UCLA football continues to work through injuries, penalties

  • Arizona wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III (1) is tackled by UCLA defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with tight end Greg Dulcich #85 after scoring on a 3-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Tight end Greg Dulcich #85 of the UCLA Bruins catches a 3-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Tight end Greg Dulcich #85 of the UCLA Bruins catches a 3-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins throws a 3-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins talks with quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins rushes the football against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Arizona quarterback Jordan McCloud (4) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against the UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) warms up before the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona coach Jedd Fisch, left, talks with UCLA coach Chip Kelly before an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona wide receiver Boobie Curry (2) is tackled by UCLA linebacker Mitchell Agude (45) and another defender during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) is brought down during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins throws a pass during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich (85) celebrates a 3-yard touchdown against Arizona with wide receiver Chase Cota during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona running back Michael Wiley (6) celebrates with teammates Donovan Laie (78) and Josh Donovan (56) after scoring a 10-yard touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona coach Jedd Fisch watches the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) celebrates with Brittain Brown after a touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight (24) tackles Arizona wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Things looked bleak for UCLA on Saturday night when it held a slim one-point margin at halftime over winless Arizona, accumulating more penalty yards than passing yards at that point.

UCLA coach Chip Kelly seemed perturbed by the calls, saying, “I can’t comment on the penalties.”

In the first half of the 34-16 win over Arizona at Arizona Stadium, the Bruins had four penalties for 50 yards, while Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed only one of eight passes for three yards with an interception.

Two costly penalties by UCLA helped Arizona in its lone touchdown-scoring drive, culminating with a 10-yard pass from receiver Jamarye Joiner to Michael Wiley on a trick play that cut UCLA’s lead to 14-13.

Joiner took a lateral pass and connected with Wiley in the end zone.

UCLA had two facemask penalties called on Caleb Johnson and Qwuantrezz Knight and a pass interference call on Jay Shaw that significantly aided Arizona’s possession.

“Sometimes you grab a guy’s facemask, that happens,” Kelly said. “Sometimes … I don’t have an answer for some of those.”

A reporter asked, “Reading between the lines, you’re saying those were not penalties?”

“I did not say a word,” Kelly answered.

THOMPSON-ROBINSON’S STRUGGLE

Kelly seemed to be not concerned about Thompson-Robinson’s performance, as he finished completing 8 of 19 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Some of that had to do with UCLA not needing the passing game — the Bruins rushed for 329 yards, their most in a game in eight seasons — and that Kelly has confidence in his senior quarterback no matter what.

“Sometimes the game expresses itself in different ways,” Kelly said. “Today as the game unfolded, we realized we had to run the football and we responded that way.

A reporter asked if the performance is injury related, to which Kelly answered, “No, he’s our starting quarterback. It’s going to take a lot to get Dorian off the field. He’s such a tough competitor.”

PECULIAR SIDELINE SIGHTING

Five people on UCLA’s sideline held up body-length shiny silver flimsy boards behind each UCLA coach in an effort to keep Arizona’s coaches in the booth upstairs from stealing signs when the Bruins were calling offensive plays.

Kelly has not used this tactic before, although he is known for discussions about signs.

When he was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, he used boards showing Rocky Balboa and the Phillie Phanatic as a way to disguise plays.

INJURY UPDATE

Safeties Quentin Lake and Kenny Churchwell III were limited early in the week at practice because of injuries but both played against Arizona.

Churchwell registered a tackle and Lake had two.

Defensive back Mo Osling III was sidelined during practice this week, and did not play for the second consecutive week. He was limited to individual workouts throughout practice last week before the Arizona State game.

Kelly ruled center Sam Marrazzo “unavailable” for practice earlier this week and he was not listed in UCLA’s two-deep roster entering the game.

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Brittain Brown leads UCLA past winless Arizona

  • Arizona wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III (1) is tackled by UCLA defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with tight end Greg Dulcich #85 after scoring on a 3-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Tight end Greg Dulcich #85 of the UCLA Bruins catches a 3-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Tight end Greg Dulcich #85 of the UCLA Bruins catches a 3-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins throws a 3-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins talks with quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins rushes the football against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Arizona quarterback Jordan McCloud (4) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against the UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) warms up before the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona coach Jedd Fisch, left, talks with UCLA coach Chip Kelly before an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona wide receiver Boobie Curry (2) is tackled by UCLA linebacker Mitchell Agude (45) and another defender during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) is brought down during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins throws a pass during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich (85) celebrates a 3-yard touchdown against Arizona with wide receiver Chase Cota during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona running back Michael Wiley (6) celebrates with teammates Donovan Laie (78) and Josh Donovan (56) after scoring a 10-yard touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • Arizona coach Jedd Fisch watches the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) celebrates with Brittain Brown after a touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

  • UCLA defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight (24) tackles Arizona wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Coduto)

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TUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA overcame a rough performance by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson with its potent rushing attack led by Brittain Brown and Zach Charbonnet to beat Arizona, 34-16, on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.

