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UCLA stays unbeaten with 37-10 victory over California

October 12, 2013|From staff reports
  • UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for 848 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions in his second season under center for the Bruins.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for 848 yards and eight touchdowns… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

UCLA made sure it will go into next week’s showdown against Stanford possessing an unbeaten record with a convincing 37-10 victory over California at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

Sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley completed 31 of 41 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, the first 400-yard passing game of his career boosting his Heisman Trophy candidacy.

Devin Fuller caught six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown while Shaq Evans caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown as the Bruins racked up 488 total yards and improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Bears (1-5, 0-3) cut UCLA’s lead to 17-10 with 2 minutes 35 seconds left in the second quarter when Daniel Lasco capped a 12-play, 81-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run.

But UCLA responded with a quick-strike score just before halftime, Hundley hitting Thomas Duarte with a 27-yard touchdown pass 40 seconds before intermission to give the Bruins a 24-10 halftime lead, and the Bruins pulled away in the second half.

About the only blemish for UCLA was their nine penalties for 64 yards, all accrued before the fourth quarter.

Cal quarterback Jared Goff completed 26 of 43 passes for 215 yards, but none for touchdowns.

Here's a recap of the game:

UCLA 37, California 10 (4:41 left in the fourth quarter)

Cal drove 81 yards in 20 plays, but on fourth and goal from the UCLA three-yard line, Bears quarterback Jared Goff was stopped by Eddie Vanderdoes on a draw play for no gain.

The Bruins took over and drove 97 yards in 12 plays, with the touchdown coming on a 22-yard pass from Brett Hundley to Shaq Evans. The biggest gain during the drive was a 31-yard pass from Hundley to Thomas Duarte.

Hundley has completed 31 of 41 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns, the first 400-yard passing game of his career.

UCLA 30, California 10 (3:10 left in third quarter)

Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley scrambled out of the pocket and dumped a short pass to Devin Fuller for a 35-yard catch-and-run play.

But on third and goal from the nine-yard line, Hundley overthrew a wide-open Shaq Evans in the end zone, and UCLA had to settle for Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 27-yard field goal.

UCLA 27, California 10 (9:04 left in third quarter)

Bruins safety Randall Goforth’s interception and 31-yard return to the Cal 16-yard line set up Ka'imi Fairbairn’s 22-yard field goal.

UCLA 24, California 10 (halftime)

The Bruins answered Cal’s touchdown with a quick strike of their own, Brett Hundley hitting wide-open freshman Thomas Duarte on a post pattern for a 27-yard touchdown pass 40 seconds before intermission.

Hundley hit Shaq Evans for 15 yards and Devin Lucien for 20 yards on the drive, capping an impressive half in which the Bruins quarterback completed 21 of 25 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

Jordan Payton caught four passes for 61 yards and Evans caught four passes for 41 yards for UCLA, which amassed 325 total yards.

Bears quarterback Jared Goff completed 14 of 24 passes for 117 yards.

UCLA 17, California 10 (2:35 left in second quarter)

Remember what we said about that UCLA rout being on? Never mind. Cal showed some fight with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that was capped by Daniel Lasco’s six-yard touchdown run.

The drive featured a 23-yard pass from Jared Goff to Bryce Treggs and was aided by three UCLA penalties on defensive end Cassius Marsh, who was called offsides on two straight plays and ejected after a 15-yard personal foul for throwing a punch.

UCLA 17, California 3 (9;13 left in second quarter)

Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks and safety Anthony Jefferson stopped Khalfani Muhammad for no gain on a third-and-two play from the UCLA 34-yard line, but Vincenzo D’Amato salvaged the short drive with a 51-yard field goal to put the Bears on the board.

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