Washington vs. UCLA – Game Recap – September 30, 2022 – ESPN

Washington vs. UCLA - Game Recap - September 30, 2022 - ESPN

PASADENA, Calif. — — Dorian Thompson-Robinson read and heard the comments about UCLA’s undefeated start not meaning much given the quality of opponents it played.

On Friday night, Thompson-Robinson and the Bears made sure to make a statement with their first win over a top-15 team since 2014.

Thompson-Robinson passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns in UCLA’s 40-32 win over No. 15 Washington in a matchup of undefeated Pac-12 teams at the Rose Bowl.

“People have been saying all week that we’re the worst 4-0 team out there, and written us off. I think my guys came in here with a chip on their shoulder,” said Thompson-Robinson, who had the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career. “I think I told you all on Monday, can Washington run with us, not the other way around.”

The fifth-year senior also ran 2 yards for a score in the third quarter when he sidestepped defenders. Bralen Trice and Jayvion Green, causing them to fall on each other in a pile near the goal line in making it 33-10.

Thompson-Robinson delivered the highlight plays, but many other Bruins contributed to give them their first 5-0 start since 2013.

Zach Charbonnet rushed for 124 yards and a score, Jake Bobo had six receptions for 142 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bears recorded their first safety in four years and forced a pair of turnovers.

“Our defense did a great job in the first half. For them to give us that lead when we needed every inch of it,” coach Chip Kelly said. “Dorian was clutch. We have full confidence in everything he does.”

The Bruins have also won eight straight dating back to last season – their longest unbeaten streak since 2005. They scored at least 40 points in six of those wins.

that of Washington Michael Penix Jr. came into the game leading the nation in passing yards but struggled in the first half as UCLA (2-0 Pac-12) scored on four straight drives and jumped out to a 26-10 halftime lead.

“We dug ourselves too big a hole in the first half,” coach Kalen DeBoer said. “Our guys now realize that we are a team that people will get up to play. Not that we went into the game thinking otherwise, but we have to be emotionally and physically ready to play.”

Penix finished 33 of 48 for 345 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. The junior passed for a pair of touchdowns and 2-point conversions in the fourth quarter when the Huskies got within eight, but UCLA ran out the final three minutes.

Rome Odunze had eight receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

“Just didn’t execute. We have to do better,” Penix said. “Me personally, I have to take better care of the ball. And that’s really all it is, just poor execution.”

Washington (4-1, 1-1) appeared to be rolling early after taking the opening kickoff and scored 10 plays later when Odunze beat a safety. Devin Kirkwood in single coverage and hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-6.

The Bruins drove to the 3 on its opening drive, but turned it over on downs after three straight incomplete passes. Two plays later, the defense came up with its first big play when Penix fumbled a fielder and a linebacker. Laiato Latu handled Wayne Taulapapa in the end zone.

Latu, who also had three tackles and a sack, began his career at Washington before transferring this year. It was UCLA’s first safety since the 2018 season finale against Stanford.

After the free kick, the Bruins went 93 yards in 11 plays, which culminated in a Charbonnet scoring yard to give them a 9–7 lead. That marked the first time Washington had trailed in a game this season.

The Huskies regained the lead Peyton Henry‘s 50-yard field goal before the Bruins scored 24 straight points. Bobo caught a 12-yard strike midway through the second quarter to give UCLA the lead for good. One play later Stephen Blaylock took Penix and returned it to the UW 15, Thompson-Robinson found Cam Brown alone in the end zone to extend the lead to 23-10.

THE ORDERS

Washington: The Huskies were ranked near the bottom of the conference in pass defense as their secondary had a lot of trouble trying to contain Thompson-Robinson and Bobo.

UCLA: The Bruins had lost 11 straight games against top-15 foes, including two against the Huskies, before Friday night’s win. Their last win was in the Alamo Bowl against #11 Kansas State to end the 2014 season. UCLA’s last win against a top-15 Pac-12 team was also in 2014 against No. 14 Arizona.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UCLA didn’t get many votes for playing the softest non-conference schedule of a Power Five team, but the win over the Huskies should give them plenty of momentum to jump up in the rankings. A late fourth quarter rally should keep Washington in the polls.

UP NEXT

Washington: At Arizona State next Saturday.

UCLA: Hosts No. 12 Utah next Saturday.

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