Christian Pabico was just trying to block down field. Then Bolu Olorunfunmi came flying in out of nowhere.
“Thank God he landed in the end zone,” Pabico said of Olorunfunmi’s show-stealing 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of UCLA’s 31-14 win over Oregon on Saturday.
The UCLA running back jumped, surfed on the shoulder pads of an Oregon defender, then fell into the end zone. He had little recollection of the play afterwards, saying “Honestly I still don’t know what happened, I just jumped.” Good thing there’s video:
THAT’S NOT STAIRS. THAT’S A MAN.
Watch it again and again in the @CocaCola Instant Replay. pic.twitter.com/EdgkrLOL6D
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2017
While Olorunfunmi’s eye-catching touchdown was the highlight of the day, the Bruins (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) earned a critical victory with a strong overall performance. The offense didn’t turn the ball over for the first time since Sept. 9. The defense pitched a second-half shutout for their fourth-straight win at the Rose Bowl and UCLA kept its bowl hopes alive in the must-win game.
Links to wrap up the game:
- Jim Mora wanted his defense to go from “fragile” to “confident.” Saturday’s win should help.
- Notebook: Injuries force UCLA to burn redshirts, Bolu Olorunfunmi‘s highlight play and Jordan Lasley‘s suspension
- From columnist Jeff Miller: The Bruins did exactly what they needed to do against Oregon
- Game GIFs: Fan reaction to UCLA’s first win over Oregon since 2007
- Video interviews
- On Oregon:
- From the Oregonian: Olorunfunmi’s hurdling touchdown was just one way UCLA trampled on the Ducks
- From the Register-Guard: Royce Freeman breaks Oregon rushing record in loss
- Lost in the fray: UCLA picked up a commitment from a three-star linebacker from Michigan on Saturday for the class of 2018. Kolin Demens was also considering Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and Pittsburgh before settling on the Bruins. Watch his highlights here.
A more in-depth review of Saturday’s game: Continue reading “About last night: A review of UCLA’s 31-14 win over Oregon” »