UCLA vs. Colorado: live game updates

UCLA receiver Darius Bell snags a 17-yard touchdown pass in front of Colorado linebacker Paul Vigo in the second quarter Saturday.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA has finished off Colorado, 42-14.

The Bruins are 4-1 overall, 1-1 in Pac-12 Conference play. Colorado fell to 1-4, 1-1.

The Bruins racked up 492 yards and held Colorado to only 35 yards rushing in 29 carries -- most of the positive yardage coming long after UCLA had control of the game.

UCLA, 42, Colorado 14 (2:43 left in fourth quarter)


A freshman quarterback and a converted defensive lineman just hooked up for Colorado’s second touchdown.

It was the first college touchdown pass for Nick Hirschman and the third catch of the game for Nick Kasa, who is now a tight end.

The play covered 32 yards, capping an 80-yard drive.

UCLA 42, Colorado 7 (10:54 left in fourth quarter)

UCLA just had a little fun, that turned into a lot of fun, at Colorado’s expense.

Steven Manfro started the play split wide to the left. He went in motion, and quarterback Brett Hundley handed the ball to him on an apparent sweep to the right.

But Manfro than flipped the ball to Damien Thigpen on a reverse to the left, and Thigpen broke a tackle and sprinted 23 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.

It was Thigpen’s first touchdown as a college player.


UCLA 35, Colorado 7 (14:28 left in fourth quarter)

This one is now officially a UCLA blowout -- with a big assist from Colorado.

The Buffaloes turned the ball over twice in the third quarter and the Bruins cashed in both turnovers for touchdowns.

The latest was a Jordan Webb pass that was picked by UCLA’s Stan McKay.


McKay intercepted at the UCLA 47-yard line and returned it 18 yards to the Colorado 35.

From there, UCLA was in the end zone in four plays, with running back Jordon James exploding through a huge hole in the middle of the line and cruising 25 yards.

UCLA has 441 yards in offense; Colorado has 173.

UCLA 28, Colorado 7 (1:54 left in third quarter)


The Buffaloes appeared to be on the move. Vincent Hobbs was headed into UCLA territory after making a third-down reception but Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks stripped Hobbs of the ball and then recovered the fumble.

UCLA lurched along on a touchdown drive, aided by a personal foul penalty.

Quarterback Brett Hundley found Joseph Fauria alone in the end zone for a eight-yard touchdown pass.

UCLA 21, Colorado 7 (halftime)

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin doesn’t seem to have much of a chance to chase down West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the Heisman Trophy race. But he has put some life back into the Bruins’ offense.


UCLA took a 21-7 lead over Colorado into the locker room at halftime, with Franklin doing a good chunk of the work. He had 97 yards rushing in 11 carries and caught three passes for 48 yards.

Franklin had a 28-yard run on the Bruins’ first touchdown drive. His 28-yard, bob-and-weave run on a screen pass set up their third touchdown.

Quarterback Brett Hundley scored after each big play, on runs of 12 yards and one yard.

Hundley completed 14 of 23 passes for 163 yards in the first half. He hooked up with Darius Bell on a 17-yard touchdown pass that gave UCLA a 14-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the second quarter.


But the Bruins had difficulty pulling away from the Buffaloes. UCLA hurt itself in the first half.

A Jerry Rice, Jr. holding penalty wiped out Franklin’s 18-yard reception that would have given the Bruins a first down on the Colorado nine-yard line. Hundley was sacked and fumbled on the next play.

Another holding penalty by Rice erased Steven Manfro’s 36-yard punt return late in the first quarter.

Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb completed 13 of 20 passes for 104 yards. He was six of six for 71 yards on the Buffaloes’ touchdown drive, tossing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Ebner with eight minutes left in the half.


UCLA 21, Colorado 7 (2:14 left in the second quarter)

Quarterback Brett Hundley scored his touchdown, this one a one-yard run, but it was Johnathan Franklin who set it up.

Franklin might have been left behind in the Heisman Trophy race by West Virginia’s Geno Smith, but he is trying to establish himself as the top offensive player in Los Angeles.

He is averaging 13 yards every time he touches the ball. He has 90 yards rushing in nine carries. His bob-and-weave run on a 28-yard screen pass preceded Hundley’s run.

UCLA 14, Colorado 7 (8:18 left in second quarter)


UCLA’s secondary takes a drive off. Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb completes all six of his passes for 71 yards.

Webb polished off the 75-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Ebner.

It was Ebner’s first career touchdown catch, justifying his cover shot on the game day program.

UCLA 14, Colorado 0 (12:38 left in second quarter)


Darius Bell scored his first touchdown as a Bruin, the former quarterback making an over-the-shoulder catch for a 17-yard score. Bell was moved to wide receiver in the spring.

Quarterback Brett Hundley took advantage of the cushion Colorado defensive backs gave UCLA recovers.

He completed five of six passes for 64 yards on the 76-yard drive.

UCLA 7, Colorado 0 (4:53 left in first quarter)


After mistakes killed their first drive, the Bruins put together a methodical 87-yard drive that ended in a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brett Hundley.

Running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 41 yards during the drive.

UCLA’s first possession was disrupted by Jerry Rice Jr.’s holding penalty and ended when Hundley fumbled while being sacked.



UCLA guard Jeff Baca is in uniform and working with the first-team offensive line during warmups before playing Colorado.

Baca missed the last two games with a health issue. His return solidifies a line that starts three freshmen and a sophomore.

Greg Capella is not on the trip, missing his second game since suffering a concussion in practice. Alberto Cid is the only reserve guard who has played in a game.

Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy has changed his number to 53.

Colorado players are wearing pink cleats to acknowledge breast cancer awareness.


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