Bruins Defeat Devils in Shootout

Following their shocking loss last week, ASU and UCLA fans alike were wondering how demoralized the Bruins would be for Saturday's game. Unfortunately for the maroon and gold, the answer was not at all. The home team seem to score at will, and limited the visitors from Tempe to seven points in the second half, en route to a 45-35 victory in the Rose Bowl.

UCLA (9-1, 6-1) stormed out of the gates and in the first play of the game Drew Olson found Joe Cowan for a 91-yard score. Rudy Carpenter fumbled on his team's first possession, and Arizona State (5-5, 3-4) found itself down another touchdown, this time compliments of Chris Markey and a 56-yard catch. Keegan Herring rushes for a total of 33 yards in the ensuing possession and caps off the drive with a two-yard run for score. The Bruins were unfazed, as the exchanged scores, and then led 28-14. However, a muffed punt return and a failed fourth down conversion gave the Sun Devils new life. A pair Terry Richardson touchdown receptions, even up things at 28-28.

Just when it seemed that momentum was on the maroon and gold side, the second half quickly became a nightmare. Derek Hagan fumbled two receptions in successive possessions, and UCLA were quick to score and lead 42-28 in the closing moments of the third quarter. Hagan did score a touchdown midway through the fourth, but that was all the ASU offense could muster in the last two quarters.

Carpenter was 27-37 for 334 yards and three touchdowns. His five sacks he suffered obviously did their part in stalling the Sun Devil offense. The Sun Devils took advantage of a poor a Bruins run defense, and pounded the pigskin on the ground. Keegan Herring paced his team with 129 yards on 27 carries. Hagan and Rudy Burgess both had seven catches each for 97 yards, as they both led their team in that category. Dale Robinson was the leader in tackles with 14. Olson was sensational for UCLA in his last home game passing for 510 yards completing 22-27 of attempts and five scores.

Now the question about demoralization shifts to Arizona State. Bowl eligibility, revenge, and state bragging rights are just some of the factors that should motivate the maroon and gold to win their rivalry game the day after Thanksgiving. This upcoming bye week should hopefully help the Sun Devils tuck away their feelings of disappointment, and adequately prepare for their last regular season game. Yes, it has come down to one last game, in which a victory can somewhat sweeten a bitter 2005 campaign.

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