PHOENIX - The 17th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils won in a huge Pac-12 South show down against the 14th ranked UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With a win, the Devils clinched the Pac-12 South title and will play in the Pac-12 Championship game on December 7, 2013.
Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devil offense took the opening drive 76 yards, Kelly taking it in from three yards out and ASU took a 7-0 lead in the first few minutes of the game.
The Bruins returned the ensuing kick-off 58 yards and then, former Chandler High School quarterback Brett Hundley threw to Devin Lucien and Lucien took it 42 yards for the touchdown and we were tied at 7.
After UCLA took a 10-7 lead, D.J. Foster scored from three yards out and ASU was back on top 14-10.
The Devils defense stepped up on the first play of the second quarter: UCLA with a 2nd and 8 at their own 25 yard line, but Hundley's pass was picked off by Carl Bradford and the 241 pound junior out of California returned it for six, and the Devils were up 21-10.
Back-up quarterback Michael Eubank came in for ASU and capped a 69 yard drive with a touchdown and ASU led it 28-10 with 2:36 to go in the first half.
The Sun Devils defense came up big with a huge goal line stand late in the second quarter, forcing the Bruins to settle for a field goal and then, with time running out, the Sun Devils went 62 yards, Kelly hitting Jaelen Strong for 19 yards and ASU had a commanding 35-13 lead at halftime!
UCLA came out of the locker room and scored three second half touchdowns, while the Devils managed just a single second half field goal, but ASU hung on for a 38-33 win over UCLA and clinched the PAC-12 South Championship for the first time! With a win over Arizona next Saturday in Tempe, the Sun Devils would host Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game on December 7, with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.
Taylor Kelly passed for 225 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score, while Marion Grice added 95 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving to lead the ASU offense.
The Devils are now 9-2 on the season, 7-1 in Pac-12 play, while UCLA falls to 8-3 (5-3 in the Pac-12).