Sep 11, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards looks on against the UNLV Rebels during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State, ASU meet with eyes on Pac-12 division title

Arizona State and Oregon State enter the weekend with the thought that a Pac-12 division title, albeit difficult to achieve, is still a possibility with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

By kickoff late Saturday evening at Corvallis, Ore., the programs will know more about their fate based on the outcome of Oregon’s game earlier that day at Utah.

Oregon State (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) is hoping that Oregon (9-1, 6-1) loses at Utah. If that were to happen and the Beavers can top Arizona State and then beat the Ducks in Eugene, Ore., next week, Oregon State could claim the Pac-12 North title.

Arizona State (7-3, 5-2) needs a win against the Beavers and a loss by Utah (7-3, 6-1) to Oregon. Even then, the Sun Devils must count beat visiting Arizona next week and have the Utes lose to Colorado to win the Pac-12 South championship.

Arizona State has won its past two games against USC and Washington after losing consecutive games to Utah and Washington State. Oregon State rebounded from consecutive losses to Cal and Colorado by overpowering Stanford 35-14 last week at Corvallis.

The Beavers became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2013 with the victory.

Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith, hired in 2018 to coach at his alma mater, inherited a program that was coming off a 1-11 season.

“There’s no question this is big,” said Smith, who was the starting quarterback during Oregon State’s 2000 Fiesta Bowl season. “(Win) number six is big. I’m not going to dance around that. We’ve got a couple more games that can mean a whole lot.”

Chance Nolan completed 19 of 25 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard TD to Trevon Bradford that helped the Beavers end an 11-game losing streak against Stanford.

This will be the third straight season Arizona State will travel to Oregon State — last year’s Pac-12 schedules were altered because of COVID-19 protocols — with the teams splitting the previous two matchups.

The Sun Devils won the season finale 46-33 last year.

Arizona State is hoping momentum from last week’s 35-30 comeback win at Washington will carry over into Saturday. The Sun Devils overcame deficits of 14-0 early and 24-14 entering the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Rachaad White and Arizona State’s running game was impressive. White had 32 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns while the Sun Devils amassed 286 rushing yards.

“We hung together,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “That was the mindset going into it — all we have is each other. We have to count on each other.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) calls out a play in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Wazzu, Arizona State try to keep focus on field

Washington State and Arizona State, two Pac-12 programs rocked by off-the-field developments this season, will try to find themselves on the field at Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday.

The Cougars (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) lost to BYU 21-19 last week at Pullman, Wash., in their first game under Jake Dickert. The former defensive coordinator was elevated to interim head coach after Nick Rolovich and four assistants were fired for not complying with the Washington mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) is under investigation for recruiting violations, and assistant coaches Prentice Gill, Chris Hawkins and Adam Breneman have all been placed on paid leave.

The Sun Devils’ bye last week came at an opportune time following a disappointing 35-21 loss at Utah on Oct. 16 after the Arizona State led 21-7 at halftime.

Arizona State is healthier than it was for the Utah game.

Cornerback Chase Lucas and wide receiver Johnny Wilson are expected to play against Washington State, while safety Evan Fields will be a game-time decision. All are returning from injuries.

“We got a lot of guys back,” Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards said. “We’ve lost some pretty good players, especially on the D-line that are gone. That’s just how it goes. Every team has that. That’s what you deal with.”

Lucas, a senior who has played in 46 games since 2017, missed games on Sept. 25 and Oct. 16.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, has missed each of the past three games.

Fields, a senior, sat out two of the past three games.

Washington State and Arizona State each lost to both BYU and Utah, although the Cougars’ setbacks were by closer margins. Washington State’s 24-13 loss at Utah occurred last month.

The Cougars’ three-game winning streak was snapped in the loss to BYU despite three rushing touchdowns by Max Borghi.

Jayden de Laura, a sophomore recruited from Honolulu by Rolovich, completed 26 of 37 passes for 257 yards, but he didn’t throw a touchdown pass and had an interception.

