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Arizona State beats UCLA, 38-33, to earn trip to Pac-12 title game

November 23, 2013|By Mike Hiserman
  • UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy can't get a hand on Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly as he runs for a touchdown in the first quarter.
UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy can't get a hand on Arizona State… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

Arizona State not only owns Los Angeles, it is going to the Pac-12 Conference championship game.

The Sun Devils held on -- barely -- in the fourth quarter Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, defeating UCLA, 38-33.

Arizona State improved to 9-2 overall, 7-1 in Pac-12 play, even though it scored only a field goal in the second half.

UCLA fell to 8-3 overall, 5-3 in conference play.

UCLA had a chance at the end, taking over at its own 35-yard line with 3 minutes 21 seconds left in the game.

The Bruins picked up one first down on a 15-yard pass from Brett Hundley to Shaquelle Evans that moved the ball to the Arizona State 45, but UCLA went backward from there.

Two 10-yard penalties set the Bruins back, and a sack by Davon Coleman set UCLA back even further.

UCLA's season came down to a fourth-and-30 pass play from Hundley to Jordan Payton that gained only 16 yards.

Hundley completed 15 of 17 passes in the second half. His game totals: 18 of 26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly completed 20 of 26 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. He also was the game's leading rusher, with 97 yards and a touchdown in 22 carries.

Arizona State ran for 232 yards.

The Sun Devils beat both of L.A.'s Pac-12 teams this season for the first time since 1999.


After some huge runs by Brett Hundley and Paul Perkins moved UCLA inside the Arizona State 10-yard line, the Sun Devils defense came up with the play of the season so far.

On a third-and-six from the seven, Hundley was sacked by Chris Young, forcing a 38-yard field-goal attempt by Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Who missed.

Fairbairn, who crushed a 48-yard kick straight through the uprights early in the game, was wide right with less than five minutes to play in regulation.


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