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Washington State lost quarterback Luke Falk during the first half to an apparent concussion, but only were behind 16-14 at UCLA
The late momentum was established when the Cougars recovered an Ishmael Adams fumble on a punt at the Bruins' 14-yard line.
And they did it without Falk, who completed 17 of 20 passes for 137 yards before he suffered an apparent concussion after being sacked by Jacob Tuioti-Mariner late in the second quarter.
WSU led most of the first half behind a 2-yard touchdown run by Gerard Wicks to take a 7-6 lead with 4 minutes, 31 seconds, left in the first quarter. But the Cougars had to punt on four of their six possessions during the first half, including one where a Dylan Hanser blocked a punt to give WSU possession at its own 48.
UCLA twice had to settle for field goals in the red zone during the first quarter. Ka'imi Fairbairn converted those kicks from 21 and 22 yards out. Fairbairn also added a 38-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the half to give the Bruins the lead.
The Cougars were outgained 316-200 during the first half.
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