No. 13 UCLA leads visiting Virginia 17-9 at the midway point at the Rose Bowl.
True freshman Josh Rosen has looked every bit like the No. 1 true freshman in the country, hitting 17 of his 23 passes for 175 yards and both of UCLA’s touchdowns. Pac-12 leading returning rusher Paul Perkins has added 30 rushing yards on six carries and 58 receiving yards on five grabs. Thomas Duarte has two grabs for 46 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown on a beautiful Rosen lob.
UCLA had a chance to extend the lead to 21-9 just before the brake, but Rosen overshot an open Duarte from the Virginia seven with seven seconds remaining, leaving the Bruins to settle for a 25-yard Kai Fairbairn field goal.
For Virginia, Matt Johns has completed 12-of-15 passes for 133 yards, and Taquan Mizell has led the Cavs’ ground and air efforts with 10 carries for 29 yards and five grabs for 64 yards. Virginia has moved the ball successfully (177 total yards) but stalled each time it neared the end zone, leading to three Ian Frye field goals.