Coming off two straight losses to start the Chip Kelly era, UCLA desperately needed a strong home showing against Fresno State. UCLA’s performance Saturday night could be described as inconsistent, at best. The Bruins fell into a 13-0 first quarter hole and never fully recovered, falling to 0-3 after a 38-14 final.
“We had to be prepared to play them, and obviously, they did a better job,” Kelly said. He added, “They out-coached us and they out-played us today.”
UCLA cut the score to 16-14 early in the third quarter but allowed senior Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion to drive 73 yards in eight plays two possessions later. Fresno State went for the two-point conversion and succeeded, giving the Bulldogs a 10 point advantage.