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UCLA edges Cal 30-27, gets bowl eligible under interim coach

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Jim Mora was never far from the UCLA Bruins' minds while they chased postseason eligibility on another wild night at the Rose Bowl.

After J.J. Molson's last-minute field goal went through, the Bruins all spared a moment to think about the beloved coach who wasn't there to see it.

Molson hit a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left after backup quarterback Devon Modster led a clutch scoring drive, and UCLA secured bowl eligibility under interim coach Jedd Fisch with a 30-27 victory over California on Friday night.

Modster passed for 191 yards after replacing Josh Rosen at halftime, and he coolly moved the Bruins (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) into scoring position before Molson drilled the eventual winner. UCLA went 6-0 in Pasadena this season and finished strong under Fisch, who took over last Sunday after Mora was fired late in his sixth season in Westwood.

''We did it for the seniors, for Coach Mora, for Coach Fisch, and for Coach Mora's legacy,'' Molson said. ''It's definitely different without Coach Mora. ... There's kind of a void, but Coach Fisch did a great job of telling us to carry on his legacy. This week was a bit weird, but we just practiced every day and got the job done.''

Jordan Lasley set career highs with 12 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown for the Bruins, who turned in their first unbeaten home campaign since 2005. Lasley made a key 18-yard catch-and-run for a first down during UCLA's decisive drive.

Fisch, the first-year coordinator of an offense that set a school record with 4,144 yards passing, led UCLA to its fourth win over Cal in the last five meetings between the UC rivals.

''It was so much fun to see those guys playing so hard to get to a bowl,'' Fisch said. ''Getting to six wins is huge. Ask all those teams that got five, four and three wins.''

Cal tied it with 2:22 to play when Jordan Veasy caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers, who passed for 242 yards. Patrick Laird rushed for 178 yards to surpass 1,000 yards on the season, but the Golden Bears (5-7, 2-7) lost for the seventh time in nine games to fall short of guaranteeing themselves a bowl berth in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

''It's hard in this conference to win games kicking field goals all day,'' Wilcox said.

Rosen, an elite NFL prospect possibly playing his final home game before declaring for the draft, was sacked three times in the first half. He landed roughly on his right shoulder and neck while getting thrown down by Alex Funches late in the first half, and the Bruins decided not to risk his health further.

''I think he didn't know where we were coming from,'' Funches said. ''He didn't know how we were going to get there, but we got there. We shook him up.''

UCLA took a 17-9 lead into halftime, posting three consecutive scoring drives with plenty of good-looking throws by Rosen.

Cal drove into good field position all night at the Rose Bowl, but repeatedly failed to get into the end zone against UCLA's porous defense. The Bears also lost starting safety Ashtyn Davis, who was ejected late in the first half for targeting.

Molson's second field goal put the Bruins up 27-17 with 12:10 to play, but the Bears scored on their next two drives.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: It's a start, but the finish wasn't great under Wilcox. Cal lost its final five road games, and it finished with only five victories for the third time in the last four seasons. Still, Wilcox and his coaching staff put down a foundation.

UCLA: The Bruins showed remarkable resilience in a chaotic week and a tumultuous game. While they wait for the announcement of their next coach, they'll also get the benefit of three weeks of bowl practice to prepare for the future.

ROSEN WRAP

Rosen passed for 202 yards and hit Lasley and Theo Howard for scores in his 30th career start before watching the second half from the sideline in a track suit. He fell 24 yards short of surpassing Brett Hundley's school-record 3,740 yards passing in 2012.

BALDWIN'S FUTURE

Wilcox was asked about reports linking Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin to the head job at Oregon State, and he had little to say: ''Anything concerning Beau is speculation at this point. I talk to Beau multiple times a day, so there's nothing more to talk about there.''

UP NEXT

California: Season over, barring a miraculous dearth of 6-6 teams. ''We're going to let this hurt for a little while, and kind of remember it this whole offseason,'' Laird said. ''Offseason starts Sunday.''

