Colorado vs. UCLA: Live Score and Highlights
UCLA 45, Colorado 23 ; FINAL
The No. 17 UCLA Bruins got back on track tonight, as they defeated the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 45-23 at the Rose Bowl.
A full box score can be found at NCAA.com.
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GAME OBSERVATIONS: UCLA
1. This team was suffering from a definite emotional hangover from the past two weeks. Colorado dominated the run of play in the first quarter. UCLA looked uninspired and tired until the second half.
This could have been a good time to face a team like Colorado. With a big test upcoming at Arizona, Hundley appears to have worked out some of his kinks just in time.
2. Both Devin Fuller and Damien Thigpen flashed big-play ability tonight. Each has quickness and pure speed that the majority of UCLA's wide receivers simply don't have.
With Jordon James rehabbing from an ankle injury, look for Thigpen to see more involvement with the offense. He's too talented to not utilize.
Fuller is an absolute terror on crossing routes. He's extremely smooth in his route-running, and has above-average quickness.
GAME OBSERVATIONS: COLORADO
1. Sefo Liufau is going to be a good one down the road. The true freshman showed a great deal of moxie in the pocket, constantly standing in and delivering the throws in the face of Ellis McCarthy and Anthony Barr.
There's a presence that's quite apparent when Liufau takes the field. Although the Colorado program is currently going through a rough patch, Liufau gives them hope.
2. Mike MacIntyre was a great hire for this program. His team displayed tonight a true resolve. Yes, Colorado is severely outmanned from a depth and talent standpoint, but that didn't stop them from thoroughly dominating UCLA in the first quarter.
As he continues to build up the depth on the roster, this team will make some noise in years to come.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: BRETT HUNDLEY
UCLA's signal-caller needed a bounce-back game, and he sure did have one.
The Chandler, Ariz., native went 19-of-24 for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Bruins on the ground with 71 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
Hundley was confident in the pocket for the first time in a few games. He was decisive with his throws and was incredibly accurate. Of course, it did help that he faced arguably the worst team in the conference.
Regardless, this was a positive development for the Bruins. UCLA should hope that this game springboards Hundley in the later part of the schedule.
UCLA 45, Colorado 23
The Bruins got back to their winning ways, as the team disposed of the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 45-23.
Please stay tuned for post game analysis.
UCLA 45, Colorado 23
Devin Fuller catches his third touchdown of the night, and the Bruins have virtually secured victory with 3:36 remaining at the Rose Bowl.
Fuller leads the Bruins with three catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns. This last touchdown was registered as a rush, due to the fact that he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage.
The onside kick was not successful, and the Bruins take over close to midfield.
Expect UCLA to chew up clock via the ground game.
UCLA 38, Colorado 23
Will Oliver nails a 37-yard field goal and the Buffs have cut the deficit to 15 points. With about six minutes remaining, it's probably a good bet that Colorado attempts an onside kick.
Lol at Pac-12 refs. Doing what they do, taking over the game. Clearly, 80k people came to watch them. Larry Scott, you have a problem.— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) November 3, 2013
The officiating in the conference has been under a mass amount of scrutiny. Anthony Barr has been flagged for two very questionable roughing the passer penalties on this drive alone.
There's a huge amount of extra-curricular activity happening on the field.
Anthony Barr drilled Sefo Liufau into the ground and tried to help him up. Liufau hit his hand away and got tangled up with Barr as he was trying to get off of the ground.
Both started to chirp at one another and it ignited a bit of scrum between both teams.
Colorado is getting good yardage on this drive. There seems to be a bit of chippiness between receiver Paul Richardson and linebacker Myles Jack.
UCLA 38, Colorado 20
Ka'imi Fairbairn nails a 45-yard field goal, and the Bruins are now up by 18.
Jordon James is now in the game for the Bruins.
With a two-touchdown lead, it's likely that he'll get some time on the ground. He's been beset by an ankle injury since the Utah game.
A healthy James is a big boon for the Bruins going forward.
UCLA 35, Colorado 20
Tony Jones sneaks in from two yards out, and the Buffs cut the deficit to two touchdowns.
Colorado needs to force a turnover quickly in order for any shot at the upset.
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As the third quarter comes to a close, the Bruins have taken firm control of the game.
Barring a complete collapse, UCLA should become bowl-eligible with the win.
UCLA 35, Colorado 13
Damien Thigpen scores his first touchdown of the season from six yards out, and the Bruins have officially broken it open.
At this point, Colorado's spirit seems to be broken.
Hundley and the UCLA offense will take the field now. With a two-touchdown lead, it'd make sense to attempt to run the football and chew up clock.
Penalties are starting to pile up tonight.
UCLA has been penalized seven times for 75 yards. Colorado has been flagged five times for 30 yards.
Colorado gets a much needed stop and forces a punt.
There's got to be a bit of concern from UCLA's standpoint of rushing the football. This is the fourth game in a row in which the rush attack has been bottled up for the most part.
FIELD GOAL NO GOOD!
Will Oliver misses his second field goal of the game, this one from 45 yards out.
Yet again another missed opportunity for the Buffaloes.
Colorado needs to come away with points on this drive.
This game's on the verge of getting out of hand if the Buffaloes aren't able to answer the Bruins' touchdown. Expect Christian Powell to get the ball a lot on this drive to stop the UCLA momentum.
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