We now have the answer to the question everyone was asking after last week’s game against Oregon: Oregon’s bad offense made even UCLA’s defense look good and there was no real improvement from the Bruins last week.
That’s because, today, Washington ran for 333 yards as a team and Myles Gaskin ran for 169 of those yards all by himself along with one touchdown. Meanwhile, Lavon Coleman ran for 94 and three touchdowns.
The plus side for the Bruins is that Jake Browning only threw for 98 yards, but when your team runs all over your opponent scores five touchdowns on the ground, you don’t really need to throw all that much.
Of course, the bad news for UCLA is that Josh Rosen left the game with an injury in the third quarter and did not return. While Devon Modster played reasonably well in Rosen’s place, you can’t help but wonder how much better he would have played if Jim Mora had burned his redshirt last season or if he would have played more in the Hawai’i game earlier this year.
So, what were the bright spots for UCLA?
Frankly, I’m not sure there were any. No Bruin running back gained more than 30 yards. So, the running game was nonexistent. The Bruins were held to under 200 yards passing for the game between Rosen and Modster.
I can’t even consider Osa Odighizuhwa’s scoop and score fumble recovery as a lone bright spot for UCLA because it came in garbage time.
So, yeah...this game pretty much played out as expected.
How bad did UCLA look in this game? The Bruins looked like they did at the end of last year. Unfortunately, the Bruins don’t have Oregon State on their schedule in the weeks to come.