The Ducks lay a goose egg in 16-0 loss, making the Bruins eligible for a Bowl, including the Rose Bowl
Senior Day had its moments…
UCLA overcame their sluggish Offense with a shut down Defense to beat Oregon 16-0. The Bruins used three Kai Forbath Field Goals, including a 54-yarder, to go up by 9, and Walk-On Tailback Craig Shappard ran one in later to make it 16-0.
Osaar Rasshan started at QB for the Bruins, and he went 0-7 in the First Half, and had only one really good run, so Karl Dorrell opted for Ben Olson in the 2nd Half. Olson looked rusty, but he still gave UCLA an upgrade over Rasshan’s lack of production. Olson did just enough to eat up some clock, and keep the Ducks at Bay.
Of course with no sound and experienced QB’s the Bruin playcalling was conservative and boring, bordering on dismal. But with the lead, and a bunch of walk-ons, you NEED to be conservative. Still, UCLA ran up the middle more than in previous games, and didn’t get much out of this strategy.
Chris Markey returned from injury, and looked tentative, but was still able to gain over 90 yards Rushing. He should look better next week, if he is given any holes to run through. Some MISDIRECTION will be needed to accomplish that, but it’s probably not in the plans.
Oregon lost a FEW QB’s to injury, in this game, so their fans shouldn’t be calling for their Coach’s head over their late-season collapse. Regardless, congratulations to UCLA, who fed Oregon the Ducks’ first SHUTOUT in 22 years.
Just goes to show what happens to even an awesome Offense when you take away their Leaders. And despite missing so many key players all year long, the Bruins could still get into the Rose Bowl, with a win at SC and an Arizona win versus ASU. Unbelievable, and a moot point? Yup, that’s what we said… last year.
Below are 18 more photos from the Game & Rally…