Pasadena, CA — — Dorian Thompson-Robinson I’ve read and heard comments about UCLA’s undefeated start, but they didn’t make much sense due to the quality of their opponents.
Friday night, Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins made a statement with their first victory over a top 15 team since 2014.
Thompson-Robinson passed for 315 yards and had three touchdowns in UCLA’s 40-32 win over No. 15 Washington in a matchup of the undefeated Pac-12 team in the Rose Bowl.
“People ignored us all week saying we were the worst 4-0 team. I think my players came here with chips on their shoulders.” Thompson Robinson said. “I think I told you guys on Monday, let’s see if Washington can run with us, not the other way around.”
The fifth grader also ran for 2 yards past a defender in the third quarter to score. Brallen Trice And Javion Green fell on each other in the heap near the goal line to make it 33-10.
Thompson-Robinson provided the highlight play, but many other Bruins contributed to their first 5-0 start since 2013.
“The defense worked well in the first half, giving us the lead when we needed it,” said coach Chip Kelly. “Dorian was a crutch. We have complete confidence in everything he does.”
The Bruins also won eight straight last season, the longest undefeated record since 2005. Of those, he has scored at least 40 points in six victories.
of Washington Michael Pennix Jr.Entering the game leading the nation in passing yards, they struggled in the first half as UCLA (2-0 Pac-12) scored on four straight drives to jump out to a 26-10 halftime lead.
“We left ourselves too many holes in the first half,” said coach Karen DeBoer. “Our players know that we are the team that people stand up to play for. was ready to play.”
Pennix finished 33-of-48 for 345 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Jr. passed two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter as the Huskies got inside eight, but UCLA ran out the final three minutes.
Rome Odunze He had eight receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
“We just didn’t do it. We have to do better,” Pennix said. And that’s really all there is to it, just poorly executed. ”
Washington (4-1, 1-1) appeared to be rolling early after taking the first kickoff, scoring 10 plays after Odunze knocked out a safety. Devin Kirkwood With single coverage, he was pulled for a 33-yard touchdown pass on 4 and 6.
The Bruins drove to 3 on their first drive, but turned it over on downs after three consecutive incomplete passes. Two plays later, the defense came up with his first big play when Pennix fumbled the pitch and linebacker Raiatu Ratu worked on Wayne Taulapapa in the end zone.
Ratu, who had three tackles and one sack, started his career in Washington before moving this year. This was his UCLA safety since the 2018 season finale against Stanford.
After the free kick, the Bruins traveled 93 yards on 11 plays before Charbonnet scored from 1 yard to take a 9–7 lead. It was the first time Washington has lost a game this season.
Huskies regain the lead Peyton HenryHis 50-yard field goal before the Bruins scored 24 straight points. Bobo gave UCLA a clean lead midway through the second quarter when he caught a 12-yard strike. After 1 play Stephen Blaylock Picked up the Penix and returned it to the UW 15, Thompson-Robinson discovered cam brown Alone in the end zone extended the lead to 23-10.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies ranked last in the conference in pass defense. This was because the secondary had a lot of trouble trying to contain Thompson-Robinson and Bobo.
UCLA: The Bruins had 11 straight losses against top 15 opponents before Friday night’s victory, two of them to the Huskies. Their final win was against No. 11 Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl to close out the 2014 season. UCLA’s last win over a top-15 ranked Pac-12 team was also against No. 14-ranked Arizona in 2014.
UCLA didn’t get a lot of votes as they played the softest non-conference schedule of the Power Five teams, but a win over the Huskies should give them enough momentum to jump into the rankings. is. A late Q4 rise should keep Washington in the polls.
Washington: Next Saturday in Arizona.
UCLA: Host No. 12 Utah next Saturday.