UCLA has managed to make one of the biggest comebacks in their football history this Saturday night. The Bruins defeated No.19 Washington State University 67-63, despite trailing 32 points in the second half and having to deal with nine touchdown passes of Cougars’ QB Anthony Gordon.
This is by far one of the wildest games seen recently, not only because of the final result but because UCLA came in this match with 0-3, while on the other side, the home team had 3-0.
“It’s a Pac-12 After Dark Saturday night win,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly thrillingly described the win of this boys.
With 6:52 left in the third period, and after Gordon found Dezmon Patmon for a 6-yard touchdown, the Cougars were up 49-17.
But from that moment on, the Bruins scored three touchdowns until the end of that period in the span of 3:48.
Dorian Thomspon-Robinson carried the ball himself into the endzone, before finding Chase Cota for a 37-yard TD, and Demetric Felton who had a 94-yard pass.
When the fourth period began, UCLA posted another TD, 32 seconds into the period, and the result was 49-46 for Washington State. And then the drama started.
Gordon consolidates his team with a 33-yard pass to Easop Winston Jr. This guy had 4 touchdowns in 10 receptions for 114 yards. However, Thompson-Robinson responds almost immediately, with his rushing TD. For the first time since the end of the opening period, the Bruins got the lead at seven and a half minutes to go.
Kyle Philips had a 69-yard punt return, lifting UCLA to 60-56. Washington State hits back through Max Borghi’s 65-yard TD. Borghi had 203 yards from the scrimmage this Saturday night, 123 through running and 80 by receiving.
For some five minutes, we haven’t seen any scores, which was in this game a lifetime distance. UCLA got the ball after Winston made a fumble and Bruins’ defense picked it up. It was time for Thompson-Robinson to shine, which he did.
UCLA’s QB threw a 15-yard TD pass to Demetric Felton with 67 seconds to go, and set the final result of this wild match. But, truth to be told, Bruin’s defense once again did an excellent job, sacking Gordon hard, and forcing the Couguars’ leader to make a fumble.
Washington’s quarterback had 570 passing yards, completing 41 of 61 passes, and tossing 9 TDs. But what is impressive here, is that Gordon started just three games before this one. It seems that the Couguars found the perfect replacement for Gardner Minshew, who was their leader last year.
On the other side of the pitch, Thompson-Robinson had 507 yards, 25 of 38 and five touchdowns. His performance was significantly better than in the opening three games of the season, as UCLA entered this match as the only team in Pac-12 with less than 300 yards on offense per game. But this one showed that they have good potential, and that they could make a breakthrough at some point of the season.
“He’s just a tough kid,” said Kelly about his QB. ” He keeps growing every week. He got thrown in the mixer last year, and every week, he got better. This is Game 4, and he is better than in Game 1.”
Washington’s defeat probably means that the Couguars are going to drop on the pool list. As for UCLA, they are far from the pool, but if they continue to play like this, who knows, they might appear pretty soon.
Up next they head for Arizona, while Washington State travels to Salt Lake City to face the No.10 Utah.