UCLA hasn’t had such a festive atmosphere for years.
Bruins have been defeated for five consecutive seasons, with the lowest number of participants since moving to the Rose Bowl in 1982 in 2019. It rarely exceeded 40,000 per game, and interest in the program was reduced to seats in six sections in the north. The end zone was covered with a tarpaulin. To boost the crowd on Saturday, UCLA handed out thousands of tickets to UCLA students, youth football programs, high school students, and veterans.
Excited by the giveaway, the crowd, announced at 68,123, saw what could be the beginning of a long-awaited awakening under Chip Kelly. Patience was flimsy with Kelly. Kelly seemed to have a cheat code in a haste attack in the Oregon before leaving for the NFL.
His record at UCLA was 12-21, and the athletic club was in the red for more than $ 40 million, even before explaining last season when it was played without a direct spectator.
“This year is the year it has to happen,” Troy Aikman, who was on the investigative commission who landed Kelly on a five-year, $ 23.3 million contract, said in the field before the match. “We need to make progress this year. Now is the time.”
Akeman was one of the 150 former Bruins who attended a private memorial service at Beverly Hills on Friday for longtime coach Terry Donahue, who died in July. Donahue, an incarnation of the £ 190 defensive lineman Gutty Little Bruin, helped Bruins win the Rose Bowl as a player, giving the team four more appearances and three victories.
The performance on Saturday would surely please him.
Bruins’ defense mixed the press and sent Johnson various rushes, tattering and sometimes embarrassing him, blocking a running attack that Orgelon admitted to be predictable. (It didn’t help that top-back John Emery Jr. was one of the three LSU players offered for academic reasons.)
On the other side of the ball, Bruins used a clever plan to repeatedly gassing LSUs with the two best players. A transfer from Michigan, Zach Charbonnet’s running back was a 117-yard rush, an 11-carry touchdown, and a 35-yard receive. The audition caught the eye of eight NFL Scouts as seen from the press box.