UCLA’s defense posts seven sacks in 28-16 victory over Color

UCLA’s defense posts seven sacks in 28-16 victory over Color

Ethan Garbers threw two touchdown passes, UCLA’s defense sacked Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders seven times and the 23rd-ranked Bruins broke open a close game at halftime with three second-half touchdowns in a 28-16 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday night.

UCLA led 7-6 at halftime after committing four turnovers in the first half, but scored touchdowns on three of its first four drives in the second half to take control.

The Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) came into the game tied for 10th in the nation with 24 sacks. The seven sacks of Sanders are the first time they have had that many in a game since 2019. Linebacker Laiatu Latu sacked Sanders twice.

It is the third time this season Sanders has been sacked at least seven times in a game. The Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4) had allowed 35 sacks coming into the game, tied for second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Sanders finished 27 of 43 for 217 yards and a touchdown. Alejandro Mata had three field goals.

The Bruins got the second-half kickoff and went 75 yards in two plays, including Garbers’ 26-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Moliki Matavao to make it 14-6.

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