UCLA scores 37 unanswered to crush Colorado
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushed for 99 yards, and Zach Charbonnet and Brittain Brown combined for another 125 on the ground in the Bruins’ 44-20 win Saturday over Colorado at Pasadena, Calif.
UCLA (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) trailed 20-10 at halftime before scoring 34 unanswered points to take control of the game against the Buffaloes (3-7, 2-5).
The Bruins, coming off consecutive losses, are bowl eligible for the first time since 2017.
Thompson-Robinson, who missed UCLA’s previous game at Utah two weeks ago with a thumb injury, completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 257 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. His 99 yards rushing came on nine carries.
Charbonnet had 17 rushes for 67 yards with three touchdowns and Brown finished with 58 yards on six rushes with a touchdown.
UCLA finished with 245 rushing yards and 502 total.
The Bruins had seven penalties for 42 yards in the first half and had none in the third quarter before getting flagged twice for 25 yards.
UCLA scored on five consecutive possessions, starting with a 41-yard field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira as time expired in the first half.
Thompson-Robinson rushed for a 23-yard touchdown and Charbonnet had scoring runs of two and three yards in the third quarter.
Charbonnet added another touchdown, a 2-yard score with 12:12 left in the fourth quarter, to increase the lead to 37-20.
Colorado punted after five plays on the ensuing possession, resulting in Kyle Philips returning the punt 82 yards for the final score with 10:10 remaining.
Philips also had eight receptions for 99 yards, giving him 192 total yards.
Colorado’s Brendon Lewis completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 158 yards. Jarek Broussard finished with 108 yards on 16 carries.
The Bruins’ defense limited Colorado to 359 total yards, including only 117 in the second half. The Buffaloes were only 1-of-7 in third-down conversions after halftime.
Colorado also rushed for just 38 yards in the second half after gaining 155 on the ground in the first half.
–Field Level Media