By Mykell Mathieu
Sports Reporter 

Bruins battle the Buffaloes after UCLA destroying Stanford, 42-7

 

October 26, 2023

Jevone Moore

USE PIC 1RT10645 UCLA running back Carson Steele runs for a first down against Washington State at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins take on Colorado on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl.

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The UCLA Bruins will take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday at the Rose Bowl at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Channel 7. The game is one of the most anticipated games in UCLA football history because Colorado coach Deion Sanders is coming to town with a rejuvenated Colorado football team. Last year they finished the season with a record of 1-11. In 2023 they are 4-3.

The Bruins will take on Colorado after dominating the game against Stanford last Saturday 42-7. The Bruins scored on their first two offensive possessions under the direction of quarterback Ethan Garbers who started the game instead of freshman Donte Moore. UCLA coach Chip Kelly decided to make a change benching the true freshman quarterback Moore. "I thought Ethan played really well tonight," Kelly said. "We always felt like we had depth at the quarterback spot. I'm really pleased with Ethan today."

Garbers finished the game an efficient 20 for 28 for 240 yards with two touchdown passes thrown. His first came in the third quarter on an eight-yard pass to wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant. "Oh, man, it felt great," said Garbers after the game. "There were a lot of times where I just kind of wanted to quit a little bit but hey, I got to keep my head straight, I got to keep moving 'cause you never know what could happen." Garbers was thrilled with the opportunity and took full advantage of it.

Jevone Moore

1RT10645 UCLA running back Carson Steele runs for a first down against Washington State at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins take on Colorado on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl

The first half was all about the Bruins defense and running back Carson Steele. The defense held the Cardinals offense scoreless in the first half causing two turnovers. Steele was the true star of the first half rushing for three touchdowns and setting the tone. "It's awesome how little things like that kind of work," said Steele who finished with 76 yards rushing in 20 carries as part of a ground game that finished the contest with 221 yards.

After finishing the first half up 21-0, the Bruins defense only allowed seven points the rest of the way and the Stanford offense which scored 46 points in last week's win over Colorado. Only could muster up a total of 292 yards after accumulating 523 yards in their last game. The Bruins are holding opponents to 14.9 points per game, their best showing through seven games since 1988.

Now with a 2-2 conference record, the Bruins look to stay relevant in the Pac-12 with a big matchup at home next week against the visiting University of Colorado.

 

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