PASADENA—The UCLA Bruins dropped their third game in a row on Saturday, October 22 at the Rose Bowl to the Utah Utes 52-45, in an exciting daytime affair that included Utah running back Joe Williams, who ran for 332 yards on 29 carries. He also added 4 touchdowns, which would have made Al Bundy proud.
The shootout featured over 900 yards in total offense, as the No. 19 ranked Utah Utes set the tone for a wild afternoon from the opening kickoff. Corey Butler-Byrd dashed 90 yards for the games first touchdown. Utah improves to 7-1 with the victory.
UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen missed his second game in a row with Mike Fafaul filling in and setting a team record for passes attempted and completions. Fafaul went 40 of 70, a career high 464 yards and 5 TDs. Tight-end Nate Lese had eight receptions, for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
But to no avail, the Bruins running game was non existent, only gaining 43 yards. This one dimensional approach was able to score 45 points, however, it would not translate into victory with 5 turnovers committed on the day.
This season is the worst on record for Head Coach Jim Mora who drops to 3-5 on the season with games looming against USC and at Colorado. They are currently at the bottom of the PAC 12 South division with a 1-4 record.
Rosen is expected to return to action when the Bruin’s travel to Boulder Colorado to face the always tough Buffaloes, on Thursday, November 3.