Pasadena, Ca – The Arizona State Sun Devils game to the Rose Bowl on a mission from their demeanor and the uniforms they picked for this prime time Fox game. They continue to dominate in tackles for loss, averaging 9.3 per game this season, good for first nationally and first in the Pac-12.
This game had its main plays but in the end ASU scored 38 points to UCLA 23. Led by quarterback Mike Bercovici who lit the Bruins up passing for 27/44, 273 yards and 2 touchdowns. He kept the Bruin defense honest by also running read option with dynamic backfield. Bercovici had 11 rushes for 59 yards and none bigger than 23 yarder he broke off for key first down and a touchdown. 5th year senior Devin Lucien former Bruin had 3 catches for 34 yards but his big catch was confirmed by replay for key first down in the second half of play. After the game Lucien spoke about how this win feels, “I not really sure how I feel right now.”(I guess still Bruin at heart)
The Sun Devils controlled this game by having ball 37:47 compared to 22:13 of the Bruins. Much of that clock was eaten up tailback Demario Richard who carried ball 23 times for 79 yards and running back Kalen Ballage 11 carries for 59 yards with a scum push in touchdown. Richard made it five games this season with 100+ all-purpose yards with 134 total (55 receiving).
Coming off a game where UCLA scored 56 points in the desert, today they just could get things going in right direction. The offense and defensive lines didn’t control the line of scrimmage to give themselves a chance. Josh Rosen was rushed most of the night, not being able to get settled in the pocket. So much so that the game first points was a safety due to intentional grounding call. Rosen playing from behind managed to throw for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Running back Paul Perkins never really got started today amassing only 63 yards on 11 carries and touchdown. The Sun Devils defense just seemed a step ahead of the Bruins on the ground and the air. Running back coach Kennedy Pola tried to use backup Nate Starks who had 6 carries for only 23 yards.
The Bruins now will have a week off and time to prepare for tough road game in Palo Alto verse their nemesis Stanford Thursday October 15th, at 7:30pm on ESPN.