The play of the quarterbacks proved to be the primary difference in the outcome of the 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl between the UCLA Bruins and Virginia Tech Hokies from El Paso, Texas.
Brett Hundley’s dual-threat ability paced the Bruins offense in their 42-10 win over the Hokies while Logan Thomas was lost to injury and replaced by Mark Leal.
Hundley, who entered this game with a difficult decision to make whether to declare for the NFL Draft or return for his redshirt junior season had the play of the game with this 86-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give UCLA a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Hundley finished with 224 passing yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns on 16/27 passing and his 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries could be quite the finale if this was his last game for UCLA.
Hundley’s counterpart on the other sideline, Thomas 3/11 passing for 46 yards prior to being lost after he took this vicious hit from UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt.
This hit was one play after Thomas lowered the boom on UCLA linebacker/running back Myles Jack on a 25-yard run.
His replacement did not fare much better as Leal threw two interceptions, with one of them being returned for a touchdown by Jack one minute after UCLA took a 21-10 lead.
UCLA would add to their lead with Hundley’s first touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte to make it 35-10 and less than two minutes later Hundley found Shaquelle Evans for a 59-yard touchdown to make it 42-10.
The decision Hundley has to make in regard to his future may be a lot easier than it was prior to kickoff.
UCLA finishes their year 10-3 while Virginia Tech drops to 8-5.
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