Big statement game by UCLA, finishing off a back-and-forth shootout with a methodical, game-winning drive capped by Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 33-yard field goal.
What was far from a perfect beginning — a coin-toss mishap that gave ASU possession to start both halves, a muffed punt return by Steven Manfro — turned into a signature moment for Brett Hundley at the end of the game. The redshirt freshman overcame a spotty line that allowed five sacks, as well as his own interception earlier, for a clutch performance beyond his years: 4 of 5, for 45 yards. With Arizona State having scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:33 left, he pulled the Bruins through the small window of hope they had left.
Tailback Johnathan Franklin also rushed for 19 yards on three touches, including the final 7-yard run that set up Fairbairn’s game-winner.
Wide receivers had left plays on the field throughout the game, but UCLA still put up big numbers against what was the Pac-12′s top pass defense at the beginning of the day. The Bruins passed for 274 yards against a unit that hadn’t allowed more than 192 all year.
Franklin, who churned out 164 yards on 26 carries, is 21 yards away from the school career yardage record. Would be a huge surprise if he doesn’t break it next week at the Rose Bowl.
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Quick stat breakdown
486 yards (212 rush, 274 pass)
6.2 yards per play
47 rush plays to 31 pass plays
7-13 on third downs
27:06 possession time
96 tackles (8 TFL), 5 sacks (-23 yards), 1 INT
535 yards (220 rush, 315 pass)
5.7 yards per play
59 rush plays to 35 pass plays
7-19 on third downs
32:54 possession time
68 tackles (9 TFL), 5 sacks (-19 yards), 1 INT, 1 FR, 2 BU