“It’s a little bit learning on the fly,” Dickert said of his first experience as a head coach. “I felt it was really smooth. For the most part we operated as a staff.”

Dickert must now prepare for an Arizona State offense that is balanced with dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels and running backs Rachaad White (477 yards rushing and nine touchdowns), Daniyel Ngata (253 yards) and DeaMonte Trayanum (215 yards).

Arizona State is tied for seventh in the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2021; Tempe, Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) runs for a touchdown against Stanford during PAC-12 action at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Jayden Daniels leads No. 22 Arizona State past Stanford

Jayden Daniels scored on a long run and DeAndre Pierce notched a defensive touchdown to lead No. 22 Arizona State to a 28-10 victory over Stanford in Pac-12 play on Friday night at Tempe, Ariz.

Daniels scored on a 51-yard keeper while rushing for 76 yards. He also completed 14 of 23 passes for 175 yards as the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won their third straight game.

Rachaad White rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown and Elijhah Badger also had a rushing score for Arizona State. Jordan Clark, Jack Jones and Keon Markham had interceptions, and Tyler Johnson had two of the Sun Devils’ five sacks.

Tanner McKee completed 27 of 45 passes for 356 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Cardinal (3-3, 2-2). Elijah Higgins caught seven passes for 110 yards and one touchdown, and Benjamin Yurosek had six receptions for 118 yards.

Arizona State outgained Stanford 255 to 9 on the ground. Overall, the Sun Devils had 430 yards to the Cardinal’s 365.

Stanford pulled within 21-10 on Ryan Sanborn’s 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

The next time the Cardinal had possession, McKee was intercepted by Jones. But as he was about to be tackled, Jones lateraled the ball to Pierce, who ran 27 yards for a touchdown to give Arizona State an 18-point lead with 2:38 left in the game.

Daniels passed for 114 yards and rushed for 66 in the first half as the Sun Devils took a 21-7 lead.

Daniels scored Arizona State’s first touchdown with his legs as he dropped back to pass and saw nothing but open space in front of him. He took off and easily scored on the 51-yard run with 7:12 left in the opening quarter.

Just over three minutes later, Stanford knotted the score when McKee tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Higgins.

The Sun Devils regained the lead when White scored on a 5-yard run with 1:05 left in the stanza. Arizona State moved ahead 21-7 when Badger scored on a 22-yard run with 10:24 left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) looks to pass against Fresno State Bulldogs defensive back Justin Houston (13) in the second quarter at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State, No. 20 UCLA face mirror images at QB

Arizona State faces No. 20 UCLA in a matchup Saturday of Pac-12 teams looking to get the upper hand in the conference’s Southern Division.

The Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) will enter the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., after winning their first Pac-12 opener since Herm Edwards became head coach in 2018.

The 35-13 win over Colorado at home last week was highlighted by Jayden Daniels throwing for 236 yards and rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson is a similar dual threat quarterback coming off 251 yards passing and 30 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the Bruins’ 35-24 win at Stanford last week.

Chip Kelly and Edwards were each hired in 2018 and Kelly has a 2-1 edge over Edwards heading into Saturday’s game.

Thompson-Robinson is 2-0 in his career against Arizona State. In those two victories, he is 34 of 47 (72.3 percent) for 368 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 23 times for 64 yards and one score.

“I don’t know if you stop him. I think you try to contain him,” Edwards said of Thompson-Robinson. “No one is going to stop him. Great athlete — you’re not going to stop him. You can try to contain him and hold him to a minimum. You have to understand your rush lanes.”

Practicing against Daniels during the week helped the Sun Devils prepare for Thompson-Robinson because of their similar styles.

“Our quarterback does the same thing. You run past him upfield and you open windows for the guy to escape,” Edwards said.

UCLA (3-1, 1-0) is hoping Thompson-Robinson will be healthy Saturday. He was in obvious pain clutching his right arm late in the win over Stanford.

