LOS ANGELES, CA (News4usonline) – The UCLA Bruins football team had never lost a ballgame to San Diego State in 21 encounters leading up to the Bruins 2019 home opener at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 7. That streak ended with San Diego State posting a 23-14 grind-it-out type of game against the Bruins.
After dropping their season opening game on the road to Cincinnati, the Bruins gave up 10 points in the first and third quarters to the Aztecs. Surprisingly, San Diego State managed to outgain UCLA on the ground (80-62), even though Joshua Kelley, the Bruins’ leading scorer from a year ago, was on the field for the first time this season.
San Diego State outgained UCLA in total offense (373 yards to 261 yards) and dominated the time of possession, keeping the ball for just over 38 minutes. The Bruins held onto the ball for nearly 22 minutes (21:44). The good news for the Bruins is that quarterback Dorian Thompson- Robinson had a much more solid outing against the Aztecs than he did against Cincinnati.
Thompson-Robinson completed 24 of 35 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. Kelley, getting his feet wet for the first time this season, rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries. Kelley’s 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave UCLA a 7-0 jump on San Diego State.
But behind a 293-yard passing performance from quarterback Ryan Agnew (23 of 31), San Diego State (1-1) rallied from that deficit to capture its first win of the season. UCLA dropped to 0-2.