UCLA football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) is playing Oregon (5-1, 2-1) in Week 8 of the 2021 college football season, pitting two of the biggest brands in the Pac-12 against each other in the Rose Bowl following their hosting of ESPN's College GameDay.
Stay tuned for injury and personnel updates, highlights and other key events to keep an eye on all day long.
FINAL: Oregon 34, UCLA 31
4:19 p.m.: Thompson-Robinson got injured after getting the ball to midfield, and backup quarterback Ethan Garbers came in to try and finish the comeback.
After converting on a big fourth down, Garbers eventually threw a pick and the Ducks kneeled the final minute off the clock.
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Another pick, new life for UCLA
4:07 p.m.: The Ducks were moving the ball well, draining clock and trying not to give the Bruins the ball back.
And then Anthony Brown decided to re-open the door by throwing his second interception of the fourth quarter. This one was picked off by Shaw in the end zone.
UCLA has exactly three minutes to score and win the game or force overtime, with Oregon still up 34-31.
Bruins back in it, comeback in progress
3:55 p.m.: Linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath picked off Anthony Brown and ran it all the way back to the Oregon 20.
Not long after, and thanks to a holding penalty against the Ducks in the end zone, UCLA got into the end zone for six and made it seven with the extra point. All of a sudden, the 17-point deficit has been reduced to three.
Oregon is clinging onto a 34-31 lead with 6:34 remaining on the clock.
Thompson-Robinson leads scoring drive, still alive late
3:40 p.m.: The Ducks' lead has been cut down to 10 points after that 12-play, 75-yard drive by the Bruins.
Thompson-Robinson took a lot of blows in the pocket and still managed to hit Philips and Dulcich on a couple third downs. He ended the possession by running it in for a 2-yard touchdown.
UCLA now trails 34-24 with 10:35 left to play.
Brown sticks dagger in Bruins
3:27 p.m.: The fourth down conversion, which almost turned into a long touchdown pass to Philips, was ultimately unsuccessful.
Oregon needed just three plays to score yet again, with the 43-yard rushing touchdown by Brown seemingly ending things with nearly the entire final quarter left to play.
The Ducks are up 34-17.
END Q3: Oregon 27, UCLA 17
3:18 p.m.: The Bruins are on the brink of losing, and they may not have many options left.
Safety DJ Warnell forced a fumble that cornerback Jay Shaw recovered and brought back to the Ducks' 30. Charbonnet was stuffed at the line on the next two plays, and then Thompson-Robinson got sacked by Thibodeaux to make it 4th-and-18 on the 38.
UCLA could punt, go for a 53-yard field goal or try and convert a long one here. Not a lot of attractive choices heading into the final period.
Ducks rip apart Bruins defense to open second half
3:00 p.m.: Oregon clearly drew up the right adjustments at the break, as they came out and only needed six plays to go 75 yards and take the lead.
Throwing over the middle and to the sidelines, Brown got into a pretty good rhythm on the opening drive of the third quarter. Cornerback Cam Johnson was ejected for targeting after a 29-yard completion, meaning he'll miss the first half next week against Utah.
Not long after, Dye scampered into the end zone for his third touchdown of the day. He has 11 yards on seven carries, but has been able to finish well in the red zone.
UCLA went three-and-out on the next drive, lining up to punt for the first time all day. Luke Akers dropped the snap and got hit in the head going for the recovery. Targeting was called to seemingly keep the drive alive, but it was called back on the review and Oregon took over at the Bruins' 22.
The Ducks went 22 yards in four plays to get Dye another touchdown.
Oregon leads UCLA 27-17 with 8:52 left in the third.
HALFTIME: UCLA 17, Oregon 14
2:16 p.m.: It could have been a lot better, but could have been a lot worse for the Bruins on that final drive.
On the first play, right tackle Alec Anderson went down with an injury. It didn't look like anything too serious since he was still able to walk off the field largely under his own power.
After taking their time to get downfield, UCLA was about to go for it on 4th-and-6 until Oregon committed a delay of game penalty and made it 4th-and-1. Running back Zach Charbonnet got the first down, and then a series of ups and downs eventually led to the Bruins getting the ball at the Ducks' 11.
Edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux got to Thompson-Robinson though, forcing a fumble that the UCLA offensive line jumped on top of the preserve possession and points. Barr-Mira hit from 37 yards out this time as the clock expired, giving the Bruins a three-point halftime lead.
Oregon will start the second half with the ball.