“The one thing I don’t think gets mentioned enough with Dorian is how tough he is. He’s been tough from the get-go,” Kelly said. “It’s an underrated quality for a quarterback to be a tough guy. It’s something that we’ve known for four years now.”

Saturday’s game will feature two potent rushing offenses that are fueled by their running quarterbacks.

UCLA has produced 200 or more rushing yards in seven of its last 10 games and has held the advantage in the run game in 10 consecutive games.

Arizona State is at 211.5 rushing yards per game this season, second best in the conference, while averaging 3.8 rushing touchdowns in each contest.

Conversely, the rushing defenses of both teams are similarly strong.

UCLA is allowing only 2.4 yards per carry and 64.0 rushing yards per game, fifth-fewest in the country, while Arizona State’s defense is giving up 3.5 yards per carry and 123.3 yards per game on the ground.

A matter of concern is UCLA’s secondary, which has allowed 330.3 passing yards per game, ranking fifth-most in the nation — especially with Daniels as Saturday’s opponent. He is completing nearly 73 percent of his passes (69 of 95) while passing for 808 yards.

“I’m confident our coaching staff will put a pretty good plan together in how to defend him, but that’s obviously the key — Jayden is the key to that offense and we need to contain him because he’s explosive in the run game,” Kelly said.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Tyrin Taylor (28) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton (6) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State begins Pac-12 play with big win over Colorado

Jayden Daniels threw for 236 yards and led Arizona State with 75 yards on seven rushes in the Sun Devils’ 35-13 victory Saturday over Colorado in Tempe, Ariz., in the Pac-12 opener for each team game

Daniels completed 18 of 25 passes, connecting with seven different receivers. He rushed for two touchdowns, including a twisting and turning 15-yard scamper that capped the Sun Devils’ scoring with 8:30 left in the game.

Arizona State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) pulled away with two touchdowns in the final quarter, also scoring on Rachaad White’s 30-yard touchdown reception on a lateral pass from wideout Ricky Pearsall.

The Sun Devils have outscored opponents 37-9 in the fourth quarter this season.

Arizona State, ranked 18th nationally in rushing offense averaging 226.3 yards entering the game, rushed for only 50 yards on 14 carries in the first half.

The Sun Devils finished with 167 yards on the ground, their ninth straight game with at least 150 yards rushing.

Arizona State led 14-3 at halftime behind its defense, which held Colorado to only 101 yards in total offense.

In a 30-0 loss to Minnesota at home last week, the Buffaloes had only 63 yards of total offense, including minus-19 on the ground.

Colorado (1-3, 0-1) finished with 183 yards rushing against the Sun Devils.

Arizona State, beset by 16 penalties for 121 yards in a loss last week at BYU, reduced that number to seven against Colorado, although they totaled 90 yards.

Daniels, who completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 138 yards in the first half, started Arizona State’s scoring with a 7-yard run with 7:45 left in the first quarter to put the Sun Devils ahead 7-0.

The Sun Devils increased the lead to 14-0 with 9:28 left in the second quarter on White’s 11-yard scoring run, which finished a seven-play, 72-yard possession.

Colorado’s offense awoke at the start of the second half with an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive that included Alex Fontenot rushing on the last five plays for 29 yards. His 1-yard score with 11:01 left in the third quarter cut the lead to 14-10.

Daniels responded by completing all three of his attempts for 42 yards in a 71-yard scoring drive.

White rushed twice for a combined 12 yards, and Elijhah Badger completed the possession with a 17-yard rushing touchdown with 7:53 left in the third quarter, enabling Arizona State to take a 21-10 lead.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; UNLV Rebels quarterback Doug Brumfield (2) dives for a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 Arizona St. scores 30 unanswered to rout UNLV

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels rushed for 125 yards on 13 carries and passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 23 Sun Devils to a 37-10 win over UNLV at Tempe, Ariz.

