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UCLA at Washington State 2nd Half Thread: Anything That Could Go Wrong Did in the First Half

The team looks unprepared again. Thank goodness for Tom Bradley’s defense.

NCAA Football: UCLA at Washington State
Jim Mora chews out UCLA punter Austin Kent after Kent punted for negative yardage. Jim, that’s why you need to go for it more often.
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Washington State leads UCLA 10-0 at the half.

Well, the first half pretty proved to be what many Bruin fans expected. The offense was non-existent and the defense held strong, possibly stronger than most thought.

Washington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Erik Powell’s first field goal of the season. The Cougars added a touchdown in the second quarter on a one-yard TD run by Gerald Wicks.

Mike Fafaul started in place of the injured Josh Rosen who wasn’t able to go after trying to throw in warmups, but Fafaul wasn’t able to lead the Bruins into the end zone. He was 6 for 12 for 84 yards with no interceptions.

The rushing game hasn’t changed at all since last week as UCLA has gained 16 yards on 17 carries. The top Bruin RB is currently Bolu Olorunfunmi who has 9 yards on 7 carries. Ugh.

Defensively, the Bruins have held the Cougar running game in check by allowing only 45 yards on 12 carries which averages to 3.8 yards per carry.

Cougar QB Luke Falk is 12 for 19 for 145 yards with one interception when Jayon Brown got in front of a pass in the end zone to keep the Cougars from scoring a TD.

How bad have the Bruins looked in this game? So bad that our punter Austin Kent actually had a punt go for minus one yard in the first half.

It’s time to burn a redshirt to try to generate some second half offense.

Go Bruins.