Scores

Final

UCLA 9

(4-7, 3-5 Pac-12)

Arizona State 34

(5-6, 4-4 Pac-12)

9:30 PM ET, November 28, 2008

Sun Devil Stadium, TEMPE, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
UCLA 3 3 3 09
ASU 0 14 3 1734

Top Performers

Passing: K. Craft (UCLA) - 204 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: D. Coleman (UCLA) - 3 CAR, 43 YDS

Receiving: M. Everett (UCLA) - 8 REC, 75 YDS

Four defensive TDs keep Arizona State's bowl hopes alive

Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State tied a major college record with four defensive touchdowns in a 34-9 victory over UCLA on Friday night, keeping alive the Sun Devils' bowl hopes while eliminating the Bruins from postseason contention.

Troy Nolan, Travis Goethel and Mike Nixon each returned interceptions for scores -- Nolan's went for 100 yards, matching a school record -- and Paul Unga returned a fumble for a touchdown. All three interceptions were thrown by UCLA's Kevin Craft.

According to the NCAA, the four defensive scores by Arizona State tied the major college record set by Houston, which had four interception returns for touchdowns against Texas on Nov. 7, 1987.

The Sun Devils (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) can earn a minor bowl berth with a victory next week over archrival Arizona in Tucson. ASU, which opened the season ranked 15th, has won three straight after losing six in a row to match a school record.

The defense bailed out the Sun Devils on a night their offense mustered 122 total yards.

After UCLA (4-7, 3-5) took a 3-0 lead on a 53-yard field goal by Kai Forbath midway through the first quarter, Unga helped Arizona State rally on a fluke play.

With UCLA at its own 21 early in the second quarter, ASU defensive end Dexter Davis sacked Craft, forcing a fumble that was recovered by UCLA tailback Derrick Coleman.

Coleman stood with the ball in his right hand, apparently thinking the play was dead. But Nixon alertly stripped the ball and Unga picked it up and rambled 17 yards for a touchdown that gave Arizona State a 7-3 lead.

Six minutes later, Goethel grabbed a tipped pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to put the Sun Devils ahead 14-3.

With Arizona State leading 17-9 early and UCLA threatening early in the fourth quarter, Nolan intercepted a pass from Craft in the end zone and sprinted down the right sideline for a 100-yard touchdown return.

A few minutes later, Nixon picked off Craft and went 45 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-9.

Craft completed 24 of 39 passes for 204 yards.

The Sun Devils' offense sputtered, as it has for much of the season. They had nine punts and 10 first downs and gave up five sacks.

Forbath kicked three field goals, also connecting from 26 and 38 yards.

It was the final home game for Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who started his 42nd straight game, the nation's longest active streak.

Carpenter completed 13 of 26 passes for 101 yards and became the school's career leader in completions with 786. But he was booed by the sparse Sun Devil Stadium crowd after throwing an interception late in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCLA
ASU
1st Downs1810
Total Yards306122
Passing217101
Rushing8921
Penalties9-817-56
3rd Down Conversions6-172-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers41
Possession31:2628:34

Passing Leaders

UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craft24/392045.203
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carpenter13/261013.901

Rushing Leaders

UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Coleman34314.3038
Bell12242.006
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Herring13322.508
Nance492.303

Receiving Leaders

UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Everett8759.4017
Embree44310.8025
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGaha45112.8026
Jones6437.2011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCLAASU
FG08:26Kai Forbath 53 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUCLAASU
TD12:29Paul 'Unga 17 Yd Fumble Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 37
TD06:03Travis Goethel 38 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 314
FG00:00Kai Forbath 38 Yd 614
THIRD QUARTERUCLAASU
FG10:45Thomas Weber 31 Yd 617
FG03:47Kai Forbath 26 Yd 917
FOURTH QUARTERUCLAASU
TD09:50Troy Nolan 100 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 924
TD09:04Mike Nixon 45 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Weber Kick) 931
FG04:31Thomas Weber 38 Yd 934