Rachaad White, who gained 90 yards on 22 carries, rushed for two touchdowns in the second half and Arizona State’s defense limited UNLV to 13 total yards and one first down after halftime.

Arizona State (2-0) led 14-10 at halftime but could have led by more with its final possession of the half stalling at the UNLV 26 when Daniels was sacked on a fourth-and-3 play.

Daniels led the Sun Devils in the first half with 80 yards rushing nine carries while also completing 12 of 16 pass attempts for 123 yards. He completed 20 of 29 passes in the game.

He was intercepted by Nohl Williams after Arizona State drove to the UNLV 11 in the first possession of the game.

The Rebels (0-2) drove to the Arizona State 10 before Daniel Gutierrez made a 28-yard field goal with 4:40 left in the first quarter. The drive was 16 plays for 70 yards that took 7:40 off the clock.

Daniels then engineered an 11-play, 71-yard scoring drive culminating with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Wilson with 13:42 left in the second quarter that put Arizona State ahead 7-3.

UNLV again developed a sustained drive of 10 plays covering 75 yards that resulted in 4-yard touchdown run by Doug Brumfield with 8:46 left in the second quarter.

Arizona State took a 14-10 lead on Daniyel Ngata’s 13-yard touchdown run with 2:56 remaining as part of an 11-play, 62-yard drive.

White’s first touchdown run of 9 yards with 45 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Sun Devils a 21-10 lead. Arizona State started that possession at the UNLV 37 after a 17-yard punt return by D.J. Taylor.

White then scored on a 1-yard run with 13:10 remaining in the game with Arizona State starting at its 48-yard line following a UNLV punt deep from its own territory.

It is White’s fourth straight game with multiple touchdown runs.

Arizona State rushed for 290 yards while UNLV finished with 155 total yards.

–Field Level Media

Sep 2, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards looks on during the second half against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Penalties haunt No. 23 ASU heading into game vs. UNLV

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said he is mostly concerned about his team’s penalties and UNLV’s running game ahead of the matchup between the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils and the Rebels at Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday night.

The Sun Devils (1-0) defeated Southern Utah 41-14 in the season opener last week despite committing 13 penalties for 135 yards, the most they have had since Edwards began his tenure at Arizona State before the 2018 season.

Edwards’ team committed 11 penalties in the first half.

He told the media Monday that he counted three times Arizona State had first-and-15 or longer, three other times it was second-and-14 and three times it was third-and-16 or longer.

“Those are bad downs. You can’t be in those kinds of downs,” Edwards said. “To keep the ball going, to keep the drive going, those are hard to get out of. And so we have to get away from that.”

UNLV (0-1) will travel to Tempe coming off a 35-33, double-overtime loss at home to Eastern Washington last week. UNLV’s Charles Williams gained 172 yards on 27 carries, an average of 6.4 yards per rush, and scored two touchdowns.

UNLV’s strength is its running game inasmuch as its quarterbacks, Doug Brumfield and Justin Rogers, threw for only 140 yards on 12-of-23 passing with no touchdowns and one interception.

“Defensively, we have a task ahead of us with this run game they have because they do a nice job of running the ball,” Edwards said of UNLV. “So we have to get that stopped. … You still have to have your gap integrity. You have to trust that if I’m supposed to be in the A, B or C gap, I have to trust that I have to stay in this gap.”

Arizona State has a credible running game balanced by the playmaking ability of quarterback Jayden Daniels, who completed 10-of-12 passes for 132 yards before leaving in the third quarter because of leg cramps.

Five ASU players rushed for at least 25 yards, led by Rachaad White’s 58 yards on seven carries, and the Sun Devils finished with 222 yards rushing on 40 carries, with six touchdowns.

Arizona State is 9-1 when running for more than 200 yards under Edwards.

UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo announced Monday that Brumfield will start against Arizona State.

Brumfield entered the game against Eastern Washington midway through the third quarter after the offense struggled to produce with Rogers behind center. The Rebels trailed by 14 points at that point.

