GAMEDAY College Football

UCLA 32, South Alabama 31

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - Nicholas Barr-Mira kicked a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game and UCLA escaped South Alabama's upset bid with a 32-31 victory.

The Jaguars looked to be in control of becoming the fourth Sun Belt Conference team in two weeks to beat a Power Five team, but were done in when a trick play went awry. The Jaguars tried a fake field goal with 2:52 remaining but Tanner McGee was sacked by Carl Jones Jr., giving the Bruins the ball at the 33.

UCLA drove 61 yards in 10 plays, culminating in Barr-Mira's second field goal of the day.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 20 of 30 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins start 3-0 for the first time since 2015.

La'Damian Webb rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and Carter Bradley passed for 237 yards and two scores for South Alabama (2-1), which was looking to join Marshall, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt's hit parade. Last Saturday, Marshall and Appalachian State posted upsets against ranked teams Notre Dame and Texas A&M and Georgia Southern's win over Nebraska got Scott Frost fired.

Webb and Bradley transferred to South Alabama this season. Webb, who spent the past two seasons at Jones Community College in Mississippi, had his first 100-yard game.

Bradley was at Toledo the last four years and nearly led the Rockets to a road upset at Notre Dame last season. He completed 26 of 36 passes, including a 4-yard TD to Caullin Lacy late in the third quarter to put the Jaguars up 31-23 late in the third quarter.

South Alabama led 20-17 at halftime, but UCLA took its first lead on the opening drive of the second half when Thompson-Robinson connected with Kam Brown for an 11-yard touchdown. Barr-Mira's 28-yard field goal extended the lead to 23-17 before South Alabama responded.

Marco Lee's 1-yard run up the middle for his second TD put the Jaguars up by one with 1:43 remaining in the third. South Alabama got the ball back when Thompson-Robinson fumbled on the first play of the ensuing drive and it was recovered by Ed Smith IV at the UCLA 6. Two plays later, Lacy's score extended the Jaguars lead to eight.

MOMENTUM CHANGE

UCLA appeared to take a 12-10 lead early in the second quarter when Zach Charbonnet scored on a 7-yard pass from Thompson-Robinson, but the call was reversed when instant replay showed Charbonnet was stopped short of the goal line.

On the ensuing play, South Alabama outside linebacker CJ Rias forced Charbonnet to fumble at the 2-yard line and Zeke Chapman recovered it in the end zone.

The Jaguars then went 80 yards in 12 plays, including Webb's 9-yard TD run up the middle to put them up 17-6 with 5:54 remaining in the first half.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Alabama: The Jaguars drop to 1-11 against Power Five teams since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013. Their lone victory was against Mississippi State to open the 2016 season.

UCLA: Not many people viewed the Bruins' escape. The game drew 29,344, the second-worst crowd since they moved to the stadium in 1982.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USAUCLA
UCLA FG 12:15 Nicholas Barr-Mira 38 yd FG 0 3
USA TD 8:51 Marco Lee 1 yd run (Diego Guajardo kick) 7 3
UCLA FG 4:22 Nicholas Barr-Mira 49 yd FG 7 6
USA FG 1:18 Diego Guajardo 38 yd FG 10 6
Second Quarter USAUCLA
USA TD 5:54 La'Damian Webb 9 yd run (Diego Guajardo kick) 17 6
UCLA TD 3:25 Jake Bobo 9 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 17 13
Third Quarter USAUCLA
UCLA TD 13:22 Kam Brown 11 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 17 20
UCLA FG 4:46 Nicholas Barr-Mira 28 yd FG 17 23
USA TD 1:43 Marco Lee 1 yd run (Diego Guajardo kick) 24 23
USA TD 0:57 Caullin Lacy 4 yd pass from Carter Bradley (Diego Guajardo kick) 31 23
Fourth Quarter USAUCLA
UCLA TD 12:25 Logan Loya 8 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (failed 2pt rush) 31 29
UCLA FG 0:00 Nicholas Barr-Mira 24 yd FG 31 32
Team Stats
  South Alabama UCLA
First downs 22 23
  Rushing 7 9
  Passing 13 11
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 9-14, 64% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 34-162 37-144
Passing Yards 237 263
Return Yards 48 130
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-36-1 20-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--11 0-0
Punts 2 1
Punts-Average 48 46
Fumbles Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties - Yards 4-35 4-42
Time of Possession 32:57 27:03
South Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Bradley 26 36 237 1 1
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Thompson-Robinson 20 30 263 3 0
South Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Webb 16 124 7.8 1
T. Avery 5 29 5.8 0
C. Bradley 4 8 2.0 0
M. Lee 4 6 1.5 2
B. McReynolds 3 4 1.3 0
O. Wells 1 2 2.0 0
T. McGee 1 -11 -11.0 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Charbonnet 13 78 6.0 0
K. Jones 14 65 4.6 0
D. Thompson-Robinson 7 27 3.9 0
M. Sykes 1 0 0.0 0
South Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wayne 7 76 10.9 0
D. Voisin 7 64 9.1 0
C. Lacy 4 49 12.3 1
L. Webb 6 42 7.0 0
D. Thomas-Jones 1 5 5.0 0
B. McReynolds 1 1 1.0 0
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bobo 5 89 17.8 1
Z. Charbonnet 3 51 17.0 0
T. Mokiao-Atimalala 3 47 15.7 0
L. Loya 3 37 12.3 1
K. Brown 2 19 9.5 1
C. Ryan 1 8 8.0 0
K. Allen 2 7 3.5 0
H. Habermehl 1 5 5.0 0
South Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Vaughns 1 10
South Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Brooks 2 96 48.0
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Barr-Mira 1 46 46.0
South Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Loya 1 15 15.0
South Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. McReynolds 2 48 24.0
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Allen 4 96 24.0
T. Mokiao-Atimalala 1 9 9.0
South Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length




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