In the first half, things were definitely looking up for the winless Bruins. They struck first with an 8-play, 47-yard drive that took 4:29 off the clock. When the dust settled, UCLA trailed the Buffs 14-13 at the half, and it appeared that they had the momentum going into halftime. The second half, though, was a completely different story.
UCLA came out of the second half lifeless and got abused defensively. Offensively, they had absolutely no purpose. After a solid first half, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson was horrible. I am a huge fan of his, but this was definitely not a promising effort from him. He missed wide receivers, made horrible reads, and was very inaccurate. He finished the game completing only 17 of 35 passes for 138 yards and one score, but that doesn’t sound as bad as he was. In the second half, he was just 5 of 16 for just 42 yards.
Is it time for a change at quarterback?
One of the only bright spots tonight was junior RB Joshua Kelly. He racked up 124 rushing yards on only 12 carries and he showed nice elusiveness on multiple runs that went for extra yardage. It should be noted that fellow RB Kazmeir Allen only carried the ball 2 times for 12 yards and seems to be losing playing time the last few weeks.
Defensively, the Bruins looked like swiss cheese—holes everywhere. Buffs junior QB Steven Montez was surgical tonight and put on quite the show against UCLA’s porous defense. He completed 22 of 26 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown. Although he only threw for one touchdown, he made a bigger impact with his legs. He had 11 carries for 81 yards and two rushing scores.
I’m sure the Bruins’ defense will have nightmares of these Buffs wide receivers, especially Laviska Shenault Jr. The 6-2 receiver from Texas caught 12 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. He even added a rushing touchdown for good measure as well. He constantly tore up UCLA’s secondary with his speed and wide frame.
UCLA’s rushing defense was pretty bad, too. They gave up 102 yards to Travon McMillian. He also had a rushing touchdown. He is a strong, physical back and he punished UCLA in the trenches. He and QB Steven Montez combined for 183 rushing yards.
After four agonizing weeks, the UCLA Bruins stand at 0-4 with no end in sight.