By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
There is definitely a big difference in this year’s UCLA football team. They have spent years together under Chip Kelly and you can see maturity, something that years ago was unthought of. They didn’t blow it at the end of a game.
This week with a 24 -17 win over Washington in front of 62,266 at Husky Stadium the Bruins got the lead and held on.
It was senior QB Dorian Thompson–Robinson who led the team on a 6 play 75-yard drive for the go ahead score.
The biggest play of the drive came when DTR converted a fourth and one by bullying his way for three yards over the right side of the line.
During the drive it was Zach Charbonnet who had runs of 16 and 14 yards.
DTR would hit Greg Dulcich on a nine-yard bullet pass for the winning score. The Bruins were not out of the woods yet.
The Huskies got the ball back and were driving for the tying score when freshman Devin Kirkwood intercepted Washington QB Dylan Morris near the goal line for a touch back.
“I thought it was a very good play call by them,” said Chip Kelly. “When he threw it I thought we may be beat there, but (Kirkwood) closed the gap and he’s got such long arms, he made a heck of a play on the ball.”
The interception was the was the second in the game for the Bruins and the career first for Kirkwood.
Charbonnet led all rushers with 131 yards on 21 carries. It was the fifth game of the season he reached the century mark. DTR added 87 more on 12 carries.
With the exception of a last second loss to Fresno State in September the Bruins have held on to its leads and made them count this season. Senior QB Dorian Thomson- Robinson led the way.
The Huskies (2-4,1-3 PAC-12) scored first as Payton Henry connected on a 25 -yard field goal with 3:23 left in the first quarter.
UCLA then reeled off three consecutive scores for a 17-3 lead. They also had no turnovers during the game.
The Bruins (5-2, #-1 PAC-12) have a three-game road win streak. This the first five-win season under Chip Kelly.
“It was just fun,” said veteran Lake. “You have a loud stadium, everything is hectic, you’re on the road. It’s just a lot of emotion a lot of things to look forward to. Obviously a lot of things to correct too.”
BRUIN NOTES: UCLA takes on Oregon this week at the ROSE BOWL. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination or have a negative COVID done in the last 72 hours. Zack Charbonnet is second in the PAC-12 in rushing while Brittain Brown is seventh.