The game opened in a typical UCLA shoot-yourself-in-the-foot manner, when Soso Jamabo fumbled on UCLA's second play from scrimmage, leading to a Beaver touchdown two plays later. 7-0 Beavers.
The Bruins answered with a 70 yard touchdown drive, with the main play being a 48 yard pass from Mike Fafaul to Jordan Lasley (more on him later). Bolu Olorunfunmi capped off the drive with a 4 yard TD score.Tie ball game, 7-7.
After the teams traded punts, Nate Meadors of UCLA forced an OSU fumble. The Bruins capitalized on the fumble, as well as a Beaver defensive holding call in the end zone, which extended UCLA's drive, when Jalen Starks plunged into the end zone from three yards out. UCLA up 14-7.
The Bruins forced a punt attempt by Oregon State on its next drive, but the punt was blocked by Dechaun Holiday and plucked out of the air by the aforesaid Lasley, who returned it 23 yards across the goal line to extend UCLA's lead to 21-7.
Oregon State took over and started their drive when the first quarter ended with UCLA leading, 21-7.
Continuing its drive, OSU drove into UCLA territory, but Takkarist McKinley disrupted a 3rd and 8 pass play with a near sack. The Beavers punted from the UCLA 34 yard line, pinning the Bruins at their own 6 yard line.
After one UCLA first down, the Bruins were forced to punt from their own 20.
And what a poor punt it was--not to mention the UCLA coverage, which was baited to the wrong side of the field by the Oregon State special teams unit. OSU returned the punt to UCLA's 16 yard line. Three played later, the Beavers punched it in from the UCLA 3 yard line, making UCLA pay for its poor special teams play. UCLA 21, OSU 14.
The remainder of the quarter was a comedy of errors for both teams. The Bruins and the Beavers traded possessions and, between three UCLA dropped passes (and one almost dropped pass) and an OSU fumble on a poor mesh on a read option play in UCLA territory, it appeared that neither team would score again in the half.
J.J. Molson had other ideas, splitting the uprights from the left hash with a career long 49 yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the half. UCLA up, 24-14.
After Molson executed a nice squib kick to preclude any big return, the Beavers then took a knee, ending the half.
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