UCLA Football vs. Hawaii: Halftime report – Bruins collecting points and injuries

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Josh Rosen
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Josh Rosen /
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The Hawaii and UCLA Football teams head into the break with the Bruins in complete control, but not without several key injuries.

The UCLA Football team showed that their offensive surge at the end of last week’s game against Texas A&M was not fluke as they put 271 yards on Hawaii in the 1st half as they head into the locker room with an 35-7 lead over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

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On their first drive, UCLA went 99-yards after a brilliant punt by Hawaii. The story here was that UCLA had a balanced run-pass attack and went down he field with ease as Josh Rosen hits Darren Andrews for the first touchdown. Bruins up 7-0. On the next drive, UCLA got some bad news as  Kenny Young left the game after a big block on a pass play.

UCLA showed an improvement in run defense as they stopped Hawaii by getting in the defensive backfield on the run and the pass. It forced a 50-yard field goal attempt but was missed. That set up the next UCLA score.

Going 68-yards, the drive was capped by Rosen throwing to Theo Howard for a 23-yard strike and UCLA went up 14-0.

On the next drive, it went a bit south for UCLA. DB Adarius Pickett got injured making a tackle and he was also out for the half. The run defense gave up several inopportune plays and Hawaii got in the end zone, fairly easily, I might add.

UCLA had another great drive on their next possession which ended with Demetric Felton getting in the end zone on a left side sweep to put the Bruins up 21-7. Bolu Olorunfunmi had several great carries on that drive to set up the score inside the 5-yard line.

UCLA got some more bad news on Hawaii’s next drive as senior DB Jaleel Wadood left the game with an injury. At this point, UCLA was playing without Young, Pickett, Wadood and DT Boss Tagaloa (who did not dress for the game).

Though the defense was losing players, the offense was gaining points. Josh Rosen found Darren Andrews with a bullet in the end zone to put UCLA up 28-7. The play-calling was as good as it could be by Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch who marched down the field with ease everytime the Bruins had the ball.

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The defense got a boost after all these injuries on Hawaii’s next drive as freshman DB Darnay Holmes got his first career pick six which put the Bruins up 35-7. If you are counting at home, that is 70 total points in the last four quarters going back to the second half of the Texas A&M game. UCLA goes up 35-7 into the half.