Sep 26, 2014 1:42 AM
Big-play Bruins roll 62-27 over Sun Devils
The Associated Press
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Ishmael Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and an interception 95 yards for another score, sparking No. 11 UCLA's 62-27 trouncing of No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday night.
UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents.
The Bruins turned a matchup of the past two Pac-12 South champions into a rout, scoring 28 points during a 7-minute span of the second and third quarters.
Brett Hundley returned from a left arm injury to throw for 355 yards and four touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Jordan Payton to open the second half.
UCLA had 582 total yards and scored the most points by an opponent in the 55-year history of Sun Devil Stadium.
Leading 17-6 in the second quarter, Arizona State (3-1, 1-1) fell apart behind four turnovers and a rash of defensive miscues.
Mike Bercovici, who replaced injured starter Taylor Kelly, threw for 488 yards and three touchdowns on 42-of-68 passing. But he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble that led to a UCLA touchdown.
Hundley was injured against Texas on Sept. 13 and UCLA coach Jim Mora spent the week sidestepping questions about whether he would play, even suggesting redshirt freshman Asiantii Woulard might get the start.
The Sun Devils didn't believe any of the Hundley hush-hush, fully expecting him to play.
And they were right.
Wearing a brace on his left elbow, Hundley trotted out for the first series and had the Bruins rolling from the start.
He led UCLA to a pair of field goals in the first quarter, and then hit Eldridge Massington on a short pass that he turned into an 80-yard touchdown by breaking a couple of tackles. Hundley followed with a 21-yard run to set up a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nate Iese and had 219 yards passing by halftime.
He quickly added to his numbers in the second half with the first-play TD pass to Payton, putting the Bruins up 34-17 to start the third quarter.
Hundley hit 18 of 23 passes, including five for 151 yards to Payton. Hundley also ran for 72 yards and a score.
Bercovici had been waiting for this chance since Kelly beat him out as Arizona State's starter in 2012.
Kelly injured his right foot against Colorado on Sept. 13 and was still on crutches when he went out for the coin flip.
Jittery early, Bercovici seemed to right himself with 5-yard touchdown pass to Kody Kohl and added a 29-yard scoring pass to Cameron Smith just over the reach of a UCLA defender.
He had some shaky moments after that, throwing a pair of interceptions, including the one Adams returned for a touchdown with 2 seconds left in the first half.
The Bruins poured it on from there.
Hundley threw his long touchdown to Payton, Adams raced off on his kick return and Nate Starks put UCLA up 48-20 on a 1-yard run, two plays after Bercovici lost a fumble at the Arizona State 23.