The Three-ry of Everything — Brett Hundley throws THREE Touchdown passes to beat sc for the THIRD time in a row, making Jim Mora THREE-and-0 against Southern Cal Clown College and their THREE different trojan Head Coaches in THREE years
THREE OWN THIS TOWN! It’s a TRI-UMPH! In the Crosstown Rivalry, we have a TRI-NASTY!!
On Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, UCLA kicked the crap out of Figueroa Tech for the third time in a row, to take control of the Pac-12 South, and tighten their stranglehold on the Los Angeles City Championship. After spotting sc an early 7-0 lead on a gimme Pick-6, the Bruins came back quickly on two Brett Hundley TD passes to go up 14-7. They capitalized on a Nelson Agholor muffed Punt to get the first one, with a 10-yard TD pass to Devin Lucien, then when they got the ball back, Hundley hit Thomas Duarte over the middle for a 57-yard catch and run TD.
The Bruin Defense was stellar all night, making FORMER Heisman hopeful Cody Kessler look pathetic. They pressured him all night, into missed targets, 1 Interception (an acrobatic pick by Eric Kendricks on a tipped ball), and SIX SACKS. The UCLA D also stopped sc on a 4th and 2 on the Bruin 5-yard line to end the 1st quarter. But sc came back in the second quarter and tied the score at 14. UCLA didn’t get discouraged. They marched down the field for a tie-breaking Field Goal by Ka’imi Fairborn, then Kendricks’ INT allowed the Bruins to dnrive for another score — this time, a 13-yard pass to Eldridge Massington, right before the Half ended.
The Bruins got the ball to start the 2nd Half, and immediately expanded the 24-14 lead. Paul Perkins scored on a 10-yard run, then Hundley scored on a 15-yard run, making it 38-14, behind 24 STRAIGHT BRUIN POINTS. The game was basically over at this point, with 9 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. Trojan fans started streaming for the Rose Bowl exits with 12 minutes to go in the 4th, still down by 24. Thousands of Bruin fans waved goodbye as all the red drained out of the stadium. It was pure joy in Pasadena.
After a fluke snap-fumble by Hundley as the Bruins were inside the trojan 5-yard line about to score again, the trojans exploited a Prevent defense to score one cosmetic TD, but missed the 2-point conversion that would have made it a 2-possession game with 3:08 left, leaving the final score to be 38-20.
The trojans’ epic failure had a lot to do with being outmanned by superior talent and Coaching, but they also killed themselves with Turnovers (Agholor and Kessler), missed tackles (Leonard Williams), missed assignments (Su’a Cravens, Leon McQuay), stupid penalties (Leonard Williams, Gerald Bowman) and bad playcalling (Sark), Steve Sarkisian kept running the ball, even as their time was running out, down by 24. And he punted from midfield in a total pussy move that should have trojan fans screaming for another coaching change. Then he really quit in the final minutes, not even using his timeout to try to get the ball back.
On Offense, the Bruins had several heroes, including Hundley, who threw 3 TD passes, ran for a 4th, passed for 326 yards, and broke the school record for ALL-Time Yardage. Paul Perkins ran for 93 yards and became the Pac-12’s Leading Rusher, overtaking sc’s Buck Allen, who was totally stifled by the Bruins’ Defense. The Bruins’ Offensive Line should also be commended, for opening holes and protecting Hundley. The trojans decided not to attack Hundley in the pocket; Instead, they wanted to contain him in the pocket and not let him run or scramble. They were successful in that way, but he carved them up with his arm, FROM the pocket, because he had so much time to find his targets. And the Receivers really came through, with Duarte catching the TD plus an amazing catch over a defender on a long sideline pass; Mossi Johnson making a miracle grab in traffic; Devin Fuller taking screens and gaining huge yards (with Jordan Payton, Paul Perkins and others making key blocks), Lucien’s TD plus another one for a key 1st Down; Massington getting open in the end zone for the score before the break that gave the Bruins all the momentum — Mora has never lost a game when leading at Halftime.
On Defense, you’d also have to give out a half-dozen game balls. The secondary was great, snuffing out the red-hot Agholor, and constantly covering so well that Kessler had to eat the pigskin. Anthony Jefferson had a great pass-deflection, Myles Jack blanketed Agholor, Ishmael Adams knocked a TD pass out of Agholor’s hands, and Tahan Goodman Safety Blitzed Kessler into a frenzy, also tipping one pass attempt.
The Defensive Line was also nearly impregnable, with Eddie Vanderdoes, Takkarist McKinley, OWA, Ellis McCarthy, and Kenny Clark all making an impact, and the Linebackers were also a huge factor, led by Kendricks and Jack of course, but also getting major contributions from Deon Hollins and Kenny Young.
Obviously, it was a complete TEAM effort, as Mora had the team ready to play. Apparently, Mora knows just the right way to prepare his team for the biggest game of the year, winning it for the third straight time, and shutting up the clowns for another 51 weeks.
For the Bruins, it now comes down to the Stanford game this Friday at the Rose Bowl. If the Bruins win, they win the South Division, and face Oregon for the Pac-12 crown, and possibly a spot in the National Playoffs.
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