The UCLA Bruins finally got their first win in the Chip Kelly Era on Saturday, as they went into Cal and really dominated the Golden Bears through the entire contest. The Bruins were led by a stellar run game, which was headlined by Joshua Kelley, who rushed for 157 yards on 30 carries while finding the end zone three times.
While Kelley had a monster game on the ground, the defense really harassed Cal quarterback Brandon McIlwain all game long, forcing him to throw two interceptions, while also losing two fumbles. In total, the Bruins forced five turnovers in the game, as the Bruins finally put a solid game plan together.
The Bruins will try to continue their winning ways this weekend, as they play host to the Arizona Wildcats who could be without star quarterback Khalil Tate. For Kelly, this had to be a sweet victory, as the Bruins had gotten off to their worst start in over 70 years, but this was a solid team win and one that has been building in recent weeks.
It has been rough goings for the Arizona Wildcats as of late, and after the blowout loss to the Utah Utes on Friday night, there seem to be more questions than answers. Coming into the 2018 college football season, quarterback Khalil Tate was viewed as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but he has been hampered by an ankle injury all season long, and he may miss a few games after leaving Friday’s matchup early.
Tate’s replacement on Friday against Utah was one of their few bright spots in the game, as Rhett Rodriguez did a nice job moving the ball through the air against a very good Utes defense. Rodriguez finished the game with 226 yards and a touchdown, but the Wildcats waited until the fourth quarter before they were able to get the ball across the goal line.
Utah jumped on Arizona early, and they refused to take their foot off the gas, winning the game by over 30 points. For the Wildcats, they should be able to get back on track this weekend, as they head to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA, which is one of the worst teams in college football this season.