“I feel like I prepare as the starter if I’m not starting,” Brumfield said. “We all prepare the same because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Brumfield led UNLV to a comeback to force overtime. He completed 5-of-12 pass attempts for 117 yards, threw an interception and rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown.

“He provided a great spark. Really built off of some of the things he did in camp,” Arroyo said. “I’m excited to see him get in with a true week going in as the guy for the first time. Excited to see him grow.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) looks to throw against the Oregon State Beavers during the first half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona St. clips Oregon St. behind Daniels’ 3 TDs

Jayden Daniels completed a 63-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 53-yard score as one of his two touchdown runs in a 46-33 win over Oregon State at Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday night.

Daniels also scored on a 7-yard run to help the Sun Devils (2-2) win their last two games in which they scored 116 points. ASU routed rival Arizona 70-7 last week.

Rachaad White rushed for 158 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns, including a 55-yard burst.

Daniels completed 8 of 15 passes for 139 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 83 yards on six carries.

ASU’s running game produced 375 yards on 42 carries (8.9 yards a carry) with six touchdowns.

Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson returned after an ankle injury against Stanford last week kept him sidelined in the second half. Jefferson rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries in the first half and finished with 103 yards on 24 rushes.

ASU responded with touchdowns on four straight possessions in the first half after Oregon State (2-5) scored first on a 12-yard pass from Chance Nolan to Tyjon Lindsey with 8:56 left in the first quarter.

Among the Sun Devils’ four touchdowns in that stretch were a 7-yard run and 63-yard pass by Daniels.

White’s 4-yard touchdown run with 7:22 left in the second quarter gave ASU a 26-7 lead.

Oregon State closed to within 26-15 when Jack Colletto scored on a 1-yard run with 1:44 left in the half. The 65-yard drive lasted 12 plays and took 5:38.

On ASU’s first possession of the second half, Daniels rushed 53 yards for a touchdown with 10:50 left to put the Sun Devils ahead 33-15.

After an 11-yard scoring run by Colletto, the Sun Devils again produced a big play with a 55-yard scoring run by White to increase the lead to 40-21.

A 24-yard scoring strike from Nolan to Tre’Shaun Harrison was answered by Ricky Pearsall scoring on a 29-yard reverse run, giving ASU a 46-27 lead with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter.

Nolan completed 9 of 23 pass attempts for 114 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He rushed eight times for 60 yards.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) runs for a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Winless Arizona, Arizona State still hyped for rivalry

Arizona and visiting Arizona State each will be looking for their first victory of the season when they meet in their annual rivalry game Friday in Tucson, Ariz.

Granted, the Sun Devils (0-2, 0-2 Pac-12) have only played twice, the fewest of any FBS program that isn’t sitting out this pandemic-impacted season. They got back on the field Saturday, losing 25-18 to UCLA, after missing three weeks of action.

The news is worse for Arizona (0-4, 0-4).

The Wildcats have lost a school-record 11 consecutive games, with 10 of the defeats coming by double-digit margins.

Given all that, each team is happy to throw out the records when they battle for the Territorial Cup in a series that dates to 1899.

“It’s a rivalry game, that’s the first thing,” said Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin, looking for his first win in his third try against Arizona State.

“A lot of guys know each other. It’s intense, between players and coaches. It’s a pride situation. For our fans and alumni, their fans and alumni, it’s a big deal in this state. We’re both coming into this thing looking for a win. I think that actually raises things up a little bit more.”

Arizona State began the season with hopes of winning the Pac-12 South but opened with a 28-27 loss to then-No. 20 Southern California when the Sun Devils allowed two touchdowns in the final three minutes.

Head coach Herm Edwards said his team started “kind of slow” last Saturday after not playing for a month. There hasn’t been a lot of time for sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels to get into a rhythm with new offensive coordinator Zak Hill and plenty of new wideouts.

