In a showdown between Deion Sanders and Chip Kelly, UCLA emerged victorious, defeating Colorado with a final score of 28-16 at the iconic Rose Bowl. This marked the sole Pac-12 matchup for both coaches.
With this win, the Bruins advanced to a 6-2 record, securing their eligibility for a bowl game and keeping their hopes alive in the competitive Pac-12 race, boasting a 3-2 league standing.
Ethan Garbers, in his third start of the season as the Bruins’ quarterback, showcased a stellar performance, throwing for 269 yards and delivering two crucial touchdowns. Alongside Collin Schlee, the pair managed to secure two interceptions during a first-half marked by turnovers for UCLA. The team encountered four turnovers in total, including two fumbles by Carson Steele. Fortunately for Kelly and his squad, they rectified this issue and managed to maintain a clean slate in the second half.
On the other side, Colorado struggled to provide adequate protection for their quarterback, Shedeur Sanders, who amassed 217 passing yards and secured one touchdown. Sanders faced immense pressure, enduring a total of seven sacks, a season-high for him.
The Buffaloes encountered further difficulties as their running game faltered in the second half. Sanders handed the ball off only four times throughout the final two quarters, with the first handoff occurring halfway through the last frame. Interestingly, it was during this drive that the Buffaloes managed to score their solitary touchdown. Ultimately, they concluded the game with a mere 38 rushing yards, marking their lowest total in a game this season.
Despite the absence of Safety Shilo Sanders, who was ejected late in the first half for targeting, Travis Hunter seized the opportunity to shine in his second game back on the field after recovering from an injury. Hunter displayed an impressive performance, securing two interceptions during the game.
With this result, Colorado’s pursuit of bowl eligibility faces a challenge, as they now stand at a 4-4 record. It’s worth noting that two of the Buffaloes’ final four opponents, Oregon State and Utah, are currently ranked.
For those eager to catch up on the highlights and updates from the Colorado-UCLA game, The Sporting News provided comprehensive coverage of the event.
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