UCLA’s Rose Bowl hopes die in 38-33 loss to Arizona State

A 38-33 loss to Arizona State ensured that UCLA won’t be going to its first Rose Bowl since 1999. Our coverage from last night’s regular-season home finale:

– The Bruins defense didn’t look the same without linebacker Myles Jack, who was used solely at running back.
– Brett Hundley followed his slow start with a sharp second half, while Ishmael Adams was the team’s surprise MVP.
– With a BCS bowl out of reach, UCLA is left trying to salvage its season.

For reference, here’s the selection order for Pac-12 affiliated bowls: Continue reading

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What to watch: No. 14 UCLA vs. No. 17 Arizona State

UCLA must beat Arizona State to keep its Rose Bowl hopes alive. Here’s how the matchups break down. (Prediction below.)

UCLA offense vs. Arizona State defense: Brett Hundley’s current three-game streak without an interception is the longest of his career. The Sun Devils have 17 picks on the season, tied for first in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally.

Cornerback Robert Nelson is coming off a career game, taking one of his two interceptions against Oregon State to the end zone. Continue reading

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Injury update: Tailback Jordon James closer to full health


– Running back Jordon James is also expected to play after missing five of UCLA’s last six games. Coach Jim Mora admitted that he should not have let James play against Colorado, a game in which the junior tweaked his ankle after six carries.

“That’s on me,” he said. “He wanted to play, but sometimes the coach’s job is to protect him from himself. … But he’s really been good this week.

“Last week, when he was going to his left and trying to catch a swing pass, he couldn’t put his right foot in the ground and burst off of it. This week, I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t seen him limp, I haven’t seen him favor it at all on any of the cuts.”

Senior Malcolm Jones has also been cleared to play after taking a blow to the head on Friday. Continue reading

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