UCLA wide receiver Nate Iese took the Rose Bowl by storm by breaking tackles on his way to a 50-yard touchdown.
Although UCLA entered Saturday with a 3-4 record and desperate for a win, they are putting up a major fight. They are facing one of the toughest teams in the Pac-12 in No. 19 Utah. The Bruins have taken a 28-27 lead in the third quarter over the Utes. Wide receiver Nate Iese was found open before he took off to the end zone. After shaking off a couple of Utah defenders, Iese scored a 50-yard touchdown.
Iese has compiled five catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns as of his scoring drive. However, the Utes responded rather quickly with a touchdown of their own. The Utes now hold a 35-28 lead over the Bruins. It remains to be seen who will ultimately prevail in this high-scoring Pac-12 thriller. There is plenty of football left to be played though, as they are still in the third quarter.
The Bruins are playing without starting quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen left the Bruins’ loss to Arizona State with leg and shoulder injuries. He has been unable to play since. The Bruins have turned to backup Mike Fafaul since. Fafaul has filled in respectably though. He has passed for three touchdowns along with 267 passing yards. While he has thrown two interceptions, he has put the Bruins in position to upset the Utes.
The Utes were a favorite to win an underwhelming Pac-12 South, but a loss to the Bruins would hurt their chances. Colorado is sure to climb back into the rankings after improving to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Utah would improve to 7-1 overall with a win though.