Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:51

Bruins Get Dropped In the Desert

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Lasley J KSUUCLA (6-7) saw their Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde season come to an end with a loss to Kansas State (8-5), 35-17. It looked for a moment that the Bruins would for the first time away from the Rose Bowl since September 17, 2016, leading 17-7 at the half, but the deficiencies that haunted the Bruins all season long would soon doom the effort.

The game seemed to turn when the Wildcats replaced redshirt freshman quarterback, Skylar Thompson, with sophomore signal caller Alex Delton. It didn’t take Delton long to make his presence known. Delton ran for a 68-yard touchdown moments after he entered the game making the score 7-3 Wildcats.

UCLA was able to take a 10-point halftime lead because of the play of redshirt quarterback Devon Modster, sophomore receiver Theo Howard and junior receiver Jordan Lasley.

Modster would go on to throw for a career-best 295 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was an outstanding call. Modster hit Lasley on a screen and with one timely blocked, the speedy Lasley sprinted 52 yards for the score.

UCLA’s defense for the moment tightened up and quickly returned the ball to the Bruin offense which promptly scored again. This time Modster hit Howard on a beautifully thrown ball that went 70 yards for another touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Bruins that would be the end of their scoring, but the Wildcats were just warming up.

You would think that the Bruins had the momentum getting the ball to open the third quarter, but the Wildcat defense ended up pitching a shutout while Delton was leading a dominant rushing attack

The Wildcats scored four second-half touchdowns, two of which were on a short field. K-State’s first drive to pay dirt was a 78-yard drive that took eight plays to get closer but still trailing 17-14.

This is where it all started to unravel for the Bruins. A fumble by Bolu Olorunfunmi at the UCLA 24 was cashed in four plays later to take the lead 21-17. K-State would never relinquish the lead.

UCLA saw their drive stall near midfield and instead of punting decided to go for it and the Wildcats took over on downs. It the Cats four more plays to 50 yards, capped by a 41-yard touchdown run by Alex Barnes. K-State now led by a 28-17 score.

Another UCLA drive hit a dead end, but this time the Bruins punted and had the Wildcats pinned on their own two-yard line. Kansas State went on a gut-wrenching 15 play, 98-yard drive that took over eight minutes of clock to put the Bruins away 35-17 and that was how the scoring ended.

Once again the Bruin run defense gave up a huge amount of yardage, 344 yards on the ground to be exact.

Now the Bruin football program will pin their hopes on a new era led by Chip Kelly who dominated the Pac-12 Conference when he was with Oregon getting the Ducks to the NC game twice. Will long-suffering Bruin fans finally get their wish of football excellence and play in the big games?

For most Bruin fans, spring football can’t come quick enough and September of 2018, too. An anxious, but hopeful fan base awaits future glories. Only time will tell if their hopes will come true.

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