BYU Overview: The Hail Mary Kings
Recap: UCLA 24, BYU 23
BYU’s two wins this season have come on the heels of fourth-quarter rallies. Against UCLA, the Cougars were on the opposite side. They held a 20-10 lead in the second half but couldn’t keep the Bruins off the board late. UCLA scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to squeak out a 1-point win.
BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Magnum had a nice game against the then-10th ranked Bruins, going 30-47 passing for 244 yards and a score. Fifth-year senior running back Adam Hine rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
The Cougars solved UCLA’s super freshman Josh Rosen, forcing three interceptions and a poor performance through the air (11-for-23 for 106 yards). But Paul Perkins emerged for the Bruins and rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown.
When looking at the numbers, it’s hard to believe BYU lost this game. It held UCLA to 1-for-9 on third-down attempts, and dominated time-of-possession with 40:37 minutes to the Bruins’ 19:23 minutes. The Cougars won the turnover battle, too.
But with everything in their favor, they outgained UCLA by only three yards.