Colorado (7-2, 5-1 Pac 12) was able to overcome sloppy play that included 12 penalties for 128 yards and four turnovers, but still had enough to down visiting UCLA (3-6, 1-5 Pac 12) 20-10.
It is the same old story for the Bruins. They couldn’t muster a running game and UCLA also played sloppy themselves. There were high snaps and the Bruins were penalized 13 times for 96 yards.
During Colorado’s go ahead drive during fourth quarter, the Bruins were penalized three times to extend the CU’s march that ended up being a field goal.
You’re not going to win many football games when you only score three points on four turnovers. UCLA’s lone touchdown, a 39-yard strike, from Mike Fafaul to Darren Andrews was due a Colorado blown coverage and a 47-yard kickoff return from Ishmael Adams that was aided by 15 more yards because of a CU personal foul penalty.
UCLA’s defense once again played a valiant game only for the Bruins to come up short. You have to win in all phases of the game. This season the Bruins haven’t been able to make things happen offensively and that has made all the difference.å
UCLA’s special teams have been anything but special this season. They have gone through two place-kickers and three punters. They missed three field goals on the night and gave up a 68 yard punt return by Isaiah Oliver that set up the touchdown that put the game away for the Buffs.
“We couldn't get anything going on offense and had some trouble on special teams,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. “That's a good team (Colorado) and when that happens it's tough to win.”
CU came into the game ranked 21 (AP) and 20 (USA Today) and it was Colorado’s biggest game in years and that could be the reason that the Buffs played so sloppily.
For the first time since entering the Pac 12 the Buffs have scored victories against ASU, Oregon and Stanford, now you add UCLA.
This season that once held so much promise will end up being the worst in the Jim Mora era. The Bruins will need to sweep their last three games over Oregon State and USC at the Rose Bowl and Cal up in Berkeley to become bowl eligible. Another first since Mora took over the program.
The sad truth of this very bizarre season for the Bruins is they could have one every game. UCLA has to learn how to win football games and they have to learn fast if they are going to keep their consecutive bowl appearances under Mora alive.
Mora promises his team will continue to work and give maximum effort. Hopefully that will turn into wins.