Chip Kelly’s struggling Bruins (0-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-12) face the surging Huskies (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Kelly inherited one of the nation’s toughest schedules, UCLA’s first five opponents having gone a combined 21-2. The Bruins also are among the youngest teams in the country, their roster featuring 71.7% underclassmen. That’s the fifth-highest percentage of underclassmen in the nation according to a preseason survey of Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Washington defeats UCLA 31-24 in Bruins’ first home Pac-12 game
Behind an explosive first half, Washington defeated UCLA 31-24 at the Rose Bowl. With the loss, UCLA falls to 0-5 for the first time since 1943.
The Huskies totaled 477 yards against the Bruins, converting each of their four red zone attempts and 11 of 17 third downs. Jake Browning completed 18 of his 26 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson totaled 272 passing yards and two touchdowns, as Joshua Kelley led the Bruins’ rushing effort with 125 yards and a touchdown in 20 carries. But despite a stronger second half, UCLA could not overcome Washington’s lead, earning a loss in its first Pac-12 home game.
Joshua Kelley scores rushing touchdown late in 4th quarter
Joshua Kelley scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter, putting UCLA behind Washington 31-24.
In the nine-play, 75-yard touchdown run, Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed six of his seven passes, and added a 5-yard rush, to set up Kelley’s score. Thompson-Robinson has totaled 272 passing yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
With the touchdown, Kelley has contributed 125 rushing yards, his longest a 39-yard dash, with a touchdown in 20 attempts.
Myles Gaskin’s rushing touchdown gives Washington 31-17 lead
Myles Gaskin powered up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown run, giving Washington a 31-17 lead with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Washington worked down the field in a 12-play, 81-yard drive that ate 6:45 off the clock. Jake Browning completed all three of his passes on the drive, to bring his passing total to 265 yards.
Gaskin has rushed 116 yards in 27 carries, leading the Huskies on the ground, as they have totaled 466 yards on offense against the Bruins.
UCLA trails Washington 24-17 after Dorian Thompson-Robinson makes 11-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Wilson
UCLA started off the fourth quarter with a 11-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Wilson, closing the gap against Washington to 24-17.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed all seven of his pass attempts in the 15-play drive. He has completed 21 of his 29 passes for 204 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
Joshua Kelley provided 24 rushing yards in the drive, totaling 121 yards in 18 carries in the game.
J.J. Molson nails 49-yard to make UCLA trail Washington 24-10 in third quarter
JJ Molson drilled a 49-yard field goal in the third quarter, leaving UCLA trailing Washington 24-10.
The Bruins strung together a 42-yard drive to set up Molson’s kick. Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed four of his five pass attempts, and Kazmeir Allen and Joshua Kelley contributed a series of short rushes.
After failing to convert any third downs, UCLA converted two of three on the drive before being stopped up by the Huskies’ defense.
Jake Browning scores second rushing touchdown for Washington to give Huskies 24-7 half-time lead
Jake Browning completed a 1-yard touchdown run late with seconds remaining in the second quarter, giving Washington a 24-7 lead over UCLA at the half.
After four rushes and a 15-yard completion by Browning, Myles Gaskin brought Washington within a yard of the touchdown with an 18-yard run to the right.
From there, Browning completed the 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive, which ate 3:19 off the clock. UCLA got the ball back with 33 seconds left, unable to score before time expired.
Browning completed 11 or 17 pass attempts for 202 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He added on 34 rushing yards and the rushing touchdown, his longest dash for 16 yards.
UCLA, on the other hand, struggled offensively, earning 137 fewer yards on offense than Washington and going 0-for-3 on third-down conversions. Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 11 of his 17 passes for 125 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
Washington takes 17-7 lead with Myles Gaskin’s rushing touchdown
Washington gained ground steadily as it worked its way down the field for a second touchdown, ending with a 1-yard rush by Myles Gaskin.
The longest play of the drive was a 16-yard pass by Jake Browning, his only completion of the drive. The last seven plays of the drive were rushes, five by Gaskin.
Gaskin leads the Huskies in rushes, with 40 yards in 13 carries. Browning contributed 13 rushing yards on the drive, which took 11 plays, 74 yards and nearly five minutes.
Washington extends lead to 10-0 with 26-yard field goal
Peyton Henry drilled a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter, giving Washington a 10-0 lead over UCLA.
The Huskies got in position when Jake Browning and a wide-open Aaron Fuller connected down the field for a 46-yard play that put the Huskies on the Bruins’ 15-yard line.
Fuller made the touchdown reception to give Washington an early lead, and has 90 catches in three receptions.
The Bruins set back the scoring drive effort with a sack of Browning; linebacker Keisean Lucier-South sustained an injury during the play but walked off the field on his own power and returned later. Browning completed a 16-yard pass to Andre Baccellia to set up Henry for the field goal.
Efficient passing from Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads UCLA to touchdown
UCLA struck back against Washington in the second quarter with a nine-yard touchdown pass by Dorian Thompson-Robinson, caught by Theo Howard. Washington leads 10-7.
It was Howard’s second straight catch, the first a 14-yard reception that put the Bruins in the red zone.
The Bruins moved 75 yards down the field in six plays to complete the score, behind an efficient passing game from Thompson-Robinson. He completed all five of his pass attempts in the drive, including a 20-yard pass to Caleb Wilson to start the drive and a 22-yard play by Joshua Kelley.
Thompson-Robinson has completed eight of his 10 pass attempts for 92 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Washington scores touchdown with one-handed catch by Aaron Fuller
Jake Browning lofted a high pass to Aaron Fuller, and fuller made the one-handed grab in coverage before sprinting to the end zone, giving Washington a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Browning completed a 26-yard pass to Salvon Ahmed earlier in the drive, and added extra yardage with short rushes before Fuller’s 25-yard catch.
The Huskies’ previous drive ended with an interception, but this one reached the end zone in a five-play, 62-yard effort. Browning has completed six of his 11 pass attempts for 100 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Jake Browning and Dorian Thompson-Robinson throw back-to-back interceptions in first quarter
Jake Browning threw an interception in UCLA territory, but the Bruins turned the ball back over to Washington on the ensuing drive, as Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw an interception in the first quarter.
Safety Adarius Pickett intercepted Browning’s pass at UCLA’s 13-yard line, giving the Bruins possession and ending Washington’s scoring chance in the first quarter.
The Huskies mounted a successful drive before the turnover, earning 41 yards in nine plays, including a 21-yard catch by Andre Baccellia.
Thompson-Robinson completed a 17-yard pass to Caleb Wilson, then threw an interception on the next play, on Washington’s 38-yard line. Safety Taylor Rapp made the catch for the Huskies.
It looks like quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is starting again for UCLA
In a move that should surprise no one, it appears as if Dorian Thompson-Robinson will remain UCLA’s starting quarterback against No. 10 Washington on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Thompson-Robinson was taking snaps in pregame warmups from Boss Tagaloa, the presumed starting center, signaling that Thompson-Robinson will make a fourth consecutive start.
Graduate transfer quarterback Wilton Speight warmed up for a second consecutive game and took snaps from Christaphany Murray, the onetime center who has moved to guard with Tagaloa returning last week from the suspension that sidelined him for the season’s first three games.
Thompson-Robinson has struggled in back-to-back games, completing fewer than 50% of his passes and throwing for as many interceptions (two) as touchdowns in losses to Fresno State and Colorado.
The Bruins (0-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-12 Conference) are trying to avoid their first 0-5 start since 1943. Washington (4-1, 2-0) is trying to stay on the fringes of the College Football Playoff picture.