

UCLA will need to do a better job defensively in the second half, as Arizona St. racked up 15 first downs and 246 yards on offense in the opening half. The Bruins will receive the kickoff to open the third quarter.

For more UCLA football news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. Arizona St. Game Score: Bruins Trail 7-6 After First Quarter

The UCLA Bruins had a solid rushing effort with 81 yards on the ground in the opening 12 minutes, but a missed extra point is the difference so far. The Arizona St. Sun Devils lead the Bruins 7-6 after the first quarter quarter at the Rose Bowl in the Pac-12 South Division showdown.

Kevin Prince, who rushed for 163 yards in last week's win over Cal, had two long runs during the opening drive. Prince ran for 27 yards on 3rd-and-4, then followed that up with another 21-yard run out of the option on the very next play. Johnathan Franklin ran for 22 yards of his own on that first drive, including getting to the outside for an 11-yard touchdown run to the left pylon.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, kicker Tyler Gonzalez pushed the extra point wide right. It was the fifth extra point missed by the Bruins this year, tied with the Arizona Wildcats for most in the conference.

Junior wide receiver A.J. Pickens, a graduate of Don Lugo High School in Chino, caught a crossing pattern from Brock Osweiler and took it 36 yards into the end zone and a lead for the Sun Devils.

For more UCLA football news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


Arizona State Vs. UCLA Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Every game is critical at this point in the season, but the UCLA Bruins need a signature victory on their resumé. With the nationally ranked Arizona State Sun Devils making the trip to Los Angeles this weekend, that victory can be achieved if the team can avoid the silly mistakes that have plagued them throughout the season.

The Sun Devils will not fall easily. Quarterback Brock Osweiler has been excellent in 2011 and Vontaze Burfict is one of the best linebackers in the country. Arizona State has been prone to falling behind early on the road and they will look to buck that trend this afternoon.

Kickoff Time: 4:30 p.m. locally in SoCal.

TV Coverage: Versus will carry the game live.

Radio: 570 KLAC-AM locally. It will also be broadcast on Sirius 139 and XM 167.

Weather Forecast: A perfect night for football is expected. Temperatures will be in the low-60's at kickoff.

Opening Line: The Bruins are eight-point underdogs.

Team Sites: Bruins NationHouse of Sparky


UCLA vs. ASU Final Injury Report: Bruins Hit Hard With Various Injuries

Despite not receiving much nation attention, this weekend's Pac-12 matchup between the UCLA Bruins and Arizona State Sun Devils has big BCS implications. Even with the struggles they've suffered throughout the year, the Bruins have a chance to control their own destiny should they pull the upset victory.

Arizona State will not go down without a fight. This team is nationally ranked, hungry for a bowl game and they know a win today essentially clinches the South division. 

Here is Ted Miller's final injury report:

Arizona State:
CB Deveron Carr, concussion, probable
TE Trevor Kohl, shoulder, questionable
OT Evan Finkenberg, knee, questionable

QB Richard Brehaut, leg, doubtful
P Jeff Locke, shoulder, probable
OG Chris Ward, knee, out
S Dietrich Riley, neck, out
S Tony Dye, neck, out
TE John Young, knee, out
LB David Allen, knee, probable
DE Iuta Tepa, back, probable
DT Cassius Marsh, suspended, out

The Sun Devils should be good to go on Saturday and will not be without any of their star players. As for the Bruins, the team has been banged up all season and the lack of depth is a serious concern for the coaching staff. If even more injuries arise for UCLA, it could be a long day in Los Angeles.


UCLA vs ASU: Bruins Safety Dietrich Riley Will Not Play Saturday

UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will not play this Saturday against Arizona State at the request of team doctors after suffering a very scary neck injury last weekend against Cal. Riley was hurt making a tackle and briefly lost feeling in his body.

He never lost consciousness, but as Riley noted, "It was scary. I couldn't feel my upper or lower body. I'm just thankful I'm walking, I'm alive. It could have been more severe."

Riley was taken to the hospital from the game, but released on Sunday. He had hoped to play this weekend, but has decided to play it safe. He was officially diagnosed with a stinger.

"I think it's smart to sit out," Riley said. "I think we have great enough depth at the safety position, and we have guys who are willing to step in and carry on. I'm just being safe for precautionary reasons."

ESPNLA reports on the injury:

For more on UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. Arizona St. Football: Series History

The UCLA Bruins hope for more home success on Saturday against the No. 20 Arizona St. Sun Devils in a Pac-12 Conference showdown at the Rose Bowl. The winner of the Saturday afternoon college football contest will assume the lead in the Pac-12 South Division. The Bruins have won four of their last five home games against the Sun Devils, but have lost three of their last four against them overall.

Here are the last 10 meetings between these two schools:

  • 2010: at ASU 55, UCLA 34
  • 2009: at UCLA 24, ASU 13
  • 2008: at ASU 34, UCLA 9
  • 2007: No. 9 ASU 24, at UCLA 20
  • 2006: UCLA 24, at ASU 12
  • 2005: at No. 14 UCLA 45, ASU 35
  • 2004: at No. 21 ASU 48, UCLA 42
  • 2003: at UCLA 20, ASU 13
  • 2001: at UCLA 52, ASU 42
  • 1999: at ASU 28, UCLA 27

This is the first time either school has been ranked in their meeting since the No. 9 Sun Devils won at the Rose Bowl in 2007. Home teams have won eight of the last 10 games in the series. UCLA leads the all-time series with ASU 16-10-1.

