PASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA's offense hummed at tempo, just like California's Bear Raid was purported to do, while Jared Goff and the Bears looked completely mystified in the first half. After scoring on its opening drive for the first time since the opener at Grambling State, Cal saw the Bruins score on five straight possessions, with Josh Rosen completing 24-of-33 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns, staking the Bruins to a 23-10 halftime lead.
The Bears, outside of a 15-yard run by Khalfani Muhammad, rushed for just 20 yards on 11 carries. Goff went 14-for-24, for just 135 yards and one, one-yard touchdown toss to Kenny Lawler, who made one of his pattented acrobatic grabs with less than a minute left in the half to get the Bears to within two touchdowns. But, on the very next drive, UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn nailed a 55-yard field goal, only to see it pulled back because of a false start. He then proceded to hit a career-best 60-yarder as the clock expired.
The Bruins out-gained the Bears 357 yards to 170 in the first half, in large part thanks to running back Paul Perkins, who rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries before being knocked out with 6:28 left in the half, on a hit by Cameron Walker.
Perkins took a hard hit to his left knee, but waked off the field under his own power.
That UCLA rushing game swept the middle clean of linebackers, allowing Rosen to find Thomas Duarte seven times for 73 yards, mostly on slants.
Cal was 3-for-8 in the first half on third-down conversions, all coming on the first drive. UCLA, on the other hand, converted 5-of-9 opportunities, and tallied 21 first downs to the Bears' nine, with three of those coming on the first drive.
Goff was under pressure the entire half, and while only sacked once (off the left side, on a speed rush against Aaron Cochran), had very little time in the pocket, and had to slide away from pressure on at least four occasions.