UCLA (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) gained a season-high 329 rushing yards, led by Brown’s 146 yards on 11 carries, including a 48-yard scoring burst in the fourth quarter, and Charbonnet’s 117 yards on 21 rushes.

“Arizona does a lot of things on the back end (of their defense), dropping coverage, so we felt if they were going to try to do that, we need to run the football,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “The (329 yards) is a pretty good day. Both Brittain and Zach did a nice job. We did what we had to do.”

The Bruins, who won at Stanford two weeks ago, earned consecutive conference road wins for the first time since the 2015 season.

Arizona (0-5, 0-2) has now lost 17 straight games.

Thompson-Robinson, who completed only one of eight passes with an interception in the first half, finished with an 8-of-19 performance for 82 yards.

“A lot of what we based our passing game on was what package and personnel they were using,” Thompson-Robinson said. “Going off their keys, they ran some different stuff and keyed on certain guys.

“Based on that, it was hard to get into a rhythm, but at the end of the day, you still have to execute.”

The Bruins have rushed for at least 200 yards in eight of their last 12 games, and they have outrushed their opponent 12 straight times. Arizona gained 122 yards on the ground.

UCLA’s 329 rushing yards were the most for the Bruins since they gained 345 against Nevada in 2013.

Brown said it “was the plan all week” for him and Charbonnet to eclipse 100 yards in rushing.

“The offensive line and the boys up there, they’re doing the best they ever did, all across the board, the tight ends as well,” he said.

Thompson-Robinson’s one completion in the first half was a 3-yard scoring pass to Greg Dulcich with 3:48 left in the first quarter to give UCLA a 7-3 lead.

Arizona, which scored on three of its first four possessions, cut the lead to 7-6 on a 46-yard field goal by Lucas Havrisik with 14:18 left in the second quarter.

Two possessions later for UCLA, the Bruins put together another touchdown-scoring drive of 72 yards, capped by Thompson-Robinson’s 2-yard run, increasing the lead to 14-6 with 3:01 left in the half.

Arizona answered with a touchdown on a trick play with receiver Jamarye Joiner, a former quarterback with the Wildcats, taking a lateral pass and throwing a 10-yard scoring strike to Michael Wiley with 30 seconds left in the half.

Thompson-Robinson then threw an interception with 23 seconds left at the Arizona 44. The Wildcats ran two plays and time expired.

UCLA received the opening kickoff of the second half and Kazmeir Allen immediately gave the Bruins momentum with a 73-yard return to the Arizona 25.

The Bruins’ threat stalled at the 5-yard line and Nicholas Barr-Mira converted a 23-yard field goal with 13:17 left to give UCLA a 17-13 lead.

After another 46-yard field goal by Havrisik cut the lead to 17-16, UCLA’s defense started to turn back the Wildcats, whose next four possessions ended with two punts and two fumbles.

One of the fumbles occurred when Arizona quarterback Jordan McCloud suffered a knee injury when a host of tacklers landed on him on a sack by 320-pound tackle Otito Ogbonnia, forcing him to leave the game with 14:14 left in the fourth quarter.

“The fumble was really big for our team especially in and up-and-down game like this,” Ogbonnia said. “It was, in my opinion, a big turning point, a big momentum shift.”

Thompson-Robinson’s 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter and was followed by Brown’s 48-yard scoring run two possessions later to increase the lead t0 31-16 with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter.

Arizona was held to only 63 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter while UCLA gained 101, of which 79 came on the ground.

Barr-Mira capped the scoring with a 43-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining.

The Bruins go on the road again next Saturday, facing Washington in Seattle, before returning to the Rose Bowl for three of their last five games.

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Brittain Brown leads UCLA past Arizona football

TUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA overcame a rough performance by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson with its potent rushing attack led by Brittain Brown and Zach Charbonnet to beat Arizona 34-16 on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.

