By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Deep the within the tunnels of the Rose Bowl right before UCLA was to take on Fresno State one voice stood above everything. “STAY UNDEFEATED, STAY UNDEFEATED, STAY UNDEFEATED” was the chat from stadium employee Chuck Young went on for several minutes as the Bruin players jogged by the loud encouraging voice of Young. They were prepping for a match-up with the Bulldogs in front of what would be.
The voice belonged to Chuck Young a Pasadena resident and a member of the security team. He also played basketball at Pasadena City college and is a long time UCLA fan who wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to football.
On this night his emotions would take a roller coaster ride as the Bulldogs (3-1) jumped out to a 23-10 halftime lead. That was not the team that rocked America by shutting down SEC power LSU in a convincing way by limiting them to 58 yards rushing and only gave up 37 yards on the ground-that helped lead to a ranking of 4th nationally. This week they gave up 276 by the midway point.
They had a “mini-pest” on their hands in QB named Jake Haener who passed his way completing 39 of 53 passes for 455 and two TD’s and one interception.
In the second half Dorian Thomson-Robinson showed his will and experience as he threw three touchdown passes.
He hit Kam Brown on a 42 yarder in the third. He found Kyle Phillips on a 42 yarder that gave the Brunins a 26-24 lead with 8:10 left in front of an a crowd of 59,842.
The final TD was a 15 yarder to Phillips completing a 9 play 75-yard drive with 54 seconds remaining to give UCLA a 37-33 lead.
That was enough time for a beat up and bruised Haener to drive his team 75 yards and hit Jaelen Cooper in the endzone for a 13-yard score with 14 ticks on the clock.
The win the visitors from the Valley another win over Galiath. It was the fourth straight win vs UCLA and the 39th against Power Five Conference team.
“If it was momentum,” said Chip Kelly. “Then we would have won this game, so it’s not about momentum, it’s about going to work on Monday and having a good week of preparation.”
ADD BRUINS: Special thanks to Will Navarro. Devon Carter was named honorary Captain for the game. Carter attended Birmingham high and played D-Line for the BRUINS 2010 to 2012. The BRUINS will try to turn it around at Stanford this week. The City of Pasadena announced Fans attending large events may have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID 19 test done within72 hours after October 8. The first game would be Oct.23 vs Oregon.