Bruins fall to the Utes 41-10
The Utah Utes dominated the UCLA Bruins to pick up a 41-10 victory in a Pac-12 Conference game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl.
Zack Moss rushed for a career-high 211 yards and three touchdowns in 26 carries to lead Utah (6-2, 4-2 in Pac-12), which had 325 yards rushing and 470 yards of offense.
Tyler Huntley completed 13 of 21 passes for 138 yards with one interception. Receiver Britain Covey threw a seven-yard scoring pass and had a 19-yard run on an attempted double pass.
Wilton Speight completed 20 of 39 passes for 164 yards with two interceptions for UCLA (2-6, 2-3). Joshua Kelley had 90 yards rushing and the Bruins’ lone touchdown in 16 carries. Caleb Wilson had five catches for 62 yards while Theo Howard had six catches for 51 yards.
Wilton Speight has pass intercepted in end zone
The Bruins moved down the field on the ensuing possession but on third and goal from the nine-yard line Francis Barton intercepted a pass by Wilton Speight just across the goal line to end the drive.
The Utes take over at their 20-yard line with 6:00 left in the fourth quarter.
Speight had connected twice with Demetric Felton for 17 yards to move the ball to midfield.
Joshua Kelley then broke loose for a 25-yard run to move the ball to the Utah 30. A seven-yard pass to Kelley, an offside penalty and two Speight runs moved the ball inside the Utes’ 10.
Utah increases its lead to 31 points
Despite good field position to start at the Bruins’ 48-yard line, the Utes were finally kept out of the end zone in the second half by the UCLA defense.
Matt Gay kicked a 49-yard field goal to give Utah a 41-10 lead with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter.
UCLA forced to punt the ball after converting a fourth-down play
UCLA went for it on fourth down and one yard at its 34-yard line, with Joshua Kelley converting a two-yard run, but Wilton Speight was sacked for a 10-yard loss on the next play.
Kelley gained eight yards on a second-down run before a Speight incompletion brought out the punt team.
Britain Covey returned the Stefan Flintoff 50-yard punt 36 yards to give Utah a first down at UCLA’s 48-yard line.
Bruins can’t slow Utes, who increase lead to 38-10
UCLA’s defense can’t slow down Zack Moss or Tyler Huntley.
Moss ran for 19 yards and hauled in a pass for 11 more to help Utah take a 38-10 lead on a five-yard touchdown run. Moss has 198 yards rushing in the game.
Huntley began the 75-yard drive with a 16-yard pass to Samson Nacua. He completed three more passes to finish with 48 yards on the drive.
UCLA drives for a field goal to cut its deficit to 21 points
UCLA’s Wilton Speight almost had another pass intercepted by Utah linebacker Cody Barton, who couldn’t corral the ball.
Speight had opened the drive with a 27-yard pass to Caleb Wilson. After the errant pass, Speight scrambled for 11 yards and slid for a first down.
Speight was hit in the head by Utes safety Marquise Blair, who upon video review was called for targeting and ejected.
The Bruins resumed the drive at the Utah 22, but after picking up another first down the drive stalled and JJ Molson converted a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 31-10.
Interception quickly halts UCLA’s ensuing drive, and Utah turns it into points
UCLA took over at its 25-yard line after the kickoff went into the end zone, and things went bad three plays later.
Utah linebacker Cody Barton picked off a pass by Wilton Speight near the sideline and returned it seven yards to the Bruins’ 32.
Zack Moss ran three times to move the ball to the two-yard line, and Utah scored on Armand Shyne’s run up the middle out of the wildcat formation for a 31-7 lead with 9:44 left in the third quarter.
Utah marches down the field to take 24-7 lead
Zack Moss capped a 75-yard drive by the Utes with a one-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 24-7.
Utah primarily passed its way across midfield with Tyler Huntley completing a 19-yard pass to Jaylen Dixon to move the ball to the UCLA 32.
A double-pass attempt turned into Britain Covey running for 19 yards when the Bruins had the Utes’ receivers covered downfield.
Moss then rushed two times for four and eight yards to set up the scoring plunge.
A look at stats from the first half
A look at the first-half statistics:
Utah has outgained UCLA, 218 yards to 168 yards.
Wilton Speight completed 12 of 21 passes for 99 yards with no interceptions for the Bruins, whose leading rusher is Joshua Kelley with 48 yards in 10 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run.
Zach Moss has pummeled the Bruins defense with 141 yards rushing in 16 carries, aided by a 60-yard burst. He also scored a touchdown.
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley completed six of 11 passes for 52 yards with one interception.
Utah leads 17-7 at the half
UCLA’s JJ Molson misses a 52-yard field goal as the half expires, and the Bruins head to their locker room at the Rose Bowl trailing Utah 17-7.
Utah increases its lead to 17-7
A great 30-yard punt return by Britain Covey sets Utah up at the UCLA 30-yard line. Zach Moss finishes off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 17-7 Utes with 4:28 left in the first half.
Utah back on top 10-7
Utah goes 78 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown, with Cole Fotheringham catching a seven-yard pass from receiver Britain Covey for the score. Matt Gay’s conversion kick makes it 10-7 Utah with 8:58 left in the first half.
Bruins lead 7-3 after first quarter
UCLA held a 7-3 lead after the first 15 minutes, turning Utah away in the red zone late in the quarter. The Utes got to the UCLA seven-yard line before a penalty moved them back to the 14.
On the next play, Tyler Huntley threw a pass that UCLA’s Quentin Lake intercepted in the end zone.
Utah on the board with a field goal
UCLA went three and out on the first drive of the game and punted.
Utah got one first down before punting, but the Bruins’ Adarius Pickett muffed the punt and the Utes recovered at the UCLA five-yard line.
UCLA kept Utah out of the end zone and Matt Gay kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 9:48 left in the first quarter.
UCLA vs. Utah: How the Bruins and Utes match up
UCLA (2-5, 2-2) vs. No. 23 Utah (5-2, 3-2)
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rose Bowl. TV: ESPN. Radio: 870, 1150 (at conclusion of Clippers game), 97.3.
UCLA tailback Joshua Kelley vs. the Utah run defense. Kelley has topped 100 yards rushing in four consecutive games, including against two of the Pac-12 Conference’s better defenses in Washington and California. This will be another challenge entirely. Utah ranks No. 1 nationally in run defense, giving up 74.6 yards a game. USC managed only 2.9 yards a carry last weekend against the Utes when adjusting for sacks.
Wilton Speight looks like the starter at quarterback for UCLA
It appears UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight will make his first start since the season opener on Friday night when the Bruins face Utah at the Rose Bowl.
Speight took pregame snaps from starting center Boss Tagaloa, presumably indicating that he would do the same on UCLA’s first offensive series.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who left the Bruins’ game against Arizona last weekend with an unspecified upper-body injury, took snaps from backup center Christaphany Murray. Thompson-Robinson wore a wrapping over his upper right arm and presumably his shoulder area, which was covered by his jersey.
Speight started UCLA’s opener against Cincinnati last month but didn’t make it to halftime, suffering a back injury when he was sacked in the second quarter. Thompson-Robinson replaced Speight and remained the starter even after Speight was cleared to play late last month.
Thompson-Robinson had been hitting his stride before he was hurt against the Wildcats, completing 73.4% of his passes over his last three games. Speight appeared locked in late in the game against Arizona, guiding the Bruins on a drive that resulted in the go-ahead touchdown as well as one that helped the team burn the final 6 ½ minutes off the clock.
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