Who could have predicted that Richard Brehaut would set a UCLA single-game record for pass attempts this week? The sophomore threw 55 times for 311 yards and three touchdowns, including a beautiful 46-yarder to Randall Carroll that gave the Bruins a 17-0 lead early.
The Bruins had an opportunity to re-take the lead in the third quarter, but Johnathan Franklin was stopped at the goal line on fourth down. The momentum swung and UCLA was out cold. Franklin finished with 73 yards rushing; backfield mate Derrick Coleman had just 18.
DIN THE TRENCHES
The inability to punch it in from a foot away says it all: UCLA was stuffed on the day after Thanksgiving. It didn’t end there. With Arizona State backed up at its own goal line, freshman Cassius Marsh missed a tackle that would have given the Bruins a safety.
Maybe UCLA’s biggest mistake was knocking Arizona State starting quarterback Steven Threet out of the game. Backup Brock Osweiler came on in the first quarter and could not be stopped, completing 27 of 36 for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Marshall romped his way to 147 yards.
There were promising signs, namely Dalton Hilliard’s blocked punt and Kai Forbath’s 85th-career field goal which tied him atop UCLA’s all-time list. But the positives were erased when Jamal Miles returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score to again extend the Sun Devils’ lead to 11.
For the second time in three seasons under coach Rick Neuheisel, there will be no bowl game. The Bruins obviously took a step backward with the defeat, but will fans forget it all if the Bruins can pull off the upset next week against crosstown rival USC?