UCLA receiver Nelson Rosario makes a key catch and run against Arizona State… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)
Quarterback Kevin Prince and wide receiver Nelson Rosario connected on a 76-yard scoring pass in a 29-28 victory over Arizona State at the Rose Bowl Saturday, UCLA's longest touchdown pass since its 2007 season opener.
A pump fake by Prince suckered two defensive backs, leaving Rosario running free. The play gave the Bruins a 23-14 lead early in the third quarter.
The last UCLA scoring pass that was longer was a 77-yard connection between Ben Olson and Joe Cowan against Stanford more than four years ago.
Rosario finished with five receptions for 151 yards, moving him into 11th place on UCLA's career receptions list and 10th in receiving yards. His career totals are 122 catches for 1,966 yards.
Josh Smith had 146 yards in four kickoff returns, moving him into second on UCLA's all-time list. Smith has 1,537 yards the last two seasons.
Wide receiver Taylor Embree's eight-yard reception in the third quarter moved him past Mike Sherrard into seventh on UCLA's all-time receiving list. Embree, a senior, has 129 receptions. Sherrard finished with 128 receptions from 1982 to 1985.
It was homecoming for a large chunk of Arizona State's roster.
The Sun Devils, who play at UCLA or USC each season, have 28 players from Southern California.
"I think it can be a distraction if you let it be," Coach Dennis Erickson said last week. "We won't let it be because we're not going down there in time for it to be a distraction. We understand what's at stake. Every time we go to L.A., we get in there a little later."
Arizona State has a 9-16-1 record against UCLA and USC on the road since joining what is now the Pacific 12 Conference.
Arizona State has lost 10 of its last 11 games in Southern California, though Erickson said, "We've played pretty well down in Los Angeles for the most part, other than against [UCLA] two years ago. I think it's a positive because our players get a chance to go play in front of their friends and families."
Nate Chandler's first
Defensive tackle Nate Chandler had the first sack of his UCLA career in the second quarter, when he dropped Brock Osweiler for a nine-yard loss.
Chandler, a senior, started out as a tight end, then moved to offensive tackle, back to tight end and finally to defense last season.
Randall Carroll doubles up
Wide receiver Randall Carroll made his debut at defensive back in the first half. He played cornerback at Los Angeles Cathedral High and had worked at defensive back on and off during practice the last two weeks.
"I have played it before, so that helps a lot," Carroll said last week. "All I need to do is brush up on my technique."
Carroll, a junior, said he would be open to making a permanent switch during the off-season.
Derrick Coleman's one-yard touchdown run, which gave UCLA a 16-14 lead in the second quarter, was his sixth touchdown in the last four games. … UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt suffered a hip pointer in the second half and did not return to the game.