The joy of seeing No. 16 USC lose to Arizona State on a Hail Mary may be short-lived for UCLA, as the No. 8 Bruins trail Utah 17-7 at the half.
Utah built a 14-0 lead on the strength of a 27-yard pick six by Tevin Carter and a 42-yard touchdown catch by Dres Anderson in between two Bruin defenders.
Travis Wilson started the game for Utah but was pulled after the first quarter as he completed 2-of-5 passes for five yards in the opening frame. Transfer Kendal Thompson replaced him and lit a fuse under the Utes’ attack, hitting all seven of his throws for 68 yards and the score to Anderson. He’s also rushed eight times for 31 yards, while Devontae Booker has toted the rock 15 times for 67 yards.
Paul Perkins responded to the Anderson circus catch with a four-yard touchdown run with 10:28 to play in the half. He’s been a bright spot for the Bruins, producing 87 yards on 15 carries.
UCLA has had major problems protecting Brett Hundley, sacked five times already by Utah’s swarming defense.
UCLA’s offensive line has given up a staggering 106 sacks so far during Brett Hundley’s time as a starter.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 5, 2014
He’s completed 8-of-11 passes for 82 yards with the interception. Factor in interception yardage, and the Bruins are getting five yards per pass to go with 2.9 yards per rush.
UCLA gets the ball to open the second half.