UCLA Leads The Arizona State Sun Devils 17-3 at the Half
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is back in action.
UCLA won the toss to start the first half, but the Arizona State Sun Devils had no trouble carving up some yards to start their first drive. ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels showed his dual threat ability with solid passing and running ability, but Bruin outside linebacker Caleb Johnson earned a sack which forced the Sun Devils to punt on a fourth and 13.
The quarterback question was answered when Dorian Thompson-Robinson took the field, and an offsides penalty by ASU saved UCLA on a fourth and one to bring on a first down. Eventually the offense stuttered midfield and UCLA was forced to punt.
ASU’s next drive showcased Daniels’s passing ability, with a long bomb downfield taking the Sun Devils into Bruin territory. Missed tackles by UCLA kept the drive alive, but Osa Odighizuwa and Mo Osling III notched back to back sacks, holding Arizona State to a field goal attempt. Christian Zendejas’s streak of 13 made field goals was snapped when he booted it wide right, keeping the score at 0-0.
UCLA’s next drive opened up with a nice 38 yard deep ball to Delon Hurt. We also saw the reemergence of Demetric Felton, who was successful on the ground and converted for the Bruins on a fourth and one to start the second quarter. A pass in the red zone to Hurt got UCLA a touchdown and put the score at 7-0 after the extra point.
The Arizona State ground game was showcased in their next drive, but UCLA was able to force ASU to punt on a fourth and one. Brittain Brown broke off a 64-yard run to put the Bruins in Sun Devil territory, and the next pass play to Brown saw UCLA on the ASU five yard line. A classic DTR move of holding onto the ball too long got the Sun Devils a sack, and a bad snap on the next play forced UCLA to attempt a 44-yard field goal. Redshirt freshman Nicholas Barr-Mira made the career-long kick, bringing the score to 10-0.
Arizona State converted on their first series of the next drive, but was not able to do much else. UCLA got the ball back with about three minutes to go in the second quarter, starting deep in their own territory.
DTR broke off a 27-yard run of his own, but was then immediately sacked. He continued to show us what he can do with his feet, scoring a rushing touchdown with thirty seconds to go in the second quarter. Arizona State was able to get a good return along with another 15-yards due to a UCLA tripping penalty, but the Sun Devils were unable to convert. A 49-yard field goal attempt on third down by Jack Luckhurst made the score 17-3 at the half.
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