UCLA holds off Colorado, USC falls

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Pasadena was the childhood home to Jackie Robinson, the finest all-around athlete this country has ever produced.

It also has a world-class playhouse, excellent dining and the famed Rose Bowl stadium, where I trekked to see UCLA snap its two-game losing streak last Saturday night after fending off Colorado 27-23 in a Pacific 12 Conference game.

On Friday, USC’s 13-game winning skein was halted when No. 16 Washington State (5-0, 2-0 in conference with 462 total net yards) beat the visiting Trojans 30-27 in a conference clash.

Wearing white jerseys, pants and helmets, the Bruins have given up 307.5 yards rushing, but held the Buffaloes to 191.

UCLA managed 95 yards with junior running back Soso Jamabo collecting 70 on 21 carries.

The Bruins (3-2 and 1-1) fell behind 7-0 when sophomore Steven Montez (17 of 36 for 243 yards) located senior running back Phillip Lindsay (47 yards on four receptions) with a 21-yard toss and 4:34 left.

The Bruins (467 total yards) evened it at 7-7 with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter as junior Josh Rosen (28 of 45 for 372 yards and one interception) delivered a 12-yard strike to junior tight end Austin Roberts (42 yards on two catches).

The key play on the 75-yard march was Rosen’s 44-yard aerial to junior wide receiver Jordan Lasley.

Rosen’s 46-yard bomb to Lasley (146 yards on seven catches) set up a one-yard run from sophomore fullback Jalen Starks (12 yards on six carries) that made it 14-10 with 7:36 left before the half.

Freshman James Stefanou’s 33-yard field goal pushed Colorado (3-2 and 0-2) in front 10-7 with 10:34 on the clock before the break.

Jamabo’s two-yard burst with 11:39 left in the third period gave UCLA a 21-10 lead.

Sophomore J.J. Molson’s 33-yard field goal with 9:48 left made it 24-20 and his 31-yarder with 26 seconds secured the win.

Lindsay (83 yards on 19 carries) added a two-yard romp with 6:59 left in the third quarter that cut UCLA’s lead to 21-17.

Stefanou’s 33-yarder shaved it to 21-20 with 1:09 left in the third quarter and his 33-yarder saw Colorado (434 total yards) move within 24-23 with 6:46 left.

USC sophomore Sam Darnold (15 of 29 for 164 yards and one pick) had a four-yard run with 7:46 left in the initial frame that supplied the Trojans (4-1 and 2-1) with a 7-3 edge and his two-yard ramble evened it at 27-27 with 5:01 left.

Junior tailback Ronald Jones II (127 yards on 14 carries) tossed in an 86-yard sprint with 11:25 showing before the half that made it 14-10 in favor of USC (327 total yards).

Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at yankeespride55@gmail.com.


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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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