Five takeaways from UCLA’s victory over Bowling Green

It was the form of opening recreation that made a press release.

Carry on Alabama … State.

UCLA appeared in want of one other tune-up quite than a showdown after a sloppy 45-17 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday on the Rose Bowl. Even the Bruins’ 38 unanswered factors couldn’t absolutely masks the stink of a primary half through which they dedicated one blunder after one other.

Listed here are 5 takeaways from the sport:

This wasn’t judgment day

UCLA broad receiver Kazmeir Allen, proper, runs the ball as Bowling Green security Chris Bacon makes an attempt a deal with through the second half on Saturday on the Rose Bowl.

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As unhealthy because it seemed, you’d be good to carry off on any sweeping pronouncements in regards to the Bruins.

Sure, it was an unpleasant win, however early impressions a couple of crew are sometimes deceptive. Bear in mind final season? Two video games in, UCLA was a classy decide to make the School Soccer Playoff, and the way did that prove?

UCLA coach Chip Kelly was sensible to level out Saturday that groups evolve over a season and that the hope was this was the worst his crew would play in 2022. Crucial factor was that the Bruins simply withstood their two turnovers, a blocked punt for a landing and a turnover on downs after issues had taken a daunting flip within the first half.

“We did dig ourselves a little bit of a hole to start,” Kelly stated, “but I was really proud of the way our guys responded.”

How about that protection?

UCLA defensive lineman Grayson Murphy sacks Bowling Green quarterback Matt McDonald.

UCLA defensive lineman Grayson Murphy, left, sacks Bowling Green quarterback Matt McDonald through the first half Saturday on the Rose Bowl.

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The scoreboard by no means mirrored defensive coordinator Invoice McGovern’s first recreation with the Bruins.

McGovern presided over a protection that basically solely gave up seven factors Saturday. Stick to us right here.

Bowling Green’s first landing got here on a blocked punt. It added a area purpose after UCLA’s Jake Bobo dropped a punt, giving the Falcons the ball on the Bruins’ 11-yard line.

Bowling Green managed just one sustained scoring drive, going 73 yards for the landing that gave it a 17-7 lead early within the second quarter due to some shoddy tackling on Christian Sims’ 22-yard scoring catch.

After that, the Falcons didn’t rating once more. They completed the sport with simply 162 yards of offense towards a protection that did some artistic issues, together with utilizing linebackers Carl Jones and Laiatu Latu alongside edge rushers Grayson and Gabriel Murphy because the defensive position on some performs.

“That was really impressive to start the season,” Kelly stated of his protection, “and hopefully we can build upon that.”

Particular groups have been dreadful

Bowling Green's PaSean Wimberly blocks a kick by UCLA place kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira.

Bowling Green’s PaSean Wimberly, beneath, blocks a kick by UCLA place kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira through the first half Saturday on the Rose Bowl. Bowling Green linebacker Charles Rosser, proper, ran the blocked punt in for a landing.

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Anybody can drop a punt, like Bobo did after calling for a good catch within the first quarter, however it took some doing for what transpired the primary time he ran onto the sector to return a punt.

The Bruins have been pressured to name a timeout after realizing that Bobo wasn’t the one participant sporting No. 9 as a part of their punt return unit. Choe Bryant-Strother additionally wore the quantity, resulting in the stoppage of play in order that Bobo may slip on No. 87.

Kelly stated coaches have been conscious of the difficulty earlier than the sport, making it all of the extra inexplicable.

There was additionally the blocking breakdown that allowed Bowling Green’s PaSean Wimberly direct entry to punter Nicholas Barr-Mira. Wimberly walloped Barr-Mira earlier than he may get the punt off and the Falcons recovered the ball for a landing.

Barr-Mira additionally missed two of his three field-goal makes an attempt in his first recreation after being awarded a scholarship.

Name him ‘Refrigerator’ Mafi

UCLA offensive lineman Atonio Mafi sprays water on his head.

UCLA offensive lineman Atonio Mafi sprays water on his head through the second half towards Bowling Green on Saturday on the Rose Bowl.

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Possibly the Bruins want to begin designing some goal-line performs for Atonio Mafi.

The 340-pound offensive lineman was actually a power within the third quarter when he picked up a Dorian Thompson-Robinson fumble and barreled seven yards, extending the ball along with his hand in triumph to sign a primary down.

Mafi’s weight-loss journey — he’s dropped 71 kilos since arriving on campus earlier than the 2018 season — has been one of many crew’s most inspirational tales. He moved from defensive position to the opposite aspect of the ball, turning into a power at guard.

Given his elevated mobility to go along with his supreme energy, Mafi may warrant an expanded function. Give that man the ball.

Cross safety lacked

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson runs past Bowling Green defensive lineman Adrian Wilson.

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, proper, runs previous Bowling Green defensive lineman Adrian Wilson for a landing through the second half Saturday on the Rose Bowl.

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Thompson-Robinson was on the run a lot of the afternoon, having to throw the ball away on third down as a substitute of taking a sack to finish the Bruins’ first drive.

On the primary play of UCLA’s second drive, the Falcons dragged Thompson-Robinson down for a sack and a lack of two yards. He was additionally dealing with heavy strain two performs later when he slipped a deal with, skirted the sideline and reduce throughout the sector for a 68-yard landing run.

Thompson-Robinson stated the Falcons dropping again deep of their zone protection gave him loads of operating room. However the Falcons close to the road of scrimmage regularly gave him issues as a result of UCLA’s offensive line wasn’t providing sufficient safety. Thompson-Robinson was sacked simply twice, however that was principally a perform of his nimble ft.

Kelly identified that his crew gained greater than 600 yards and stated he must have a look at the tape to handle any particular issues involving a line that included Raiqwon O’Neal and Garrett DiGiorgio making their debuts because the crew’s full-time beginning tackles.

There’s no must go to the tape. This line has some points it wants to handle.

Carry on Alabama State.