Post by Trojangles on Sept 20, 2021 7:42:41 GMT -8
UCLA HC Chip Kelly on Fresno State QB Jake Haener's performance - Pasadena Star News 9/20/21
UCLA, overwhelmed opposing offenses in the first two games of the season but found themselves overwhelmed Saturday night against quarterback Jake Haener and Fresno State in the 40-37 loss at the Rose Bowl . . . The Bruins tried everything to disrupt Haener, including blitzing him and playing cover zero to only rushing three players and dropping the remaining eight in coverage, but Haener was unfazed despite the Bruins sacking him three times forcing him to fumble and throw an interception, as the Washington transfer completed 39 of 53 passes for a season-high 455 yards and two touchdowns.
"We threw the whole kitchen sink at that young man," Kelly said. "I think he handled every thing. You've got to give him credit. We ran everything that was in our defensive repertoire at that guy, and he just continued to make plays."
Footnote: Haener has thrown for over 300 yards in three of the Bulldogs’ first four games and leads the nation with 1,464 passing yards.
Comment: As noted, it was a gutty performance for the ages, and one wonders how the Washington Huskies ever let Haener get away.
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