The UCLA Bruins entered Saturday's match-up against the Oregon State Beavers with a Pac-12 win on their minds. Though the team struggled at times in the second half, the Bruins managed to get just that by making fourth-quarter plays when they mattered and coming away with a 27-19 victory.
The Bruins jumped all over the Beavers early, scoring three straight touchdowns after an early Beavers field goal to lead 21-3. Quarterback Richard Brehaut accounted for two of those touchdowns with a pass to Taylor Embree and a rushing score of his own. UCLA led 21-10 at halftime.
The second half, however, was a different story for the Bruins. The team scored no points in the third quarter while the Beavers rallied. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion fired in a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bishop on the very last play of the third quarter, bringing the Beavers within two points at 21-19.
Both teams went big in the early part of the fourth quarter, attempting runs on 4th-and-1. They both fell short, and neither team seemed to have the upper hand until the Bruins charged 65 yards down the field and scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Anthony Barr. The Beavers failed to answer with a touchdown of their own over the game's final 6:15, and the Bruins walked away as 27-19 victors.
Brehaut finished the game with 146 passing yards and one touchdown through the air on 7-of-11 throws. He also tacked on 10 rushing yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Derrick Coleman led UCLA's ground attack with 75 yards on 15 rushing attempts, and Josh Nelson led Bruins wideouts with 76 yards on three receptions.
The Bruins improve to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Pac-12. The Bruins travel to Palo Alto to face No. 5 Stanford and Andrew Luck next weekend.