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ASU football’s Elijhah Badger makes 1-handed TD grab in loss vs. UCLA

Nov 5, 2022, 10:44 PM | Updated: Nov 6, 2022, 12:37 am
TEMPE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Elijhah Badger #2 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is u...
TEMPE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Elijhah Badger #2 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is unable make a reception during the second half of the NCAAF game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Sun Devil Stadium on September 17, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona. The Eagles defeated the Sun Devils 30-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Not a whole lot went right for Arizona State football through three quarters of Saturday’s game against No. 10 UCLA, but wide receiver Elijhah Badger continued to show why he’s a top receiving threat in the conference.

Badger made a smooth one-handed touchdown grab in the third quarter, channeling his inner DeAndre Hopkins to start what would be a massive comeback bid for ASU, which fell short in a 50-36 defeat.

The receiver made a sweet inside move on the defensive back in coverage, Kenn Churchwell III, to gain separation toward the back corner of the end zone.

Quarterback Trenton Bourguet delivered a strike to where only Badger could grab it.

Another angle:

The score was 35-10 before Badger reeled in the impressive score, and ASU cut the deficit to six points, 42-36, in the fourth quarter.

The Sun Devils scored 18 unanswered points to climb out of a hole, but the Bruins stamped the game with a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.

UCLA left Tempe with its eighth victory, while ASU fell to 3-6 with the loss — 2-4 in Pac-12 competition.

Badger finished the game with eight catches and 83 yards receiving.

The Sun Devils will face Washington State next week on the road.

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