Pasadena, CA- There haven’t been a lot of positives during Arizona State head coach Kenny Dillingham’s first season in Tempe. Despite that, the Sun Devils walked out of the Rose Bowl Saturday night to chants of “ASU,” and an upset win over UCLA, 17-7.
Going into this week, Dillingham said to expect some trickery as the Sun Devils were going to be down their top two quarterbacks with their third quarterback, Trenton Bourguet, not completely healthy.
“I saw those fire-breathing dragons on the edge and I said holy cow,” Dillingham said.
UCLA, a top 15 defense in total yards allowed, held Arizona State to just 250 total yards.
However, the gimmicky formations were getting to the Bruins as they were on their toes the whole night.
Three different Sun Devil players each took a significant amount of snaps as Trenton Bourguet didn’t even start the game. Jalin Conyers, a quarterback in high school turned tight end, opened the game up for the Sun Devils in what proved to be one of the most unique wins in recent memory for Arizona State.
Collin Schlee got his first start as a Bruin, and it was a rough one as he took a beating from the Sun Devil front seven. Schlee ran the ball a team-high of 14 carries and threw for 117 yards and a touchdown.
UCLA head coach Chip Kelly was proud of the way Schlee played.
“He did a good job with a lot of that run stuff tonight. He took some shots,” Kelly put.
Cam Skattebo, a Sacramento State transfer, was like a swiss-army knife as he did it all for the Sun Devils. He accounted for both touchdowns scored as he threw and rushed for one each, and added three receptions.
Skattebo said it took a team effort to pull the win off.
“It took everything from everybody, but we got that win,” he said.
The Bruins dropped their second consecutive game after losing to Arizona last week. Next week, the Crosstown Rivalry gears up and Kelly knows what the game against USC means.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We’ve got nothing to hold back. Just go into next week and let it all hang out. Just let loose,” he put bluntly.