UCLA vs. Arizona State: Bruins pull out late win

UCLA moved to 6-2 on the season thanks to a dramatic 45-43 fourth-quarter comeback in Tempe.

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What does UCLA's victory over ASU prove?

The UCLA Bruins beat the Arizona St. Sun Devils on Saturday in a game that saw them go down 14-0 before they knew what was happening. Four lead changes later, they walked off the field winners.


Bruins Nation reacts to UCLA's big win over ASU

It was a game for the ages, two teams looking to make a name for themselves in the Pac-12, both chasing the big boys in Oregon, Oregon State and USC and having to get through each other to get there. UCLA beat Arizona State 45-43 on Saturday on a game-winning field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn as time expired.

But as you take a look at Bruins Nation's breakdown of what transpired, being a UCLA fan while watching that game was tough.

I had a spectacular post game written up. I was writing it during the second half, and it had details of how the first half was actually pretty good for us.

And then the second half happened. And in particular, the fourth quarter.

That's when it got fun. The Bruins entered the fourth with a nine-point lead, gave up a touchdown, scored a touchdown then gave up another touchdown and a field goal. It was the end of the fourth and their nine-point lead was gone. It took a 33-yard kick from Fairbairn to escape Tempe with a win.

And at the end of the day, that's all that matters. All that matters to a team with one of the biggest road wins in recent memory and for a fanbase that always seems to get teased by the potential of this program every year. But here's what Bruins Nation wants you to know.

You know what? WE'RE BOWL ELIGIBLE. IN OCTOBER. Although our overall goals for this season are way more than bowl eligibility, we may have accomplished something small today - confidence for our kicker, and confidence that we can come from behind and put together the drive that we need to win games. Yeah that sentence didn't make sense. Lots of this game didn't make sense. You know what makes sense?


That's all that really matters.


UCLA vs. Arizona State final: Bruins win 45-43

For the second year in a row, the UCLA Bruins and Arizona State Sun Devils came down to a final field goal.

Last year it was ASU missing late to lose the game, while this year it was Ka'imi Fairbairn sealing it for UCLA in the final seconds. With the 45-43 win, UCLA becomes bowl eligible in October for the first time since 2005. Down 14-0 in the first quarter, UCLA came back to go up 21-17 at halftime and managed to hold on through a back-and-forth second half.

All told, the game featured four lead changes and more than 1,000 yards of offense. ASU had 535 total yards, with Taylor Kelly completing 25-of-35 passes for 315 yards. Brett Hundley wasn't far behind, with 274 yards on 19-of-31 attempts. Both teams had four passing touchdowns and one interception. Damien Thigpen was the big receiver for UCLA, with 92 yards on three catches including two touchdowns, while D.J. Foster had seven catches for 107 for ASU.

ASU's defense managed to sack Hundley seven times, with Carl Bradford picking up three of them and Junior Onyeali adding two. Hundley managed to execute in spite of the pressure, including key passes that put UCLA in field goal range on the final drive. UCLA's defense didn't manage much in the way of backfield pressure, but Datone Jones and the rest of the front seven came through with some stops at key moments.

Box Score Hero: As has frequently been the case with UCLA, Johnathan Franklin carried the day. He had 164 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns, and was crucial in grinding out yards in the fourth quarter and on the final drive.

Rankings Ramifications: UCLA fell out of the rankings early in the season and is unlikely to climb back in at this point.

But Did They Cover? At +7, UCLA clearly covered the spread.

Next Week's Schedule: The Bruins next host the Arizona Wildcats, while the Sun Devils will head on the road to take on the Oregon St. Beavers.

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UCLA up by 2 as 4th quarter starts vs. ASU

The UCLA Bruins lead the Arizona St. Sun Devils after three quarters in Arizona, 35-33. The second half has been a back-and-forth affair, with UCLA picking up two touchdowns and ASU two touchdowns of their own and a field goal.

Due to punter Jeff Locke informing the refs that UCLA would "kick" rather than "defer," ASU received the ball to start both halves. They picked up a field goal on their opening drive of the second half, but UCLA answered with a 65 yard Brett Hundley pass to Damien Thigpen, putting them up 28-20.

ASU then had a long drive for a touchdown, but Sheldon Price was able to prevent the two-point conversion to hold on to UCLA's lead. UCLA added another score on a nine play, 75 yard drive, and they ended the quarter up 35-26. ASU was moving the ball as the quarter ended, though, and early in the fourth they scored a touchdown to bring the game back within two.

Hundley is 14-for-22 for 214 yards, and Johnathan Franklin has 102 yards on 19 carries. The receptions have been spread around, with eight different players connecting with Hundley.


Bruins, Sun Devils tied after 1st quarter

The UCLA Bruins are tied with the Arizona St. Sun Devils after one quarter of action in Arizona, 14-14. Things started ugly for after a muffed punt by Steven Manfro and a long ASU drive resulted in a 14-0 lead for the Sun Devils, but the Bruins have been able to settle in and make some gains.

Those gains have come almost entirely on the ground, either on rushing plays or on yards after the catch. Johnathan Franklin looks on his way to the kind of day UCLA needs from him, with 72 yards on nine carries in the first quarter. Brett Hundley has yet to stretch the field, but he did hook up with Devin Fuller, a true freshman recruited as a quarterback. Fuller caught a 15-yard pass in the end zone for UCLA's second score. Overall, Hundley is 5-of-9 for 63 yards.

ASU has been having their own success on offense, gashing the Bruins on their first full drive with a 10-play, 75-yard drive on a number of big runs. UCLA's defense appeared to be standing up, forcing a three-and-out on Arizona St.'s third drive, but as time expired in the quarter, they were again moving the ball.

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UCLA preps for ASU

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