UCLA holds on to top No. 15 Washington at home
Published: September 30, 2022
By: Mykell Mathieu
The UCLA Bruins looks like they are a real player when it comes to the Pac-12!
UCLA pulled off a huge upset against the 15th-ranked Washington Huskies 40-32 in their Pac-12 home opener.
Already leading 9-7 after the first quarter, UCLA dominated the second quarter outscoring the Huskies (17-3) in the quarter and never looked backed. Star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson tossed touchdown passes to WRs Jake Bobo and Sam Brown in the second quarter alone. He finished the game with 300+ passing yards to go along with 3 touchdown passes. DTR was able to add a rushing touchdown in the third quarter as well.
“I’m reading all the articles throughout the whole week. They’re writing us off people saying we are the worst 4-0 team out there” said the ‘turnt up’ 5th year starting quarterback. “My boys played with a chip on their shoulders. I told y’all on Monday to see if Washington can run with us and not the other way around.”
After jumping out to a 40-16 lead in the 4th quarter the Bruins had to fight off the charging Huskies as they cut the lead to eight with 3:59 remaining. UCLA’s offense did their part by picking up first down after first down to finish off their Pac-12 counterpart.
Coach Chip Kelly was pleased that his offense was able to close out the game without giving UW another chance to possibly send the game into overtime. “That’s what great teams have to do. You have to be able to seal the win and not put it in anybody else’s hands.”
With a Chip Kelly led team its all about offense but the Bruins defense led the charge in the game. The defense slowed down a Washington offense that came in averaging 44 points per game, holding them to just 32 points. With most of the scoring coming late. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. struggled early but finished with 345 yards and 4 touchdowns. The issue was the three turnovers early that put his team in a whole.
The Bruins now move on to another big game as the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes comes to town. Washington looks to bounce back as they travel to Sun Valley for a matchup with the Arizona State Sun Devils.
UCLA runs over Alabama State
Published: September 11, 2022
By: Eric Lambkins II
PASADENA, Calif. — Backup quarterback Ethan Garbers threw for 164 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead UCLA to a 45-7 non-conference rout Saturday over Alabama State before 33,727 at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA put up 485 yards, Garbers completing passes to six different receivers, Carsen Ryan with three balls for 58 yards. UCLA held Alabama State to 87 rushing yards, and dating back to last season, UCLA has scored at least 42 points in five consecutive games.
UCLA improved to 2-0 on the season, and Alabama State falls to 2-1.
At halftime, UCLA led 31-7. Garbers entered the game early in the second quarter when Dorian Thompson-Robinson left the game with an ankle injury. After a late first-quarter touchdown, Alabama State’s final eight drives: punt, punt, end of half, interception, punt, punt, punt, interception.
Garbers was 14 of 18 with one interception. TJ Harden carried seven times for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Alabama State’s Myles Crawley was 16 of 27 for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Next week, UCLA hosts Southern Alabama. Alabama State hosts Prairie View A&M.