NCAA Football

UCLA’s losing streak to Stanford reaches 10

September 23, 2017

PALO ALTO >> Fans flowed out of an already half-empty Stanford Stadium after Bryce Love sliced the UCLA defense for yet another long gain with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. There was no need for the announced crowd of 48,042 to stay until the end. They’d already seen this result 10 times before.

UCLA lost its 10th straight game to the Cardinal, falling 58-34 on Saturday. It was the most points scored by a UCLA opponent since Oregon hung 60 on the Bruins in 2010.

“It’s an incredibly disappointing feeling,” head coach Jim Mora said. “These young men work so hard. This staff works so hard. And we were ready. We came out, we were playing well. And it just went the wrong way.”

The Bruins allowed only six points and 73 yards on Stanford’s first five drives. Then Theo Howard dropped a touchdown on third down and UCLA, up 13-6, had a 23-yard field goal blocked. With second-and-goal from the 3-yard line, UCLA came up with no points.

Stanford went on to score 17 unanswered points in the final 6:32 of the first half and scored touchdowns on seven of its final eight drives of the game. The only drive that didn’t finish in the end zone resulted in a field goal.

“That was a huge momentum shift but it shouldn’t an excuse,” Mora said of the pivotal sequence. “We should be able to stem the tide and we didn’t.”

Stanford running back Bryce Love broke through with carries of 27 and 32 yards on a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that tied the game at 13-13. The junior piled up 263 rushing yards on 30 carries, part of the Cardinal’s 405 rushing yards as UCLA defenders missed tackles all over the field.

Stanford had only one explosive play, which UCLA defines as a run of longer than 12 yards or a pass longer than 20, in the first quarter: a 12-yard rush from Love. But the Cardinal had four such plays in the second quarter and three more in the third quarter as they ran away with the game.

“As you see throughout the game as it progressed, the first quarter, the second quarter, we started missing a couple tackles and that hurt us because we prided ourselves on great tackling and relentless effort,” said linebacker Kenny Young, who led the team with 11 tackles and one tackle for loss. “Coming out, we had the right mindset, the right attitude and things just popped up in other areas that we needed to fix.”

Despite outgaining the Cardinal 595-553, UCLA suffered from four turnovers that resulted in 20 Stanford points. A tipped pass that was picked off by Justin Reid and a fumble by Howard resulted in Stanford field goals in the first half. On third-and-20 in the third quarter, Josh Rosen completed a pass to Christian Pabico at the first-down marker, but the UCLA receiver lost the ball while fighting for extra yardage. Alameen Murphy recovered the fumble at the bottom of the pile at the UCLA 42-yard line, and the Cardinal scored on a 1-yard touchdown from Cameron Scarlett eight plays later. Stanford tacked on another touchdown after a Rosen interception in the fourth quarter.

“We screwed our defense over multiple times,” Rosen said of the turnovers.

The junior was 40-for-60 passing for 480 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Running back Soso Jamabo, playing in his first game since the season opener due to a nagging back injury, rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries. It was UCLA’s first 100-yard rushing game since Paul Perkins rushed for 121 yards against Washington State on Nov. 14, 2015.

Receiver Jordan Lasley and tight end Caleb Wilson both had 100-yard receiving games with 158 and 145 yards, respectively, on 11 catches each.

After back-to-back losses UCLA’s miraculous comeback against Texas A&M seems like a lifetime ago heading into next week’s game at home against Colorado.

“We will stay together,” Mora said. “These guys are committed, I have always been a glass is half full guy and I’ll continue to be. I believe that great things can still happen for us this season and I believe that they will.”

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