Bru­ins routed 49-3 by Utah in Pac-12

UCLA loses big at No. 8 Utah, 49-3

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JOHN COON

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.”

POLL IM­PLI­CA­TIONS

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.

UP NEXT

UCLA plays at USC on Satur­day.

Utah plays at Ari­zona on Satur­day.

As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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