Saturday, October 6, 2012
Instant Analysis: California 43, UCLA 17
By Peter Yoon
UCLA's run of futility in Berkeley continued Saturday when the No. 25 Bruins lost to California, 43-17, in a Pac-12 game at Memorial Stadium. It was the seventh consecutive loss at Cal for UCLA, which hasn't won there since 1998. The Bruins have been outscored 265-146 during that stretch.
A quick recap:
It was over when: Cal's Michael Lowe intercepted a Brett Hundley pass with 7:57 to play. UCLA trailed, 29-17, at the time but had driven to the Cal 20 and could have pulled to within five points with a touchdown, but Hundley tried to force a pass. The ball was tipped and Michael Lowe caught it and returned it 57 yards to the UCLA 27. Four plays later, Cal quarterback Zack Maynard plunged in on a one-yard sneak for the game-sealing score that gave the Golden Bears a 36-17 lead.
Game ball goes to: Maynard completed 25 of 30 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another. The four passing touchdowns tied a career high for Maynard, who had only five touchdown passes in five games coming in to the game. Last week, Maynard completed nine of 29 passes for 126 yards in a loss to Arizona State.
Game ball II goes to: Cal defensive back Kameron Jackson, who had three interceptions.
Key stat: UCLA had a season-high six turnovers and Hundley, who had only three passes intercepted in five games before Saturday, had four intercepted by the Golden Bears. Cal scored 31 points off of those UCLA turnovers.
What it means: The Bruins (4-2, 1-2) are not quite as good as they have looked early on and Cal is not quite as bad. UCLA's most important win so far has come against a Nebraska team that lost, 63-38, to Ohio State on Saturday. Cal (2-4, 1-2), which has been close late in losses to Ohio State, USC and Arizona State, showed there is still time to turn around the season. The Bruins will fall out of the top 25 and will have some work to do to convince voters to let them back in.