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It was a hot 95 degree start in Las Vegas and it was a hot half by the U.C.L.A. defense. The Bruins opened with a solid 3 and out and Josh Rosen immediately went deep to Kenneth Walker, ala the first play last week (are you watching, BYU?). It missed again, but a combo of runs and passes got the Bruins into the red zone and they finished with a 7 yard TD pass from Rosen to Jordan Payton to make it 7-0 early.
The defense forced another 3 and out and the Bruins drove down the the Vegas 17 before stalling. Ka'imi Fairbairn was perfect from 35 (and remained perfect from that distance in his career) to go up 10-0.
The Bruin defense went 3 for 3 on 3 and outs but this time the Bruins could only get one first down on its drive and punted. UNLV connected on a couple passes to its stud receiver Devonte Boyd but the Bruin D stiffened in the red zone and Vegas gambled with a fake field goal and crapped out as Deon Hollins blew up the play.
Rosen wasn't real sharp in the quarter and his receivers weren't helping him out much either, and the period ended with the Bruins up 10-0. The offense got some production on the ground in the second quarter but couldn't find a consistent rhythm. They were stopped on a 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 to turn the ball over on downs. Fortunately the defense was all over the Rebels offense and more so when the Rebs lost their starting QB. They provided the highlight of the quarter when Takkarist McKinley pressured the Rebs backup QB into a bad throw right into the hands of ILB Kenny Young who returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to put the Bruins up 17-0, and that was the score when the Bruins went to the locker room at halftime.
After their opening 2 drives, the Bruins offense looked disjointed. Rosen was 14-26 for 151 yds and Paul Perkins had 13 carries for 69 yards but the Bruins were only 2 of 8 on 3rd downs. They'll need to get things straightened out in the second half. The defense is doing fine, though the UNLV offense doesn't have much firepower and has virtually no passing game, especially with their second string QB.
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Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 1150 AM in LA, 670 AM in Las Vegas, SiriusXM Channel 81 and, of course, the TuneIn player at the top of this article.