Here we are — heading into the regular-season finale against USC — a game above .500 for the first time in the Chip Kelly era. Did you see this coming?
I only ask, because I didn’t.
UCLA knocked off Arizona State, 25-18, to get to 3-2 on the year while the Sun Devils fell to 0-2. In a back-and-forth game, UCLA showed resolve on defense, seeing three fumbles in the game, recovering one and making another interception. In total, they held Arizona State to just 165 yards on the ground and 277 yards through the air despite being on the field for 71 snaps as a unit.
It wasn’t pretty on offense, save for a few drives, and it surely wasn’t all too exciting, save for the game-winner at the end. UCLA Bruins QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson struggled to move the ball effectively downfield with his arm and was highly dependent on his receivers to do a ton of the work after the catch in the process. He may have finished 18-for-25 with 192 yards and a touchdown but his play is hardly what defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils.