UCLA football hangs on for win over Colorado
PASADENA — Soso Jamabo’s white jersey was stained with green, the remnants of a nearly three-and-a-half hour battle at the Rose Bowl, as two offensive linemen peeled the running back off the grass. He glanced to the sideline and spotted the first-down marker.
He got it.
Jamabo’s 7-yard run on third-and-6 with 2:37 left was the critical play in UCLA’s game-sealing, 15-play, 79-yard drive that ended with the 31-yard field goal that gave the Bruins a critical 27-23 win over Colorado on Saturday night.
“We made an emphasis just to make it our best run block of the whole season,” Jamabo said. “It was the biggest play of the season and we made it.”
While calling a mundane, 7-yard run over the right tackle at the end of a mostly sluggish game in Week 5 the “biggest play of the season” seems like an overstatement, it may actually be true for the Bruins. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as UCLA (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) avoided a treacherous 0-2 start to Pac-12 play heading into its bye week.
UCLA Bruins tight end Austin Roberts (88) reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown against Colorado Buffaloes in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
UCLA Bruins tight end Austin Roberts (88) catches a pass for a touchdown past Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Ryan Moeller (25) in the first half […]