UCLA freshman Kazmeir Allen started his college football career about where he left off his run at Tulare Union High:
In the end zone on a big play.
On just his third carry, Allen sped past most of the Cincinnati defense on a 74-yard touchdown run that tied the game 17-17 in the third quarter. It was the third-longest by a UCLA true freshman.
“I saw nobody, really,” Allen told reporters. “That comes from my O-line blocking and wide receivers blocking for me. I really didn’t have to make anybody miss and was just straight forward. It felt great, that first touchdown. But at the end of the day, we still didn’t come out with the victory.”
The Bruins fell to Cincinnati 26-1 7 at the Rose Bowl.
His first college carry came in the first quarter, a 23-yarder. Allen finished the game with five carries for 103 yards.
“I kind of had butterflies, but after the first run you get over it,” Allen said.
Allen joins Paul Perkins, Soso Jamabo and ex-Clovis North standout Bolu Olorunfunmi to rush for at least 100 yards in a game since 2015..
Allen set a national high school record last season at Tulare with 72 touchdowns. And he won the state 100-meter track title in the spring.