West Coast college football is alive and well.
UCLA stunned No. 15 Washington 40-32 Friday night at the Rose Bowl to remain unbeaten and go 5-0 for the first time since the 2013 season.
Fifth year senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson he led the way for the Bruins, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another as UCLA gained 499 yards of offense on the night.
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“People have been saying all week we’re the worst 4-0 team and they wrote us off. I think my guys came in here with a chip on their shoulder,” Thompson-Robinson said. “I think I told everyone on Monday, see if Washington can run with us, not the other way around.”
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It’s the first win over a top-15 team since the 2014 season and the first under head coach Chip Kelly.
UCLA’s defense forced two turnovers in the game, both in the first half thanks to interceptions thrown by Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
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“Our defense did a great job in the first half. They gave us that lead when we needed every inch of it,” Kelly said. “Dorian was key. We have complete confidence in everything he does.”
UCLA jumped out to a 40-16 lead in the third quarter before the Huskies rallied to make it a one-touchdown game with 3:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.
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The Bruins were able to go on a 9-play, 33-yard drive to run out time and earn their eighth straight victory.
“We put too much of a hole in us in the first half,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said. “Our guys now realize that we’re a team that people are going to get up to play on. It’s not like we went into the game thinking otherwise, but we have to be emotionally and physically ready to play.”
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It’s the best win of the season for the Bruins, who were unranked despite starting the 2022 season 4-0. UCLA’s first four opponents were Bowling Green, Alabama State, South Alabama and Colorado, which did not win.
Associated Press contributed to this report