Clean football revives Arizona State

Arizona State's big win at UCLA has put some pep back in the step of the Sun Devils. Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State is optimistic that the topsy-turvy start to its 2015 season is over. A 38-23 triumph at UCLA brought good vibes back to Tempe. Renewed faith in the offense was the biggest story, and one play in particular -- a gutsy fourth-and-one toss from Mike Bercovici to Demario Richard in the slot -- shed light on the revived Sun Devils attack.

Richard visited with local radio on Thursday to discuss Arizona State's improvement. The Sun Devils feel that they've upped their energy with offensive coordinator Mike Norvell on the sidelines, and they're also more pleased with a defensive line that brought a steady source of pressure last week -- the defense even recorded a safety.

For Arizona State, last Saturday's most important statistic might have come in the turnover category. A week after losing the ball four times against USC, they coughed it up only once against the Bruins. The Sun Devils racked up only 11 more yards of total offense this past weekend than they did against the Trojans, but they scored 24 more points. So clean football has helped Todd Graham's squad, which has a heartbeat, get back on track.

Colorado is next, and the Sun Devils aren't overlooking the Buffs, who have sported a potent offense this season.