UCLA CB Johnny Johnson left loss to WSU with muscle spasms

UCLA cornerback Johnny Johnson suffered muscle spasms in his neck during the second half of a 31-27 loss to Washington State on Saturday night.

His status for the Bruins’ Saturday trip to Utah could be questionable. Head coach Jim Mora was uncertain about Johnson’s chances of returning to practice with the team on Tuesday.

“I hope he’s gonna be OK,” Mora said. “I don’t know for sure yet. That young man’s overcome a lot. He’s gotten to a point where he’s playing pretty effectively.”

Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, had lost his first two seasons at UCLA to shoulder surgeries. The former four-star recruit has broken out over the past month, starting four straight games and making a case for himself as the Bruins’ best cover corner.

He has 17 tackles this season to go along with four pass breakups and an interception. The secondary is already missing all-conference cornerback Fabian Moreau, who suffered a season-ending foot fracture in UCLA’s third game of the season.

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Recapping UCLA’s 31-27 loss to Washington State in home finale

UCLA remains in control of the Pac-12 South, but after a dispiriting 31-27 loss to Washington State, the Bruins are facing an uphill climb. Here’s our coverage from the Rose Bowl last night.

» Josh Rosen put UCLA up late, but the defense couldn’t close out 69 more seconds.
» The final minute is what stands out, but the Bruins made plenty of mistakes earlier, particularly in the red zone.
» Ka’imi Fairbairn set a new Pac-12 career scoring record in the first quarter.

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UCLA falls out of AP poll after 31-27 loss to Washington State

UCLA has fallen out of the Associated Press poll for the second time this season.

The Bruins dropped out from No. 18 after their stunning 31-27 loss to Washington State last night, one that marked Jim Mora’s seventh loss to an unranked team — but his first time squandering a halftime lead in 32 tries.

They can still clinch a Pac-12 South title by beating Utah at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and USC to end the regular season.

The Cougars moved up to No. 24, showing up in in the top 25 for the first time in nearly a decade. That last appearance came a day after their 37-15 win at UCLA on Oct. 28, 2006.

The full AP poll: Continue reading

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Washington State 31, UCLA 27: Quarterback Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen’s 37-yard touchdown run gave UCLA a three-point lead against Washington State with 69 seconds left, making a Bruin victory seem all but sealed. Then, the Cougars marched 75 yards for a 31-27 upset.

Rosen said he hadn’t assumed a win even after his career-long run.

“No, but I kind of got the feeling that everyone else did,” he said. “I knew if we were in their shoes, we would’ve scored too. With three timeouts, it’s plenty of time to go down the field. … An offense like that, you never know.”

Asked to clarify if by “everyone,” he meant his teammates, Rosen said: “I mean, I don’t know. I’m not going to say anything specifically, but— I don’t know.”

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