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    UCLA’s Dante Moore struggles in first half against Oregon State
    • October 15, 2023

    For the third consecutive week, UCLA came up empty on the scoreboard in the first quarter and fell behind. Oregon State took advantage of two Bruin turnovers to grab the early 13-0 lead.

    The Bruins ran only one play inside Beaver territory in the opening quarter, a drive that ended immediately with Dante Moore’s second interception.

    UCLA came out in the second quarter with junior Collin Schlee at quarterback, and he put together runs of 28 and 14 yards before Moore came back into the game. Schlee made his first appearance since Sept. 16 against North Carolina Central.

    UCLA trailed Washington State 3-0 last week through one quarter before rallying to win 25-17. The previous week, Utah led the Bruins 7-0 after the first quarter on the way to a 14-7 defeat.

    First So Cal opponent for DJ U

    Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, a graduate of St. John Bosco, faced a Southern California team for the first time in his college career Saturday. The junior spent three seasons at Clemson before transferring to Corvallis after last season.

    UCLA was at one point considered among the favorites to land Uiagalelei when he entered the transfer portal, but the 6-4, 252-pounder chose instead to head to Oregon State. Earlier this week, Bruins coach Chip Kelly said that Uiagalelei is a “Cam Newton-type” of player due to his size.

    DJ’s brother Matayo — also a Bosco alum — is a freshman defensive end at Oregon.

    Rare — and perhaps final — visit to Corvallis

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    Despite taking over the UCLA program for the 2018 season, Chip Kelly hadn’t visited Oregon State as coach of the Bruins until Saturday. Kelly was 2-0 on the road against the Beavers in his four seasons at Oregon, winning 37-20 in 2010 and 48-24 in 2012.

    UCLA’s last trip to Corvallis was a 41-0 victory in 2015, and Saturday’s game was the last conference matchup in a series that goes back to 1930. This was just the third time in 65 meetings in which both teams were ranked in the AP Top 25.

    With UCLA moving to the Big Ten next season, this was the last scheduled game between the two programs.

    Two injured vets still sidelined

    The Bruins once again played without junior wide receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala and senior linebacker Ale Kaho, each of whom missed significant time thus far this season. Though there have been rumblings that one or both could be nearing a return to the lineup, neither was in uniform against the Beavers.

    ​ Orange County Register