UCLA Football: The Great Shut Out of Oregon State


The UCLA Football team get their first shut out since 2007 as they blank Oregon State on the road, 41-0.

This was a big win on several levels for the UCLA Football team. Not only did an injury-plagued Bruin squad assert itself on all sides of the ball, but they showed that they can quickly learn from their mistakes, especially from the first quarter to the second.

The first quarter was an extension of last week’s Colorado game. The Bruin defense was allowing an inferior Oregon State team run all over them, while the Bruin offense started with two 3 and outs and was once again plagued with (everybody at the same time) penalties!

The good thing for the Bruins was that OSU QB Nick Mitchell was not very accurate on his throws. In the first half, he was 6 for 12 with only 70 yards, but threw two errant passes which the Bruins intercepted. Both INTs (by Randall Goforth and John Johnson) lead to Bruin scores as UCLA put up 24 unanswered points going into halftime.

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The offense got Thomas Duarte heavily involved in the game as he had 2 touchdown on five passes. Paul Perkins added in a touchdown on his way to 89 total rushing yards.

It was more of the same in the second half, especially to start the third quarter. The UCLA football team executed a precision drive on offense with a beautifully balanced run-pass attack that was topped with a Nate Starks touchdown, putting UCLA up 31-0.

Jaleel Wadood got a 3rd UCLA interception that led to another Fairbairn field goal, putting UCLA up 34-0 later in the 3rd quarter. A final Soso Jamabo rushing touchdown “sealed” the game as the Bruins got their first shut out since a 2007 victory over Oregon in one of the ugliest games ever played. This game was slightly more entertaining.

"Highlights from our 41-0 shutout over OSU. #BruinRevolution https://t.co/y48uhOX3jb— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 8, 2015"

But let us not forget freshman QB Josh Rosen who showed tremendous poise controlling this team as he once again threw for over 300 yards going 22/33 with 333 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

It was a great effort all around and a nice confidence booster for the young guys as they head into a treacherous battle with Washington State next week at the Rose Bowl.