The UCLA Bruins have, once again, reached a new low. Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Sooners, playing in a Rose Bowl painted red, faced little resistance against a Bruins squad that sorely lacked the talent to do, well, anything.
Sooners star quarterback Jalen Hurts imposed his will early, opening action with a 52-yard run that was then followed by a 30-yard touchdown run. The five-play, 89-yard drive took all only 2:36 off the clock. After the Sooners stifled the Bruins’ opening drive, they flew down the field again, driving 90-yards before settling for a Calum Sutherland chip shot field goal.
Already trailing 10-0, the Bruins fittingly responded with a three-and-out. The Sooners then struck again, when Jaylen Hurts found wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for a 39-yard touchdown pass. 17-0. With 3:31 still left in the first quarter, the Sooners had racked up 247 yards on only three drives.
Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson found wide receiver Kyle Phillips for a 13-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 17-7, but that would be the only offense the Bruins could muster throughout the first half. The Sooners, as they did in the first quarter, dropped another 17 points in the second on a dazzling display of downfield passing, extending the lead to a laughable 34-7 heading into halftime.
The second half, as expected, was no different. The Bruins did score a single touchdown to briefly cut the Sooners’ lead to 20, but then Jalen Hurts hit wide receiver Charleston Rambo for another 39-yard touchdown pass. 41-14. Soon, 48-14. The score, somewhat mercifully, stayed put there.
The Bruins now sit at 0-3, with a matchup against the No. 20 Washington State Cougars looming. What else is there to say? The Bruins, instead of showcasing their talents against a premiere program in a nationally televised game, were thoroughly embarrassed. Chip Kelly, once college football’s most-coveted mind, is quickly turning into an afterthought.
It’s too bad we have to watch.