Scores

Final

Arizona State 13

(4-7, 2-6 Pac-12)

UCLA 23

(6-5, 3-5 Pac-12)

4:00 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 7 0 0 613
UCLA 7 13 0 323

Top Performers

Passing: S. Szakacsy (ASU) - 197 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Nance (ASU) - 21 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: K. Williams (ASU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS, 2 TD

UCLA gains bowl eligibility as defense carries the Bruins past Arizona St.

Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Redshirt freshman Kevin Prince passed for 161 yards, UCLA's defense accounted for two touchdowns and set up a field goal, and the Bruins beat Arizona State 23-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible with their sixth win.

Prince was 15-for-31 with no interceptions and no TDs for the Bruins (6-5, 3-5 Pac-10), whose last postseason appearance was a loss in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl. They won their third straight, and will visit crosstown rival Southern California next weekend in a bid to solidify their selection to a lower-tier bowl.

When UCLA's defense wasn't scoring, it forced six turnovers.

ASU's (4-7, 2-6) hopes of being extended a bowl invitation were dashed with its fifth consecutive loss. The Sun Devils averaged 15 points during the skid. They finished 1-4 on the road this season, only beating Pac-10 doormat Washington State.

ASU's Kyle Williams had six catches for 128 yards and two TDs, including a 70-yarder in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Samson Szakacsy, the Devils' third quarterback of the season, was 15-of-22 with one interception and two touchdowns while getting sacked four times in his first career start. Dimitri Nance was ASU's leading rusher with 21 carries for 110 yards.

Chane Moline led UCLA with 84 yards rushing on 25 carries. Nelson Rosario had six catches for 81 yards.

Williams' second TD reception pulled Arizona State to 23-13 with 11:47 remaining in the game. The 2-point conversion failed when Jovon Williams dropped Szakacsy's pass on the goal line. Thomas Weber also missed a 43-yard field goal wide left in the third.

The Bruins outscored ASU 13-0 in the second quarter and overcame 11 penalties for 100 yards in their home finale at the Rose Bowl in front of 46,151. Kai Forbath kicked two of his three field goals in the second.

Szakacsy was sacked by Brian Price for an 11-yard loss, causing a fumble that was recovered by Akeem Ayers at the ASU 9-yard line. Ayers reached across the goal line with the ball as he fell, extending UCLA's lead to 16-7.

On Arizona State's ensuing kickoff, Sean Westgate recovered a fumble by Jamal Miles at the ASU 18. UCLA capped its possession with Forbath's 20-yard field goal for a 20-7 halftime lead.

Forbath hit a 22-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter to give UCLA a 10-7 lead.

The Sun Devils tied the game at 7 on Szakacsy's 35-yard TD pass to Williams with 51 seconds remaining in the first. Szakacsy lofted the pass under pressure to Williams, who dove into the end zone.

UCLA scored first on Alterraun Verner's 68-yard interception return at 11:47 of the opening quarter. It was the senior cornerback's school-record fourth career interception return for a TD.

Prince was briefly replaced by Kevin Craft after being shaken up early in the fourth, but he soon returned.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
UCLA
1st Downs1716
Total Yards315292
Passing197161
Rushing118131
Penalties9-6211-100
3rd Down Conversions3-106-16
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers60
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Szakacsy15/221979.021
UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Prince15/311615.200

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nance211105.2015
Williams188.008
UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Moline25843.4012
Prince6427.0017

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams612821.3270
Kohl22512.5014
UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Rosario57414.8035
Embree44110.3015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASUUCLA
TD11:47Alterraun Verner 68 Yd Interception Return (Kai Forbath Kick) 07
TD00:51Kyle Williams 35 Yd Pass From Samson Szakacsy (Thomas Weber Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERASUUCLA
FG09:16Kai Forbath 22 Yd 710
TD01:19Akeem Ayers 9 Yd Fumble Return (Kai Forbath Kick) 717
FG00:00Kai Forbath 20 Yd 720
FOURTH QUARTERASUUCLA
FG13:42Kai Forbath 25 Yd 723
TD11:47Kyle Williams 70 Yd Pass From Samson Szakacsy (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1323