UCLA run into a surprise from San Diego State

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. 

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© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – UCLA defenders Elijah Wade (99) and Osa Odighizuwa (92) putting the hurt on a San Diego State running back during college football action at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. San Diego State defeated UCLA, 23-14, in the non-conference game.

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. 

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© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) attempts a pass over the outstretched hands of a San Diego State defender on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The Aztecs defeated the Bruins, 23-14, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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. 

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© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – UCLA wide receiver Demetric Felton (10) pushing to move the chains against San Diego State in the Bruins’ non-conference game played the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

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. 

San Diego State defeats UCLA in college football game
© Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – UCLA defensive back Jay Shaw (24) tries his best to keep San Diego State wide receiver Kobe Smith (92) from getting into the endzone. Smith eventually scored the touchdown as San Diego State defeated UCLA, 23-14, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at the Rose Bowl.

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. 

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