With star quarterback Brett Hundley sidelined with a left elbow injury, No. 12 UCLA has struggled to get an offense going in the first half against Texas. But even with Hundley in the game, the Bruins probably would have struggled to get a sustained offense going against this Texas defense.
Texas has limited UCLA to just 113 yards of offense and seven first downs, and takes a 10-3 lead into the break at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Sophomore quarterback Jerry Neuheisel entered the game for Hundley and completed eight of his 12 throws, but for just 46 yards. Everything has been in front of the sticks. Hundley completed 4-of-4 throws for 48 yards and rushed for nine yards before his exit. UCLA quarterbacks have been sacked three times thus far. Hundley’s return is listed as probable.
The best quarterback on the field has been Texas’ Tyrone Swoopes. Swoopes has completed 13-of-15 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, and posted a key 10-yard run to set up the game’s only touchdown. His best play was a 4th-and-9 scramble in which he connected with John Harris for 33 yards to set up the Texas touchdown.
Neither team has gotten a ground game going; UCLA has averaged 1.9 yards per carry, and Texas sits at 3.3. Longhorn Malcolm Brown has been the best runner of the game, picking up 47 yards on seven carries.
Texas has not allowed a first-half touchdown yet this season, but, of course, it was the third quarter where BYU did the majority of its damage last week. Then again, Taysom Hill isn’t walking through that door.
Because of a coin-toss snafu in which Texas chose to kick after UCLA deferred, the Bruins get the ball to start both halves.