UCLA falls flat in loss to SDSU; Aztecs earn first-ever win at the Rose Bowl

Pasadena, CA – It was tight at halftime with San Diego State University’s football team (2-0) leading the UCLA Bruins (0-2) 10-7.

The Bruins had deferred to open the game and were poised to receive the ball in the third quarter and right the ship.

Just when the energy was high, the protection broke down and Bruins’ quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (24-35 for 199 and a TD) was sacked, resulting in a fumble and recovery by the Aztec defense.

NCAA Football 2019 UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 breaks free during the San Diego State Aztecs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 7, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image360)

“We had some people open,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said. “We just gotta protect him better, he took too many hits today.”

San Diego State’s Ryan Agnew (23-31 for 293 and a TD) would cash in on the turnover with a 34-yard TD strike to Kobe Smith to take a 17-7 lead.

Agnew and the Aztecs would stave off the ensuing comeback hopes of the Bruins and finish the game 23-14 for their first-ever win at the Rose Bowl.

NCAA Football 2019 San Diego State Aztecs running back Juwan Washington #29 breaks free during the San Diego State Aztecs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 7, 2019 

“Obviously I still need to improve on some things,” Thompson-Robinson said. “Like the fumbles, we can’t have that. We have to execute better.”

The Aztecs remain undefeated for the season, but the Bruins fall to 0-2 and the voices of complaint and boos from the fans in attendance were heard loud and clear.

On the bright side, the Bruins were able to get their running game going in the right direction with the return of Joshua Kelley (15 carries for 53 yards and a TD).

NCAA Football 2019 San Diego State Aztecs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 7, 2019

Kelley now has a touchdown run in all nine games he has played in for UCLA.

Kelly isn’t concerned with his team righting the ship and he’s not too worried about the boos, but he is focused on getting ready for a tough Oklahoma team next Saturday and has “confidence” that his team will fix the problems.

NCAA Football 2019 San Diego State Aztecs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 7, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image360)

“There are plays to be made that I don’t think we made,” Kelly said. “We have to make the proper corrections when we look at the film.”

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