Against the Bruins
The Sun Devils picked up their first win in Pasadena since 2007. The Sun Devils now trail the Bruins 18-11-1 in the all-time series.
Linebacker Carl Bradford intercepted UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley on the first play of the second quarter as ASU has now forced a turnover in 25 straight games, including all 24 of the Coach Graham era. It is the third-longest active streak among all FBS programs.
Bradford’s 18-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter was the seventh interception return for a touchdown under Coach Graham at ASU and fourth this season. ASU had four in the previous three seasons.
Points off turnovers
ASU has scored on 19 of the 26 turnovers they have forced this season, compared to 6 of 16 for their opponents, resulting in a 108-42 points-off-turnovers advantage.
Kelly scored on a three-yard rush less than three minutes into the game to put ASU ahead first, 7-0, and Arizona State has now scored first in 20 of the 24 games with Todd Graham at the helm, and is 8-1 in such contests this season. The Sun Devils are now 15-5 in the Todd Graham era when getting on the scoreboard first.
The Sun Devils have now outscored their opposition 107-43 in the first quarter this season and 252-112 in the first quarter under coach Graham at ASU.
ASU improved to 15-0 under Coach Graham when leading at halftime.
Unfazed by the Flag
Wide receiver Jaelen Strong drew a pass interference penalty on a 26-yard catch for a first down at the end of the second quarter. He has now drawn nine pass interferences this season and has caught six of them (all for first downs/TDs/2-pt conversions).
ASU has scored in three minutes or less on three scoring drives and have now done so on 49 of the team’s 71 scoring drives this season. Under coach Graham at ASU, 99 of ASU’s 138 offensive scoring drives have come in three minutes or less.
ASU also put together a pair of four-plus minute drives, including a 69-yard, 13-play, 5 minute and 40 second drive in the second quarter, and a 14-play,64-yard, 6 minute and 50 second drive in the third quarter, and now has 13 scoring drives of four minutes or longer this season. ASU had just three all of last season.
Red Zone Success
With exception of the mercy kneel vs. CU/OSU, ASU has now scored on 54 straight red zone drives.
Winning The Toss and Receiving
The Devils won the coin toss and chose to receive for the third consecutive week this season, and has now scored on each of their opening drives the past three weeks. It was the fifth time in coach Graham’s tenure at ASU they have won the toss and elected to receive. They have won the coin toss 13 times in coach Graham’s tenure and have deferred eight times.
First half points
ASU scored 35 points in the first half against UCLA and has now scored 30+ points in four games this season (47 against Colorado, 42 against Sac St, 42 against Washington State and 35 against UCLA).
First half offensive explosion
ASU gained 357 total yards in the first half. In the past two games against Utah and Oregon State, the Sun Devils gained 293 yards and 339 yards in the entire game, respectively.
Michael Eubank scored on a one-yard run with just over three minutes left in the first half for his second rushing touchdown of the season and the seventh of his career.
Doing it with his legs
Kelly recorded a season high in rushing yards with 99. His previous season high was 84 in win against Washington. He also added a touchdown in the contest.
3,000-Yard Mark and More
Kelly joins quarterback Andrew Walter as the only other quarterback in school history to throw for 3,000-plus yards in multiple seasons (3,063 passing yards in 2013, 3,039 passing yards in 2012). Kelly also tied quarterback Mike Pagel’s 1981 school record for single season points responsible for with 198 after adding one throwing and one rushing touchdown in the contest.
Hornung Award finalist
Running back Marion Grice has now amassed 100-plus all-purpose yards in 13 consecutive games. He recorded 95 rushing yards, 72 receiving yards and 101 kick return yards. Grice is now the only player in the country with 400+ yards rushing, receiving and in a kick/punt return category. Grice now ranks second in school history in single-season all-purpose yards with 1,941, passing J.R. Redmond. He trails Whizzer White, who tallied 2,065 in 1950. Myles Jack, UCLA’s Hornung Award finalist, had 16 rushes for 86 yards in the contest with a touchdown but recorded no tackles in the game.
Placekicker Zane Gonzalez kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend his streak of made field goals to 15. The school record is 17 straight by Thomas Weber in 2007.
· First career touchdown for Bradford, second career interception
· Tight end De’Marieya Nelson caught his first pass since Washington, an 18-yard completion for a first down with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter
· Chris Young lead the team in tackles for the sixth game this season, including third straight, with 13 in the game – the second highest tally of his career.