By Earl Heath, ContributingSports Writer
UCLA got off to a high-flying start at the Rose Bowl but could hang on as they fell to Oregon 34-31 in PAC-12 action. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead it appeared the team was in takeover mode.
They took the opening drive and marched right down the field. When things did calm down and the Ducks had outscored the home team 27-3 during the second and third quarters.
Now the home team was at the wrong end of a 34-17 lead.
Trailing by three with just under four minutes left on the clock the Bruins (5-3, 3-2 PAC-12) had the Rose Bowl rocking and rolling after a Jay Shaw intercepted Ducks QB Anthony Brown for the second one of the fourth quarter.
Dorian Thompson–Robinson got a first down on a 4th and 7 to keep the drive alive. He then went out with an arm injury and in came Ethan Barbers who moved the chains with a 4th down completion to Kyle Phillips.
The freshman QB appeared to be driving the team to a tying field goal or winning TD but he threw an INT to CJ James to end the threat with 48 seconds remaining.
Just think they didn’t wave the flag. They were thirty plus yards from making a game changer.
“I’ve known this group for a long time and they’re an unbelievably a resilient bunch,” said Coach Chip Kelly. “People think the game is over but our players fight until the end.”
The Brittain Brown had 47 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
DTR went 22 of 41 passing for 220 yards. He also scored on a two -yard run. He also rushed for 61 yards.
He had completions to seven different receivers.
Phillips led the way with 8 catches for 73 yards including a 17 yarder.
Greg Dulcich had 4 for 51 yards.
On the defensive side Jordan Genmark Heath led the Bruins in tackles with 8 and one interception.
“I was fortunate enough to be in a position to take it away,” said Genmark Heath. “That all starts with the rush up front our disguises and the play-call from up top. It the production of our defense and I’m happy I was the person to do that.”
Ale Kaho and Bo Calvert added six tackles apiece.
Kayvon Thibodeaux had a season high nine tackles for the DUCKS with 4-1/2 for loss including 2 sacks. The South Los Angeles native and Oaks Christian grad was all over the field.
“I was able to make the plays that came to me. It was not my best but a good game so far,” said Thibodeaux. “We still have some climbing to do.”
Brown completed 29 of 39 passes for 396 yards and was sacked once.
Travis Dye set an NCAA record by rushing for 4 touchdowns on 4 carries.
During the game Nicholas Barr-Mira kicked a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter that appeared to be good, but was ruled wide left. When asked was he looking for an apology from the PAC12 it Kelly said, “I’m not into that.”
He was again asked later what did he see on the replay? You ask Nick,” Kelly said. “Nick still thinks it was good but it was ruled differently.”