Kel­ley rushes for 126 yards in vic­tory

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By JOE REEDY

PASADENA — Do­rian Thomp­son-Robin­son passed for 226 yards and two touch­downs, Joshua Kel­ley ran for 126 yards and UCLA won its third straight game on Satur­day night, de­feat­ing Colorado 31-14 at the Rose Bowl.

Thomp­son-Robin­son — who was 21-of-28 pass­ing — com­pleted 10 of his first 11, in­clud­ing first-quar­ter touch­downs of 16 yards to Devin Asi­asi and 45 yards to Ethan Fernea as the Bru­ins (4-5, 4-2 Pac-12) scored on their first three drives to take a 17-0 lead 12 min­utes into the game. The sopho­more also rushed for 38 yards.

Kel­ley, who came into the game lead­ing the Pac12 in rush­ing at 105 yards per game, scored both Bru­ins’ se­cond-half touch­downs. The se­nior — who has 10 rush­ing scores this sea­son and nine in the past five games — got his fourth 100yard game of the sea­son with a 35-yard touch­down with 4:14 re­main­ing in the game to ex­tend UCLA’s lead to 31-14. He scored from 5 yards out dur­ing the third quar­ter.

Steven Mon­tez — who was 21 of 38 for 195 yards — ac­counted for both Colorado (3-6, 1-5) touch­downs. He had a 2-yard scram­ble around left end to bring the Buf­faloes within 17-7 mid­way through the se­cond quar­ter and a 27-yard TD pass to Tony Brown with 5:57 re­main­ing in the game

to bring them within 10 again (24-14).

THE TAKE­AWAY Colorado: Mel Tucker’s first year in Boul­der started off well with wins in three of his first four, but the Buf­faloes have dropped five straight and have al­lowed 30 or more points in 14 straight games dat­ing back to last sea­son.

UCLA: The Bru­ins have won three straight games for the first time since 2015. Af­ter ap­pear­ing woe­ful for the first half of the sea­son, Chip Kelly’s squad could get bowl el­i­gi­ble with wins in two of their fi­nal three games.


Colorado: Hosts Stan­ford next Satur­day. The Buf­faloes have not faced the Car­di­nal since a 10-5 vic­tory in 2016.

UCLA: Has a bye week be­fore trav­el­ing to Utah on Nov. 16. The Bru­ins have a three-game los­ing streak against the Utes, in­clud­ing 41-10 last year at the Rose Bowl.

As­so­ci­ated Press

BRO­KEN UP — UCLA de­fen­sive back Dar­nay Holmes, left, breaks up a pass to Colorado wide re­ceiver K.D. Nixon dur­ing a game in Los An­ge­les on Satur­day.

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