UCLA vs. Arizona State: Halftime update

Story of two games so far. First an odd coin toss screw-up by Jeff Locke that gave ASU the ball to start both halves; he said he wanted to kickoff rather than defer, giving the Sun Devils the option after halftime. Arizona State took advantage of a muffed punt by Steven Manfro after the UCLA defense forced a three-and-out. The Sun Devils scored two plays later on a 7-yard pass to Kevin Ozier, then gashed the Bruins on a methodical run game to go up 14-0 early.

UCLA responded with an impressive drive of its own, built mostly on the efforts of tailback Johnathan Franklin. Brett Hundley connected with Devin Fuller in the end zone for the receiver’s first catch. UCLA then took advantage with a brilliant punt, heavy pass pressure, and a bad pass by Taylor Kelly. Snatched it for a TD return to go up 21-17.

Franklin has been a machine today. He has 94 yards so far; needs 91 for school record career rushing.

Quick stat breakdown
218 yards (131 rush, 87 pass)
5.0 yards per play
27 rush plays to 17 pass plays
5-8 on third downs
49 tackles (5 TFL), 4 sacks, 1 INT
14:15 possession time

197 yards (101 rush, 96 pass)
4.4 yards per play
30 rush plays to 15 pass plays
4-10 on third downs
39 tackles (4 TFL), 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR
15:45 possession time

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