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No. 7 UCLA survives at Virginia

Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley threw for 242 yards and ran for a critical touchdown as seventh-ranked UCLA overcame a stiff test from Virginia to hold on for a 28-20 win at Scott Stadium.

Hundley's score made it 28-17 late in the third quarter for a Bruins program with national title aspirations. Paul Perkins finished with 80 yards on 16 carries for UCLA (1-0), which scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter.

Greyson Lambert made his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Cavaliers (0-1), but was benched late in the first half in favor of fellow redshirt sophomore Matt Johns after having two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Johns provided a spark, throwing two touchdown passes to trim UCLA's lead to 21-17.

Virginia made a defense stand early in the fourth quarter, sacking Hundley on fourth down, and closed to within eight on an Ian Frye 27-yard field goal.

The Cavaliers got the ball back at the UCLA 40 after forcing a three-and-out, but Johns' pass on fourth down from the 17 fell incomplete.

After Virginia used its final two timeouts, Hundley hit Jordan Payton for a 35-yard gain on 3rd-and-9 to effectively seal the win.

Hundley threw a 48-yard pass to Eldridge Massington on the first play from scrimmage, but the Bruins' offense had only four more first downs in a sluggish opening half for the unit.

The long completion set UCLA up in field-goal range, but Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 44-yarder wide left.

UCLA did build a 21-3 lead in the second quarter behind its defense.

Ishmael Adams, who had a punt return for a touchdown negated by a penalty in the first quarter, ran back a deflected Lambert pass 20 yards for a score.

The Cavaliers got a 35-yard field goal from Frye, but committed turnovers on consecutive series later in the second.

Kyle Dockins fumbled after a catch, derailing another promising Virginia drive. Randall Goforth scooped the ball up and ran 75 yards to the end zone.

Eric Kendricks then rumbled 37 yards for a touchdown after intercepting Lambert.

Johns took over on the next Virginia possession and promptly hit Andre Levrone on a 29-yard scoring strike with 52 seconds remaining before halftime.

The Bruins turned the ball over on their opening drive of the second half as Hundley was strip-sacked on fourth down in Virginia territory.

Johns then found Darius Jennings for a 23-yard touchdown, closing the gap to 21-17 with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Kevin Parks' 13-yard run on 4th- and-2 preceded the score.

Hundley, however, capped a nine-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw.

Game Notes

The Bruins matched the school's single-season record for wins last year with 10 ... Virginia lost its final nine games last season and finished 2-10 ... Payton caught eight passes for 98 yards ... Johns threw for 154 yards after Lambert had 112 yards passing ... The Bruins' No. 7 preseason ranking is the program's highest since it was also ranked seventh prior to the 1998 campaign ... This marked the first meeting between the schools.

08/30 16:54:01 ET

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