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The UCLA Bruins defeated the South Alabama Jaguars 32-31 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with a last-minute field goal, but even the excitement of a win couldn’t hide the truth that there was too little fans in the stands.
Former UCLA and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman called the emptiness of Rose Bowl Stadium “embarrassing” and in addition took a go at how poorly the team played on Saturday regardless of the win.
Troy Aikman @TroyAikman
That is an embarrassment but we couldnt fill the Rose Bowl in 1988 whenever we were the #1 team in the united kingdom. Other people at UCLA think its time for an on-campus 30,000 seat stadium? Needless to say, if we cant play much better than we did today, it might be half-empty too. pic.twitter.com/jteVU8XV76
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 20 of 30 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns in a good outing. However, the team had four penalties for 42 yards and turned the ball over twice.
Rose Bowl Stadium can be an hour from the UCLA campus, which diminishes the crowd and game-day atmosphere. If the institution had a stadium on campus as well as significantly nearer to campus, maybe more fans would attend games.
The Bruins are 3-0 this year, however they have yet to handle a ranked opponent and won’t achieve this until they face No. 14 Utah the following month. So Aikman has a spot saying that UCLA wouldn’t fill a stadium nearer to campus unless it plays better.