UCLA (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) gained a season-high 329 rushing yards, led by Brown’s 146 yards on 11 carries, including a 48-yard scoring burst in the fourth quarter, and Charbonnet’s 117 yards on 21 rushes.

“Arizona does a lot of things on the back end (of their defense), dropping coverage, so we felt if they were going to try to do that, we need to run the football,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “The (329 yards) is a pretty good day. Both Brittain and Zach did a nice job. We did what we had to do.”

The Bruins, who won at Stanford two weeks ago, earned consecutive conference road wins for the first time since the 2015 season.

Arizona (0-5, 0-2) has now lost 17 straight games.

Thompson-Robinson, who completed only one of eight passes with an interception in the first half, finished with an 8-of-19 performance for 82 yards.

“A lot of what we based our passing game on was what package and personnel they were using,” Thompson-Robinson said. “Going off their keys, they ran some different stuff and keyed on certain guys.

“Based on that, it was hard to get into a rhythm, but at the end of the day, you still have to execute.”

The Bruins have rushed for at least 200 yards in eight of their last 12 games, and they have outrushed their opponent 12 straight times. Arizona gained 122 yards on the ground.

UCLA’s 329 rushing yards were the most for the Bruins since they gained 345 against Nevada in 2013.

Brown said it “was the plan all week” for him and Charbonnet to eclipse 100 yards in rushing.

“The offensive line and the boys up there, they’re doing the best they ever did, all across the board, the tight ends as well,” he said.

Thompson-Robinson’s one completion in the first half was a 3-yard scoring pass to Greg Dulcich with 3:48 left in the first quarter to give UCLA a 7-3 lead.

Arizona, which scored on three of its first four possessions, cut the lead to 7-6 on a 46-yard field goal by Lucas Havrisik with 14:18 left in the second quarter.

Two possessions later for UCLA, the Bruins put together another touchdown-scoring drive of 72 yards, capped by Thompson-Robinson’s 2-yard run, increasing the lead to 14-6 with 3:01 left in the half.

Arizona answered with a touchdown on a trick play with receiver Jamarye Joiner, a former quarterback with the Wildcats, taking a lateral pass and throwing a 10-yard scoring strike to Michael Wiley with 30 seconds left in the half.

Thompson-Robinson then threw an interception with 23 seconds left at the Arizona 44. The Wildcats ran two plays and time expired.

UCLA received the opening kickoff of the second half and Kazmeir Allen immediately gave the Bruins momentum with a 73-yard return to the Arizona 25.

The Bruins’ threat stalled at the 5-yard line and Nicholas Barr-Mira converted a 23-yard field goal with 13:17 left to give UCLA a 17-13 lead.

After another 46-yard field goal by Havrisik cut the lead to 17-16, UCLA’s defense started to turn back the Wildcats, whose next four possessions ended with two punts and two fumbles.

One of the fumbles occurred when Arizona quarterback Jordan McCloud suffered a knee injury when a host of tacklers landed on him on a sack by 320-pound tackle Otito Ogbonnia, forcing him to leave the game with 14:14 left in the fourth quarter.

“The fumble was really big for our team especially in and up-and-down game like this,” Ogbonnia said. “It was, in my opinion, a big turning point, a big momentum shift.”

Thompson-Robinson’s 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter and was followed by Brown’s 48-yard scoring run two possessions later to increase the lead t0 31-16 with 7:48 left in the fourth quarter.

Arizona was held to only 63 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter while UCLA gained 101, of which 79 came on the ground.

Barr-Mira capped the scoring with a 43-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining.

The Bruins go on the road again next Saturday, facing Washington in Seattle, before returning to the Rose Bowl for three of their last five games.

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No. 13 UCLA unable to complete comeback against Fresno State

