The UCLA Bruins held off a rally by the Kansas State Wildcats and defeated them, 40-35, in the Alamo Bowl.
No. 14 UCLA kept the ball rolling for the Pac-12 in their successful bowl season by defeating No. 11 Kansas State, 40-35. Meanwhile, the Big 12 fell to 1-5 in bowl games. UCLA finished with a 10-3 record while Kansas State fell to 9-4.
The Bruins took a 31-6 lead at halftime before the Wildcats stormed back. The fourth quarter became intense as the Wildcats trimmed the lead to 34-28 with just under five minutes remaining.
UCLA running back Paul Perkins scored a crucial touchdown that ultimately made the difference by running 67 yards to the end zone. The Wildcats scored another touchdown with just over a minute left, but they were unable to execute an onside kick.
Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 136 yards and a touchdown pass on 12-of-24 passing, and he rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Perkins finished his season on a strong note with 194 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
For the Wildcats, quarterback Jake Waters threw for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 31-of-48 passing while adding a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught 13 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.