Sunday, October 2

Last-Minute FG Helps UCLA Football Avoid South Alabama Upset

Across his first two seasons with the Bruins, Chip Kelly didn’t win a single nonconference game.

When he finally got the monkey off his back in 2021, his team dropped the nonconference finale to Fresno State.

The Jaguars nearly dealt with the Bruins a similar hand Saturday afternoon, but Kelly’s squad is finally entering Pac-12 play with a perfect record.

UCLA football (3-0) dug itself out of an early 17-6 hole to beat South Alabama (2-1) at the Rose Bowl, narrowly avoiding another Sun Belt upset with the 32-31 victory. The Bruins also had to overcome a 31-23 deficit in the fourth quarter, and they needed a last-second field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira to finally pull ahead with time expiring.

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