UCLA vs Alabama State Week 2: Live updates, highlights, analysis

UCLA Football (1-0) takes on Alabama State (2-0) in week two of the 2022 college football season, pitting the Bruins and Hornets against the Rose Bowl for the first-ever time.

Stay tuned for injury and personnel updates, highlights and other key events to watch throughout the day.

Garbers find dirt

3:09 p.m.: The Bruins may have lost their star dual-threat quarterback at the moment, but their replacement can still seemingly do it with his legs.

Garbers cut down the middle and pushed several tacklers for the 5-yard touchdown. It took the Bruins 11 plays to go 70 yards, with a quarterback change right in the middle.

UCLA is up 21-7 with 10:39 left in the half.

DTR heads to the sideline, Garbers takes over

3:03 p.m.: Hot off the heels of making one of the most miraculous plays of the day so far, the Bruins’ starting quarterback took a trip to the sidelines.

Thompson-Robinson found Jones sliding up the field on third down, using a backhand backhand to complete the pass. On this game, however, DTR took a chance.

The fifth-year veteran stayed in the game for another play, a 12-yard completion to receiver Jake Bobo. It was then that Thompson-Robinson was guided to the sidelines, with Ethan Garbers taking over from there.

Jones nearly landed a touchdown immediately after, but a catch from guard Jon Gaines II wiped out the 24-yard score.

Thompson-Robinson’s status is undetermined, but he was still in his helmet and pads watching the drive from the sideline.

The hornets come up on the set

2:55 p.m.: Alabama State converted 3rd-and-10, then hit Jeremiah Hixon in the middle for the touchdown.

The Bruins secondary is being torn apart by their FCS counterparts, and their lead has been reduced to seven early in the second quarter.

END Q1: UCLA 14, Alabama State 0

2:48 p.m.: The Bruins went three-and-out, and the Hornets are making them pay for it.

Alabama State got the ball on their own 40-yard line after Nicholas Barr-Mira’s punt went out of bounds. A 14-yard pass down the middle and a short run that followed earned the Hornets a first down near midfield.

Defensive end Bo Calvert was credited with a forced fumble on the next play, but the ball went out of bounds, so Alabama State still picked up 7 yards on the play.

The Hornets may have lost two touchdowns, but they beat the Bruins 112-82.

Bruins force first turnover, convert with touchdown

2:31 p.m.: A flag nullified a big Bruins touchdown, but it didn’t take long for them to recover it.

Laiatu Latu came at quarterback and forced the ball as he tried to pass it down. Gabriel Murphy picked it up and threw it to his identical twin brother, Grayson, who ran it 20 yards into the end zone. The play, however, was ruled an illegal forward pass and the attack had to take over at the 25th.

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Thompson-Robinson found Habermehl in the seam on the very first play of the drive, and the former walkout receiver split the defense and scored the long touchdown.

UCLA leads 14-0 with 5:00 left in the first half.

Keegan Jones ends his goalscoring campaign

2:21 p.m.: Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson cut out the Hornets secondary, setting up one of his running backs for an early score.

The Bruins’ first four offensive plays were for 8, 14, 6 and 21 yards, with the first two going to receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala and the other two to tight end Hudson Habermehl and receiver Kazmeir Allen.

Keegan Jones got the player’s only running back touches, with no sign of Zach Charbonnet so far. The alleged incumbent is on the sidelines, according to the radio show.

Habermehl drew pass interference on the goal line to advance the ball again, then Jones hit it for six on a false pass.

UCLA leads 7-0 with 7:53 remaining in the first quarter.

UCLA forces turnover on lows, high school looks spotty

2:17 p.m.: The Bruins and Hornets start talking trash early.

Alabama State got the ball first and wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault got a big catch from 32 yards to convert a key from 3rd and long. A few plays later, he made another hold on the left sideline before cornerback Devin Kirkwood pushed him out of bounds.

The pair talked for a while, then Kirkwood locked in Shenault on a deep ball on the next set of downs.

The Hornets ended up rushing 4th-and-3rd and UCLA 32, but the Bruins had four passers with a clean shot on quarterback Myles Crawley and the dual-threat signalman threw it out.

Several weapons appear sound before kick-off

1:37 p.m.: The Bruins have taken the field, and several reports have led them to recruit reinforcements in attack.

Wide receivers Kam Brown and Logan Loya, who both missed the Bruins’ Week 1 game against Bowling Green and watched from the sideline, are in uniform for the Alabama State game. Both receivers could also play a role on special teams, especially on punt returns.

According to 247Sports’ Bruin Report Online, tight end Michael Ezeike was also dressed on the court. Ezeike left halfway through UCLA’s win over Bowling Green with an injury and did not return or show up for practice Monday.

Bruin Report also said quarterback turned receiver turned running back Colson Yankoff was in uniform after not dressing last week. Offensive lineman Josh Carlin, meanwhile, was in street clothes.

Photos have also surfaced of coach Chip Kelly wearing a visor, reverting to his 2021 headgear after sporting a baseball cap in Week 1 due to the sun and heat.

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