- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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PASADENA, Calif. -- The UCLA Bruins turned in a stout defensive performance, holding the Utah Utes without an offensive touchdown until late in the fourth quarter and won, 21-14, Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference game at the Rose Bowl.
Utah, which scored on a fourth-and-goal pass with 3:18 to play, had only 75 yards rushing as a team and had no runs longer than nine yards. Utah's other score came when the Utes recovered a muffed punt in the end zone. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley passed for 183 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown.
A quick recap:
It was over when: Linebacker Eric Kendricks stopped Utah quarterback Travis Johnson for a three-yard gain on fourth and eight from the UCLA 35-yard line with 11:51 to go in the third quarter. The Bruins took over on downs and marched 66 yards in 14 plays, using 5:47 of clock in a drive capped by a Johnathan Franklin's three-yard touchdown run that gave UCLA a 21-7 lead. It was too much to overcome for a Utah offense that had only 191 total yards at the time and hadn't been inside the UCLA 30.
Game ball goes to: Andrew Abbott had an interception that ended Utah's first drive and set the defensive tone for the game. He also made a key tackle on a fourth-and-eight play in the first half and then had a tackle for a five-yard loss on a third-and-eight.
Key stat: UCLA had only seven penalties for 43 yards. The Bruins entered this week leading the nation in penalties (53) and yards penalized (519). Last week, the Bruins has 12 penalties for 99 yards, and many were of the drive-killing/drive-extending variety. Against Utah, only a delay-of-game penalty on fourth down noticeably affected a UCLA drive and only one of the penalties came against the Bruins' defense -- none against cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price, who had been racking them up the last few weeks.
What it means: The Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) are back on track after a blowout loss to California last week and will go into their bye week able to breathe a sigh of relief. It would have been a long two weeks if UCLA had taken a two-game losing streak into the off week, especially knowing that the toughest games of the season are still to come with Arizona State, Arizona, USC and Stanford coming in the next five games.