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Baylor rolls UCLA, 49-26, in Holiday Bowl

December 27, 2012|By Mike Hiserman

At least UCLA finished with something sweet.

On the last play in regulation, Brett Hundley connected with wide receiver Logan Sweet on a 34-yard scoring pass to make the score a little-more-respectable 49-26 Baylor advantage.

Hundley completed 26 of 50 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

The defensive player of the game was end Chris McAllister of Baylor.

The offensive player of the game was running back Lache Seastrunk of Baylor, who ran for 131 yards and a touchdown.

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is going to have a decent game statistically.

With six minutes to play, he's completed 25 passes for 295 yards and hasn't turned the ball over.

But he's also been sacked six times and hasn't been able to cash in on numerous scoring opportunities.

Hundley connected with Jerry Johnson for a 55-yard gain and the Bruins pushed the ball as far as the Baylor eight yard line on their latest possession. But on fourth-and-three from there, a Hundley pass intended for Joseph Fauria was batted away by safety Mike Hicks, who obviously knew what everyone knows by now -- when UCLA gets down toward the end zone, it looks for its 6-foot-7 tight end.

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Baylor 49, UCLA 19 (7:46 left in fourth quarter)

There have been rumors that the San Diego Chargers might be interested in Jim Mora as their next head coach.

Really. There were rumors. Which goes to show that you shouldn't spread rumors.

Mora has done a fine job in his first year at UCLA, but the Bruins aren't making him proud tonight. They've been completely outplayed.

A quarterback sneak by Baylor's Nick Florence has the Bears leading by 30.

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It just doesn't seem right.

Baylor has three turnovers; UCLA none.

UCLA has run 74 plays to Baylor's 64.

But Baylor has 451 yards to UCLA's 266 -- and a 42-19 lead.

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Baylor is getting sloppy. Can UCLA pull off one of the greatest comebacks in Bruins history?

Uh, doubtful.

Lache Seastrunk was stripped of the ball by UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt recoverd for the Bruins at the Bruins own 30.

But UCLA then quickly turned the ball over on downs.

There's now 11:06 to play, Baylor leads 42-19, and Baylor has the ball on its own 31.

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Baylor 42, UCLA 19 (12:25 left in fourth quarter)

UCLA's defense has given up a bunch of yards, but it's also given the Bruins some good field possession from time to time -- chances usually wasted.

UCLA didn't miss this time, after a fumble recovery by Owamagbe Odighizuwa gave the Bruins the ball at the Baylor 35.

It took UCLA five plays to reach the end zone, the score coming on a 24-yard pass from Brett Hundley to Shaquelle Evans, who was wide open in the end zone after his quarterback looked off defenders.

The play was made possible by a three-yard run by Johnathan Franklin on a fourth-and-two play.

Hundley's pass toward Jerry Johnson on a two-point conversion try fell incomplete.

UCLA then tried an onside kick and that too failed, Baylor has the ball at the UCLA 47.

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Through three quarters of the Holiday Bowl, Baylor is better than average.

The Bears, who are averaging a nation-best 474.5 yards per game, have 429 yards and a 42-13 lead over UCLA.

Meantime, the Baylor defense, which was giving up an average of nearly 410 yards per game, has held UCLA to just 230.

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Baylor 42, UCLA 13 (1:52 left in third quarter)

Baylor has outrushed UCLA, 246 yards to 38.

Glasco Martin scored on a one-yard plunge for his third touchdown of the game.

Baylor's drive was 59 yards in seven plays -- all runs. The highlight was a 39-yard gain by Lache Seastrunk.

Seastrunk has 121 yards in 14 carries.

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The answer is no. UCLA couldn’t take advantage of Evans’ run for good field possession.

Brett Hundley continues to look discombobulated at quarterback, underthrowing receivers when he’s not overthrowing them.

UCLA never advanced after Evans’ punt return gave them the ball at the Baylor 41. Four Hundley passes all fell incomplete.

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Shaquelle Evans nearly gave UCLA that kind of spark it might need for a dramatic comeback.

But instead of breaking a punt return for a touchdown, he had to settle for a 43-yard run back that has the Bruins starting a drive at the Baylor 41.

Evans fielded the punt on a bounce and broke right up the middle of the field, through defenders on both sides.

Now we'll see if UCLA's offense can capitalize. The Bruins will start the drive with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter.

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Baylor 35, UCLA 13 (8:18 left in third quarter)

UCLA is on a six-point run.

OK, so maybe that's looking on the bright side.

Ka'imi Fairbairn has made a 40-yard field goal to cut UCLA's deficit to three touchdowns, two point-after kicks and a two-point conversion (otherwise known as 22 points).

The Bruins miht have had more if quarterback Brett Hundley had not overthrown a wide-open Devin Fuller in the end zone on the play before the kick.

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