UCLA Football: Three first half takeaways against SDSU

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Sep 9, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Carsen Ryan (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Diego State Aztecs during the first half at Snapdragon Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

UCLA went into halftime with a 28-10 halftime lead against San Diego State on the road.

Here are three quick takeaways from UCLA’s first-half play against the Aztecs.

No. 3

The UCLA rushing game is better than advertised.  TJ Harden had five carries for 73 yards including a 59-yard touchdown run. Carson Steele had a 17-touchdown run and carried the ball six times for 46 yards. Both players each had a first-half catch as well. Dante Moore also scrambled for 12 yards heading into halftime.


No. 2

UCLA has multiple receivers who can make big plays. Josiah Norwood caught a pass and took it 81 yards for a touchdown in the first half of play. Logan Loya caught and took a pass from Moore 24 yards for a touchdown heading into halftime and Moliki Matavao had a 35-yard reception to help move the Bruins offense in the first half. J. Michael Sturdivant and Kam Brown each had two receptions totaling over 20 yards each.

No. 1

Dante Moore played outstanding and showed why he might be the next Trevor Lawrence as he played like an All-Pac 12 quarterback with three years of experience in the first half against the Aztecs. He threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of play. His passes at times were nearly perfectly thrown ball and some of his passes looked like those you only see completed on Sundays during an NFL game.

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