After blowing out Colorado last week, it was presumed that the Pac-12 South division was all but won by Arizona State.
The Sun Devils were sitting pretty at 6-2 with impressive wins against USC, Missouri and Utah under their belts.
However, lurking in the shadows was UCLA. The Bruins had been the model of inconsistency, alternating wins and losses all season long. Yet here they were, only a single game behind ASU in the South division standings.
This made Saturday's game in Pasadena a critical affair for both teams.
As has been the case throughout the Dennis Erickson era in Tempe, the Sun Devils fell victim to their own mistakes. Three missed field goals, poor run defense and an ungodly 3rd-and-29 conversion by the Bruins on their final drive highlight, or rather lowlight, ASU's 29-28 loss.
ASU is now looking up at the Bruins in the standings and without the benefit of controlling its own destiny.
Here now are the positional grades for the Sun Devils from Saturday's game.