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 celebrates as he jumps into the arms of teammate offensive lineman Paul Grattan #65 of the UCLA Bruins after running for touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs drops a pass in the end zone against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA Bruins fans wait for their team to enter the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by defensive end Arron Mosby #3 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for a loss of yards in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Kazmeir Allen #19 of the UCLA Bruins runs a Fresno State Bulldogs kick back for yardage in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins looks on against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ronnie Rivers #20 of the Fresno State Bulldogs runs for first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Quentin Lake #37 of the UCLA Bruins jumps on a fumble by wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs that was ruled down after a replay in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jake Haener #9 of the Fresno State Bulldogs passes over linebacker Kain Medrano #20 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Quentin Lake #37 of the UCLA Bruins jumps on a fumble by wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs that was ruled down after a replay in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Tight end Mike Martinez #88 of the UCLA Bruins catches a pass for first down against defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ronnie Rivers #20 of the Fresno State Bulldogs runs for a first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Ty Jones #8 of the Fresno State Bulldogs cache a pass for first down over defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight #24 and teammate defensive back Cameron Johnson #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Jake Haener #9 of the Fresno State Bulldogs scrambles for the first down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins dives for yardage against defensive end Arron Mosby #3 of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Keric Wheatfall #1 of the Fresno State Bulldogs catches a pass for fairest down against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 of the UCLA Bruins runs for as touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Wide receiver Jalen Cropper #5 of the Fresno State Bulldogs dives for the touchdown against the UCLA Bruins in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 of the UCLA Bruins runs for as touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Ethan Fernea #36 of the UCLA Bruins leaps over defensive back Evan Williams #32 of the Fresno State Bulldogs for the first down in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • offensive lineman Justin Williams #69 of the UCLA Bruins shoes prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA plays air guitar prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1 of the UCLA Bruins makes his way onto the field prior to a NCAA Football game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, September 18, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • UCLA linebacker Mitchell Agude (45) celebrates the team’s win over LSU in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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PASADENA — Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and No. 13 UCLA couldn’t overcome their first half struggles in a 40-37 loss to Fresno State Saturday night in the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins, who came off a bye week, didn’t earn any style points with AP Top 25 voters in their first showing as a ranked team and were unable to complete a second half rally in suffering their first loss in three games.

Thompson-Robinson kept the offense moving with a pair of long touchdown passes to receivers Kam Brown (39 yards) and Kyle Philips (42 yards). He finished with 278 passing yards and three touchdowns. He was also UCLA’s leading rusher with 75 yards on 13 carries.

The offense struggled in the first half as Thompson-Robinson completed just 2 of 5 pass attempts. Running backs Zach Charbonnet, Ethan Fernea and Brittain Brown combined for 23 rushing yards as the Bruins trailed 23-10 at the half.

Charbonnet would finish the night with 19 rushing yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

Running back Ronnie Rivers led the Bulldogs’ offense with 137 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener passed for 455 yards and two touchdowns.

For UCLA, defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia, defensive back Quentin Lake and tight end Mike Martinez all suffered injuries and did not return.

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UCLA football receives commitment from three-star WR Braden Pegan

San Juan Hills receiver Braden Pegan announced his commitment to Coach Chip Kelly and the UCLA football program on Tuesday via Twitter.

Pegan’s announcement comes one day after tweeting that he received a scholarship offer from the Bruins.

He was on campus Monday to workout with receiver coach Jerry Neuheisel and the Bruins.

Pegan told 247sports that he was called into Kelly’s office and offered a scholarship.

He is the second recruit at the position to commit to the 2022 recruiting class in as many days.

As a junior, Pegan had 24 catches for 426 yards and three touchdowns in four games played for San Juan Hills in 2020. He also had an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Pegan has offers from Utah, Colorado and Boston College.

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DL Jay Toia commits to UCLA after spending spring with USC

Grace Brethren defensive lineman Jay Toia has flipped his commitment to UCLA, after spending spring camp with USC.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound incoming freshman becomes the highest-rated recruit for the Bruins’ 2021 class. He first committed to the Trojans in 2018 and signed his national letter of intent in December 2020.

He entered the transfer portal after announcing his decision to leave USC in May. He enrolled early and found himself competing alongside the first- and second-team defense throughout spring practice.

“The 2020 pandemic was tragic to so many that lost so much,” Toia wrote in a Twitter post on May 31. “For me and especially my parents we felt forced to make a major decision signing with USC based on limited information because of COVID-19 restrictions. We were not able to take any official or unofficial visits to any of the other schools on our short list such as Michigan, Utah, UCLA, Miami among others.”

Following his departure from the Trojans, he made visits to Michigan and UCLA.

USC coach Clay Helton identified Toia as one of the standouts from the Trojans’ spring game in April.

“You’re talking about off the field the sweetest human being you will ever meet, but I don’t know who he becomes when it’s a competitive situation,” Helton said. “He is a different person and it has been really neat to see how talented he is but also what an unbelievable sense of urgency that guy has to be great and to help this team next year.”

