California linebacker Chris McCain sacks UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley… (Tony Avelar / Associated…)
Cal 43, UCLA 17 (final)
The Bruins have been handed their second loss of the season and Pac-12 Conference play, falling to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in league.
The Golden Bears pick up their first conference win in three tries and improve to 2-4 overall.
Cal 43, UCLA 17 (1:32 left in fourth quarter)
Were he wearing a UCLA uniform, Cal’s Kameron Jackson would be UCLA’s third-leading receiver.
Jackson’s third interception set up yet another Cal touchdown, this one a 68-yard run by C.J. Anderson.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has completed 30 of 46 passes for 252 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Cal 36, UCLA 17 (6:32 left in fourth quarter)
The take and give continues for UCLA.
Especially the give.
Given a chance by a Cal turnover at midfield, UCLA gave it right back -- but not before driving inside the Cal 10-yard line.
Of course, the Bruins never actually ran a play from inside the 10 because the nifty run Johnathan Franklin made after taking a short pass from Brett Hundley was wiped out by a holding penalty.
The moved the ball back to the Cal 38 and one play later, a Hundley pass was tipped and picked off by Cal’s Michael Lowe at the 16. He returned it 57 yards to the UCLA 27 and four plays later Zach Maynard scored on a one-yard sneak.
Cal 29, UCLA 17 (10 minutes left in fourth quarter)
Both teams will want to burn the video from the last couple of minutes.
A brief recap:
Cal fumbles at the UCLA 11; the Bruins recover, and Cal is hit with a 15-yard personal four penalty.
But on the Bruins’ second play, Brett Hundley is sacked and fumbles. UCLA recovers, but takes a 20-yard loss.
Then, on the next play, he heaves a pass up the field that is picked off by Cal’s Kameron Jackson at the UCLA 48.
Then, on Cal’s second play, the Bears muff the handoff and defensive end Cassius Marsh pounces on the ball for UCLA.
That’s all I got. Wow.
Cal 29, UCLA 17 (14:31 left in the fourth quarter)
Ka’imi Fairbairn can’t seem to make anything from 40 yards out, but he’s money on shorter kicks.
The UCLA freshman just split the uprights with a 29-yard field goal at the end of a 12-play, 77-yard march.
What UCLA really needed was a touchdown, though.
Bruins Coach Jim Mora must still be confident in his offense, because otherwise he might have gone for it on fourth down.
Cal 29, UCLA 14 (end of the third quarter)
UCLA has the ball on the Cal 15-yard line. Second and 10. And that’s it for me. Because I have to assist Chris Foster with the stories that will be in the Sunday paper, I’m now handing off the blog to assistant sports editor Mike Hiserman.
Cal 29, UCLA 14 (5:58 left in the third quarter)
Just when it looked like UCLA might be fighting its way back into the game, Zach Maynard hit Keenan Allen with a 34-yard touchdown pass. UCLA blocked another point-after attempt, though.
This doesn’t look very promising for the Bruins.
Cal left tackle Tyler Rigsbee went down on the play.
Cal 23, UCLA 14 (10:16 left in the third quarter)
Jonathan Franklin carried the ball 26 yards to the one-yard line, setting up a three-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to Joseph Fauria.
Cal 23, UCLA 7 (11:30 left in the third quarter)
Injury timeout as Darius Bell landed awkwardly after catching an 18-yard pass.
First and 10 for UCLA at the Cal 27-yard line.
Cal 23, UCLA 7 (12:42 left in the third quarter)
UCLA went three and out on its first drive of the second half.
A nice return by Keenan Allen puts the ball at the Bruins’ 32-yard line for Cal and Brendan Bigelow took a short pass from Zach Maynard and ran it into the end zone.
@JAIMSYY Tweets, "Have fun bro I figured out how to get game alerts on my phone."
But @thomasjlord tells me, “Keep writing dude! Have an apartment full of bruins refreshing your page every minute."
Some shameless cross-promotion:
Over on the Dodgers blog, Steve Dilbeck wonders if the Dodgers will make a run at Zack Greinke.
And here’s a story I wrote on Adrian Gonzalez, who talked about his swing and seven-plus weeks in Los Angeles.
Cal 16, UCLA 7 (halftime)
The Golden Bears committed two personal fouls on UCLA’s final drive of the first half, but Brett Hundley had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Kameron Jackson.
There was some miscommunication between Hundley and the intended receiver, who didn’t run all the way to the end zone.
Cal 16, UCLA 7 (2:52 left in the second quarter)
Cal took advantage of UCLA’s mistake and increased its lead on a nine-yard pass by Zach Maynard to Keenan Allen. UCLA blocked the point-after attempt.
Cal 10, UCLA 7 (4:06 left in the second quarter)
UCLA muffs a punt.
The Pac-12 Network was more interested in showing cheerleaders than the replay, so I don’t know exactly what happened. But it appeared a defender was blocked into the returner. First and 10 for Cal at the UCLA 34.
Cal 10, UCLA 7 (5:24 left in the second quarter)