The tweets were fast and furious last night as UCLA inched closer to the Sun Devils in the second half and blew up after ASU had clinched the Pac-12 South title. Here is how the local and national media alike called the action in 140 characters or less.
Thanks to a 34 yard run by Richard Smith around the outside the Sun Devils were able to get into the red zone and Taylor Kelly took care of business from there. ASU couldn't have asked for a better start.
Hundley's current passer rating in the game: 782.8— Brad Denny (@BDenny29) November 24, 2013
Hundley had that beautiful dime to start the game, then three dud passes. Fairbairn nails a 48-yard field goal. 10-7, UCLA.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) November 24, 2013
The Bruins took their first lead of the night after a series of punts. The ASU defense made a nice stop after another long Ishmael Adams punt return back to the Arizona State 31-yard line but the Bruins couldn't capitalize with 3:30 left in the first quarter.
Nice drive for ASU: Eight plays, 84 yards. DJ Foster with a 3-yard TD run. Sun Devils up 14-10.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) November 24, 2013
Jaelen Strong had two catches for 49 yards on the drive and Foster got around the edge for six. The Sun Devils regained the lead as the first quarter came to a close.
Carl Bradford picks off Brett Hundley and takes it to the house for a fast turn of events. ASU up 21-10, 14:56 2Q— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) November 24, 2013
Maybe Todd Graham and Carl Bradford should get into more fights on the sideline...but not really. This was huge as it put the Sun Devils up two scores and really took the crowd out of it at the Rose Bowl.
Ka'imi Fairbairn misses on a 39-yd. FG attempt. Still 21-10 ASU w/ 12:00 to play in the half— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 24, 2013
After an 11 play 69 yard drive that included only 2 pass plays, ASU up 28-10 with 2:36 to go in Q2.— State Press Sports (@statepresssport) November 24, 2013
After trading a few more punts the Sun Devils scored again. "If you want to win put Eubank in!"
ASU was able to limit the damage getting a stop with the Bruins threatening.
Taylor Kelly finds Jaelen Strong in the end zone, who makes a stellar grab. #ASU sneaks in another TD before the half, Sun Devils lead 35-13— Evan Doherty (@YSportsEvan) November 24, 2013
A 23-yard rush by Taylor Kelly and a 20-yard completion to Cameron Smith and the Sun Devils were in business again. This also rounded out the first half scoring. It almost seemed to good to be true and come to find out it was.
Good start to second half for UCLA. Went 79 yards in 3:14 to cut ASU's lead to 35-20.— Tyler Lockman (@TylerLockman) November 24, 2013
The comeback was on as Brett Hundley came out on a mission driving the Bruins down the field capped off by a three-yard run by Myles Jack.
A fumble recovered by Anothony Barr for the Bruins and suddenly everyone was inching closer to the edge of their seats.
UCLA holds ASU to a FG, but trail 38-27 with 1:07 left in the third— Rose Bowl Stadium (@RoseBowlStadium) November 24, 2013
Taylor Kelly led ASU on a long almost seven-minute drive down the field that ended in a much needed Zane Gonzalez field goal to round out the third quarter. The Sun Devils were just 15 minutes from a Pac-12 South championship.
After converting on 4th down, Hundley hits Shaq Evans for a TD to cut ASU’s lead to 38-33. Bruins going for 2, 11:25 4Q— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) November 24, 2013
Alright, it was now time to panic. Luckily UCLA didn't succeed on the two-point conversion. The Sun Devils would need to hold the Bruins for the next 11 minutes to win the Pac-12 South.
And Fairbairn misses his second straight. Wow. #ASU still leads 38-33 w/ 4:38 remaining.— Danny Shapiro (@DsShapi) November 24, 2013
College kickers missing in big moments seems to happen a lot. This was huge as it kept UCLA needing a touchdown to win the game.
The Sun Devils are Pac-12 South Champions— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) November 24, 2013
ASU was forced to punt again and then on 4th and 35 from their own 30 yard line, a Brett Hundley pass intended for Jordan Payton was complete but short and the Sun Devils ran out the clock to win the Pac-12 South title.
PAC 12 SOUTH CHAMPS pic.twitter.com/SNwWBIThGQ— Jedi ASU (@JediASU) November 24, 2013
Arizona State holds on! Despite furious UCLA rally, Sun Devils win the game and the Pac-12 South. Will play Stanford for a #RoseBowl berth.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 24, 2013
Proud to be a #Sundevil !!!!!!!!!!— Brandon Magee (@BMagee58) November 24, 2013
Ummmm Do I Smell Roses ....🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) November 24, 2013
ASU now hosts Arizona next week and can host the Pac-12 championship game with a win.