#15 Washington suffered its first setback of the Kalen DeBoer era when UCLA outplayed the Huskies 40-32 in DeBoer’s first road game at the Rose Bowl. The win leaves LA rivals USC and UCLA as the only two undefeated teams remaining in the Pac-12.
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson played one of the top games of his five-year career for the Bruins. He threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and added another rushing score to keep a talented Huskies defense busy. Running back Zach Charbonnet added 124 yards on the ground while receiver Jake Bobo connected six times for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
However, perhaps even more impressive was the defense for the Bruins. After conceding a touchdown on the opening drive, UCLA enforced safety, field goal, interception, punt, and interception on the remaining drives in Washington in the first half to put a 16-point lead at halftime. Defensive defenders Stephan Blaylock and JonJon Vaughns each snagged a key interception from star Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to keep UW’s offense in shock.
Penix wouldn’t be down long. In the second half, Washington threw for 212 yards and converted all three fourth down tries. Penix led two 12-play drives ending in touchdown passes to ultimately draw the matchup within a score. However, Washington failed to contain Thompson-Robinson at key points to thwart the game.
Penix threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns in a strong effort. Wide receiver Rome Odunze added eight catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Huskies only mustered 3.1 yards per carry against UCLA’s physical defense. The gap between Charbonnet and Washington’s inconsistent running offense was ultimately what made the difference.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ucla-upsets-washington-qb-dorian-thompson-robinson-leads-bruins-past-no-15-huskies-with-monster-effort/ UCLA angers Washington: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads the Bruins past No. 15 Huskies in a monster performance