TOTAL YARDS: UCLA 204, Oregon 202
PASS YARDS: Oregon 167, UCLA 111
RUSH YARDS: UCLA 93, Oregon 35
FIRST DOWNS: UCLA 16, Oregon 11
Anthony Brown (ORE): 15-for-22, 167 yards
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA): 13-for-18, 111 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Brittain Brown (UCLA): 8 attempts, 34 yards, 1 TD
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA): 9 attempts, 26 yards
Travis Dye (ORE): 7 attempts, 11 yards, 2 TD
Devon Williams (ORE): 3 receptions, 60 yards
Johnny Johnson III (ORE): 4 receptions, 45 yards
Kyle Philips (UCLA): 5 receptions, 36 yards
Kazmeir Allen (UCLA): 2 receptions, 10 yards, 1 TD
Missed kick, familiar woes lead to tie game
1:54 p.m.: Kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira has been solid this year overall, but Saturday marked the fourth game in his last five in which he missed a kick.
Barr-Mira missed wide left from 35-yards out, and then the Ducks took over and immediately starting marching again.
UCLA nearly stopped Oregon twice, only for yet another offsides call to wipe out another interception in the end zone. Running back Travis Dye ended up taking it in from 4 yards out to tie things up at 14 all with 2:49 until the half.
Lake lines up offsides, Ducks answer
1:28 p.m.: Three offsides penalties killed what could have been a nice defensive stand by the Bruins, and safety Quentin Lake's mishaps stood out the most in the worst way possible.
The first offsides led to a free deep shot by Brown, who picked up 32 yards deep down the left sideline. After a video review called off a running touchdown the next play, it looked like Lake had made a big goal line stand and picked off Brown's next pass.
As it turned out, he was offsides, and Oregon got another shot. They ran the ball in the ensuing play, with more flags flying when Lake lined up in the neutral zone yet again.
Oregon got seven points thanks to the infractions by the veteran defensive back, and UCLA's lead is down to 14-7 with 13:46 left in the second quarter.
END Q1: UCLA 14, Oregon 0
1:18 p.m.: The Bruins' pass rush is making Brown uncomfortable and he's missing open receivers short as a result.
The Ducks will be facing a 3rd-and-4 near midfield after the break.
The family of Rafer Johnson, the Olympic medalist and UCLA alumnus who died last December, is on the field between quarters and earns a round of applause from the crowd. UCLA hosted a celebration of life for Johnson at Drake Stadium on Thursday.
Wild back-and-forth swings, Bruins extend their lead
1:06 p.m.: The UCLA-Oregon game still isn't on TV since the Illinois-Penn State game is in its sixth overtime, and there is arguably more action in the game at the Rose Bowl than the one in the Midwest.
Taking over after stopping a 4th-down conversion attempt, Thompson-Robinson immediately threw an interception after defensive lineman Brandon Dorius hit his arm mid-throw.
The Bruins came back and sacked quarterback Anthony Brown, and after a Ducks penalty and two more stops, Oregon elected to punt from midfield. Striker Martel Irby got to the punter untouched, though, and he wound up blocking the try and recovering it himself before going down at the Ducks' 30.
Thompson-Robinson missed an open tight end Greg Dulcich on the very next play, with edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux pursuing him untouched. A scramble and a few short passes set UCLA up at the Oregon 5, though, and receiver Kazmeir Allen hauled in a 5-yard reception on a goal line slant to secure some more early points.
UCLA leads Oregon 14-0 with 4:08 remaining in the opening quarter.
Methodical opening drive ends in a score
12:50 p.m.: The Bruins were getting everything they wanted on that opening drive.
UCLA picked up six first downs with 27 passing yards and 53 rushing yards. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson picked up a few first downs with his legs and also found his guys in the flat and short over the middle to help push the ball downfield.
The 12-play, 75-yard drive ended with a touchdown by running back Brittain Brown, his fifth of the year.
The Bruins now lead 7-0 just over five minutes into the game.
Mo Osling and Kyle Philips Available, Chase Griffin Not Dressed
12:33 p.m.: Two of the very few dinged up starters look like they'll be full go's this weekend.
Receiver Kyle Philips, who missed the game against Washington a week ago and didn't even travel with his team to Seattle, is back in full uniform and was a full participant in pregame warmups Saturday afternoon. Cornerback Mo Osling III had also been in and out of practices and games in recent weeks, but he too was participating on the Rose Bowl turf before kickoff.
One player who had seemed healthy in recent practices won't be available, however. Third-string quarterback Chase Griffin, who started for UCLA when they played Oregon in 2020, was not in pads and did not have his helmet with him.