Saturday, 12 November 2016 17:51

UCLA Looks To Get Back Into the Winning Column

Written by  Max Epstein

Jamabo S UNLVThe season has come down to this for UCLA (3-6, 1-5 Pac 12). The Bruins have to win out to prevent having Jim Mora’s first losing season as UCLA’s head coach. While the Bruins understand they have to win three straight and then a bowl game to secure a winning record, it all starts with today’s opponent Oregon State (2-7, 1-5 Pac 12). 

The Bruins have played the Beavers 62 times dating back to 1930 and UCLA has won 42, lost 16 and there have been two ties. There are a lot of similarities between the two teams this season. Both schools have lost close battles and could easily have better records if the ball would have bounced their way.

Both teams have had injuries to their starting quarterbacks that costed both UCLA sophomore Josh Rosen and Oregon State’s, junior Darrell Garretson (6-0, 209) their season.

The Beavers could use two quarterbacks against the Bruins. Sophomore Marcus McMaryion (6-1, 193) has started four games this year throwing for 688 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. 

Freshman Conor Blount (6-1, 190), who beat out McMaryion as the number one backup to Garretson, was injured during the Utah game and is ready to go. Blount threw for 183 yards and two interceptions in four games, could see some action against UCLA.

The Beavers have been very successful rushing the football. Leading the charge for Oregon State is sophomore, Ryan Nall (6-2, 234). He’s not only a load but has some speed. Nall's long run on the season is 89 yards. For the season, Nall has rushed for 672 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

Oregon State has some trickery to their running game. Senior wide receiver, Victor Bolden, Jr., is second on the team in rushing with 327 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while averaging 14.2 yards per carry.

Bolden is also Oregon State’s leading receiver with 38 receptions for 477 yards and two receiving touchdowns, while averaging 12.6 yards per catch.

Freshman running back, Artavis Pierce (5-11, 201) has skills, rushing for 207 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver, Seth Collins (6-3, 180) gives who is ever throwing the ball a tall target. Collins has hauled in 34 receptions for 374 yards and one touchdown.

The Beavers are coached by one of the rising stars in the profession win Gary Anderson, who is in his second season as head coach of Oregon State. Anderson’s previous stops were Southern Utah, Utah State and Wisconsin. He has a 51-48 career record as a head coach.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00PM PST at the world famous Rose Bowl. The game will be televised by the Pac 12 Network with Ted Robinson handling play-by-play, Yogi Roth analyzing the action and Cindy Brunson covering the sideline.

As usual the Bruin IMG Radio Network will broadcast the game with Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook in their usual roles.

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