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After gut-wrenching loss, UCLA looks to snap skid and end season on a positive note

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against USC in the first half on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The late-summer heat glimmered off the artificial turf, a whole season in front of him, in addition to a small group of reporters.

Kazmeir Allen stood on that sauna of a practice field and set the agenda for UCLA’s season.

“Rose Bowl or bust,” the wide receiver said.

It wasn’t a player going rogue on a roster conditioned never to look ahead, to focus only on that day, on what it would take to have a really good Saturday. That same week, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson acknowledged thinking about leading the Bruins back to the Rose Bowl every day. Guard Jon Gaines II, usually as guarded with his comments as anyone in college football, alluded to even greater expectations.

“Win every game,” Gaines said.

The Bruins have come a long way since those dreamy days.

A long way down.

Two consecutive losses, including a tearjerker of a setback against USC, have left UCLA contemplating far less enticing possibilities. Having dropped to No. 18 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Bruins (8-3 overall, 5-3 Pac-12) will enter their final regular-season game against California (4-7, 2-6) on Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium trying to avoid falling into contention for the Jimmy Kimmel Bowl.

The heavy white bandage on Thompson-Robinson’s throwing hand in practice this week provided the perfect metaphor for a battered team seeking to send itself a get-well card.

“Super difficult, obviously,” Thompson-Robinson said of moving on from the 48-45 loss to USC in which he absorbed several vicious hits and had four turnovers. “We’re just trying to go into Cal and have one last hurrah together.”

At least the team standing between UCLA and full…


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