This was going to be a different first half recap.
UCLA was actually leading this game until the final play before the half when redshirt freshman Chase Griffin threw an interception which Oregon’s Jordan Happle returned for a touchdown, giving the Ducks a 24-21 lead as the team went into the locker room.
Prior to that, it had been a back and forth kind of half.
After the teams exchanged a pair of short drives and punts, the Bruins started what would be a 9-play drive, but the drive ended when Griffin fumbled and it was recovered by Vernon McKinley III to UCLA’s 19. On the next play, Tyler Shough put the Ducks up by seven.
Qwantrezz Knight fumbled the ensuing kickoff and one more play resulted in Oregon being up 14-0.
The Bruins followed with a 52-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard run by Demetric Felton.
Knight made up for his fumble when he recovered a C.J. Verdell fumble for a touchdown to tie the game. The Bruin defense followed that with a goal line stand to hold the Ducks to three as Oregon took a 17-14 lead.
Griffin then led the Bruins on a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Dulcich and UCLA took a 21-17 lead.
Then, on the final play of the half, Griffin through his first collegiate pick to give Oregon the lead at the half.
Overall, the defense was adequate and the offense was pretty good. If not for that last turnover, the Bruins would have gone into the locker room with a lead.
Hopefully, they can hold onto the ball in the second half.
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I’m liking this drive.
Griffin has a good head on his shoulders.
Darn it. Stupid penalty.
3 and out!
The Bruins are battling. I like it!
Damn. I like the aggressiveness. It was just a bad read by Knight.
Well now it’s getting ugly. We’re still in it for now at least.
The defense has to stop them here. A TD will finish us off.
Lewis will miss this.
Way off. We’re still in this.
Just got home. Been listening to the radio broadcast for the last 30 min. Feels like we’re in this if we limit mistakes and penalties.
We’re still in it.
3rd an 1 and a shotgun run up the middle. Doesn’t make it. What a freaking surprise.
Brown does it.
Griffin’s pretty good for his first time playing. We need to score quickly though.
Now, we kick it deep and let the defense go to work.
I can't believe I'm actually writing that.
Onside kick or no? What do you think?
Time for an onside kick. We gotta hold em no matter what, might as well take the chance.
Huge day for Felton!
Less than four minutes to go and to get the ball back and win. Go for it!
Special teams listens to Joe.
Hope Osa does too. Come on, D!
The defense has held Oregon to just 83 yards on the ground. That's the key stat here.
HERE WE GO! GO BRUINS!
77 seconds. Let's go Chase!
Our ball on the 19. 1:17 left
WOOHOO!!!! 15 yards and an automatic first down!
Oh yes PF!
Eschew the field goal.
A run on 3rd and long??
Oh well. Much closer than expected.
So how many points did they get off turnovers?
Tough liss. Too many mistakes to overcome.
We forfeited this game. 28 pts off turnovers
I was skeptical about Chase Griffin but I think he out played DTR. Comments?
He reminds of Kyler Murray, but for a couple of dropped balls we may very well have won. I think we stick with DTR though. That halftime TD really did us in. I don’t get what’s with this team and turnovers. Hopefully we’ll get it out of our system.