UCLA Bruins Cactus Bowl Tidbits

Josh Rosen at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly fi360 News)

Phoenix, AZ – The Cactus Bowl will be this UCLA Bruins team last home game of 2017 season against the Kansas State on December 26 at 6pm. The Bruins are undefeated at home this year 6-0 and they come out onto Chase Field in their home baby blues.

UCLA interim head coach Jedd Fisch will be ready to coach his second and last game as top dog. New head coach Chip Kelly will take over all duties after the bowl game.

“I looked it up last night and he has been a head coach for 320 games, and this is my second. But I have a better win percentage,” said coach Fisch.

UCLA Bruins head coach Jedd Fisch smiling at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on November 24, 2017 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

This year team has underachieved on the road which eventually led to the release of former coach Jim Mora.

These two teams are familiar with each other meeting up in 2015 in the Alamo Bowl when UCLA was victories 40-35.

Kansas State is one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 conference finishing in 4th place, with big wins over rival Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Less than 48 hours from game time and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has not been medically cleared to play so most are expecting freshman Devon Modster to get the nod.

UCLA Bruins quarterback Devon Modster (18) at Huskies Stadium on October 28, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Rosen still has not said if he will forgo his senior year for the NFL draft but he’s been able to get great advice from former Bruins.

“I’ve talked to Troy Aikman and Brett Huntley and Pat Cowen, a lot of guys,” said Rosen “I love the guys I’ve met and I loved my experience here.”

I know UCLA offensive MVP Jordan Lasley is one play who wish he was going to battle with Rosen at the helm on last time. Lasley will have opportunity to get his third 200 yard receiving game in a row Tuesday night.

Lasley has had a wild ride this season that mirrors the Bruins ups and downs. But there is no denying when Lasley is on the field he will show up and show out.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Jordan Lasley of the UCLA Bruins on November 18, 2017 at the Los Angeles memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/fi360 News)

Even missing four games Lasley has amassed 1,136 yards on 61 catches with 8 touchdowns.

Now the Cactus Bowl will be a battle of the receivers Lasley and Kansas State Byron Pringle the teams leading targets.