UCLA senior Craig Bragg set a school record for career receptions with five catches in the Bruins’ 31-29 loss to Washington State on Saturday. With 180 catches, Bragg moved ahead of Kevin Jordan on the career list but said he would have gladly taken a victory over the record.
“Don’t get me wrong, the record means a lot to me, but right now it’s hard to look at because we lost the game,” said Bragg, who has caught a pass in 42 consecutive games in which he has played.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis suffered a bruised tailbone late in the first half and did not return. The Bruins could have used Lewis in the second half, especially on their failed two-point conversion attempt in the final minute.
Lewis normally would have been the main target on the play, but with him sidelined, Bragg moved into his role. Drew Olson never had a chance when he rolled right and did not have an open receiver against the Cougars’ man coverage.
"[Lewis’ injury] definitely impacted us out on the field,” Coach Karl Dorrell said, “but the young guys have to step up and make plays.”
UCLA running back Maurice Drew suffered a right ankle sprain returning a first-quarter punt and did not return. Drew lost six yards in his only carry.