Bruins spell relief with S-P-E-I-G-H-T
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
When UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight came in the team did not miss a beat during its 31- 30 win over Arizona. Replacing injured freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the transfer QB engineered several drives to help the Bruins (2-5, 2-2 Conference) stay in the hunt for the PAC-12 South race. A USC loss to UTAH gave PAC-12 south teams at least two losses.
Thompson-Robinson had helped the Bruins jump out to a 10-0 first half lead. He connected with Kazmeir Allen on a 16 yard pass with 9:51 to go in the first have.
After an injury to DTR Speight stepped in and hit Devin Asiasi with a 24 yard strike to give the Bruins a 17-7 lead in the 1:34 mark of the half. Speight finished the day going 17 of 27 for 204 yards and no interceptions.
Running back Joshua Kelley had a 28 yard run in the fourth period to give the Bruins the lead for good 31-24. That scoring jaunt helped him reach the century mark for the fourth consecutive game. He tallied 136 yards on 31 carries on the night. That enabled him to be the first Bruin rusher to be on that path since Tyler Ebell in 2002.
Rhett Rodriquez led the Wildcats offense filling in for injured starter Khalil Tate (Serra High). He completed 15 of 24 passes for 231 and two interceptions.
The defensive made some clutch plays in the win Quentin Lake had a big interception in the end-zone to stop a Wildcat threat. Veteran Darnay Holmes ran down the Wildcat speedster J.J. Taylor after a forty plus yard run and knocked the ball out at the 10 yard line and pounced on it for a touch back.
Adarius Pickett, Krys Barnes, Elijah Gates and Holmes all had five tackles each.The Bruins made things a lot tougher on themselves by committing a season high 12 penalties for 103 yards. The defense gave up 508 yards of Offense.
NEXT UP: Bruins host UTAH at the Rose Bowl Friday night.