TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Hundley came home for the first time as UCLA quarterback, and, just barely, left a winner.
The freshman, playing a few miles from where he grew up, threw for four touchdowns, then drove the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) downfield to set up Ka'imi Fairbairn's 33-yard field goal as the game ended Saturday to give UCLA a 45-43 victory over Arizona State.
"That is just what this offense does," Hundley said. "We play fast and do what we have to do and only stop ourselves. So as long as we are doing what we've got to do and have fun out there, we can put points on the board."
The Sun Devils (5-3, 3-2) had rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to go up 43-42 on Taylor Kelly's 7-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Foster with 1:33 to play. The way UCLA's offense was rolling, that was plenty of time.
"The game is on the line and you have to drive down the field," Hundley said. "You have to be real sound in what you are doing and be confident in what you are doing. That is what we were."
Neither team knew it in the postgame locker rooms, but Arizona was in the process of completing an upset of USC. That left both UCLA and Arizona State a half-game behind the first-place Trojans in the Pac-12 South.
"I am not going to say that if we lost it would have ended it," UCLA coach Jim Mora said, "but it would have made it extremely hard for us because Arizona State would be 4-1 (in the conference), they would have been 6-2 (overall) and we would have been 5-3. I just knew we had to win it to stay in it."
Hundley, who starred for Chandler (Ariz.) High School, completed 19 of 31 for 274 yards and four touchdowns. He 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.
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.
There was more than 1,000 yards of offense — 535 for Arizona State, 486 for UCLA.
"We just didn't show up and play defense today," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "That's the difference. You can't win football games playing defense like that."