Daniels has completed 32 of 58 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

“I think it’s still a work in progress,” Edwards said. “The only way you can work it out is you have to play games.”

This week, the Sun Devils might want to use a heavy dose of running backs Chip Trayanum (27 carries, 192 yards) and Rachaad White (19-129). The Wildcats gave up 407 rushing yards, including 301 to Jarek Broussard, in a 24-13 home loss to Colorado last week.

Only Bowling Green has given up more rushing yards per game than Arizona’s 273.5.

On the other hand, the Wildcats’ running game might be their strength on offense. Gary Brightwell and Michael Wiley each topped 100 rushing yards last week.

Sumlin said Monday he was unsure if starting quarterback Grant Gunnell would be available. Gunnell injured his shoulder on Arizona’s first snap against UCLA two weeks ago. True freshman Will Plummer has taken every snap since then, completing 36 of 67 passes for 305 yards, with three interceptions and no touchdowns.

“Our issues were not related to the quarterback position Saturday,” Sumlin said. “As you watch what happened, we had issues in protection.”

Arizona allows 4.25 sacks per game, the fourth-worst mark in the country.

Arizona State is looking for its fourth consecutive win in the rivalry, which would be its longest since winning four in a row from 1975-78. The Sun Devils were 11-point favorites early in the week.

“They have not won a game; we have not won a game this season,” Edwards said. “So all bets are off. We have a bunch of young guys, and this is their first year going to this.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Tempe, Arizona, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Delon Hurt (29) makes a diving catch against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA squanders 17-point lead, rallies to beat Arizona State

Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushed for a touchdown and passed for another, and Demetric Felton rushed for the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 left after UCLA surrendered a 17-point lead in a 25-18 Bruins win over Arizona State on Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz.

UCLA (3-2, 3-2 Pac-12 Conference) raced to a 17-0 lead in the first half on Thompson-Robinson’s 9-yard scoring pass to Delon Hurt and his own 11-yard touchdown rush. An offensively anemic second half for the Bruins allowed Arizona State to surge to an 18-17 lead in the late fourth quarter.

Arizona State (0-2, 0-2) — playing its first game since Nov. 7 due to COVID-19-related cancellations — held UCLA scoreless for almost 30 minutes of game time until Felton’s go-ahead rush. The Sun Devils finished their 18-0 run on quarterback Jayden Daniels’ 1-yard touchdown run.

Daniels finished 21-of-35 passing for 225 yards and gained a net of six rushing yards after taking five sacks.

The last of UCLA’s five sacks came on Arizona State’s last-ditch effort to force overtime. After missing a potential sack on the previous play — negated due to offsetting penalties, part of the 17 combined flags thrown on the night — Caleb Johnson brought Daniels down on a blind-side rush for an eight-yard loss.

Johnson’s play forced a desperation, fourth-down heave that Quentin Lake batted down to preserve the UCLA win. The victory moved the Bruins above .500 for the first time in coach Chip Kelly’s three seasons with the program.

The 18-0 Sun Devils scoring streak began late in the second quarter. D.J. Taylor’s 42-yard kickoff return advanced another 15 yards when UCLA was called for tripping. Jack Luckhurst converted a 49-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half.

Arizona State then scored its first touchdown of the night on its initial possession after halftime. The Sun Devils ran a double-pass in which receiver Ricky Pearsall caught behind the line of scrimmage, then found Rachaad White for a 51-yard gain.

The trick play helped set up Daniels’ 10-yard scoring pass to Frank Darby.

Another promising Arizona State drive ended in the first of two Sun Devils turnovers committed in UCLA territory, with a fumbled snap recovered just shy of the goal line.

Jay Shaw came through with the second Bruins takeaway. His pick of a Daniels deep ball in the end zone marked just the third interception thrown in the Sun Devils quarterback’s college career.

DeaMonte “Chip” Trayanum rushed for 108 yards for Arizona State. Brittain Brown gained 94 yards on seven carries to pace UCLA.

–Field Level Media