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Szakacsy bounces back for ASU after slow start

11/21/2009

The early return on Samson Szakacsy as Arizona State's starting quarterback: He's mentally tough.

His second pass against UCLA went for a 68-yard pick-six to Alterraun Verner and he was sacked by Brian Price during a three-and-out possession on his second go-round.

But, instead of wilting on the road, the sophomore then led an 80-yard touchdown drive -- with an assist from tailback Dimitri Nance -- which he capped with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Williams.

Still, the Bruins finally got their offense on track with a 73-yard field goal drive and they lead the Sun Devils 10-7 in a huge game for both teams' bowl hopes.