Friday, August 31, 2012
UCLA, Utah roll with dominant victories
By Ted Miller
UCLA and Utah got off to good starts -- for the most part -- Thursday while posting big wins over Rice and Northern Colorado, respectively.
UCLA 49, Rice 24: Johnathan Franklin rushed for 214 yards -- 14.3 yards per carry -- and three touchdowns, and the Bruins pitched a second half shutout after a spotty first half defensively.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley got off to a spectacular start -- he ran 72 yards for a touchdown on his first college play -- and shook off a lull to turn in a strong performance. He completed 21 of 28 passes for 202 yards with two TDs and an interception.
Franklin had touchdown runs of 74, 78 yards and 22 yards. The Bruins rolled up 651 total yards. Rice finished with 358, most of which came in the first half.
A good debut for Jim Mora, though he probably wasn't happy with the first-half defense. Hundley and Franklin certainly feasted in Noel Mazzone's offense, which was far more run-based than it was last season at Arizona State. The Bruins rushed for 343 yards.
Up next: A Sept. 8 visit from Nebraska. That matchup feels more interesting now than it did before the Rice game.
Utah 41, Northern Colorado 0: John White rushed for 119 yards in the blowout of hapless Northern Colorado, which didn't cross midfield and finished with just 114 yards.
Utes quarterback Jordan Wynn didn't have a great start -- tossing an early interception -- but he recovered and played well, completing 19 of 27 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns to tight end Jake Murphy -- son of former Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy.
Wynn, in fact, led a 21-play, 91-yard TD drive that consumed 10:42. That doesn't happen every weekend.
Utes fans also got to see promising backup QB Travis Wilson, who ran for a pair of TDs and completed both his passes for 21 yards.
Utah figures to get a stronger challenge next weekend at Utah State, coached by former Utes assistant -- and Utah graduate -- Gary Anderson.