Although UCLA fell short of preseason expectations that included playing for the national title, the Bruins put together consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time since 1997-98 when they defeated Kansas State, 40-35, in the Alamo Bowl on Friday.
UCLA started fast by scoring 17 unanswered points in the first quarter Friday night. Kansas State pulled to within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter before running back Paul Perkins rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown to put the game out of reach, 40-28.
Perkins rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in 20 carries to earn the game's offensive MVP award.
In his final game as a Bruin, quarterback Brett Hundley completed 12 of 24 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns in 11 carries.
Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett caught 13 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns as well as set up an early field goal with a 41-yard punt return.
Times columnist Bill Dwyre joins beat reporter Chris Foster and me to break down the Bruins' victory.