Underdog Utes are Brutes to Bruins — #19 Utah takes it to 7-point favorite UCLA 52-45, as Ute Running Back Joe Williams churns out 332 yards on the ground (compared to the Bruins’ 46), while UCLA’s back-up QB Mike Fafaul commits 5 Turnovers, spoiling his record-breaking 40-for-70 (464 yard) game
And I wonder, still I wonder — Who’ll Stop the Run. Not UCLA, not in this game.
The Bruins have had many problems this year, but stopping the Run was not expected to be the big one against Utah on Saturday. The bigger problem was supposed to be UCLA’s inability to run the ball themselves. Well, that WAS a big problem. The Bruins gained only 46 yards on the ground. But on this day, they realized they couldn’t run, so they stopped trying, and had back-up QB Mike Fafaul throw the ball… 70 times (a new UCLA All-Time Record).
Fafaul completed 40 of them (also a new UCLA All-Time Record) for 464 yards and FIVE TD’s, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome his 4 Interceptions and Lost Fumble. It MIGHT have been enough, if the Bruin Defense showed up. The breakdown in defending Utah actually started with Special Teams, as the Utes returned the Opening Kickoff 99 yards for a Touchdown. Then after the Bruins went 3-and-out with two useless runs and a pass short of the line needed for a first down, Utah struck on a deep pass and then scored on a short run to make it 14-0 while most fans were still tailgating.
But there is no quit in the Bruins, who turned it around quickly with 21 straight points, all still in the first quarter. Fafaul threw two of his TD passes in the 1st quarter, one to Bolu Olorunfunmi, who also ran for a score, and one to Nate Iese, who caught another TD later in Continue Reading »