UCLA football faces deficit against Colorado after penalty-ridden 1st half

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The Bruins and Buffaloes left their laundry out on the field in the first half.

UCLA football (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) trails Colorado (3-6, 2-4) by a score of 20-10 at halftime Saturday on the Rose Bowl. The 2 teams have combined for 10 penalties for 62 yards, including seven penalties from the Bruins.

The Buffaloes and the Bruins combined for 15 total yards of their respective opening drives, all of which came through the air.

Following the pair of three-and-outs, Colorado started its second drive of the sport on the ground. The Buffaloes ended the drive on the ground too, accumulating 70 yards over 12 plays earlier than punching it in from one yard out to take a 7-0 lead over the Bruins.

Whereas Colorado’s second drive was punctuated by points on the ground, UCLA’s ensuing drive was marred by penalties. Three plays after a false begin name on redshirt senior offensive lineman Paul Grattan Jr., junior running again Zach Charbonnet took possession of the ball for a 51-yard rush into the tip zone.

The junior’s efforts wouldn’t be reflected on the scoreboard, however, as a holding penalty on redshirt junior tight finish Greg Dulcich nullified the landing and set the Bruins up with a first-and-20.

Capping off the drive, senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s cross meant for Dulcich fell into the fingers of safety Mark Perry for the signal-callers fourth interception of the season, leaving UCLA scoreless within the first quarter for the primary time since its contest against LSU on Sept. 4.

The Bruins opened the second quarter in a similar trend to how they capped off the first – with a landing that didn’t count. Thompson-Robinson sent the ball 40 yards down the sector to redshirt sophomore huge receiver Kam Brown in the end zone, just for UCLA to seek out itself scoreless after an illegal touching penalty on Brown.

After handing Colorado 15 yards on a pass interference name halfway through its next drive, UCLA put itself in a 10-0 hole six and a half minutes into the second quarter after a 23-yard field aim from Buffalo kicker Cole Becker.

Three plays and 41 seconds later, redshirt senior running again Brittain Brown plunged into the tip zone for UCLA’s first rating of the night.

On the next drive, Colorado running again Alex Fontenot drove in his second landing of the night, however not earlier than senior defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia may choose up the third penalty of the quarter on an offsides name that advanced the Buffaloes two yards closer to the tip zone.

A pair of field goals from Becker and redshirt sophomore kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira stored the Bruin deficit at 10 factors heading into the halftime locker room.

UCLA will receive the ball to start the second half.

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