Arizona State 31, UCLA 28
What Happened: It was a fight, but Arizona State survived the back-and-forth fight with two Manny Wilkins touchdown runs and a five-yard scoring pass to Nick Ralston. But UCLA stayed alive on two Caleb Wilson touchdown catches in the second half, and a pick six from Darnay Holmes. But Wilkins was able to pull ASU away just enough to survive a late Wilson score.
What Mattered: Wilkins threw the key interception for a score, but he completed 16-of-22 passes for 199 yards and a score, and he ran for 60 yards and a touchdown. Eno Benjamin went off for 182 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries, and N’Keal Harry caught seven passes for 100 yards.
– Wilson was wonderful, catching 11 passes for 164 yards and two scores. There wasn’t much from the Bruin ground game – just 104 yards – but Wilton Speight completed 26-of-35 passes for 335 yards and two scores with a pick.
– ASU had the ball for over 36 minutes, and it needed to control the clock with Speight and the UCLA offense going off. The Sun Devils only outgained the Bruins 480 yards to 439.
What It All Means: UCLA keeps on fighting, but the wins aren’t there with a third straight defeat. As lousy as the season has been, all can be right with the world going into the offseason with a win over USC, and possibly with a victory over Stanford.
– Arizona State got bowl eligible. Considering how everyone dumped on the program after hiring Herm Edwards, getting to a bowl game is massive in his first year. With trips to Oregon and Arizona to finish things off, now it’s gravy time. Beat the Ducks, great. Beat Arizona, and the season becomes amazing.