UCLA: A lower-tier bowl game as a reward for persevering through a tough season.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:08
17-J.Molson 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
55
yds
02:14
pos
27
30
Point After TD 2:22
9-M.Anderson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
27
Touchdown 2:22
3-R.Bowers complete to 15-J.Veasy. 15-J.Veasy runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
98
yds
03:56
pos
26
27
Field Goal 8:38
9-M.Anderson 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
86
yds
03:27
pos
20
27
Field Goal 12:13
17-J.Molson 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
62
yds
02:10
pos
17
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:35
17-J.Molson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 6:35
20-B.Stephens runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
02:21
pos
17
23
Two Point Conversion 8:56
3-R.Bowers complete to 28-P.Laird. 28-P.Laird to UCLA End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 8:56
3-R.Bowers runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
68
yds
01:39
pos
15
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:24
9-M.Anderson 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
64
yds
03:40
pos
9
17
Point After TD 5:10
17-J.Molson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
17
Touchdown 5:10
3-J.Rosen complete to 2-J.Lasley. 2-J.Lasley runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
50
yds
00:47
pos
6
16
Field Goal 7:49
17-J.Molson 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
63
yds
03:36
pos
6
10
Field Goal 11:37
9-M.Anderson 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
46
yds
00:21
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:39
17-J.Molson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 0:39
3-J.Rosen complete to 14-T.Howard. 14-T.Howard runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:16
pos
3
6
Field Goal 2:59
9-M.Anderson 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
7
yds
00:49
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 24
Rushing 12 7
Passing 11 16
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 5-16 5-14
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 442 433
Total Plays 83 73
Avg Gain 5.3 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 215 69
Rush Attempts 42 37
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 1.9
Net Yards Passing 227 364
Comp. - Att. 25-41 27-36
Yards Per Pass 5.5 10.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 3-29
Penalties - Yards 12-94 7-64
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-43.5 6-43.2
Return Yards 125 53
Punts - Returns 1-14 2-4
Kickoffs - Returns 6-111 4-49
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 6/6
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 4/5 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
California 5-7 3681027
UCLA 6-6 7107630
227 PASS YDS 364
215 RUSH YDS 69
442 TOTAL YDS 433
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61% 237 1 0 117.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 3034 18 12 122.0
R. Bowers 25/41 237 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 177 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
191 1126 8
P. Laird 32 177 0 29
V. Enwere 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 377 5
V. Enwere 3 25 0 12
R. Bowers 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 -142 3
R. Bowers 4 9 1 14
Je. Hawkins 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
Je. Hawkins 1 4 0 4
D. Clark 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 46 0
D. Clark 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Noa 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 87 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 788 4
K. Noa 7 87 0 21
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
67 871 5
V. Wharton III 7 61 0 20
J. Duncan 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 120 1
J. Duncan 3 37 0 14
J. Veasy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 491 6
J. Veasy 3 27 1 12
P. Laird 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 317 1
P. Laird 5 25 0 11
J. Ashton 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Ashton 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Funches 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
A. Funches 2-0 2.0 0
R. Davison 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
R. Davison 1-0 1.0 0
E. Hicks 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Hicks 1-0 0.0 0
J. Kunaszyk 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 1.0
J. Kunaszyk 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Anderson 9 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/5 1/1
SEASON FG XP
20/27 35/36
M. Anderson 4/5 37 1/1 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Klumph 42 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 43.0 3
D. Klumph 4 43.5 3 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Davis 27 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
39 21.2 29 0
A. Davis 3 18.3 29 0
Je. Hawkins 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 25 0
Je. Hawkins 2 28.0 25 0
C. Garbers 7 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
C. Garbers 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Wharton III 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 9.9 14 0
V. Wharton III 1 14.0 14 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Rosen 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.2% 202 2 0 203.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 3717 26 10 146.3
J. Rosen 13/18 202 2 0
D. Modster 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
77.8% 191 0 0 166.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 376 2 0 151.5
D. Modster 14/18 191 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Stephens 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 83 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 183 1
B. Stephens 20 83 1 37
S. Jamabo 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
88 447 6
S. Jamabo 4 23 0 18
D. Modster 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 15 0
D. Modster 3 5 0 8
B. Olorunfunmi 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
105 542 5
B. Olorunfunmi 3 2 0 2
G. Gentosi 45 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
G. Gentosi 1 2 0 2
J. Lasley 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -6 0
J. Lasley 1 -12 0 -12
J. Rosen 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 -97 2
J. Rosen 5 -34 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Lasley 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
12 227 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
61 1136 8
J. Lasley 12 227 1 41
S. Jamabo 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 198 0
S. Jamabo 2 38 0 23
B. Stephens 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 69 0
B. Stephens 3 35 0 22
T. Howard 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 475 3
T. Howard 4 33 1 14
J. Wilson 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 137 2
J. Wilson 1 25 0 25
E. Massington 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 72 2
E. Massington 2 22 0 16
C. Pabico 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 269 1
C. Pabico 2 9 0 5
M. Robinson-Carr 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
M. Robinson-Carr 1 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Phillips 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Phillips 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Molson 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
16/20 47/48
J. Molson 3/3 37 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Flintoft 20 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 42.8 2
S. Flintoft 6 43.2 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Osling 7 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 18.0 20 0
M. Osling 2 10.0 20 0
J. Lasley 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 19.3 19 0
J. Lasley 1 19.0 19 0
D. Holmes 1 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
30 22.1 10 0
D. Holmes 1 10.0 10 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Pickett 6 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 2.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 7.2 6 0
A. Pickett 2 2.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 CAL 29 3:56 12 42 FG Miss
7:36 CAL 23 1:51 3 9 Punt
3:48 UCLA 17 0:49 4 7 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:31 CAL 37 0:21 8 46 FG
7:45 CAL 25 1:42 4 4 Punt
5:04 CAL 21 3:40 12 59 FG
0:27 CAL 13 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:36 CAL 39 1:09 3 3 Punt
10:35 CAL 42 1:39 8 58 TD
6:29 CAL 35 2:13 5 10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:21 CAL 41 1:58 8 50 Downs
12:05 CAL 11 3:27 12 86 FG
6:18 CAL 8 3:56 14 77 TD
0:02 CAL 21 0:00 1 8 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:51 UCLA 29 3:09 6 18 Punt
5:33 UCLA 4 1:39 5 13 Fumble
2:55 UCLA 25 2:16 7 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:25 UCLA 23 3:36 11 67 FG
5:57 CAL 50 0:47 3 50 TD
1:20 UCLA 4 0:46 6 44 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 UCLA 25 1:12 3 -1 Punt
12:17 UCLA 14 1:29 3 9 Punt
8:56 UCLA 25 2:21 8 75 TD
4:08 UCLA 11 1:40 3 9 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:23 UCLA 29 2:10 6 62 FG
8:30 UCLA 12 2:04 4 27 Punt
2:22 UCLA 25 2:14 9 55 FG