By Earl Heath

Contributing Sports Writer

The fans came out in Utah the see the home team take on the UCLA Bruins in a PAC 12-Contest. The result was a 44-24 UTES win in front of 51,922.  

The Bruins (5-3, 3-3 PAC-12) had a chance to stand out in the PAC-12 South but failed to make a statement , one of the biggest thing left for the Bruins is to make it to a Bowl game. 

One bright light was QB Ethan Barbers who stepped in for the injured Dorian Thompson-Robinson. 

Barbers completed 27 of 44 for 265 yards and two touchdowns. The freshman was not satisfied with his game.   

“I could have played better,” said Barbers. “The stat I wanted was the W.”   

Last week came in off the bench and was on his way to a go ahead score when he threw an interception that stalled the drive and ended hope for the Bruins.   

This week the running game was just warm as Zach Charbonnet had 65 yards on 11 carries and Brittain Brown had 45 yards on 10 carries while there was 411 yards of net offense.  That would be good for most teams but they had 7 penalties for 45 yards. Barbers was also taken down in the end zone for a safety on what looked to be a missed blocking assignment.   

 It wasn’t a good start for the Bruins defense as the ball control by the home team led to three scoring drives of 75 yards or more on the way to building a 28-10 lead.    

Utah rushed for a 290 yard, that’s the most taken in by the Bruin-D all-season. Tavion Thomas busted loose for 160 yards and four touchdowns.   

“We came out slow and that’s just not us,” said linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath who finished the game with seven tackles. “Especially we don’t let teams run the ball on us. We came out and started playing our type of football.”   

The Bruins final three games will be home Nov 13 with Colorado, at USC and finish with CAL at the Rose Bowl. They have to win at least one to be Bowl eligible.