UCLA coach Chip Kelly cautioned everyone that the team’s spring game would be modified. It turns out he kept his word.
Kelly and the Bruins played just two quarters of football Saturday at Drake Stadium. The UCLA white team won, 16-10 on Saturday.
1. Theo Howard showed why he’s the undisputed No. 1 wide receiver on the team. Howard caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Lynch. Cornerback Darnay Holmes was beaten by Howard on the play.
2. Both the blue and white defenses had some good moments. There were 3 interceptions as quarterbacks Devon Modster, Matt Lynch and Jackson Gibbs were picked off. Cornerbcks Mo Osling, Elijah Gates and linebacker Krys Barnes hauled in the interceptions.
3. The read option was prevalent on Saturday. Both blue and white offenses found success out of the read option. Quarterback Austin Burton scampered into the end zone on a read-option play.
4. Cornerback Shea Pitts was “ejected” for targeting. Pitts hit Austin Burton as the quarterback slid to the ground. Normally a targeting call leads to an ejection, but since it was a spring game Pitts got a slap on the wrist and was able to continue playing.
5. Friendly introduction: Each signed 2018 UCLA recruit introduced themselves in front of the team following the spring scrimmage, per 247Sports. The team cheered for each one of the new Bruins.
Both teams balled out today!
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) April 21, 2018