By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
UCLA football is part of a different 2020 all together when they played their first college game a weeks days before Thanksgiving.
The Bruins got an early start as they were kind in giving away the football four times in the first 25 minutes against Colorado. The kindness help put them in a 28-point deficit.
It appears to be the norm under recent Bruin teams like last season when they spotted Oregon State 21 points and trailed Washington State by 32 before making a big college football comeback.
This time the Bruins rally fell short to the Buffaloes 48-42.
The turnovers were a big part of the first half.
There has been a barrage of mistakes every place in the college game.
“You see it all around the country,” said QB Dorian Thomson-Robinson. “Guys are making mistakes early on and even later in the season.”
The Bruins got a little going late in the 2nd as Thomson-Robinson hit tight-end Greg Dulcich on a 56-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 14 at the half.
DTR got the scoring started in the 3rd period with a 65-yard TD run that was followed by a 6 play 77-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard scamper by Demetric Felton that made the score 35-21.
Felton finished the day with 10 carries for 57 yards and caught 7 passes for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns.
DTR completed 20 of 40 for 303 yards and 4 TD’s with one interception. He also ran for 109 yards on nine carries.
The Bruins finished the day with 478 total yards.
The home team scored on four of six possessions in the first half as Jereck Broussard ran for three TD’s. He finished the day with 187 yards rushing on 31 carries.
The game marked the debut of Buffs Head Coach Karl Dorrell. He had spent five years as the head of the UCLA program.
BRUIN NOTES: The Bruins game vs Utah was moved from Friday to Saturday at the Rose Bowl…DTR is now 11th all-time on the Bruin passing list with 4,315 yards he passes Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban and Kevin Prince. His career 348 completions make him 10th all-time. The 65-yard TD run is the longest of his career.