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Bruins Eclipse Sun Devils, 25-18

Dec 5, 2020
Dorian Thompson-Robinson celebrates a second-quarter touchdown.

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Bruins jumped out to a 17-point lead, gave up 18 unanswered only to score with 69 seconds remaining, as UCLA climbed over the .500 mark for the first time since 2017 with a 25-18 victory at Arizona State on Saturday night.
 
After Arizona State (0-2) took the lead with 4:26 remaining, UCLA (3-2) recorded an 11-play, 75-yard drive over the next 3:17 to go back in front. Starting at their own 25-yard line, the Bruins methodically moved down the field, achieving six first downs before a Demetric Felton two-yard score put UCLA up 23-18. A two-point conversion from Dorian Thompson-Robinson to Chase Cota got the tally to its final margin of seven.
 
Thompson-Robinson went 18-for-24 for 192 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 49 yards on 15 carries and another score. UCLA rushed for 171 yards as a team, with Brittain Brown going for 94 yards on seven carries and Felton adding 41 yards on 10 carries. Thompson-Robinson completed passes to six different receivers, with Kyle Philips leading the way (six catches, 53 yards) and Delon Hurt adding four receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
 
Defensively, Caleb Johnson had a very strong game with a career-best 10 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery, tying a personal best with 2.5 tackles for loss. The Pac-12 leaders in tackles for loss and sacks added seven and five, respectively, with Mo Osling III adding a pair of sacks.
 
Following a punt from each team to start the game, and a missed Arizona State field goal on its second drive, the Bruins drove nine plays and 73 yards for the game's first touchdown. Hurt, who came into the game with just two career receptions, including one on a two-point conversion, bookended the drive with catches. A 38-yard grab put UCLA into Arizona State's side of the field, and seven plays later, a Thompson-Robinson throw to Hurt for nine yards put the Bruins ahead by seven.
 
The Bruins induced another Sun Devil punt before scoring again thanks to the play of Brown, who gained the first 87 yards of the drive on consecutive runs of five and 64, and an 18-yard reception. A couple of losses would result in a 44-yard field goal attempt from Nicholas Barr-Mira, which split the uprights to give UCLA a 10-0 advantage.
 
Following another Arizona State punt, the Bruins drove 91 yards in eight plays in just 2:27. Thompson-Robinson gained 55 yards on the ground and 20 more through the air, culminating in an 11-yard scamper for a score to put the Bruins up 17-0.
 
Arizona State finally got on the board to end the first half thanks to a 49-yard field goal, and used that momentum to score a touchdown in its first drive of the second half. It looked like the Sun Devils would go in for the tying score, but they fumbled a bad snap on their one-yard line, as Johnson recovered for the Bruins. After a safety on an intentional grounding call on Thompson-Robinson in the end zone cut the margin to five at 17-12, the Sun Devils, following a free kick, again drove into UCLA's end. But Jay Shaw picked off an errant Jayden Daniels' pass in the end zone to give the ball back to the Bruins.
 
After a few opportunities to tie or take the lead, Arizona State finally capitalized with 4:26 left in the game, with a missed two-point conversion making it an 18-17 lead. But the Bruins would get the last laugh, scoring with just over a minute to go and holding off Arizona State on the final drive to move over .500.
 
The Bruins close out the regular season with the annual Crosstown Showdown, hosting USC at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 12. Kickoff will be at 4:30 p.m. and the game will air on ABC.