Bruins Wake Up and Then Route KU, 41-17

It took about a quarter for the alarm to go off, but once UCLA woke up the Bruins dominated undermanned Kansas at Lawrence...

The UCLA football team looked like they took a while to get out of bed.

The problem is they were already playing their game against Kansas.

Once the alarm went off, though, UCLA dominated, with DeShaun Foster running over the Kansas defense for 179 yards, quarterback Cory Paus throwing a 49-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Tab Perry, and UCLA's defense holding KU to 245 total yards.

But early on, UCLA looked asleep. Having not been penalized for the entire game last week in Alabama, UCLA started the game with a procedure penalty. Without losing a turnover last week, UCLA also proceeded to turn the ball over early. Already down 3-0, Cory Paus fumbled on his own 20-yard line.

Luckily, UCLA forced Kansas quarterback Zach Dyer to fumble on the ensuing series.

UCLA then got on track, finishing the first half with a quarterback sneak for a touchdown by Paus. UCLA rattled off 27 points in a row, to take a strong command of the game by halftime, when the Bruins led, 27-10.

The Bruins's first-half scoring was highlighted by two big plays: Ryan Nece's interception and subsequent run for a TD, and Perry catching a 49-yarder from Paus for a score.

At the end of the first half, Kansas's new quarterback, mobile Mario Kinsey, looked impressive, guiding Kansas to a score on a long drive. The momentum could have shifted heading into the second half, but UCLA's defense took control of the game, keeping Kansas scoreless for the next 22 minutes. UCLA shut down any Kansas running game and then pressured the Kansas quarterbacks into errant throws.

Meanwhile, UCLA's offense slowly sputtered to life. Redshirt freshman receiver Craig Bragg took an end-around 37 yards for a touchdown. UCLA put the game away on its next drive, going 74 yards in eight plays behind the tough running of Foster to go up 41-10.

Kansas scored one more touchdown working mostly against UCLA's second-, third-, and fourth-string defense.

The day's most impressive stat: Kansas gained only 89 yards on the ground, on 37 carries, which averaged out to 2.4 yards a carry…


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