Sun Devils Beat Bruins With 4th-Quarter Rally, 48-42
Oct. 23, 2004
By MEL REISNERAP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - Andrew Walter threw for 415 yards and six touchdown passes, two in a wild fourth-quarter rally, to lead No. 21 Arizona State to a 48-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
The senior tied Danny White (1971) for the second-most TD passes in a game by an Arizona State quarterback, and his 76 career scoring throws is one shy of John Elway's 22-year-old Pac-10 record.
Walter has 21 TD passes this season against six interceptions, although the Bruins (4-3, 2-2) picked him off three times in an erratic but sometimes brilliant (25-for-51) performance.
Derek Hagan had three scoring grabs, including a 46-yarder with 6:36 left in the game to start the Sun Devils (6-1, 3-1) on their way back from a 42-31 deficit.
Walter threw behind Rudy Burgess on the 2-point attempt and UCLA's Ben Emanuel II knocked him out of bounds. But the Bruins went three-and-out, and Walter passed Arizona State into a 43-42 lead with a 65 yard throw to Terry Richardson with 4:51 to play, then found Brent Miller in the back of the end zone for another two points.
The Sun Devils were blown out 45-7 by No. 1 Southern California a week ago in Los Angeles.
Maurice Drew and Manuel White ran for UCLA TDs, and Drew Olson passed for a career-high 325 yards and hit Mercedes Lewis and Tab Perry for scores.
Perry also completed the last 12 yards of a huge play that pulled UCLA into a 28-all tie in the third quarter. White began it with a 55-yard run, including yardage gained by Junior Taylor, who recovered White's fumble but then lost the ball himself before Perry picked it up at the 12 and scored with 7:48 left in the third.
After the first of Jesse Ainsworth's two field goals for the Sun Devils, UCLA got its first lead at 35-31 on White's scoring run following a 61-yard burst by backup Chris Markey.
UCLA's Justin Medlock had two field goals, including a 48-yarder that pulled the Bruins within 21-20 on the final play of the first half.
The Bruins scored twice in the final 46 seconds of the second quarter, going 84 yards in nine plays capped by Olson's 3-yard pass to Lewis, and got the ball back on an interception.
UCLA moved the ball well in the first quarter but kept stalling deep in Sun Devils territory.
The Bruins had two big plays on their second possession - a 20-yard run by Drew and Olson's 29-yard pass to Joe Cowan - but fizzled in the red zone. On third-and-13, Olson was sacked by cornerback Josh Golden, and UCLA settled for a 40-yard field goal.
Arizona State responded 55 seconds later when Walter found Hagan near the 40-yard line while two defenders collided behind him. Hagan ran to the end zone for a 79-yard play that sent Arizona State to a 14-3 lead in the first.
UCLA got within four points early in the second quarter on Drew's 2-yard scoring run after a 38-yard pass from Olson to Perry, but the Sun Devils made it 21-10 on Walter's 12-yard pass to Hagan following Justin Burks' interception and 27-yard return to the UCLA 11.