Cal may end up kicking itself for not being in more of a hurry during its final drive of the first half. The Bears didn’t speed up the pace as they moved into UCLA territory and they were left with a 44-yard field goal attempt with two seconds remaining. That wasn’t good enough, as Jordan Kay continued his struggled with a miss.
The Bears began the drive at the UCLA 39 with 1:10 left. After a pass for no gain to Justin Forsett, Cal took its time snapping the next play, and it ended up as a false start. That didn’t leave the Bears with much time after Nate Longshore connected with DeSean Jackson for a 17-yard gain on 3rd-and-14. Had Cal moved a little faster, perhaps it would have been deeper in UCLA territory and had a field goal try more manageable for Kay.
The good news for the Bears is Longshore seems to be past his sprained ankle. He had a terrific first half, completing 16 of 19 passes for 173 yards. Jackson has seven catches for 120 yards at the half.