In place of injured Josh Rosen, Mike Fafaul lead UCLA’s definitely don’t call it pro style offense to a 45-point effort, tied for the most the Bruins have scored in a game this season. Unfortunately, Fafaul was a bit of a turnover machine in his second career start, throwing four interceptions, and fumbling on a run to make it five.
To compensate for a totally absent running game, UCLA threw the ball 70 times tonight, only running 16 times, while reverting to an uptempo spread offense for the entirety of the game. The uptempo may have plagued the defense too, however, which, on the field for over 70 snaps, allowed big play after big play and gave up a season-worst 360 yards on the ground, with the Utes’ Joe Williams leading the way with 332 yards and four touchdowns.
Nate Iese and Jordan Lasley were go to receivers tonight for Fafaul. Iese caught 8 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns; Lasley caught 7 for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. Bolu Olorunfunmi and Austin Roberts caught touchdown passes, as well.
Takkarist McKinley was a standout for the otherwise leaky and sloppy defense, his play highlighted by a sack on Troy Williams where he also stripped the ball away from the Utah quarterback.
The Bruins fall to 3-5 on the season, and 1-4 in Pac-12 play. They’ll have a bye next weekend, before a Thursday night game in Boulder against emerging Pac-12 South power Colorado. Perhaps during the off week the coaching staff can figure out exactly what the hell they are doing: This was a totally new look for the Bruins this season.
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