The UCLA Bruins traveled to Tempe to face the Arizona State Sun Devils for a top-15 matchup on Thursday night that no one was talking about. The budding rivalry, spurred by some minor pre-game vandalism by an unknown Bruins player, has seen the last two winners reach the Pac-12 title game.
The game received little attention for a few reasons:
- Multiple television providers still do not carry the Pac-12 Network
- NFL’s Thursday Night Football
- The Derek Jeter lovefest reached previously unobtainable limits with his last home game
While many on the west coast still tuned in for the UCLA victory, Arizona State should be thrilled its loss was not more visible. Todd Graham’s 15th-ranked squad coughed up the football four times and yielded a whopping 62 points in allowing four scoring plays of 80-plus yards, including two non-offensive touchdowns.
It was ugly night for the Sun Devils, one that can be summed up perfectly by this play. Watch as Damarious Randall and Demetrius Cherry attempt to corral UCLA wide receiver Eldridge Massington on a simple dink-and-dunk.
Instead of tackling the redshirt freshman for a minimal gain, the two ASU players destroy each other and allow Massington to score one of the 80-plus yard touchdowns.