UCLA puts early-season setbacks in past with widespread win over USC

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With so many on a line during a Rose Bowl on Saturday night, a few jitters were to be expected. That was transparent right away, as Brett Hundley’s initial flitting try was intercepted for a touchdown and USC’s initial attempted punt lapse was fumbled.

The outcome of both miscues was a 7-7 tie, as Nelson Agholor’s fail set a Bruins adult during a eight-yard line, and Hundley connected with Devin Lucien in a behind of a finish section to tie it during seven. Finally somebody took a diversion cartridge out, blew some atmosphere into it, put it behind in a console and incited it behind on. 

After Hundley’s initial interception, he sealed out a initial half completing 15 of his subsequent 18 for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hundley didn’t need to use his legs as mostly as he has in a Bruins’ final few games, instead guileless a slot and going by his progressions. He finished a diversion 22-of-31 for 326 yards with 3 flitting touchdowns and a rushing measure as a No. 9 Bruins marched to a 38-20 win over a No. 19 Trojans. The youth quarterback is now 3-0 opposite UCLA’s crosstown rivals.

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The Pac-12 South competition was a small difficult streamer into Saturday’s games, yet it privileged adult extremely after 11:30 p.m. on a East Coast. At this point, it’s UCLA, Arizona State or Arizona’s now. If Arizona State beats Arizona and UCLA loses to Stanford subsequent week, a Sun Devils are in a discussion pretension game. If Arizona wins and UCLA loses, a Wildcats take a division. The Bruins have a easiest path; a win over Stanford, and they’re on to a Pac-12 championship game. 

It’s been roughly a story of 3 seasons for UCLA. In a initial 4 games a Bruins didn’t utterly demeanour right on possibly side of a ball, and it seemed as yet a lofty preseason expectations piled on them were weighing them down. Hundley admitted as many in early November, generally when it came to his diversion in particular.

“People don’t comprehend how many vigour there is,” Hundley said. “But we consider during a finish of a day, when we consider of what got we to this point, we have to stay on your substructure and stay on what got we to this point. That’s what we had to do.”

UCLA still started 4-0 and rose adult to No. 8 in a AP Poll after a Thursday night beatdown of Arizona State on Sept. 25. Then a bottom forsaken out with a span of waste to Utah and Oregon. The Bruins fell behind 42-10 to a Ducks, and a final score, 42-30, didn’t unequivocally uncover how simply a Ducks apart a UCLA defense. 

There were dual options — overlay or collect itself up. Perhaps while UCLA was determining that choice to take, it managed to win tighten games during Cal, during Colorado (in dual overtimes).

Then a Bruins’ preference started apropos clear. They won during home opposite Arizona before violence Washington in Husky Stadium dual weeks ago. And Saturday, in one of a many widespread performances of a season, UCLA apart a crosstown rival.

The Bruins pressed USC repeatedly, holding a Trojans to 276 yards of offense while sacking Cody Kessler 6 times. USC done usually 10 initial downs, and a offense mustered usually dual scoring drives.

Now UCLA is a diversion divided from a multiplication pretension and a rematch with Oregon. If a Bruins can get upheld Stanford on Friday, their initial dual chapters of a deteriorate will feel like a apart memory.

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