Brett Hundley’s three touchdowns help Bruins hold on to top Utes
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — Quarterback Brett Hundley hit the trifecta Thursday night with one touchdown apiece throwing, receiving and rushing to lead No. 12 UCLA to a 34-27 victory over Utah that lifted the Bruins to 4-0 for the first time since 2005.
The Bruins’ defense did more than its share, as well, intercepting six of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s passes, including on the last drive after Wilson led the Utes to the UCLA 23 with less than a minute left.
Hundley, who went 17 for 27 for 211 yards, also had an interception, throwing an ill-advised pass into the flat that Keith McGill picked off and returned 19 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 24 with 13:23 left.
But the sophomore quarterback followed with a meticulous, 13-play, 48-yard drive — completing a pair of passes to convert third downs, then scrambling for 8 yards to set up the go-ahead field goal.
Shortly after Anthony Jefferson’s second interception of the night, Hundley ran 36 yards to put the Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) ahead 34-24 and they held on after Utah made a field goal to pull within seven, then recovered the onside kick.
Moments after the game ended, a snow squall began over Rice-Eccles Stadium, where UCLA has had no luck in the recent past. This snapped a two-game losing streak at Utah that spanned six years and two coaches. More importantly, the Bruins established themselves as the early team to beat in a Pac-12 South division in which every other team has at least one loss and their cross-city rival, Southern California, has two.
Ole Miss players accused of hate speech
A University of Mississippi professor said that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with “hate speech” on Tuesday night.
Michael Barnett, the assistant theater chair, said that students in the play told him audience members were disruptive and used “derogatory terms” for homosexuals during a production of “The Laramie Project” on campus.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that football players were in the crowd. Barnett says a group of football players apologized after the play.
Football is on at Navy this weekend, although all other varsity and club sports are suspended because of the government shutdown.
The Defense Department said everything was on hold through Sunday except for Saturday’s football game against Air Force. Army will play its game, too.
• A person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press that Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich are expected to be members of the committee that will chose the four teams that will play for the national championship when the College Football Playoff starts in 2014.
• Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to beat Iowa State 31-30.
McCoy threw for 244 yards for the Longhorns. He led Texas on the winning 75-yard drive in just under 3 minutes. It was aided by two pass-interference penalties and two near fumbles at the 1 by Johnathan Gray.