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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