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Golden Nuggets: Was the UCLA final interception out of bounds?

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An underwhelming game for the Golden Bears ends on a horribly blown call by the officials.

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UCLA 36 CALIFORNIA 34

Let's be fair. As usual, blame for the loss falls on the players and the coaching staff. Even that final play would have been a clean interception nine times out of ten. That being said...

... there is absolutely no way the call on the field is CONFIRMED. Stands... perhaps. Confirmed? There's no two ways about it. Cal had a chance to take the lead in the final minutes, and it was taken away.

And that should be the takeaway for this young and rebuilding Cal team. Facing off against a pre-season CFB Playoffs favorite and a top Heisman contender... and they had a chance to take the lead and win in the final minutes. Keeping it positive here in the Golden Nuggets.

Let's see what others thought of this game below.

From ESPN's Pac12 Blog

Bears down: You can make plenty of arguments about whether UCLA's Marcus Rios possessed the ball on that game-changing interception in the Bruins' 36-34 win at Cal. But you first have to question the play call on first down, and you also have to go back through the game and look at Cal's tackling, which was not good. There were plenty of other places where Cal lost that game. The questionable replay, because it came at such a critical juncture in the game, will be highly debated. But Cal knows there was a lot more to that game than just that call.

A shout out to the defense from the Chron

The Bruins out-gained Cal 474-to-275 through the first three quarters, but early turnovers from UCLA kept the Bears in the game.

In fact, Cal's two touchdown drives started with its defense forcing a fumble.

The first came on a scramble from UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. Cal defensive back Trey Cheek knocked the ball loose and linebacker Hardy Nickerson picked it up and ran 27 yards to the 18-yard line. Cal scored four plays later on a three-yard rush from Daniel Lasco.

The second came when Nickerson punched the ball out of UCLA running back Paul Perkins' hands. Cal defensive back Cedric Dozier recovered the loose ball on 20-yard line. The Bears scored five plays later this time with quarterback Luke Rubenzer throwing a six-yard pass to receiver Chris Harper, who caught the ball with one hand.

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