Arizona State outlasts UCLA to lock up Pac-12 South; late Week 13 Snap Judgments
• No. 19 Arizona State 38, No. 14 UCLA 33: When a near-blowout turned into a tight game, it was the Sun Devils’ defense that saved the day against UCLA.
Arizona State prevented the Bruins from scoring on their final two possessions, as the Sun Devils held on to clinch the Pac-12 South title in head coach Todd Graham’s second season at the helm.
For much of the matchup, Arizona State bullied the Bruins. Behind a strong performance from quarterback Taylor Kelly (225 passing yards, 97 rushing yards, two total touchdowns), it led 35-13 at the half. But UCLA came storming back, and quarterback Brett Hundley’s 27-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Shaquelle Evans with 11:25 remaining the fourth quarter sliced the deficit to 38-33.
On the ensuing possession, Hundley marched the Bruins to the Arizona State seven-yard line, but the Sun Devils sacked him for a 13-yard loss. UCLA was forced to attempt a 38-yard field goal, which kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn missed wide right. Once Hundley and company stalled on their final drive, Arizona State’s trip to the Pac-12 title game was sealed.
The Sun Devils sacked Hundley eight times and reeled in one interception. They held two-way star Myles Jack to 85 rushing yards and a score.
If Arizona State beats rival Arizona next week, the Sun Devils will host Stanford in the Pac-12 title game. That would be another big step for Graham’s program, which has made a remarkable turnaround since he was hired in December 2011. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 11 Oklahoma State 49, No. 3 Baylor 17: The Cowboys’ defense shut down Baylor’s heralded offense during a 32-point victory, a win that put Oklahoma State in the driver’s seat for the Big 12 title. SI.com’s Stewart Mandel was in Stillwater and has more from the scene. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 8 Missouri 24, No. 24 Ole Miss 10: Step by step, the Tigers are closing in on a berth in the SEC title game. Missouri’s victory over Ole Miss put the Tigers one win away from locking up a spot in Atlanta. Running back Henry Josey carried 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Mizzou’s defense held the Rebels to three points in three trips to the red zone. Tigers quarterback James Franklin, who made his first start after missing four games with a shoulder injury, completed 12-of-19 passes for 142 yards with an interception. Ole Miss’ loss snapped a four-game winning streak. [RECAP | BOX]
• No. 23 USC 47, Colorado 29: Javorius Allen carried 20 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns as USC steamrolled Colorado. Quarterback Cody Kessler completed 19-of-28 passes for 184 yards and two scores as the Trojans won their fifth straight game. USC is now 6-1 under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. [RECAP | BOX]
• Georgia 59, Kentucky 17: One week after dropping a 43-38 heartbreaker to Auburn, Georgia took its frustration out on Kentucky. The Bulldogs rang up 602 yards of total offense to keep the Wildcats winless in SEC play. The night wasn’t full of good news for the Dawgs, however; Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray left the game in the second quarter with a left knee injury. [RECAP | BOX]
• Vanderbilt 14, Tennessee 10: In an ugly game that included seven turnovers, the Commodores made the most of one final momentum shift. With 44 seconds left to play, officials overturned Tennessee’s fourth-and-inches stop of Vandy quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, giving the ‘Dores a pivotal first down. That set the stage for Patton Robinette to punch in a five-yard touchdown three plays later. Tennessee’s ensuing Hail Mary fell incomplete, and Vanderbilt held on to secure consecutive wins over the Vols for the first time since 1926. [RECAP | BOX]
• Washington 69, Oregon State 27: Thanks largely to Washington’s ground game, this Pac-12 clash got out of hand pretty quickly. The Huskies piled up 692 yards of total offense, including 530 rushing yards (9.1 yards per carry), to jump out to a 48-0 lead by the end of the third quarter. Washingon backs Bishop Sankey, Deontae Cooper and Dwayne Washington all rushed for at least 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies handed the reeling Beavers their fourth consecutive loss. [RECAP | BOX]
• San Diego State 34, Boise State 31 (OT): In the waning moments of its Mountain West clash with San Diego State, Boise State prepared to kick a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal. But Dan Goodale’s attempt sailed wide right, and an up-and-down conference contest headed to overtime. Goodale redeemed himself by knocking in a 35-yard kick to give the Broncos a 31-28 lead on the first possession of overtime, but San Diego State’s Quinn Kaehler hit Colin Lockett with a beautiful 10-yard pass to give the Aztecs the victory. San Diego State has now played in four overtime games in 2013, an FBS record, and emerged victorious in three of those contests. [RECAP | BOX]