Saturday, November 19, 2011
Grades: UCLA 45, Colorado 6
By Peter Yoon
Quarterback Kevin Prince had probably his best night as a passer by completing 15-of-19 passes for 225 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Receiver Nelson Rosario was steady with six catches for 102 yards and Shaquelle Evans opened things up with a 54-yard touchdown on UCLA's second play of the game and Joe Fauria caught two touchdowns.
It was a season-high 328 yards rushing for the Bruins, who utilized a well-balanced attack all night. Johnathan Franklin had 162 yards in 15 carries, Prince had 84 yards in 10 carries and Derrick Coleman had 54 yards in 11 carries. The Bruins averaged 7.5 yards per rush and had 11 carries of 10 yards or more.
IN THE TRENCHES
The offensive line rebounded from a dismal effort last week and cleared plenty of space for the UCLA running game and gave Prince plenty of time to throw. The Bruins' defensive front continually penetrated and defensive linemen accounted for five of UCLA's six tackles for a loss.
UCLA's defense gave up a season-low 229 total yards, holding Colorado to 87 yards rushing and 142 yards passing. The Buffaloes averaged only 3.1 yards per rush and converted only three of 13 third down opportunities. Three interceptions, two by Andrew Abbott, were icing on the cake.
Jeff Locke punted only three times, but averaged a respectable 44 yards per punt. His kickoffs were a bit shaky as only two of eight went for touchbacks. Tyler Gonzalez made a field goal, but also missed one. Josh Smith and Taylor Embree couldn't get much going in the return game.
The offensive and defensive play calling were very good and it is a credit to keep the team grounded enough to play at a high level in a game in which the Bruins were heavily favored, especially with a rivalry coming up. Nine penalties for 102 yards points to a lack of discipline, however, especially after 12 penalties the week before.