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UCLA and Dorian Thompson-Robinson steal the show after beating Washington

Dorian Thompson-Robinson of UCLA received several compliments about his Washington rival during the whole week. the most throwing yards in the country. not having ever been fired. The Pac-12 was surprised by the nationally rated squad.

As only Thompson-Robinson could, he gave a refutation.He passed zipped. He overcame a defender. He avoided two other people.

If there was a move that needed to be made in the Rose Bowl on Friday night, Thompson-Robinson executed it with the flamboyance of a big brother playing a sibling-teasing game.

Thompson-Robinson appeared totally prepared for the NFL in what was maybe his best performance after returning for a fifth collegiate season to get ready. In this matchup of unbeaten teams, it appeared as though he was determined to record nearly every play for a highlight film.

The biggest victory of coach Chip Kelly’s five seasons with the Bruins came when quarterback Thompson-Robinson led UCLA to a 40-32 victory against No. 15 Washington while also scoring on the ground.

Thompson-Robinson appeared totally prepared for the NFL in what was maybe his best performance after returning for a fifth collegiate season to get ready. In this matchup of unbeaten teams, it appeared as though he was determined to record nearly every play for a highlight film.

The biggest victory of coach Chip Kelly’s five seasons with the Bruins came when quarterback Thompson-Robinson led UCLA to a 40-32 victory against No. 15 Washington while also scoring on the ground.

For the first time since 2013, Thompson-Robinson received the majority of the accolades after helping UCLA win its first five games of the season. In addition, the Bruins handed the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) their first loss while pulling into a tie with USC atop the Pac-12 rankings.

Following the third-quarter goal that gave the Bruins 24 straight points, Thompson-Robinson triumphantly raised both of his arms above his head. Thompson-Robinson sped up on a run close to the goal line and avoided two defenders who collided with one another in the end zone.

UCLA led 33-10 after a two-yard touchdown run by Thompson-Robinson, who scored unchallenged and celebrated by high-stepping into the end zone.

On his team’s following drive, Thompson-Robinson once more made things appear simple. Late in the third quarter, he connected with wide receiver Jake Bobo for a 39-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 40-16 and drawing further applause from the season-high attendance of 41,343.

Thompson-Robinson demonstrated his ability to be a real dual threat by completing 24 of 33 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 53 yards and a score. Both running back Zach Charbonnet and receiver Bobo made huge contributions, combining for 142 yards and two scores on six receptions and 22 carries, respectively.

Penix consistently hurled darts into coverage and finished with 345 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had two passes intercepted. A safety resulted from a pitch he made that was mishandled in the end zone, and he was sacked for the first time this year.

Laiatu Latu, a former edge rusher for Washington, won the award for bringing down Penix for a nine-yard loss after restarting his career with the Bruins in the spring of 2021 after being forced into a medical retirement. In the fourth quarter, Bo Calvert recorded a second sack of Penix.

Before the game even started, UCLA supporters having fun.

The Rose Bowl briefly went dark when the light banks flashed on and off. Before the UCLA players and coaches sprinted onto the field in front of a raucous crowd, students brandishing flickering blue light sticks lit one corner of the ancient stadium during a pregame light display that was about to reach its peak.

For their big moment, the Bruins were more than prepared. They had been waiting for this day for years, having struggled throughout the most of Kelly’s time in school.

To increase its lead at the half, UCLA scored the remaining 16 points of the second quarter. Thompson-Robinson gave his side a 16-10 lead with a 12-yard touchdown throw to Bobo.

The Bruins’ seasoned safety Stephan Blaylock intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards to the Huskies’ 15-yard line to cap Washington’s subsequent possession.

After connecting with an open Kam Brown for a 15-yard touchdown on the following play to increase the score to 23-10, the Bruins subsequently added a short field goal.

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