UCLA topped Colorado 28-16 at the Rose Bowl in Deion Sanders and Chip Kelly’s only Pac-12 matchup.
The Bruins improved to 6-2, clinching bowl eligibility and keeping them alive in the Pac-12 race with a 3-2 league mark.
In his third start of the season, Bruins’ QB Ethan Garbers passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He and Collin Schlee combined for two interceptions in UCLA’s first-half turnover-fest. It had four, including two fumbles by Carson Steele. Luckily for Kelly, his team fixed the issue and did not have any turnovers in the second-half.
Colorado, on the other hand, could not figure out how to protect QB Shedeur Sanders, who tossed for 217 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked seven times, tying a season-high.
It didn’t help that the Colorado running game was absent in the second half. Sanders handed the ball off only four times through the final two quarters, with the first one coming halfway into the final frame; the Buffaloes scored their only touchdown on that drive. They finished with 38 rushing yards, the lowest in a game this season.
Safety Shilo Sanders missed much of the game after being ejected late in the first half for targeting, but Travis Hunter shined in his second game back on the field after injury. He recorded the game’s two picks.
Colorado’s quest for bowl eligibility continues after dropping to 4-4. Two of the Buffs’ final four opponents — Oregon State and Utah, are ranked.
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Colorado vs. UCLA score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F Colorado 6 0 3 7 16 UCLA 0 7 7 14 28Colorado vs. UCLA results, highlights from Week 9 gameFinal: Colorado 16, UCLA 28
Colorado 16, UCLA 28
10:58 p.m. TOUCHDOWN – The Buffaloes aren’t going down without a fight. Sanders gets his first touchdown of the night, finding Jimmy Horn Jr. in the end zone on an 18-yard toss. Colorado attempts an onside kick with only two-and-a-half minutes left, but the Bruins recover it.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) October 29, 2023Colorado 9, UCLA 28
10:45 p.m. TOUCHDOWN – Collin Schlee finds the end zone! His seven-yard run helps add seven points for the Bruins, who lead 28-9 with six minutes left in the game.
Collin Schlee wasn’t going to be kept out of the end zone 💪@UCLAFootball makes it 28-9 pic.twitter.com/MtTdXmvF6B
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 202310:43 p.m. – Harden going the distance with 25-yards and a hurdle.
T.J. Harden went 🆙⬆️@UCLAFootball pic.twitter.com/V4wo2sknI3
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 2023Colorado 9, UCLA 21
10:23 p.m. TOUCHDOWN – Too easy for TJ Harden. He caps off an 80-yard drive with a short run for a touchdown. UCLA extends its lead to 12 with 14 minutes on the clock. Can the Buffaloes finally connect for a touchdown before its too late?
UCLA adds on another 💪@UCLAFootball makes it 21-9 in the 4th quarter vs Colorado pic.twitter.com/6Eu9gn6kgn
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 2023End of third quarter: Colorado 9, UCLA 14
10:20 p.m. – What a catch for the Bruin! After review, Garbers pass to Loya is ruled complete.
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 29, 2023Colorado 9, UCLA 14
10:06 p.m. FIELD GOAL – Mata nails a 34-yard field goal to lessen Colorado’s deficit to five. Four minutes remain in the third quarter.
10:03 p.m. – Sacked! Sanders is taken down by Laiatu Latu, who has multiple tonight. UCLA records its sixth sack of the night with the latest.
Colorado 6, UCLA 14
9:40 p.m. TOUCHDOWN – Bruins bouncing back quick after halftime! Garbers finds Logan Loya and Moliki Matavao on two plays, and UCLA has another touchdown on the board.
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 29, 2023Halftime: Colorado 6, UCLA 7
9:15 p.m. FUMBLE – Turnover No. 4 for the Bruins. Steele fumbles on his run again, and it’s recovered by Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig in Colorado territory. While the Buffaloes have prevented more points UCLA, they’ve only scored three off turnovers. Twenty seconds remain in the half.
The ball pops out and @CUBuffsFootball has it! 🦬🔒 pic.twitter.com/tV7FH3moiu
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 20239:07 p.m. – UCLA misses the field goal! RJ Lopez’s 24-yard attempt hits the left upright and is no good. The Bruins keep a one-point lead with a 1:37 left in the second quarter.
9:03 p.m. PENALTY – Shilo Sanders is ejected for targeting after a hit on Carsen Ryan. He will be out for the remainder of the game.
Shilo Sanders was disqualified for targeting after this hit pic.twitter.com/1EJ7IOdKKs
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 20238:58 p.m. – Colorado goes three-and-out, unable to score on any turnovers. For UCLA, Garbers is back, and he takes a 17-yard run to the UCLA 37 for a first down.
8:51 p.m. INTERCEPTION – Third times a charm! Collin Schlee, who came in for Garbers, is interception by Hunter. Colorado takes over at its own 41-yard line with just over six minutes left in the half.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) October 29, 20238:40 p.m. FUMBLE – The second turnover of the night goes to the Buffs again! Steele runs for 18-yards but lets go of the ball on the tackle. Carter Stoutmire recovers it for the possession.
Shilo Sanders’ HUGE hit forces the fumble 💪 pic.twitter.com/UaSXN4nl1q
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 29, 2023Colorado 6, UCLA 7
8:29 p.m. TOUCHDOWN – UCLA takes the lead! Garbers finds Carson Steele on a three-yard pass to put the Bruins on the board. They now lead 7-6 with 14:20 on the clock in the second quarter.
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 29, 2023End of first quarter: Colorado 6, UCLA 0
8:22 p.m. – Garbers is sacked! Jordan Domineck takes down the Bruin to force 4th &11. But UCLA goes for it, and Garbers finds the first down himself on a 13-yard run.
Colorado 6, UCLA 0
8:05 p.m. – Colorado settles for a field goal again, this time for a 39-yarder. It leads UCLA 6-0 with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.
7:59 p.m. INTERCEPTION – Welcome to Hollywood, Travis Hunter! The two-way star picks off Ethan Garbers at the Bruins’ 36-yard line. After review, the interception stands, and it’s Buffalo ball. Colorado defense with a statement play early on.
WHAT A PICK BY TRAVIS HUNTER 🔥@CUBuffsFootball pic.twitter.com/3i9twSG1uq
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 29, 2023Colorado 3, UCLA 0
7:54 p.m. FIELD GOAL – Sanders can’t find the end zone, but Alejandro Mata finds space between the uprights. His 31-yard field goal is good, and the Buffs take the first lead of the game on their first drive.
7:52 p.m. – First down, Buffs! Shedeur Sanders escapes a sack to find Javon Antonio on a 12-yard toss. Colorado takes over at the UCLA 47.
7:47 p.m. – Here. We. Go.
7:20 p.m. – Deion with some pre-game motivation.
Let’s do this. pic.twitter.com/rKfb8cWJrx
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) October 28, 20237:00 p.m. – Colorado hasn’t won in Pasadena since 2002. Can the Buffs and Coach Prime upset the Bruins for their first win since 2020?
6:07 p.m. – Tonight’s homecoming uniforms are a blast from the past for UCLA.
Honoring an era of Bruin legends! #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/5U1QFplTtW
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 28, 2023Colorado vs. UCLA start timeDate: Saturday, Oct. 28Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ETKickoff for Colorado vs. UCLA is at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) from the Rose Bowl Stadium in California.
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