RESULT: UCLA 23, Kansas State 9
WEEK 3 GPA: B
Kevin Craft began to erase some bad memories from last season, finishing 13-of-24 for 186 with one touchdown and one interception. Craft had a few quackers, but displayed great mobility as Kansas State did not record a sack.
Johnathan Franklin was fantastic, Derrick Coleman was perhaps better in smaller duty, and the UCLA ground game gained 180 yards.
Nelson Rosario had three grabs for 45 yards, including an incredible, one-handed catch early in the fourth quarter. Terrence Austin had a beautiful 51-yard touchdown catch.
Mike Harris’ kick out block on Franklin’s three-yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. This group just keeps getting better.
Six tackles for loss and four sacks by the unit made up for the missed gap assignments against the Wildcat formation and when Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman scrambled.
Akeem Ayers (five tackles, three TFL, 2 sacks) was a beast. The Wildcats did an admirable job with Reggie Carter, limiting him to just four tackles.
Two more picks for Alterraun Verner, though Rahim Moore was shut out for the first time this year, dropping a clear interception in the fourth quarter. Sheldon Price, filling in for Courtney Viney, had a solid effort.
Kai Forbath drilled three more field goals, giving him nine on the year, and Jeff Locke averaged nearly 47 yards per punt. However, the coverage was poor, as Wildcat Brandon Banks had four kickoff returns for 135 yards.
Norm Chow seemed to abandon the run in the third quarter, calling five running plays to seven passes, and UCLA had just 29 yards. The option game seemed to be working, but the Bruins went away from it.