UCLA's turnovers ruin any chance of picking up a huge road victory
October 19, 2023
The UCLA defense had their worst game of the season but the offense's mediocre performance put the defense in tough spots throughout their 36-24 lost to Oregon State. The loss dropped UCLA down to No. 25 in the nation and Oregon State moved up to No. 12.
UCLA got down 13-0 early after freshman quarterback Dante Moore threw the first of his three interceptions but the Bruins were able to score 10 unanswered points but with a chance to possibly take their first lead before the half but another interception by Moore stopped the Bruins momentum. For the second week straight, Moore threw a pick-six to take away an opportunity for UCLA to add points going into halftime. Oregon State led 23-10 at halftime.
"A lot of mistakes on my side," Moore said. "As a quarterback, can't turn over the ball over. I know just in football in general it happens, mistakes happen." Moore finished the game 15 of 34 for 168 yards and a touchdown pass with his three interceptions.
"He's a resilient kid and that's one thing that's a great quality of his," said UCLA's head coach Chip Kelly. "We're going to sit down and watch the film with him and go over what his decisions were when he had the ball and how those things happened."
One of the few positive things on the offensive side was the play of running back Carson Steele who finished the game with 22 carries for 110 yards with a late touchdown score as the Bruins tried to make a late comeback. Why coach Kelly didn't run the ball more using Steele and transfer quarterback Collin Schlee we will never know but it came back to hurt UCLA.
With the defense allowing more than 30 points for the first time this year, the late second half offensive surge wasn't enough. The Bruins had held every previous opponent this season to under 20 points and had allowed just five touchdowns, the fewest in the Pac-12.
For the first time this season, the Bruins' defense folded quite a bit, giving up multiple touchdowns to an opposing offense. Oregon State also finished with 415 yards of total offense, including 133 rushing and 282 passing.
This loss gives UCLA it's second defeat in three weeks in the Pac-12. The Bruin offense and defense will look to regroup as they travel to Palo Alto to take on Stanford on Saturday. Stanford beat Colorado last Friday with a miraculous come rom behind double overtime win, 46-43.