By Steve Finley
The Oregon Ducks are not the only good college football team in the State of Oregon. Just ask the UCLA Bruins.
The Oregon State Beavers came into the Rose Bowl on Saturday and beat the Bruins 27-20. The Beavers out-played the Bruins in every phase of the game. UCLA is now 3-1 and Oregon State is 2-0."Our hats are off to Oregon State," said UCLA head coach Jim Mora. "They are a very good football team. We had three wins, now we got knocked back a little with this loss, so this should be a great lesson for our team. We will come back ready to go next week.
"The Bruins will need to be ready next week when they travel to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes who recorded their first victory of the year over Washington State on Saturday.
UCLA will need to find their running game if they expect to pull off a victory in Colorado. Oregon State held the Bruins to a season low 72 yards on 28 carries and held Jonathan Franklin, the nation’s leading rusher (180.3 yards per game) to 45 yards on 12 carries.
UCLA's passing game continues to thrive under freshman quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes for 372 yards and one touchdown. "We left a lot of points on the field," said Hundley. "This loss is not going to kill our season."
Another bright spot for the Bruins in the loss to the Beavers was the play of wide receiver Shaquelle Evans. Evans caught six passes for 148 yards including an electrifying 65 yard touchdown. Oregon State hit Evans hard all day, even knocking his helmet off on one play but Evans kept coming back. "He is a tough player," said Mora. The Bruins' game against Colorado is set for 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 29) and will be aired on the Pac-12.
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Photo by Robert Attical – BVN Staff Shaq Attack – UCLA’s junior wide receiver Shaq Evans is brought down by an OSU defender was the Bruin’s brightest star on Saturday. Evans had 6 catches for 148-yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run. UCLA’s 27-20 loss to the Beavers was their first loss of the season.
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