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UCLA football silent on National Signing Day

UCLA football had a fairly quiet showing during the traditional signing day period, which began Wednesday, after doing most of its heavy lifting in December during the early signing period.

The Bruins’ recruiting class is ranked 29th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12 Conference, according to 247sports.

Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Army All-American punter Brenden Segovia announced on Twitter that he would no longer attend UCLA and will instead consider offers from Michigan State and USC. Segovia, a committed walk-on, was not granted academic admission, according to 247sports.

Won’t be attending UCLA anymore. New offers from USC and Michigan state! Time to keep keep plugging away, and find a new place to call home; It’s exciting to be a recruit again, I have faith in this journey.

— Brenden Segovia ‘21 (@Brenden_Segovia) February 3, 2021

Of the 17 high school prospects to already sign, defensive end Quintin Somerville of Saguaro High (Scottsdale, Ariz.), offensive tackle Thomas Cole (San Luis Obispo) and wide receiver Keontez Lewis (East Saint Louis, Ill.) are already enrolled with the university.

Defensive end Hayden Nelson (Brookfield, Wisc.) remains the lone verbal commit yet to officially sign with the Bruins.

FROM THE TRANSFER PORTAL:

Former Michigan running back Zach Charbonnet, a former Westlake Village Oaks Christian High running back, spent two seasons at Michigan and announced last week that he was committed to the Bruins.

The former four-star prospect rushed for 726 yards and 11 touchdowns at Michigan in 2019 but saw a decrease in production in 2020 with 124 yards and 19 touchdowns in five games.

His 11 touchdowns in 2019 set the Wolverines’ single-season freshman rushing touchdown record. He was also named All-Big Ten honorable mention.

Senior safety Cameron Johnson also committed to the Bruins this offseason. The Houston native will join an experienced group of defensive backs. He played at least 12 games in each of his first three seasons with North Texas and eight games during the shortened 2020 season.

Johnson will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility, granted by the NCAA, as a result of the pandemic.

—– UCLA 2021 recruiting class —–

Four-star signees

Quintin Somerville, SDE, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Devin Kirkwood, ATH, Serra (Gardena)

Tia Savea, DE, Desert Pines (Las Vegas)

Three-star signees

Thomas Cole, OT, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo)

Josh Moore, ATH, Marist School (Atlanta)

Keontez Lewis, WR, East St. Louis (East Saint Louis, Ill.)

Noah Pulealii, OG, Palma (Salinas)

Christian Burkhalter, WDE, Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, Ala.)

Isaiah Newcombe, ATH, Casteel (Queen Creek, Ariz.)

Ezavier Staples, WR, Millikan (Long Beach)

Kajiya Hollawayne, QB, San Jacinto (San Jacinto)

DJ Justice, WR, Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills)

Garrett DiGiorgio, OT, Serrano (Phelan)

Benjamin Roy, OC, Liberty (Henderson, Nev.)

Tyler Kiehne, SDE, Los Lunas (Los Lunas, N.M.)

A.J. Campbell, WDE, Copley (Akron, Ohio)

Incoming Transfers

Zach Charbonnet, RB, Michigan/Oaks Christian

Cameron Johnson, S, North Texas

Ethan Garbers, QB, Washington/Corona Del Mar

Kam Brown, WR, Texas A&M (Colleyville, Texas)

Jordan Genmark Heath, S, Notre Dame (San Diego)

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UCLA football has winning record for the first time since 2017

The UCLA football program continues to move in a positive direction and the victory over Arizona State helped paint that picture.

The Bruins’ first road win of the season put the program over .500 with a 3-2 record for the first time since Oct. 21, 2017.

“It feels amazing,” said third-year quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. “I think the whole UCLA community has been waiting for this. Like I said and (coach Chip) Kelly said all along, we’re headed in the right direction and it’s all about the process. We’re taking it day by day and working very hard, so I’m very proud of this team and where we are headed.”

Thompson-Robinson was one of at least five players to return after missing the last two weeks to quarantine.

The Bruins leaned on the running game, led by Demetric Felton and Brittain Brown, who produced most of the scoring on offense while the starting quarterback was out.

Kelly spoke highly of Thompson-Robinson, who returned to practice just days before taking the trip with the team.

“To be able to get Dorian back in the middle of the week was huge for us,” Kelly said.“Not only can he beat you throwing the ball, but I thought he was really big for us in the run game.”

