Ishmael Adams’ 2 long TD runbacks key UCLA rout of Arizona State

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Big Plays Fuel UCLA Victory

TEMPE, Ariz. — Noticing the letters “UCLA” carved into the giant pitchfork at midfield, Arizona State officials scrambled to cover up the blemish.

They did so quickly and posted a security guard to make sure no one else defiled the fork, even chasing away a UCLA player who dared step on the logo.

Once the game started, the Bruins were all over the logo — and everywhere else in Sun Devil Stadium.

Ishmael Adams gave UCLA a boost with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime and followed with a 100-yard kickoff return for another score in the third quarter, sparking the 11th-ranked Bruins to a 62-27 rout against No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday night.

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“We thought it was kind of funny that that were scrambling to cover it up so fast,” UCLA receiver Thomas Duarte said. “When something like that happens, you know you’ve got the edge, that they’re letting little things get under their skin.”

UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents, raising questions about just how good the Bruins are this season.

They provided an emphatic answer — at least on offense — by turning 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.

UCLA had 582 yards of total offense, five plays of 80 yards or longer …read more