Saturday, October 6, 2012
Grades: California 43, UCLA 17
By Peter Yoon
UCLA dropped its seventh consecutive game at California, extending a losing streak that is now 14 years, when they fell to the Golden Bears, 43-17, Saturday in Berkeley. Here's how we have them grading out:
Brett Hundley was constantly under pressure and was sacked five times. He had a season-high four passes intercepted and was inaccurate on downfield passes for most of the game. He completed 31 of 47 passes but had only 253 yards -- only 5.38 yards per pass play.
Johnathan Franklin had 103 yards rushing for his fifth 100-yard performance on six games, but the Bruins had only 129 yards on the ground. Hundley was fairly effective when he escaped the pocket, but Jordon James and Damien Thigpen combined for only 19 yards.
California quarterback Zach Maynard tied career highs with 25 completions and four touchdowns and had 295 yards through the air -- the second-highest total of his career. Before Saturday, he had only five touchdowns this season. The Bruins sacked him three times, but that is two fewer than the five per game Cal had allowed before Saturday.
Until a 68-yard run by C.J. Anderson late in the game, the Bruins had been solid against the run. Cal finished with 186 yards rushing and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, but before that late Anderson run, with the game out of hand, Cal was averaging less than three yards a carry. The Bruins also forced two fumbles.
Steven Manfro muffed a punt when Kenny Orjioke ran into him when Manfro was trying to make a fair catch, the second time that has happened to the Bruins this season. Ka'imi Fairbairn was 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and punter Jeff Locke had a solid game. Two blocked extra-point attempts against Cal save the grade here.
The Bruins showed a lack of focus and discipline in committing 12 penalties for 99 yards -- several at crucial times. The offensive play calling showed reluctance to go downfield and UCLA gave up on the run too early. The team seemed to lose its fight late when the score got out of control.