Pasadena, Ca – Homecoming weekend for the UCLA Bruins, and Halloween day for the rest of the world. The visiting Colorado Buffaloes were here to face their first top 25 ranked team this season in the Bruins. The famous UCLA 1965 Conference Champions team was in attendance with quarterback Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban.
The Bruins held 4 point lead with the ball on 46 yard line 1st and 10 when Sefo Liufau pass intercepted by Nate Meadors returned for 4 yards to the 50 yard line with :51 seconds on clock. The UCLA Bruins held on for 35-31 victory and now are bowl eligible with 6-2 on season.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora lead his post game press conference off with all names of players that went down and who played and stepped up in their place and finished opening statement with, “Today was a great team win…by a bunch of warriors!” On both sides of the ball players made plays, UCLA had three different running back score touchdown in the game (Paul Perkins, Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks).
The fi360 News player of the game was corner back Ishmael Adams who had big 96 yard interception return for a touchdown. The play in second quarter gave Bruins the 14-0 lead and the confidence of let’s go! The rest of the defense kept Colorado out of the end zone and only allowed two field goals by the half 21-6.
This Colorado team lead by junior signal caller Sefo Liufau marched a strong comeback in second half. Liufau had 357 total yards (312 passing / 45 rushing ) and had bunch key short runs for first downs to keep the defense honest. Local prep star from Chaminade Donovan Lee had good game once he got going from a reserve spot with 78 yards and touchdown in the game.
“It is frustrating when you feel like you controlled the game, but didn’t come out on top,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. This team has made great strides from last year and will continue to learn from these tough losses. It was only 25 years ago that the Buffs were National Champions, it time to return to greatness.
The UCLA Bruins will prepare this week to face a gritty Oregon State in Corvallis next Saturday at 1:30pm. The Colorado Buffaloes will host Stanford at home at 10am for an earlier start.
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