In the 1983 movie WarGames, Matthew Broderick’s character faces off against a supercomputer which seems intent on starting a nuclear war. In the end, the computer concludes that “The only winning move is not to play.” When the Bruins, who were facing probable annihilation from the Utah Utes got a reprieve due to COVID-19, it was likely their only winning move.
Now, that the UC Berkeley Golden Bears have come to town in place of the Utes, it certainly feels that way. But, hey, as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” That means UCLA has sixty minutes of football to play before this week will be over and they can prepare for a visit to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks.
Let’s look at the game time weather forecast.
It will be another Chamber of Commerce day at the Rose Bowl this morning! The forecast for this morning’s game is sunny and the temperature will be a mild 69° degrees at kickoff.
Look for it to warm up as the game progresses. The temperature should be about 75° around halftime and expect it to continue warming up to around 80° by the end of the game.
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Good morning, Bruins!
I remember struggling to get up my 9 to get the Rose Bowl for a noon game back in the day, but getting up for a 9a kickoff seems crazy. Maybe it's a mercy that no fans are there. Ahh, 2020.
I have my pregame drink (cappuccino) and meal (a fried egg and avocado with salsa) and I'm ready to go. Go Bruins!!
Well, there's our 3rd and long right off the bat
There's turnover #1!
3 and out and a blocked punt on our 15. Great.
Hold em to a field goal attempt.
7 of 15 possessions last game ended because of bad QB play. First drive, and DTR is now 1-1. What an awful throw to a wide open receiver for an otherwise easy first down.
It’s so weird hearing the crowd but no one’s there.
Whoa, Cal going for it on 4th from the 3?
He was down.
Really good effort by the D to hold them to 3.
Happy birthday to orlandobruin! Where are you, Stephen? It's past noon in your time zone! lol
And again, huge props to everyone at TMB for getting a whole week's worth of previews and pregame guesses rewritten in a day for a team we didn't even have scheduled this year. You guys rule!
Dammit! TOS killing us early again...
Dang, double coverage. Not a good decision.
Lame throw by DTR for a pick. He’s now 2 for 2 in ending drives. Geez.
This is already looking a lot like last week. Not good.
Can already tell Brown is going to wear us down and then put up some huge carries
Good D? Or lucky...we did force the throw so that’s good.
Well, at least no points off the second turnover, but hey! Give DTR a few more drives!
Great catch but he could still be running if the throw were on the money. Of course the penalty would have negated it either way
My Lord! Another awful pass to open receiver, but called back due to penalty. DTR’s accuracy is so bad!
We need to pass on first down.
Oh crap. The crawler says Tommy Lasorda is ill and in ICU. Anyone know about this? Geez. Please get well, Tommy.
Nice run! I think the early start is affecting Cal worse than us.
4th and goal from the 2. Hell, just go for it.
Crap. Go for it. Might as well.
Kind of a meh play call but nice decision by DTR. He doesn't look very happy coming off the field though. Weird.
Best drive of the season there. Liked all of the play calling except for one.
Nice TD drive. Nice decision making and running by DTR. Also, Notice we only threw two passes downfield all drive - Chip finally taking advantage of DTRs strengths and avoiding his weaknesses?
7-3 Bruins at the end of the 1st qtr. Except for the 2 TOs, pretty solid effort.
3 and out!
DTR so much better running the ball first and making the short quick passes in rhythm..
DTR needs to remember how to slide, and not hurdle players -_-
Nice 3rd down conversion. Drop, find Golcich and deliver. Well done.
Oof. Good hands b DTR on that early snap. Could have easily been TO #3.
What a straight arm by Njoku!! Touchdown Bruins!!!
Nice downfield pass by DTR for the first.
Garbers is making some funny throws.
Gah. INT negated by an offside penalty.
Bruins look much better in this game, especially because Cal is a VERY good team. They look more focused. I'm waiting for the second half performance to make a sound opinion but so far, I like the effort.
Terrible angle by #20 on Garbers' TD.
Dang. Maybe Garbers is faster than expected, otherwise those were some bad angles and arm tackles on that scramble.
Just way too many missed tackles on that Cal TD drive.
WE sure have had some good TEs the last few years.