Saturday's 4:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Versus, with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the call. For more UCLA football news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. Arizona St.: Neuheisel Says Turnovers Will Be Key Saturday

The UCLA Bruins have their work cut out for them on Saturday afternoon in their battle for Pac-12 South supremacy against the Arizona St. Sun Devils at the Rose Bowl. With a win, UCLA (4-4, 3-2) would tie Arizona St. (6-2, 4-1) atop the Pac-12 Southern Division and hold the tiebreaker. But to do so, the Bruins will need to win the turnover battle.

The Sun Devils rank fifth nationally and first in the conference with a turnover margin of +1.50 per game. Arizona St. has recovered 12 fumbles and intercepted 13 passes, both tops in the Pac-12, a trend not lost on UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel. "They're aggressive. There is lots of stripping, where they just reach in and take it from you. They are certainly fast with a great pass rush that can force the ball thrown a little early," Neuheisel said after practice on Thursday.

"They've been ballhawks in the back end, with a lot of interceptions. Watching them play, I just watched the end of the USC game. That was the difference in the game were the turnovers, especially down in the red zone," said Neuheisel.

UCLA quarterbacks have thrown just four interceptions this season, tied with Stanford for the fewest in the conference. They have also thrown the fewest passing attempts in the conference, with 196, including just 18 in last Saturday's win over Cal.

The Bruins' best hope is to utilize the ground game, as they are third in the Pac-12 in both rushing yards and yards per carry this season. They have also lost a conference-worst 10 fumbles, which will need to improve against Arizona State. "It's going to be key to our success to take care of the football," Neuheisel said.

Saturday's 4:30 p.m. game will be televised by Versus. For more on UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. ASU: Vontaze Burfict Not Special, Says Joseph Fauria

The UCLA Bruins and the Arizona St. Sun Devils are set to battle. And again, a prominent player is taking shots at Vontaze Burfict.

There's a lot of hype surrounding ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict as being a fearsome defender who will make it very difficult on every opposing offense to try and make crucial plays to keep drives going. At least, that's the reputation surrounding him.

His high school teammate Joseph Fauria isn't buying it, and the UCLA tight end had some pretty striking thought on the subject. Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports obtained these quotes from the Bruins tight end.

"He's another guy," junior tight end Joseph Fauria said. "I played him in high school, I don't think he's anything special at all."

Fauria did go on to say, "I'm not going to knock him, he's a great player."

So, which is it?

The last person to make comments like these concerning Burfict before a game with the Devils was Matt Barkley, and that didn't exactly end well. Should we just cue the three forced fumbles by Burfict on the Bruins tight end. Plus a couple of drops after punishing hits from the linebacker?

For more on UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation. For more on ASU football, check out House of Sparky.


UCLA Safety Tevin McDonald Named Pac-12 Defensive Player Of The Week

UCLA Bruins redshirt freshman safety had a fantastic game against the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday, tying the school record with three interceptions in the Bruins' 31-14 triumph at the Rose Bowl. On Monday, McDonald was rewarded as the Bank of the West Defensive Player of the Week by the Pac-12.

McDonald was the fifth Bruin to record three interceptions in one game, and he also tied the Pac-12 freshman record with those three picks. McDonald also recorded three tackles. He is the first UCLA Bruin to win a conference player of the week award this season.

It was a busy Monday for the McDonald family. Tevin's brother T.J., a safety at USC, was suspended for the first half Friday against the Colorado Buffaloes for a hit on Chris Owusu in the loss to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night. Both Tevin and T.J. are sons of former USC All-American and former NFL All-Pro safety Tim McDonald.

Tevin McDonald and the Bruins battle Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner grabbing first place in the Pac-12 South Division.

For more UCLA football news and notes, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs Arizona St. Gambling Odds: Bruins 8.5-Point Underdogs In Pac-12 South Showdown At Rose Bowl

UCLA's season has been nothing but back and forth. They haven't lost two games in a row. But they also haven't won two games straight either. Sitting at 4-4 and coming off a win against California last Saturday, if the trend continues, the Bruins next game against No. 21 Arizona State will be a loss.

And Vegas seems to agree.

The Bruins are currently installed as 8.5 to 10 point underdogs (depending on which sportsbook you look at) against the Sun Devils. The Bruins have allowed at least 38 points in each of their four losses and will need a strong defensive effort in order to halt that trend.

It won't be easy as the Sun Devils are 22nd in the country in points per game with almost a 36 ppg average. But trends usually need something unusual to be broken, so the UCLA defense will need a strong performance against a powerful offense to give the Bruins their first winning streak of the season.


UCLA Vs. Arizona State: Bruins Not Thinking About Pac-12 Title Game Just Yet

The No. 20 Arizona Sun Devils will be visiting the Rose Bowl on Saturday. If the UCLA Bruins can manage to defeat them, they will move into a tie for first place in the South Division of the Pac-12. That would take the Bruins one step closer to potentially being the first-ever Pac-12 Conference champions. But as far as head coach Rick Neuheisel is concerned, the team has their minds firmly in the present, according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times.

"I think our mind-set needs to be what we do rather than what might or might not be. We learned that lesson the hard way," said Neuheisel, in reference to the last time this season the Bruins were looking at moving into a first-place tie in their division. They wound up suffering a 48-12 loss to the Arizona Wildcats that week.

The Bruins are hoping that they will fare against Arizona's other Pac-12 team, and are most likely feeling bolstered by their big 31-14 win over the Cal Golden Bears. If things go UCLA's way, they'll leave Saturday night's game tied with the Sun Devils at number one in the division.

If you want to get giddy about the Bruins this week, connect with your fellow fans over at Bruins Nation.

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