Thompson-Robinson continued where he left off as one of the Pac-12’s leaders in touchdown passes with eight. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown.

The quarterback rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries but was also on the receiving end of five sacks by the ASU defense.

“It’s all part of the game plan,” Thompson-Robinson said. “We do what coach Kelly tells us to do. All three backs do what they’re supposed to do, …  really just having a good team around us, a good offensive line, and everyone is working as one right now.”

While Felton ran for more than 167 yards in each of the last two games (against Oregon and Arizona), he was held to just 41 yards against ASU in a controlled role.

Kelly confirmed that Felton was held back against ASU but didn’t provide details on whether the team’s leading rusher was dealing with an injury. Felton was seen limping in the fourth quarter against Arizona the week prior.

Brown led the Bruins with 94 yards while a returning Keegan Jones had five carries for 10 yards.

Like Jones, receiver Delon Hurt returned after missing a pair of games and contributed immediately on offense, catching Thompson-Robinson’s 9-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Defensive back Quentin Lake also returned  and made UCLA’s only pass breakup to help seal the victory in the final seconds of the game. Lake also had six tackles.

Caleb Johnson was an impact player for the Bruins on defense, with a game-high 10 tackles including 2.5 for a loss.

Johnson produced two of the Bruins’ five sacks and recovered a fumble after miscommunication between quarterback Jayden Daniel and a teammate.

“I just saw (Daniels) drop to the field, and I just had to dive for it real quick,” Johnson said. “We had just talked about how we needed to get turnovers and jump whenever we see a fumble.”

Linebacker Damian Sellers  forced a fumble, early in the third quarter, out of the hands of ASU’s Rachaad White on a 51-yard play but White was able to recover the ball.

The Bruins will return to the Rose Bowl for a Pac-12 South game against quarterback Kedon Slovis and unbeaten USC.

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UCLA football finding what works under pandemic constraints

While the UCLA football program continues to go without some players as a result of coronavirus contact tracing, the team has found a successful balance with its offense and defense complementing one another.

On offense, UCLA’s backfield has carried a majority of the load the past two week while starters such as quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson remain out.

The duo of Demetric Felton and Brittain Brown have kept the offense moving forward on the field and on the scoreboard.

Felton has set career-highs in several rushing categories over the last two games, including the 206 yards he had against Arizona on Saturday.

“I was really happy for (Felton),” Kelly said. “He’s worked extremely hard since he moved to running back and has really turned himself into a quality back.”

Brown scored two touchdowns for the Bruins, including a 16-yard reception off a pass from quarterback Chase Griffin, that produced the lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the evening. It was just the second touchdown catch in the grad transfer’s career, with the first coming in 2018 when he played at Duke.

Kelly has also been impressed with the way others have contributed in order to help the duo move the ball down the field.

Griffin, made his second straight start for the Bruins, and managed the offense in the victory.

“It’s pretty awesome” Griffin said. “As a quarterback, I’ll play in any situation, but to have two backs who are really ready to go, and an offensive line and tight ends up front who are ready to block, and receivers on the outside who are ready to make plays, it makes it a whole lot easier.”

Arizona defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who spent the past two seasons as the Bruins’ defensive back coach, was well aware of the Bruins’ potential on offense.

“(Rhoads) made some really good adjustments at halftime,” Kelly said. “They did a couple of things. And then we had to counter their counter.”

The Bruins scored 20 points in the first half but were shut out in the third quarter and held to seven points in the fourth, which came on UCLA’s last possession of the game.

“We shut them down until that last drive,” Arizona linebacker Anthony Pandy said. “(Rhoads) made the adjustments that we needed. He’s a great (coordinator). And we came out and played hard.”

Pandy was the Wildcats’ second-leading tackler with nine tackles. Rhoads’ defense produced three tackles for a loss but did not record a sack Saturday against the Bruins.

The Bruins’ defense were presented with an unexpected situation than they’d prepared for throughout the week, after Arizona’s starting quarterback Grant Gunnell went down on the first play from scrimmage with an injury. Freshman Will Plummer would finish out the rest of the game for the Wildcats but it didn’t change what the Bruins did defensively.

“I think that the way they used Plummer was the same way they’d used Grant,” Kelly said. “They weren’t afraid to put him in there and put him in the mix.”

The Bruins applied pressure throughout the game on Plummer, forcing him to scramble. He finished the night with 49 yards and was the Wildcats’ second-leading rusher.

