Last night, the UCLA Bruins got the Stanford monkey off their backs. After 11 consecutive losses to the Stanford Cardinal, UCLA finally managed to put together a whole game for the first time this season.
The offense fired on all cylinders as Joshua Kelley managed to run for 172 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 21 of 34 passing for 192 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 66 yards on 13 carries.
More importantly, the defense showed signs of life by holding third-string quarterback Jack West to just 143 yards with no TDS. On top of that, the defense managed to rack up seven sacks, nearly doubling their sack total for the season.
Where has last night’s defense been all season? If the Bruin defense had played like that against Arizona, UCLA would have won the game. In fact, the Bruins might have won 3 or 4 more games if they had been playing defense like they did last night.
Heck, even JJ Molsen kicked well last night for the first time all season.
The other question that everyone should be asking this morning is: Can the Bruins build on that success next weekend against Arizona State?
Last night may just have been the best game the Bruins have played since Chip Kelly took over. Now, it’s up to Kelly and the rest of his coaching staff to start replicating that success.