The UCLA Bruins are fighting for their first win of the year, while the Washington Huskies are fighting for the Pac-12 Championship and a possible birth in the College Football Playoffs. It looks like the Huskies will continue their march towards both goals.
Washington was able to move the ball on the Bruins in the quarter, but the Bruins were able to bend and not break too much.
Washington looked to have a drive going late in the first quarter, but a horribly overthrown ball by Jake Browning was intercepted by Adarius Pickett.
UCLA then immediately returned the turnover favor as Dorian Thompson-Robinson was picked off by Taylor Rapp on an equally bad throw as was Browning's interception. The Washington Huskies turned that turnover into a 25 yard TD pass from Browning to Aaron Fuller.
UCLA ended the first quarter with a huge 39 yard Joshua Kelly run to get into Washington territory, and set up a UCLA scoring opportunity to start the second quarter.
UCLA could not convert their first visit into Washington territory, as Molson missed a 47 yard field goal wide left.
Washington immediately looked to convert on UCLA’s missed FG as Browning dropped back to complete a huge 46 yard pass to Aaron Fuller all the way to UCLA’s 15 yard line. Krys Barnes was able to sack Browning and created a 3rd and 20 play from UCLA’s own 25 yard line, and that enabled the Bruins to hold Washington to a FG.
UCLA proceeded to maybe have one of their nicest drives of the year. As Chip Kelly basically put the ball in Thompson-Robinson’s hands the entire drive. DTR made multiple plays on the drive moving around the pocket finding receivers, and capping it off with an absolute bullet to Theo Howard in the corner of the end zone to pull UCLA within three.
However, even after a nice and fairly long drive by the Bruins offense, UCLA’s defense could not do anything to hold the Huskies, as they drove down the field on a 11 play, 75 yard, 5:05 drive capped off by a Myles Gaskin 1 yard TD run to put the Huskies up 17-7.
The half ended with Washington scoring another TD on another long drive that consisted of 10 plays that ate up 77 yards that put the Huskies up 24-7 to end the half.
I’m not sure if anybody expected anything different; I know I didn’t. The Bruins played hard during the first half, but they are over-matched and simply cannot stop teams on third down. Washington picked up 8/12 on third downs during the first half. UCLA has given up 335 yards during this half, on pace to give up 670 yards.
There were glimpses on offense, but still simply not enough from the offense to help the defense stay fresh.
The second half of football is setting up to be scary.
UCLA Rushing: 73 yards
UCLA Passing: 125 yards
25 total plays for 198 yards yards
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