Holiday Bowl: Running score

FINAL – Baylor 49, UCLA 26: RS Freshman Logan Sweet got his first career touchdown on a 34-yard grab that probably wouldn’t have stood a video review, but stayed on the board nonetheless. It got some sideline staff pretty excited, and did end up giving the Bruins their most single-season point total ever.

Baylor 49, UCLA 19 – 7:46, fourth quarter: Another UCLA turnover on downs gave Baylor the ball 31 yards from the end zone. The Bears ran the ball for seven straight plays to take 3:20 off the clock, with Nick Florence getting the score on the keeper.

Baylor 42, UCLA 19 – 12:25, fourth quarter: Owamagbe Odighizuwa forces a fumble on Glasco Martin, and UCLA takes advantage on the ensuing drive with Brett Hundley’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Evans. A cornerback tripping on the play helped the Bruins out. UCLA couldn’t convert on two points, and its ensuing onside kick failed as well.

Baylor 42, UCLA 13 – 1:52, third quarter: Glasco Martin punches in a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal, one that likely sealed the game for the Bears. The score sent plenty of UCLA fans heading to the exit. Baylor had a short field to work with after the Bruins turned the ball over on downs. With just 41 yards to go, the Bears’ drive mostly involved handing the ball to Martin.

Baylor 35, UCLA 13 – 8:18, third quarter: The Bruins’ longest drive of the game ends with a 40-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn. Brett Hundley was able to connect for big gains to Shaq Evans and Devin Fuller on the 58-yard drive, but — facing pressure — overthrew an open Fuller in the end zone on third down.

That the drive took 2:55 isn’t particularly encouraging for UCLA, which needs to score quickly to have a chance at closing the gap. It does look much better against the Bears’ defensive pressure, although Hundley did take his sixth sack of the game.

Baylor 35, UCLA 10 – 0:07, second quarter: UCLA settles for the 30-yard field goal on fourth-and-10. Some Bruins fans were clearly unhappy with the decision, raining light boos down as Ka’imi Fairbairn lined up for the try. It was surprisingly conservative choice on a gutsy drive by the Bruins, one that was extended when Jeff Locked scrambled for eight yards and a first down on a fake punt.

Brett Hundley had a decent shot at a touchdown pass, but Joseph Fauria couldn’t hang on as the ball hit his hands. Hundley has been sacked five times already today. Baylor had just 13 sacks heading into the game.

Baylor 35, UCLA 7 – 1:58, second quarter: Lache Seastrunk, self-proclaimed future Heisman winner, shows up with a 43-yard touchdown, running through an immense hole on the way. This was the shortest scoring drive yet for the Bears, who found the end zone after just 1:17 and four plays. UCLA’s defense just can’t find its footing, and Dalton Hilliard is struggling mightily in pass coverage after switching to linebacker for much of the season.

Nick Florence passed Robert Griffin III’s program record for single-season passing yards on this drive.

Baylor 28, UCLA 7 – 4:36 second quarter: Glasco Martin scores another touchdown for Baylor, this time on a 26-yard run. Only one of the Bears’ scoring drives so far today has lasted longer than 1:45. A personal foul penalty on UCLA helped advance the drive, which 75 yards in seven plays. Martin has 65 yards on eight carries.

UCLA center Jake Brendel has been carted to the locker room.

Baylor 21, UCLA 7 – 6:21 second quarter: Eric Kendricks comes up huge for a defense that had been gashed all game long, knocking the ball out from beneath Jordan Navjar mid-air. Randall Goforth recovered the fumble to set up UCLA on the Baylor 21-yard line.

Two plays later, Brett Hundley found a wide open Joseph Fauria for a 22-yard touchdown strike. A two-touchdown deficit is still one the Bruins can close fairly quickly, but a banged up offensive line might hamper that goal. Hundley moves past Cade McNown for the school’s single-season passing record.

Baylor 21, UCLA 0 – 11:08 second quarter: The UCLA secondary continues to get burned by Baylor receivers. This time, it was Tevin Reese who streaked down the right sideline, catching a perfectly placed ball from Nick Florence for a 55-yard touchdown. Reese opened up plenty of space against linebacker/safety Dalton Hilliard, who missed the Pac-12 Championship with an injury.

Baylor already has 216 offensive yards. Shortest scoring drive for the Bears yet, taking just five over 1:36.

Baylor 14, UCLA 0 – 4:22 first quarter: Antwan Goodley finishes off another quick Baylor drive with an 8-yard touchdown grab. Star receiver Terrance Williams did the bulk of the work, burning Aaron Hester on a 48-yard gain. The unanimous All-American had a shot at the end zone but was pushed out of bounds by Randall Goforth. An offside penalty on Owamagbe Odigizhuwa helped extend the Bears’ drive after Glasco Martin was stuffed for no gain on 3rd-and-3.

Steven Manfro returned a kick 51 yards for UCLA, but the Bruins mustered just a three-play, 1-yard drive.

Baylor 7, UCLA 0 – 8:01 first quarter: After both teams punted to start the game, Baylor’s offense got going with big plays by both quarterback Nick Florence and tailback Glasco Martin. Martin scored on a four-yard touchdown after reeling off runs of 2, 8, and 14 yards on the Bears’ six-play, 53-yard drive.

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  • samollie

    If Mazzone leaves I will not be disappointed. Tired of his meaningless lateral & slow-developing plays. Hundley has regressed…too stubborn to run, wants to prove he can throw rather than just make plays. Overall team IQ is below average.

  • James Katt

    Once again, UCLA comes to a bowl game totally asleep and not ready to play winning football. Soft, soft, soft. I’m at the game and it is unbelievable. The players need at least a Starbucks doubleshot before the game to wake up. Each player needs to be physically abused by the coaches so that they would have more anger and intensity during the game – anger that they can take out on the opposing players. UCLA needs to injure at least one opposing player each game. I want to see competitive drive and I don’t see it. The players are failing their most important final exam. Dmmit

  • James Katt

    Hundley has to learn to throw the ball away for an incomplete rather than allow himself to be sacked for a lost. If he doesn’t learn this he is simply stupid.

  • James Katt

    Baylor is leading 42-13 and it is the fourth quarter. Disgusting.

  • samollie

    Hope Hundley works hard in the offseason, physically and mentally. Need to see a big leap in ability to make plays when it counts. His season stats feel relatively empty IMO.

  • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

    Does Lessa still think he will win a National Championship within 2 years?

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Does Kiffin still think he can win 7 games next year?