Arizona State relied on its speeding assault in its first 4 video games. Jayden Daniels and the passing recreation propelled the Sun Devils to an upset win over No. 20 UCLA on Saturday night time.
Daniels handed for 286 yards and threw two landing passes to Ricky Pearsall, and Arizona State used large performs in a convincing 42-23 victory on the Rose Bowl.
“They’re going to try to press you and get you in those long downs. So really the game plan was to get the ball in my hands, max protect and take shots and we did that,” mentioned Daniels, who accomplished 13 of 18 passes.
Coach Herm Edwards mentioned Daniels’ efficiency was extra inspiring after his grandfather handed away Friday.
“Coming into this, he was a little emotional. I hugged him in the locker room and told him his spirit is in the stadium. His spirit is here, looking at you, watching you. And I thought he went out and really played well,” Edwards mentioned.
The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) have been compelled to punt on their first drive earlier than scoring on their subsequent 5 to take management of the sport and certain the Pac-12’s South Division.
Four of Daniels’ completions went for 47 or extra yards. Two of them have been touchdowns to Pearsall within the second quarter — a 65-yard yard display screen that tied it at 14 adopted by a 54-yard reception the place the junior beat Elisha Guidry in protection to present Arizona State a 24-20 lead. Pearsall completed with 132 yards on 4 catches.
“We have to be responsible on each level of the ball. When we pressure and send seven instead of eight, we have to get home,” UCLA linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath mentioned. “We put our DB’s in compromised positions. As you know, it’s hard to cover especially good receivers like that when they get in the open field. We just have to do our jobs in all facets.”
Rachaad White rushed for 2 TDs, together with a 49-yard rating early within the third quarter to increase Arizona State’s result in 32-23 after the 2-point conversion.
“I thought we kept them off balance a little bit with the run and the pass, and there were a few things that we thought we could attack them with. And, again, sometimes you don’t hit those and it changes the game,” Arizona State offensive coordinator Zak Hill mentioned. “We were able to hit some of those, and I give credit to the guys.”
The Sun Devils’ protection additionally got here up with a giant play early within the fourth quarter when it stopped UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson on a run choice for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the ASU 2.
Thompson-Robinson accounted for 328 yards. The junior was 21 of 32 for 235 yards passing together with 93 yards speeding on 18 carries. Kyle Philips had a TD catch for the fourth straight recreation and tight finish Greg Dulcich had 9 receptions for 136 yards for the Bruins (3-2, 1-1).
“We played really well on offense in the first half. Did not play well in the second half,” coach Chip Kelly mentioned.
After the groups traded subject objectives within the first quarter, the Sun Devils and Bruins mixed for 41 factors within the second. Arizona State led 24-23 at halftime.
Thompson-Robinson related with Philips for a 3-yard landing on the primary play of the quarter to present the Bruins a 10-3 lead. The Sun Devils tied it on the following possession when DeaMonte Trayanum went round left finish to attain from 6 yards out.
Brittain Brown’s 1-yard run 5 minutes into the quarter put UCLA again on high 17-10, however the Sun Devils evened it six performs in a while Pearsall’s first landing.
Arizona State appeared as if it was going to enter halftime with a four-point lead, however D.J. Taylor fumbled a punt on the ASU 8, which was recovered by Kain Medrano. Barr-Mira cut up the uprights from 26 yards on the ultimate play of the primary half for his third subject aim of the half and get the Bruins inside 24-23.
Arizona State: With the win and certain return to the rankings, Edwards is attempting to keep away from his crew now being thought-about an early favourite to achieve the convention title recreation on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
“Well, it’s a week to week situation in the Pac-12. We all know that, that’s how it works in our conference,” Edwards mentioned. “You never know what’s going on. You just see it. You think, ‘Oh,’ and then somebody loses, I just think, every week, and that’s how we approach it.”
UCLA: The Bruins want to repair their suspect go protection in the event that they wish to put up this system’s first profitable season since 2015. They have allowed 9 go performs of 40 yards or extra, which is essentially the most by a Power Five program and second-most nationally.
Arizona State: Hosts Stanford on Friday.
UCLA: Travels to Arizona on Saturday.
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