Instant Analysis: UCLA 42, Colorado 14
September, 29, 2012
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The UCLA Bruins dominated defensively and won in a rout over the Colorado Buffaloes, 42-14, in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
It was exactly the bounce-back game the Bruins needed after their first loss of the season last week against Oregon State.
It was over when: Trailing 21-7 with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter, Colorado was driving and quarterback Jordan Webb hit Vincent Hobbs for a 25-yard gain to the UCLA 44-yard line. UCLA safety Tevin McDonald punched the ball out from behind and linebacker Eric Kendricks recovered for the Bruins. Seven plays later, Brett Hundley found Joseph Fauria wide open in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown pass and the rout was on.
Game ball goes to: Hundley had two touchdowns rushing and passed for two more. He completed an efficient 25 of 39 passes for 281 yards even though he sat out the second half of the fourth quarter. Johnathan Franklin also gets one after rushing for 111 yards and adding another 48 receiving. He has gone over 100 yards in four of five games this season.
Stat of the game: UCLA held Colorado to 83 yards rushing. The Bruins had been giving up 173.75 yards on the ground coming in to the game, which was 10th in the Pac-12. It helped that Colorado leading rusher Christian Powell left because of an ankle injury after gaining 29 yards in seven carries, but Colorado managed only 2.8 yards per carry in the game.
What it means for UCLA: The Bruins (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) have won their first two road games in a season for the first time since 2005. They have a shot of getting back into the top-25 national rankings and will take some momentum into next week when they travel to California. The Bruins haven't won in Berkeley since 1998.