UCLA QB Kelley lights up No. 24 Arizona State
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Joshua Kelley scored a career-high four touchdowns and rushed for 164 yards to lead UCLA to a 42-32 victory over No. 24 Arizona State on Saturday night.
Kelley has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the past four games. The Bruins scored on five of their first six drives, including four straight from late in the first quarter to midway in the third after it was tied at 7.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 16 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore injured his left leg after being hit on a scramble during the fourth quarter and did not return.
UCLA (3-5, 3-2 Pac-12) has won consecutive games for only the second time in Chip Kelly's two-year tenure.
Jayden Daniels had 338 all-purpose yards and accounted for all four touchdowns for Arizona State (5-3, 2-3). He threw for 271 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns, completing 20 of 29. Daniels also rushed for 67 yards, including a 1-yard sneak during the first quarter that tied it.
Eno Benjamin, who came into the game second in the Pac-12 in rushing average, was held to 46 yards on 13 carries.
Kelley is averaging 135.3 yards in his last four games after mustering just 52 per game in his first three. He opened the scoring with 10:53 remaining in the first quarter on a leap over the middle from 1 yard. The touchdown came five plays after Elisha Guidry recovered Benjamin's fumble at the Sun Devils 42.
The senior had 100 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard TD late in the first quarter and a 16-yard run up the middle midway through the second quarter as the Bruins took control. Both of those runs capped 16-play possessions, which is the first time the Bruins have had a pair of scoring drives of 15 plays or more since a game against Texas in 2014.
He extended UCLA's lead to 35-7 with 10:40 remaining in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown.
Thompson-Robinson had a 20-yard TD to Kyle Phillips with 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter and then had an 8-yard pass to Devin Asiasi midway through the third.
Daniels had thee touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after the game was decided. Frank Darby had TD receptions of 12 and 27 yards while Nolan Matthews had a 4-yard grab.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils have been undisciplined on defense the past two weeks with penalties at inopportune times along with giving up some long third-down conversions.
Arizona State: Has a bye week before hosting USC on Nov. 9. The Sun Devils are 5-4 against the Trojans after they lost 11 straight from 2000-10.