November 12, 2007

UCLA Report Card

After winning its ninth game of the 2007 season with a 24-20 road victory against the UCLA Bruins, the No. 8 ranked Arizona State football team remains in the hunt for a potential BCS bid. In a game that featured a few major momentum changing plays, the Sun Devils bounced back from another ten point deficit to win in the state of California for the second time this season. Here's how we graded each position.

Quarterback:

You can sometimes question his decision-making, you can question his mechanics, but you can't discredit the toughness junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter showcases when he plays. Having been sacked a league-worst 43 times (ASU is 118 of 119 Division I teams in sacks allowed) already this season, Carpenter is becoming the David Carr of college football. Despite being pressured by UCLA's pass-rush and numerous blitzes off the edges, Carpenter managed to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown, without an interception. Carpenter was more impressive when he proved his toughness by coming back to hand the ball off in the fourth quarter after he re-injured his thumb. Statistically it wasn't his best game, but Carpenter played like a warrior, which one of his teammates suggested to the media after the game. Keegan Herring even took his hat off to him, literally. Because he has played with a tremendous amount of heart, and managed the team in solid fashion, Carpenter earns a B+.

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