UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley accounted for three touchdowns on Thursday night — a 36-yard run, a 17-yard pass, and even a 7-yard reception — as he led the No.12 Bruins to a 34-27 win on the road against the Utah Utes. The win improves UCLA’s record to 4-0 on the season; the Utes are now 3-2 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play.
Hundley finished the game with 211 yards through the air and 85 on the ground, falling just a tad short of reaching 300 total yards for the fourth time in as many games this year.
As well as Hundley played, it is the UCLA defense that deserves most of the credit for the big win. The Bruins harassed Utah quarterback Travis Wilson all night long, forcing the sophomore to throw six interceptions. (All of Wilson’s nine interceptions this year have came against Pac-12 opponents.) The backbreaking pick occurred late in the fourth quarter. Utah had just recovered an onside kick after kicking a field goal that moved them within seven points of the Bruins, but Myles Jack intercepted Wilson with 25 seconds left to end Utah’s final drive.
Things won’t get any easier for the 3-2 Utes, who play the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal in their next game. UCLA’s next opponent will be the California Golden Bears.