Devils stage furious comeback, beat UCLA

The intent to send out the seniors on a good note was there, but in ASU's last home of the season and down 17-0 in the first quarter to UCLA it seemed like a futile objective to say the least. However, the tide of the game dramatically changed as Brock Osweiler replaced the injured Steven Threet at QB and helped the Sun Devils stage an offensive onslaught on the Bruins en route to a 55-34 win.

"Brock came in when Steven got the concussion and executed like we thought he could and we didn't miss a beat," said ASU head coach Dennis Erickson. "Obviously there won't be any quarterback controversy in the press this week but, oh I'm sure there will be (laughs)…

"To fall behind 17-0 like we did, you know I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest with you. And then to fight back like that and win the game convincingly was huge for us…it was just a good win. It's good to finish the season at home with a win like that."

UCLA (4-7, 2-6 Pac-10) wasted no time scoring on its first possession, a 12-yard run by Richard Brehaut who also added a 46-yard touchdown pass to Randall Carroll in the first quarter.

With Osweiler at the helm, Arizona State (5-6, 3-5) turned over the ball on downs on its first possession but it was smooth sailing from there on as the maroon and gold outscored the visitors 55-17 the rest of the way. The sophomore signal caller threw three touchdown passes in the first half.

The Sun Devils opened the second stanza with a 21-yard field goal by Thomas Weber. A goal line stance by the ASU defense was rewarded by another maroon and gold score, a 71-yard dash by Cameron Marshall. UCLA was unfazed as they answered with 21-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Rosario cutting down the hosts' lead to 31-27.

Nonetheless, the visitors were effectively taken out of the game when Jamal Miles returned the ensuing Bruins' kickoff 99 yards for a score, and Max Tabach intercepted a Brehaut pass late in the third quarter which commenced a drive ending with Osweiler's last touchdown pass of the day – a 15-yard strike to Aaron Pflugrad who had two scores in the contest.

Following a 37-yard field goal by Weber, Osweiler ended ASU's scoring on the day with a 15-yard run completing one of the most impressive outings ever by a Sun Devil reserve. The sophomore completed 27 of 36 passes for 380 yards and four touchdown passes. Marshall gained 147 yards on the ground on only 17 carries, while fellow running back Deantre Lewis hit pay dirt in the passing game hauling in six passes for 105 yards.

ASU had 595 yards of offense but surrendered 442 yards in that category. The Sun Devils were 6 of 6 in red zone chances and had 12 penalties for 114 yards.

Whether the quarterback controversy Erickson spoke of does materialize this coming week or not remains to be seen. Yet, one thing is for sure and that is that the ASU offense has probably not looked as fluid as it has all year until today with Osweiler calling the signals.

ASU will end its season in Tucson against their archrival on Thursday evening with a chance at a .500 record and more importantly a fairly realistic chance at a bowl game. The Sun Devils may just need another performance as they had today to leave the Old Pueblo with a victory and it seems that they have found the right quarterback to execute that plan.

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