Notebook: Jordan Lasley stars in UCLA’s rivalry loss
LOS ANGELES — The ball went off a USC defender’s fingertips then it bounced of a USC defender’s helmet. Then it landed in Jordan Lasley’s hands.
Lasley’s miraculous 43-yard catch in the third quarter of UCLA’s 28-23 loss was one of the redshirt junior’s many big plays against the Trojans on Saturday as the former Gardena Serra product is starting to make a habit of stepping up in UCLA’s annual rivalry game.
He is one of the rare Serra prospects to follow the blue and gold road to Westwood instead of the Coliseum. He made the Trojans pay for skipping on him with three touchdowns and a career-high 204 receiving yards on 10 catches Saturday. He could have added another 45 yards through the air if not for a penalty on offensive lineman Andre James.
Lasley had two touchdown catches last year against the Trojans and was coming off 162 receiving yards last week.
“It’s crazy,” fellow receiver Theo Howard said of Lasley’s sudden surge. “That man is balling.”
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Without receiver Darren Andrews, Lasley is UCLA’s main receiver and most potent deep threat. He had catches of 31 and 43 yards on play-action passes in which he split the safeties and blew the top off the USC secondary with his speed.
“His performance tonight in a game when we’re missing Darren Andrews and we’re missing Caleb Wilson and we’re missing some of those guys who have been great receivers for us and put up a lot of yards, two weeks in a row now Jordan’s come up big and we need that again next week,” head coach Jim Mora said.
But the same way Lasley has started to consistently make big plays against the Trojans, he’s also regularly […]