Scores

Final

UCLA 42

(4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)

Colorado 14

(1-4, 1-1 Pac-12)

Coverage: Pac-12 Network

6:00 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Folsom Field, BOULDER, CO

1 2 3 4 T
UCLA 7 14 7 1442
COLO 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hundley (UCLA) - 281 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Franklin (UCLA) - 15 CAR, 111 YDS

Receiving: T. McCulloch (COLO) - 7 REC, 69 YDS

UCLA bounces back by defeating Colorado

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin and the rest of the UCLA Bruins bounced back from a tough defeat, beating Colorado 42-14 Saturday night for their best start since 2007.

Hundley threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores as the Bruins (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) improved to 30-10-2 in the weeks following a loss that dropped them from the rankings. They tumbled from No. 19 last week with a loss at home to Oregon State.

Franklin set the tone early, running for 97 of his 111 yards in the first half and catching all three of his passes for 48 yards as the Bruins jumped ahead 21-7 at the break.

The Buffaloes (1-4, 1-1) were driving in the third quarter when they were stuffed on fourth-and-1 at midfield, then coughed up the ball on their next two possessions.

"We're not at that point where we can overcome mistakes like that," Buffs coach Jon Embree said.

Leading a swarming Bruins defense were linebackers Anthony Barr and Damien Holmes, who combined for four sacks, seven tackles for loss and three hurries of quarterback Jordan Webb.

The Buffaloes rallied past Washington State last week with three touchdowns in the final seven minutes, and they needed a similar comeback this time after falling behind by three TDs through three quarters.

It was the Bruins who poured on the points this time, sealing their first win in Boulder since a 33-16 victory in 1984. They returned in 2003, losing 16-14.

Franklin, who was limited to 45 yards a week earlier, had a big first half, when his 28-yard bob-and-weave on a screen pass set up Hundley's 1-yard TD keeper that put UCLA ahead 21-7 at halftime.

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks and free safety Tevin McDonald had a monster second half, teaming up to stuff Tony Jones on fourth-and-1 at midfield in the third quarter when the Buffs had the momentum and still harbored hopes of an upset, then combining for a crucial takeaway on their next series.

McDonald punched the ball free after tight end Vincent Hobbs hauled in a long pass and Kendricks scooped it up.

The Bruins poured it on from there, starting with Hundley's 8-yard TD pass to Joseph Fauria that made it 28-7. Safety Stan McKay picked off a pass from Webb at midfield and returned it to the Colorado 35, setting up a 25-yard TD run by Franklin's backup, Jordon James.

Franklin was the lead blocker on running back Damien Thigpen's 23-yard touchdown on a reverse that made it 42-7.

The Buffaloes gained just 35 yards in their first four possessions before Webb threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Dustin Ebner, the senior's first career touchdown. Nick Hirschman threw Colorado's other TD pass, a 31-yarder to tight end Nick Kasa in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCLA
COLO
1st Downs2914
Total Yards492309
Passing281226
Rushing21183
Penalties7-695-56
3rd Down Conversions7-152-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers12
Possession27:0732:53

Passing Leaders

UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hundley25/382817.420
ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb21/321845.811

Rushing Leaders

UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin151117.4028
Thigpen9475.2123
ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones8313.909
Powell7294.1015

Receiving Leaders

UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin34816.0028
Bell23819.0121
ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCulloch7699.9022
Kasa34113.7131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCLACOLO
TD04:53Brett Hundley 12 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUCLACOLO
TD12:38Darius Bell 17 Yd Pass From Brett Hundley (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 140
TD08:18Dustin Ebner 17 Yd Pass From Jordan Webb (Will Oliver Kick) 147
TD02:14Brett Hundley 1 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERUCLACOLO
TD01:54Joseph Fauria 8 Yd Pass From Brett Hundley (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 287
FOURTH QUARTERUCLACOLO
TD14:28Jordon James 25 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 357
TD10:54Damien Thigpen 23 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 427
TD02:43Nick Kasa 31 Yd Pass From Nick Hirschman (Will Oliver Kick) 4214