The first half of the final regular season game of UCLA’s 2016 football season is in the books, the Bruins look terrible, especially on offense, and trail 12-0.
The first quarter was an ugly one for the UCLA offense against one of the worst defenses in the country. The Bruins only managed 36 yards of total offense on three possessions, converted two first downs, and did not complete a pass. Pathetic.
On the other side of the ball, Berkeley converted two fourth down plays, and took advantage of three UCLA offsides penalties and one defensive holding to push out to a 3-0 lead, on the strength of a 43 yard field goal on Berkeley's third possession. The Golden Bears were threatening at the 5 yard line, first and goal, when the quarter came to a close. Cal 3, UCLA 0.
Berkeley appeared to finish its fourth possession with a touchdown pass on 3rd and goal, but the play was called back on a correct offensive pass interference call. The Golden Bears settled for a 26 yard field goal. Cal 6, UCLA 0.
UCLA, once again, went three and out. Still no completed passes.
Berkeley took over on its fifth possession and marched down the field, aided by a Takk McKinley personal foul on a hit out of bounds. The Golden Bears stalled and, once again, had to settle for a field goal, this one a 44 yarder. Cal 9, UCLA 0.
UCLA started at its 35 yard line due to the Berkeley kickoff sailing out of bounds, but a promising drive that brought UCLA into field goal range sputtered due to UCLA shooting itself in the foot with two penalties. The Bruins punted from the Berkeley 37 yard line, but the UCLA special teams unit was able to down the punt at the one yard line.
The poor field position did not deter the Golden Bears, who marched down the field as the UCLA defense bent big time. After Berkeley got inside the UCLA 10 yard line for first and goal, the Bruins did not break, once again limiting the Golden Bears to a field goal with 2 minutes remaining in the half. Cal 12, UCLA 0.
Both teams traded punts in their respective two minute drills, and UCLA elected to sit on the 0-12 deficit, running out the last 40 plus seconds of the clock with three time outs.
UCLA will get the football to start the second half.
This was the worst offense half of football I have seen in a long, long time.
UCLA was absolutely putrid. As bad as it has been this season, this half was the absolute worst.
The play calling was abysmal.
UCLA has 97 yards of total offense against one of the worst defenses in college football.
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