By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
In today’s world you never know how young people are going to respond after they’ve done something good. Will they rest on their accomplishment or will they strive to do more and keep getting better?
This years version of the UCLA football team kicked it up a notch against LSU after rolling over Hawaii. It was a full team effort on both sides of the ball in a 38-27 win over #15 LSU. That’s the first time in 13 seasons a PAC-12 team defeated a SEC ranked team. Ironically the last time that happen it was UCLA over Tennessee in 2008. It was the third win over a ranked team during the Chip Kelly rein and the first 2-0 start since 2017.
The Bruins rolled up 470 yards with Dorian Thompson-Robinson completing 9 of 16 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns as a crowd of 68,123 looked on. The senior QB was sharp with his throws and finished with a 114 rating.
There were still doubters as early on the team had a first and ten at their own 25, when someone shouted “Its gonna be a three and out.”
The next play from his own 25 DTR hit tight end Greg Dulcich on a crossing rout, the 6-4 senior rumbled his way 75 yards down the sideline falling over two LSU players Derek Stingley and Demon Clark into the endzone.
“When I catch the ball, I think first down or touchdown,” said Dulcich who had three catches for 175 yards and that TD.
In the 4th quarter DTR hit Kyle Phillips with a ten-yard pass and Phillips Juked his way past LSU defense for a 45-yard TD. The junior from San Marcos finished the day with 4 receptions for 45 yards.
The “Bruise Brothers” Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown were punishing tacklers on the way 117 yards and 95 yards respectfully.
Charbonnet had runs of 20 and 43 yards. The Michigan transfer also had two catches for 35 yards. His efforts earned him Pac-12 Offensive Players of the Week.
The Oaks Christian Graduate and Brown each scored a touchdown and it marks the second consecutive week they have combined for more than 200 yards on the ground.
The Bruin defense stuffed the Tiger running game holding them to just 48 rushing yards on 25 carries a 1.6 average. They pressured and confused quarterback Max Johnson who on two occasions came to the line of scrimmage and was forced to call time out because the play clock was about to expire. He did complete 26 of 46 passes for 300 yards and three TD’s.
“We can be complicated on the other side for the team to look at,” said Kelly. “I think its really simple for our players to understand and they do a great job of that.”
BRUIN NOTES: O-Lineman Alex Anderson earned PAC-12 Lineman of the Week. Anderson from Fontana (Etiwanda High) had and 82% grade for the game adding a couple of knockdowns. Caleb Johnson had his first career interception. BRUINS honored their late coach Terry Donahue during the game as several former players returned including Troy Aikman, Charles Arbuckle Mercedes Lewis who played under Bob Toledo. “He meant so much to a lot of us,” said Arbuckle who starred at tight end for the Bruins and later played five years in the NFL. “It was Mrs Donahue who was important. She didn’t have any boys so she treated all of us as her own sons ”