Pasadena, CA- 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 Saturday October 8 at 12:30pm. Washington looks to bounce back as they travel to Sun Valley for a matchup with the Arizona State Sun Devils.