“They were pressuring from a lot of off the edge pressure, corner blitzes, internal pressure,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Obviously, his mobility helps him in those situations to escape and he utilized that.”

Defensive back Obi Eboh and linebacker Mitchell Agude each recorded a sack on Plummer. Agude also forced two fumbles.

The secondary also took advantage of opportunities through the air, intercepting two of Plummer’s passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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Demetric Felton has career game in UCLA’s victory over Arizona

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Elisha Guidry #30 of the UCLA Bruins locks away a pass intended for wide receiver Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins sacks quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins is tackled by defensive back Rhedi Short #24 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Choé Bryant-Strother #9 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins dives for the touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the fourth quarter NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Elisha Guidry #30 of the UCLA Bruins locks away a pass intended for wide receiver Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after sacking quarterback Will Plummer (not pictured) of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Choé Bryant-Strother #9 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins passes against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a first time against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins sacks quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Head coach Chip Kelly of the UCLA Bruins looks on against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins scrambles against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Defensive back Obi Eboh #22 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after sacking quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Linebacker Bo Calvert #33 of the UCLA Bruins pressures quarterback Will Plummer #15 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Brittain Brown #28 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a touch down against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Quarterback Chase Griffin #11 of the UCLA Bruins scrambles against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

  • Running back Demetric Felton #10 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a first time against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half of a NCAA Football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)

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PASADENA — Running back Demetric Felton led UCLA  in Saturday’s 27-10 victory over Arizona in Pac-12 South play.

Felton rushed for a career-high 206 yards, breaking his previous high of 167 set last week against Oregon. He would exit the game after a slight limp running for a first down late in the fourth quarter. The status of his injury is unknown. He had 32 carries and was two shy of matching his career-high of 34 from last week.

Running back Brittain Brown said Felton looked fine after the game and was just taken out as a precaution.

UCLA ran for at least 200 yards for the third straight game, including 281 against Arizona and ran for at least 200 yards in eight of its last 12 games dating back to last season.

With the win, UCLA (2-2) has won seven of its last nine meetings against Arizona (0-3), including the last five against the Wildcats at the Rose Bowl.

The Bruins did not let their turnover struggles carry over into the Rose Bowl, winning their second straight home game. Turnovers have proven costly for the Bruins, especially in the pair of losses against Colorado and Oregon on the road.

Redshirt quarterback Chase Griffin managed the Bruins’ offense in his second start while Dorian Thompson-Robinson remained sidelined due to coronavirus contact tracing.

Coach Chip Kelly was pleased with the effort of his quarterback and how the offense protected the ball.

The Bruins took the lead in the second quarter when Griffin threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Brown.

Brown also scored on a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. He has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games.

“It’s a lot of fun being a 1-2 punch (with Felton),” said Brown, who added 72 yards on 16 carries. “He’s shown what he can do and I’ve shown what I can do. Our offensive line also does a great job creating big holes for us.”

When Arizona turned the ball over on downs in the second quarter, Felton would add to the lead on a six-play drive punctuated with his one-yard touchdown run for a 17-7 lead and the Bruins would lead 20-10 at half.

The Wildcats suffered their 10th straight loss under coach Kevin Sumlin, as starting quarterback Grant Gunnell went down with an injury on the first play from scrimmage.

Will Plummer entered the game in relief of Gunnell but was unable to get the Wildcats on the scoreboard.

But he got help from Michael Wiley, who scored on a 3-yard touchdown run that gave the Wildcats their only lead, 7-0, after the Bruins had failed to convert a fourth down on their own 22. Arizona was held to a field goal in the third quarter.

The Bruins have outscored each of its opponents in the fourth quarter this season and allowed just three points in the final period of the season-opener against Colorado.

The defense has come alive this season behind its ability to get behind opposing offensive lines and pressure the quarterback.

The Bruins entered the game averaging nine tackles for loss per game but only recorded five against Arizona.

Defensive back Obi Eboh had two of the five tackles for a loss and also had a sack.

“You’ve got to give credit to the game plan that (defensive coordinator Jerry) Azzinaro and (assistant head coach Brian) Norwood put together for us,” Eboh said.

What the Bruins lacked in tackles for a loss, they made up for with two second half interceptions.

Junior defensive back Stephan Blaylock made his first career interception while redshirt junior defensive back Elijah Gates added his second career interception. Gates also had an interception against the Wildcats in 2018.

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