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UCLA Bruins Trail Memphis Tigers at the Half, 27-24

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The Bruin defense couldn’t contain Riley Ferguson in the first half, but Tom Bradley is known for making excellent halftime adjustments.

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Well, the Bruin offense hasn’t picked up where they left off against Hawai’i as UCLA trails Memphis, 27-24 at the half.

The Bruin offense just hasn’t been as efficient as they were in the second half of the Texas A&M game or last week against Hawai’i. In fact, the offense looked a lot more like the one we saw in the first half against the Aggies.

The Tigers deserve some credit for that. Their defense has played tenaciously and stopped four of the Bruins’ drives even though UCLA has had relatively good field position all game.

Memphis held UCLA to start the game and then responded an 80-yard run by Darrell Henderson which set up the first Tiger touchdown.

UCLA scored the next 17 points including a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rosen to hometown guy Jordan Wilson.

But, the Tigers responded with two touchdowns of their own to take a 20-17 lead.

The Bruins went on a long drive powered mostly by the running game and Bolu Olorunfunmi to reclaim the lead when Josh Rosen ran the ball in from the one-yard line.

That TD gave UCLA a 24-20 lead, but it was one that was short-lived as Memphis came right back and moved the ball 72 yards on 3 plays to retake a 27-24 halftime lead.

The Bruins did get the ball back with about 30 seconds to go, but, rather than unleashing Josh Rosen, Jim Mora was content going to the locker room down by three for some reason.

What does the second half hold? Can UCLA contain the Tigers’ offense? Will the Bruins unleash Rosen and keep the punter off the field?

We’ll see in the second half.

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