Bruins routed 49-3 by Utah in Pac-12
UCLA loses big at No. 8 Utah, 49-3
SALT LAKE CITY — Zack Moss ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added 65 receiving yards to help No. 8 Utah rout UCLA 49-3 on Saturday night.
Moss moved into second-place for career all-purpose yardage at Utah. Tyler Huntley threw for a season-high 335 yards and two touchdowns on 14of-18 passing. Brant Kuithe had a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
The Utes (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) beat the Bruins for the fourth straight season. Utah totaled 536 yards on offense and rushed for 201 yards.
UCLA (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12) saw a threegame winning streak snapped after committing five turnovers and averaging just 3.7 yards per play. Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 219 yards, but he had a pair of interceptions and a pair of fumbles. Thompson-Robinson was also sacked five times.
“We certainly won the rushing battle and controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.
The Utes wanted to prove they were the more physical team and proved it over 60 minutes. Utah’s ability to be disruptive on every play caused the Bruins to unravel more and more as the game progressed.
“It just lays the foundation for the rest of the things,” defensive end Bradlee Anae said. “When you’re more physical, other things come along.”
Utah overwhelmed UCLA in every possible way starting in the second quarter. The Utes totaled 189 yards on 15 plays in that quarter alone and forced a pair of Bruin turnovers. UCLA drove deep into Utah territory on mul
tiple drives only to see each drive end in a turnover or a flurry of sacks.
“It was a humbling moment for our team,” Thompson-Robinson said. “It was a learning experience for everyone.”
The Bruins took their only lead at 3-0 after JJ Molson capped their opening drive with a 43-yard field goal. Utah took the lead for good after Huntley capped off the Utes’ first drive with a 2-yard run.
Once the second quarter started, Utah ran away from UCLA. The Utes scored on four straight drives to take a 35-3 lead with 13:31 left in the third quarter. Moss accounted for two of those scores.
His second touchdown came on a four-play drive where Moss generated 95 yards of offense by himself. The senior took a short pass 50 yards to get Utah inside the UCLA 30. Then,
following a pair of false starts, Moss raced 38 yards for the score.
“Everything was just gelling pretty well,” Moss said.
UCLA had a pair of promising second-quarter drives end in turnovers. Julian Blackmon intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop the Bruins’ second drive. Then, later in the quarter, he sacked Thompson-Robinson for an 18-yard loss on third down and forced a fumble. Mika Tafua scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 68 yards for the touchdown.
Utah’s initial scoring frenzy ended when Kuithe spun out of a tackle and took a pass 69 yards to give the Utes their fourth touchdown over four consecutive drives.
“We control how we play,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “So we can’t blame the football gods or anything like that.”
Utah could move up a spot or two in the AP and CFP polls after another blowout victory.
THE BIG PICTURE UCLA: All of the progress the Bruins made on offense after struggling in non-conference play unraveled amid constant pressure from the Pac-12’s top defense. UCLA melted down and made one mistake after another over the final three quarters.
Utah: The Utes dominated yet another opponent on both sides of the ball. Utah averaged 10.0 yards per play in the first half alone and did not punt for the first time until 8:35 remained in the third quarter. Defensively, the Utes registered season-highs in sacks and turnovers.
UCLA plays at USC on Saturday.
Utah plays at Arizona on Saturday.
AHEAD — UCLA running back Joshua Kelley (27) carries the ball during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Utah on Saturday in Salt Lake City. Kelley, an Eastside High grad, rushed for 78 yards on 19 carries in a loss.