Saturday, 04 November 2017 14:24

Utes Take Care Of Bruins, 48-17

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Modster D UUSomething had to give in this game. Both teams were struggling and for a desperate Utah (5-4, 2-4) team, a battered UCLA (4-5, 2-4) team was just what the doctor ordered. In front of a sold-out Rice-Eccles Stadium, that had 45,807 fans, wearing all black, the Utes gave them just what they were looking for a convincing 48-17 victory over the Bruins. It was the ninth straight road loss for the Bruins going back to the 2016 season.

So the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde season continues for UCLA. The Bruins showed a lot of heart and effort in the first-half of the game but had one costly miscue, a flubbed punt by Mossi Johnson set up Utah’s first score.

The game was pretty even in the first-half with the Utes holding 17-10 lead. Playing without starting quarterback, Josh Rosen, the Bruins turned to the redshirt freshman, Devon Modster, who was perfect in the first stanza completing all seven of his passes for 103 yards and one touchdown.

The highlight for the Bruins in the first-half was a spectacular one-handed grab by sophomore receiver, Theo Howard that set up Modster’s touchdown pass to Darren Andrews.

Modster ended up his first collegiate start completing eight of his 12 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown.

In the third quarter, the wheels fell off the wagon for the Bruins. The Utes scored 21 unanswered points to take a commanding lead. The first Utah score of the second-half was off a blown coverage and Ute quarterback, Tyler Hundley, made the Bruins pay. Hundley hit a wide open Troy McCormick for a 75-yard dagger to the heart of the Bruin defense and the Utes never looked back. Before UCLA knew it, the score was an out of control 41-10.

The Bruins added one touchdown in the fourth quarter when redshirt freshman Matt Lynch entered the game after Modster was hurt and threw his first career touchdown pass of five yards to Eldridge Massington.

It is gut check time for the Bruins. They desperately need a bounce-back win this coming Saturday against ASU, at the Rose Bowl, where the Bruins are undefeated this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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