Wrapping up UCLA’s 23-20 loss to Arizona State

UCLA's Josh Rosen fumbles the ball as Arizona State's JoJo Wicker, middle, and Salamo Fiso moves in to make a recovery during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

UCLA’s Josh Rosen fumbles the ball as Arizona State’s JoJo Wicker, middle, and Salamo Fiso moves in to make a recovery during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Last week, receiver Darren Andrews said there would be a day when UCLA wouldn’t be able to dig itself out of an early hole. That day was Saturday.

The UCLA offense struggled all night against Arizona and the defense eventually wore down in the desert as the Bruins lost a bizarre game, 23-20. Quarterback Josh Rosen‘s health becomes a concern for the Bruins going forward as he left the game twice, including in the fourth quarter due to what looked like a right arm injury.

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UCLA game GIFs: Arizona State 23, UCLA 20

UCLA lost an exceedingly ugly football game Saturday night in which the Bruins rushed for a net minus-1 yard. Josh Rosen was sacked three times, left the game twice, and finished the game on the sideline with pain in his right arm.

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UCLA game day links: Bruins looking for consistency

Josh Rosen rolls out of the pocket against Arizona. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Josh Rosen rolls out of the pocket against Arizona. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Linebackers coach Scott White tells the UCLA football team that when the Bruins do things right, “they’re pretty tough to deal with.” UCLA hopes today is one of those days when things go right. If it is, then it’ll be the first time this year.

Consistency is the key for UCLA (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) heading into the midpoint of the season. Getting everything to click on offense, defense and special teams is necessary to keep pace in the Pac-12 South.

UCLA faces Arizona State in Tempe tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT. TV on ESPN2, radio on AM 570.

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First look: UCLA at Arizona State

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UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
TV: ESPN2
Radio: AM 570

Scouting report: Quarterback Manny Wilkins was knocked out of the loss to USC in the first quarter with a left leg injury. Although head coach Todd Graham told reporters Monday that Wilkins is not expected to miss significant time, the quarterback is still doubtful for Saturday’s game against UCLA. Redshirt freshman Brady White could get his first career start. He was 6 for 13 passing for 80 yards after replacing Wilkins against USC. … Arizona State has one of the most prolific offenses in the conference, but one of the worst defenses. The Sun Devils are fourth and fifth in the conference in points per game (43) and yards per game (466.8), respecitvely. On the other side of the ball, they’re 10th in points allowed (35.6) and last in yards allowed (503.8). The Sun Devils give up 396.4 yards per game in through the air, by far the worst in the conference. The next worst team, Washington State, is more than 100 yards better (294 yards allowed). Continue reading

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