One half is in the books and the Bruins lead the Bears 24-10
The Bruins' offense started out pretty conservative with lots of swing passes and shorter routes over the middle, but against the Berkeley defense, it was sufficient early. One of the highlights was seeing Damien Thigpen return to the field for the Bruins for the first time since the win over *$c last November. U.C.L.A. jumped out to a 17-0 lead and things were looking easy. Maybe that was the problem.
The Bruin defense shutting down the potent Cal offense was a bright spot through the first quarter until the overall apathy of the team crept in and Cal started moving the ball. The lowlight of the half saw Cassius Marsh jump offside on consecutive plays and then get ejected for throwing a punch. Cal scored a touchdown a couple plays later. It was apropos of the U.C.L.A. attitude in the second quarter where stupid and inexcusable penalties and uninspired play revealed that the Bruins just weren't taking this game seriously enough. Maybe it was a wake up call because the Bruins responded with an aggressive drive and marched right down the field for a touchdown before the half.
U.C.L.A. showed what it can do when it puts its collective mind to it. The problem is that they aren't doing it with the consistency and intensity that they need if they want to be an elite team. An average effort will work against Berkeley, but it's time to ramp things up. Let's see how the team approaches the second half.