UCLA snapped its two-game losing streak on Thursday by beating a higher-ranked team for the fifth time in its four years under Jim Mora. Here’s our coverage from the Bruins’ 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal at the Rose Bowl.
With just three seconds left in the first half against No. 20 Cal on Thursday, UCLA had backed itself up five yards with a false start. The 55-yard field goal that Ka’imi Fairbairn just hit? It didn’t count.
So faced with trying an incredible 60-yard attempt, the fourth-year head coach figured he had a better chance at airing out a 42-yard pass. Backup quarterback and holder Jerry Neuheisel disagreed.
“Jerry said, ‘No, he’s got it. He’s got it. Just kick it again,'” Mora said. “I asked him at halftime, ‘How’d you know?’ He said, ‘I heard the boom of the ball on the 55-yarder. I knew he’d strike it.'”
Indeed. The senior booted the ball through the uprights from 60 yards away, sending it past the band and nearly into the stands. It easily broke the school record of 56 yards, set in 1997 by Chris Sailer.
UCLA safety Jaleel Wadood talked about the Bruins’ 40-24 win over Cal, in which the defense held quarterback Jared Goff to 5.6 yards per pass attempt — his lowest mark since Nov. 9, 2013, when he was a true freshman.
After UCLA lost Paul Perkins to a leg injury in the second quarter, freshman Soso Jamabo took the lead role in the Bruins’ backfield through the rest of the 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal. He finished with 79 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, the first time he’s had double-digit touches in his career.
UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talked about the Bruins’ 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal, touching on his defensive backs’ performance as well as the loss of inside linebacker Isaako Savaiinaea to what looked like a severe leg injury.