Out of the Box Score: UCLA

Josh Worden Senior Beat Reporter

The Oregon State football team (2-8, 1-6 Pac-12) lost 38-24 in Los Angeles to UCLA on Saturday. The loss, OSU’s fifth in a row, leaves the Beavers with two home games left on the schedule. First up is Arizona, the only team Pac-12 team without a conference win, followed by Oregon, which is 1-6 in Pac-12 games.
 
Junior linebacker Manase Hungalu recorded two fumble recoveries and an interception on Saturday, totaling 108 return yards with a touchdown. Only two teammates had more then 108 all-purpose yards.
 
No OSU cornerback has recorded an interception in a Pac-12 game in 2014, 2015 or 2016, a streak of 25 games.
 
UCLA outscored OSU 21-7 in the first quarter on Saturday. Of the 16 quarters that OSU has played in the last four games, the Beavers have been outscored by double digits in six different quarters.
 
OSU is now 20-for-20 in stopping opponents on third down with more than 10 yards to go this season. UCLA failed on all three of its opportunities on such plays against the Beavers.
 
The Beavers’ average field position on Saturday to start drives was their own 31 yard line, while UCLA’s was at its own 37. In every Pac-12 game this year, OSU has averaged a worse field position than its opponent.
 
The Beavers earned more than 100 penalty yards for the third consecutive game, ending Saturday’s game with 119 yards on 12 flags.
 
OSU has allowed just four sacks in the last four games, two of them coming on Saturday. 
 
The Beavers led 7-0 for 2:33 in Saturday’s game, the first time OSU held a lead since the California week five weeks ago. Of the 360 regulation minutes in six Pac-12 games, OSU has led for 57:16 with the Cal game accounting for 52:37 of that time. Last season, OSU held a lead for a combined 17:23 of the 480 Pac-12 minutes.
 
OSU hadn’t recorded three takeaways or turnovers in any Pac-12 game this season; both happened versus UCLA. Both teams turned their three takeaways into 14 points off turnovers.
 
All five of Hungalu’s tackles were unassisted on Saturday.
 
OSU hasn’t earned more than two first downs on passing plays in any of the last three games.
 
In seven of 10 games this season, OSU’s starting quarterback did not throw a touchdown. Marcus McMaryion, the sophomore starter versus UCLA, did not have a passing score on Saturday.
 
True freshman linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray had eight tackles on Saturday, putting him at 17 in the last two weeks. He has 19 career tackles, both of his tackles for loss coming in the last two games as well. Hughes-Murray burned his redshirt in the Washington game and has played in four contests.
 
Neither UCLA or OSU’s most-targeted wide receiver on Saturday led the team in receiving yards. The Beavers’ Victor Bolden was targeted 10 times but had just four catches for 43 yards, the third most yards behind Seth Collins’ 44 and Timmy Hernandez’s 65. UCLA’s Darren Andrews was targeted 11 times but his 74 yards were surpassed by Jordan Lasley’s 105 yards.
 
OSU running back Tim Cook had four rushing yards on Saturday; of his 137 rushing yards this season, 108 came in the Washington game along with his only rushing score.
 
Of the nine games that freshman running back Artavis Pierce has played in, he’s totaled 30 or more rushing yards in seven of them. He had 73 yards and two scores against UCLA.
 
OSU has 12 passing plays of 15 or more yards in the last three games. OSU had none in the previous two contests.
 
After going 8-for-12 on third down conversions in the win over California, the Beavers have gone 12-for-55 in the next five losses. Saturday’s 3-for-15 effort was doubled by UCLA’s 6-for-15 mark on third downs.
 
OSU hasn’t allowed any opposing quarterback to record a completion percentage above 60 percent in the last five games, including Mike Fafaul’s 25-for-47 effort (53.2 percent) on Saturday.
 
UCLA entered the game with a Pac-12-worst 2.6 rushing yards per attempt average. The Bruins had 163 yards on 29 attempts (5.6 yards per carry) with three rushing scores versus the Beavers.
 
The Beavers averaged 2.2 yards per carry on Saturday, its worst mark of the season and the second sub-3.0 yards per carry mark this year along with the 2.6 yard average versus Minnesota.
 
OSU has four three-and-outs in each of the last three games. 
Junior wide receiver Jordan Villamin had three catches on the same drive in Saturday’s fourth quarter, upping his total from 11 to 14 receptions on the season in a matter of four plays. This season, Villamin has been targeted 32 times by OSU quarterbacks, recording 14 catches for 125 yards and no touchdowns.
 
OSU has attempted 40 field goals in Reser Stadium since 2014 and only 15 field goals away from Corvallis in that same span. OSU kicker Jordan Choukair went 1-for-1 on Saturday.
 
Saturday’s game was the first time in five games OSU did not have a missed field goal.