1 of 17 on third-down opportunities
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Friday December 28, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 28, 2012
The wildest stat of the bowl season? Maybe of the year?
UCLA was 1-for-17 Thursday night on third down conversions against a Baylor defense that entered the game 119th in the nation in yards allowed at 513.9 per game. The Bears were dead last, No. 120, in third down defense, allowing a 56.1 percent conversion rate leading up to their 49-26 Holiday Bowl victory.
"They played well u p front," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "When we're at our best is when we can run the football and we couldn't find any room to run the football tonight. Certainly not having two of our starters (on the offensive line) was a factor but also a factor was the way that they played. They played physical. They played aggressive. They played well. I would never take anything away from them. They played outstanding up front."
UCLA ran the ball 28 times but only managed to gain 33 yards from it. This from a team that was No. 27 in the nation in rushing offense (202.9 yards per game) during the regular season against a defense that was No. 89 against the run (190.8 yards per game allowed).
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