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UCLA vs. Houston: live game report

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September 15, 2012|By Baxter Holmes
  • Houston safety Trevon Stewart grabs the facemask of UCLA running back Johnathan Stewart during a play in the first quarter Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Houston safety Trevon Stewart grabs the facemask of UCLA running back Johnathan… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

UCLA 37, Houston 6 (final)

After the Cougars moved into the Bruins' territory with three consecutive completions, quarterback David Piland misfired on four consecutive plays to end their hopes of scoring again.

UCLA has reserve Melvin Emesibe rush three times for a first down to help run out the clock.

The Bruins, ranked No. 22, improve to 3-0 with the victory while the Cougars fall to 0-3.

UCLA 37, Houston 6 (3:10 left in fourth quarter)

The Bruins are trying to run out the clock, but the ended up in the end zone in five plays.

Steven Manfro scored on a 14-yard run. Damien Thigpen did the biggest damage, gaining seven and 41 yards in back-to-back plays.

UCLA 30, Houston 6 (4:54 left in fourth quarter)

The Cougars won’t walk away scoreless.

Quarterback David Piland sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown to break the shutout. The two-point conversion run failed.

UCLA 30, Houston 0 (1:19 in third quarter)

Another trip to the red zone for UCLA, another field goal for the Bruins.

Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked his third field goal of the night, a 33-yarder, to give UCLA a 30-point lead over -- and let’s be honest -- a pretty bad Houston squad.

UCLA went 25 yards in 11 plays covering 4 minutes 46 seconds. And, like the previous drive, this one was set up by an interception by the Bruins' defense, when Sheldon Price picked off a pass by Houston’s David Piland.

The interception was the second of the night for Price and the fourth for the Bruins.

UCLA 27, Houston 0 (6:15 left in third quarter)

The Bruins were close and came up short for a touchdown, but they didn’t leave the red zone without some points.

Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 23-yard field goal to pad UCLA’s lead. It’s his second field goal of the night.

His kick was set up with an interception by UCLA safety Tevin McDonald, who returned the pick 50 yards to the Houston 10-yard line.

That was the third interception of the game for UCLA, and on Houston’s next offensive possession, the Bruins earned another one when defensive back Sheldon Price made his second interception of the night.

Houston quarterback David Piland has completed only 19 of 42 passes for 179 yards with four interceptions.

UCLA 24, Houston 0 (12:51left in third quarter)

Brett Hundley threw his second touchdown of the night when Jordon James took a short swing pass 12 yards to the end zone. The score capped a six-play, 45-yard drive that spanned 2 minutes 12 seconds.

That drive was fairly short, you’ll notice, and it was because the Bruins’ Damien Thigpen returned the seocnd-half kickoff 55 yards.

Hundley is 22-for-32 pasing for 241 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Johnathan Franklin has 14 carries for 70 yards.

UCLA 17, Houston 0 (halftime)

It hasn't been a pretty first half. UCLA's only two touchdowns were scored by defensive players and the Bruins have committed three turnovers: two fumbles and an interception.

Still, the Bruins lead going into the locker room.

Houston's high-powered offense, which came in averaging 509.5 yards a game, has been kept quiet. The Cougars have run 42 total plays and earned 150 yards. They also have only five first downs.

Houston quarterback David Piland is 16-for-33 passing with 155 passing yards and one interception.

The big stat: Houston has nine rushing plays for minus-five yards.

Meanwhile, UCLA has looked OK, but not great, against what was thought to be a pushover-opponent.

The Bruins' offense has gained 308 total yards in 53 plays, and quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for 211 yards, completing 19 of 29 passes.

Hundley has thrown one touchdown pass, which went to defensive end Datone Jones, and has had one pass intercepted.

Steven Manfro is UCLA's leading receiver with six catches for 72 yards. Running back Johnathan Franklin is the Bruins' leading rusher with 57 yards on 12 carries.

The Bruins have picked up 16 first downs. Their only other touchdown was on a 23-yard fumble return by linebacker Eric Kendricks on the game's second play.

UCLA 17, Houston 0 (12:35 left in second quarter)

There can only be one ... undefeated major college football team in Los Angeles.

And at the moment -- with No. 2 USC having been upset by Stanford in Palo Alto -- that team is No. 22 UCLA.

The Bruins just tacked on a 35-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn that followed a 27-yard punt return by Steven Manfro.

Also, the loudest cheers of the night thus far came when they announced the score of the USC game. It's hard to imagine the Rose Bowl getting much louder the rest of this game.

UCLA 14, Houston 0 (4:02 left in first quarter)

And open in the end zone for UCLA ... Datone Jones?

Yes, the UCLA senior defensive end was playing offense, and his first-ever catch went for a seven-yard touchdown.

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