About last night: A review of UCLA’s Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State

UCLA defensive back Nate Meadors (22) tackles Kansas State quarterback Alex Delton in the first half during an NCAA college football bowl game, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

That was not the way UCLA was planning to honor Jim Mora, but its 35-17 loss to Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl did seem appropriate in some ways.

For the coach whose teams were regularly among the nation’s worst in penalties, the Bruins committed eight penalties for 73 yards. For the coach whose tenure included two 10-win seasons in the first three years, UCLA took a 10-point lead at halftime. Then for the coach who steered the program’s fade into mediocrity during the past three seasons, the Bruins gave up 28 unanswered points in a second-half collapse.

“Obviously, very disappointed in the final result,” interim head coach Jedd Fisch said. “But couldn’t be more proud of the team. We handled a ton of adversity this year and a ton of change.”

There will be more change on the horizon as the Chip Kelly era has officially started.

Links to wrap up the game:

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UCLA Game GIFs: Fan reaction to UCLA’s 35-17 Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State

UCLA’s last stand for the 2017 season was a flop as the Bruins were shut out in the second half against Kansas State to lose 35-17 in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix. It was a game that was characteristic of the Jim Mora era in many ways, from the strong start followed by a second-half collapse to the eight penalties for 73 yards.

Here’s how fans reacted to the end of the season as well as the soon approaching beginning of the Chip Kelly era.

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Video: UCLA Cactus Bowl press conference

Interim head coach Jedd Fisch (center), linebacker Kenny Young (left) and quarterback Devon Modster (right) talk about UCLA’s second-half struggles against Kansas State, the key moment that the game shifted away from the Bruins, and Fisch’s thoughts on Josh Rosen‘s future.