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Cactus Bowl preview: UCLA vs. Kansas State: TV info, scouting report, prediction

By in Press Enterprise on December 25, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Cactus Bowl

UCLA vs. Kansas State

When: 6 p.m. PT, Tuesday

Where: Chase Field, Phoenix

TV/Radio: ESPN/AM 570/1150

Records: UCLA (5-6, 4-5 Pac-12); Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12)

Kansas State stats

QB Skylar Thompson: 48-76, 662 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs

RB Alex Barnes: 134 carries, 702 yards, 6 TDS

WR Byron Pringle: 28 catches, 705 yards, 6 TDs

LB Jayd Kirby: 93 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 4 sacks

DT Will Geary: 43 tackles, 9 TFLs, 4.5 sacks

Kansas State injury report: OUT: QB Jesse Ertz (knee); QUESTIONABLE: WR Dalton Schoen (collarbone)

Kansas State wins if: The defensive line, led by Will Geary, creates havoc in UCLA’s offensive backfield and suffocates UCLA’s running game. … Skylar Thompson’s running ability puts the UCLA linebackers on their heels. … The leaky pass defense that ranks second-to-last in the country in yards allowed can withstand Jordan Lasley and Josh Rosen or Devon Modster.

UCLA stats

QB Josh Rosen: 283-452, 3,756 yards, 26 TDs, 10 INTs

WR Jordan Lasley: 61 catches, 1,136 yards, 8 TDs, 142 yards per game

RB Bolu Olorunfunmi: 105 carries, 542 yards, 5 TDs

LB Kenny Young: 101 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 1 sack

DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner: 48 tackles, 7.5 tackles, 5.5 sacks

UCLA INJURY REPORT: OUT: WR Darren Andrews (knee), TE Caleb Wilson (foot), LB Josh Woods (shoulder), DL Matt Dickerson (collarbone); DOUBTFUL: QB Josh Rosen (concussion)

UCLA wins if: A healthy Josh Rosen is cleared and feasts on a vulnerable K-State secondary that allows 310.3 passing yards per game for what could turn out to be a triumphant end to his UCLA career. … Jordan Lasley continues his stellar play and reaches the 200-yard receiving mark for the third straight game, tying an NCAA record. … The defense, inspired by the recent loss of two assistant coaches, continues its late-season improvement and quells Thompson.

Prediction

Kansas State 35, UCLA 28

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