Bruins hope they’ve built momentum
After starting season with huge comeback, UCLA to take on UH
By DAN GREENSPAN
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — UCLA adheres to the 24-hour rule, moving past its previous game no matter the outcome after one day of reflection and corrections.
The Bruins’ offense would like to make one alteration to that approach after opening the season with a huge comeback in a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday.
“Hopefully, this next game we can basically just play a fifth quarter of what we were at last week and keep going from where we left off,” said UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, whose team will face the University of Hawaii (2-0) on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins delivered a game’s worth of production in the fourth quarter against the Aggies, scoring 28 points and amassing 308 yards, averaging 10.6 yards per play.
Rosen was 19-of-26 for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the period, including the winning score with 43 seconds remaining.
“You saw a lot from our team, but I do believe we don’t have to dig that deep very often,” said Rosen, who finished 35-for-59 for 491 yards.
UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch cautioned that Rosen’s performance was in part due to circumstances. Texas A&M led by as many as 34 points, and was in a prevent defense for much of the second half.
We got into a two-minute mode ’cause we had to, not necessarily because we want to,” Fisch said. “But we know what he does well and we’ll not forget about that either.”
The more immediate priority for Fisch is to get the rushing offense on track. Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi combined for 17 carries, and just one in the fourth quarter — though, again, the flow of the game was a factor.
“We have to run the ball more,” Fisch said. “We have to not put ourselves in positions where we don’t convert on third down, and if we did convert on third down then we would be able to run the ball better and then we’d really be able to see if we could get that run game going.”
Notable college football on tv
9:30 a.m.–Pittsburgh at Penn St., ABC
10:30 a.m.–Nebraska at Oregon, FOX
11 a.m.–Hawaii at UCLA, PAC12
1 p.m.–Auburn at Clemson, ESPN
1:30 p.m.–Oklahoma at Ohio St., ABC
1:30 p.m.–Georgia at Notre Dame, NBC
2:30 p.m.–Stanford at Southern Cal, FOX