Olson shines late on a forgettable night

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The comeback eased UCLA’s potential pain for a forgettable night that featured: The Bruins committing 13 penalties, including two roughing kicker calls, for 118 yards. UCLA also had two false starts in the fourth quarter. Sloppy tackling as Washington ran for 213 yards. The Huskies were averaging 107.5 rushing yards. UCLA getting pushed around on the line of scrimmage. The Bruins couldn’t run the ball (25 carries, 65 yards), and Washington controlled the ball for 12:02 of the first quarter. Dropped passes by UCLA’s receivers, including Marcus Everett and tight end Marcedes Lewis. UCLA received an important confidence boost from quarterback Drew Olson in what as otherwise, an uninspired, mentally-deficient 21-17 victory against Washington at the Rose Bowl. The first fourth-quarter comeback of Olson’s career offset his dismal 40 minutes, and helped the 20th-ranked Bruins (4-0) remain undefeated despite a lackluster night. An effort like the one the UCLA gave Saturday won’t result in too many wins the rest of the season, but the lingering question as to whether Olson possessed the gumption to lead a fourth-quarter, come-from-behind drive was answered. “It’s huge, because last year I stumbled a couple of times,” Olson said. “I always felt that I was a little better than that. It was good to come down there and lead the team in a crucial drive.” center_img Players admitting they overlooked Washington, despite talk for the last two months that taking opponents lightly were over. “It is relief for just a moment because we won the game. We still have so much work to do,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “That’s disappointing, but I’m not more disappointed than I am encouraged by what I saw. I saw a lot of great things we can build on from this game.” Olson didn’t play well, with more than a half-dozen passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage. He missed open receivers most notably Brandon Breazell on a post-pattern in the first quarter and was 9 of 18 for 72 yards with two interceptions at the half. However, Olson did something he did not do in season’s past. He went 20 of 26 for 215 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns in the second half. “That’s real big because now everyone has faith in the quarterback that when it’s on the line, he can go out there and lead the team,” UCLA strong safety Jarrad Page said. “He was accurate on his passes. That’s important. Even as a defense, we look out there and say, ‘That’s all right, Drew’s got us. He’s going to lead the team down there and score.” ‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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