PASADENA, CA-For UCLA fans, the burning question in their minds when the Bruins took on Cal Thursday night at the Rose Bowl Thursday night, was which team was going to show up? Was it going to be the Bruins that whipped Virginia or was going to be the UCLA team that faltered on the road against Stanford?
History has shown that the Bruins love to play in their City Nights alternative uniform. It worked out well again for the Bruins. UCLA exploded to a 40 – 24 victory over Cal, handing the Bears their second loss of the year. UCLA head coach Jim Mora was not happy about playing two Thursday’s night games in a row for the Bruins. As we saw, that first game didn’t work out too well for Mora and his players.
The Bruins returned home for a Blackout in their Adidas City Night uniforms, hosting a hungry Cal Bears ranked No. 20 in the country. The bright lights of ESPN cameras were not too bright for UCLA freshman quarter back Josh Rosen. Through the air, Rosen broke Brett Hundley’s record for number of completions in a single game with 34 caught passes in the contest.
It was a great game for Rosen as he completed 72% of his pass for 399 yards with three touchdowns against the Bears. The Bears, lead by senor signal-caller Jared Goff filled, filled the stat sheet up, but that was mainly due to playing from behind all game. Goff completed 32 of 53 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
“We got him on ground couple of times.” Mora said.
The Bears just could not get things going fast enough to trade points with UCLA. By halftime, the Bruins already held a 26-10 lead that consisted of four first-half field goals.
Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn gained some confidence with an amazing 60-yard field goal to end the second quarter. If the distance alone wasn’t impressive, just note that the play before, Fairbairn kicked a 55 yarder, and made it but didn’t count due to a penalty.
The Bruins offense racked up 573 yards in the game; just think in first half if they could turn those four field goals into touchdown. This team is overcoming a lot and still growing up as a team. The receivers had fun carving up the Cal’s secondary, Rosen hit seven different targets on the night. Thomas Durate was Rosen’s main target with 10 catches 141 yards and one touchdown.
The top touchdown-maker was Devin Fuller, who scored two touchdowns on seven catches that netted 100 yards in pass receptions.
The Bruins will have few extra days to rest and gear up for a tough Colorado team who is itching for a victory. That game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 31. It will be UCLA’s homecoming.