College Football

more stats

 
            === Strong second half guides Bruins past Wolf Pack ===
 
 Pasadena,  CA (Sports Network) - Jim Mora took over UCLA's sputtering football
 program last season and made it relevant again. And with key pieces returning,
 expectations in Pasadena are high.
 
 The Bruins got off to a soaring start.
 
 Brett  Hundley, one of those key returning pieces, threw for 274 yards and two
 touchdowns  and  ran for  two more scores  in No. 21  UCLA's 58-20 thumping of
 Nevada.
 
 The  Bruins (1-0)  scored  41 points  in  the  second half  to  turn the  game
 into  a laugher.
 
 "I  was happy with  the way we came out of the huddle in the second half, both
 offensively  and defensively. The blocked punt was a huge momentum changer for
 us," Mora said.
 
 Hundley, whose 4,095 yards of total offense last year as a freshman broke Cade
 McNown's  single-season school  record, was  22-of-33  and added  63 yards  on
 the ground for the Bruins,  who won the Pac-12 South title last year, but fell
 to Stanford, 27-24, in the conference's title game.
 
 UCLA  won nine games last year, the most since 2005. The Bruins haven't won at
 least  nine games  in back-to-back seasons since 1997 and 1998. The Bruins had
 gone 10-16 over their previous two seasons prior to Mora's arrival.
 
 Jordon  James  carried the  ball 21  times for  155 yards  and a touchdown and
 Shaquelle Evans caught six passes for 81 yards and a TD in the triumph.
 
 Cody  Fajardo  ran for 106 yards  and two scores, while going 19-of-32 through
 the  air for  164  yards for  the  Wolf Pack  (0-1), who  were  unable to  win
 in head coach Brian Polian's debut.
 
 Polian  was selected to take over for Hall of Fame coach and the originator of
 the Pistol offense, Chris Ault. Nevada went 7-6 last season and are coming off
 its eighth straight bowl appearance.
 
 Fajardo  ran it in from a yard out with seven seconds left in the opening half
 to  cap an 11-play, 81-yard drive and bring the Wolf Pack within 17-13 heading
 into  the break, but  20 straight UCLA points to start the second half put the
 game away.
 
 Hundley's 11-yard TD sprint concluded the Bruins' initial offensive possession
 of the second half. Kenny Orjioke then blocked Chase Tenpenny's punt following
 a Nevada three-and-out, which Phillip Ruhl scooped it up for a 4-yard score.
 
 "It  was a great drive by the offense in the two minute drill right before the
 half  to make it  17-13, but then the blocked punt was the difference-maker in
 the entire football game. We simply cannot allow that to happen," Polian said.
 
 Hundley's 19-yard strike to Jalen Ortiz preceded James' 26-yard touchdown run,
 which  finished  off an 10-play,  65-yard sequence and  gave the hosts a 37-13
 edge.
 
 Fajardo ran in for a 19-yard touchdown on the second play of the fourth before
 UCLA rattled off three more scores to pull away.
 
 Paul Perkins had a 3-yard TD run, Malcolm Jones hauled in a 25-yard score from
 Hundley  and then  plunged in  from a  yard out  midway through  the frame  to
 increase the margin to 58-20.
 
 Earlier,  Hundley's 37-yard  burst down  the  right sideline  for a  touchdown
 opened  the  scoring on UCLA's first  possession before Nevada answered with a
 Brent Zuzo 28-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
 
 Ka'imi  Fairbairn and Zuzo exchanged made field goals in the second, 40 and 21
 yards,  respectively, to give UCLA a 10-6 lead. The Bruins responded following
 Zuzo's field goal as Hundley flipped a 5-yard score to Evans to conclude a 10-
 play,  73-yard march,  which upped  the  UCLA advantage  to 17-6  late in  the
 second.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 UCLA  had 12  receivers with at least one reception ... UCLA outgained Nevada,
 647-353  ... The  Bruins  totaled  345 yards  rushing  ...  UCLA committed  12
 penalties for 93 yards.
 
 09/01 03:40:34 ET

Other Stories

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NBA: Golden State at LA Clippers

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MiLB: Bulls at Norfolk

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
2nd
WAS 0
STL 2
 
2nd
CLE 0
TOR 2
 
1st
DET 0
ANA 1
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
2nd
TOR 37
BRK 42
 
3:30pm Today
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR