TEMPE, Ariz. – Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal as the game ended and UCLA escaped with a 45-43 shootout victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
Freshman Brett Hundley, playing a few miles from where he grew up, drove the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) into field-goal range after Tyler Kelly's 7-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Foster put the Sun Devils (5-3, 3-2) ahead 43-42 with 1:33 to play.
Hundley completed 19 of 31 for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 164 yards, leaving him 20 yards shy of the UCLA career rushing record.
Damien Thigpen put UCLA ahead 42-33 with his second TD pass of the day from Hundley, a 20-yarder with 9:01 to play.
But the Sun Devils scored the next 10 to regain the lead.
Kelly completed 25 of 35 for 315 yards and four touchdowns with one costly interception that led to a UCLA touchdown that put the Bruins ahead 21-17 at the half. Foster caught seven passes for 107 yards and rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries.
Hundley, who starred for Chandler (Ariz.) High School, threw his 18th touchdown pass of the season, breaking the freshman record of 17 set by Tommy Maddox in 1990. Hundley became the first quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards this season against Arizona State, playing with a battered defense.
There was more than 1,000 yards of offense — 535 for Arizona State, 486 for UCLA.
Kelly's 31-yard burst up the middle set up the go-ahead touchdown on a bright afternoon in the desert.
But the Sun Devils, losers at home for the second game in a row after dropping a 43-21 decision to Oregon, left too much time for the Bruins, who had moved the ball up and down the field all afternoon.
The Sun Devils looked to nurse a 17-14 lead into halftime with the ball on their 4-yard line and 1:19 to go. But they went with a pass play and Kelly, with UCLA's Cassius Marsh all over him, threw an ill-advised floater that Dalton Hilliard intercepted at the Arizona State 5. Franklin scored on the next play and UCLA led for the first time, 21-17.
Arizona State jumped to a 14-0 lead with the game barely five minutes old.
The first touchdown came after UCLA's Steven Manfro appeared to lose Josh Hubner's soaring punt in the bright sun. Manfro muffed the catch and Deveron Carr recovered at the Bruins' 13. Two plays later, Kelly threw 7 yards to Kevin Ozier for the score with 13:13 still left in the opening quarter.
The Sun Devils mounted a 70-yard drive on their next possession. Marion Grice, who also had two TD catches, scored from the 2 to make it 14-0.
But the Bruins responded with two long scoring drives.
Franklin carried five times for 39 yards on a 13-play, 75-yard drive for UCLA's first score. His 3-yard run cut the lead to 14-7 with 6:24 still to go in the first. The drive was aided when Arizona State's Junior Onyeali shoved Hundley after the quarterback had released the ball and was called for roughing the passer. The 15-yard penalty came on a third-down incompletion.
Onyeali left the game a short time later with an apparent shoulder injury. The same type of injury knocked him out of the previous week's loss to Oregon.
The Sun Devils already were without one of their best players, defensive end Will Sutton, with a bone bruise in his knee.
The Bruins tied it before the first period ended. Hubner's career-long 68-yard punt rolled dead at the 2, and the Bruins responded with a 10-play, 98-yard drive — their longest of the season. Hundley threw over the middle 15 yards to freshman Devin Fuller and it was 14-14 with 1:05 left in the quarter.
Jon Mora, taking over field-goal duties from Alex Garoutte, made one from 36 yards to put Arizona State up 17-14 with 11:09 left in the half.
Hundley was 5 for 5 for 127 yards in the third quarter, including touchdown plays of 65 and 4 yards to Joseph Fauria, who made a fingertip grab to put UCLA up 35-26 with 7:32 left in the period.