NCAAF Game Recap - UCLA at Utah
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:00 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Utah 49, UCLA 3

Nov 16, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

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UCLA (4-6)

3

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0

0

3

(8) Utah (9-1)

7

21

7

14

49

No. 8 Utah routs UCLA 49-3 to improve to 9-1.
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:14 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah dominated yet another opponent on both sides of the ball.

The No. 8 Utes smothered UCLA on offense and shredded the Bruins on defense on their way to a 49-3 victory on Saturday night.

It was the largest margin of victory for Utah in a Pac-12 game.

Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) also beat the Bruins for a fourth straight season.

On offense, the Utes totaled 536 yards and rushed for 201 yards. Their domination was equally pronounced on defense.

UCLA (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12) saw a three-game winning streak end after it committed five turnovers and averaged just 3.7 yards per play. The Bruins finished with 50 rushing yards after losing 81 total yards on sacks and tackles for loss.

"We certainly won the rushing battle and controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

The Utes wanted to prove they were the more physical team and proved it over 60 minutes. Utah's ability to be disruptive on every play caused the Bruins to unravel as the game progressed.

"We just laid one on them in the first series and we figured out who was the more physical team in this game," defensive end Bradlee Anae said. It just lays the foundation for the rest of the things When you're more physical, other things come along."

Zack Moss ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added 65 receiving yards. Moss moved into second-place for career all-purpose yardage at Utah.

Tyler Huntley threw for a season-high 335 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-18 passing. Brant Kuithe had a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown on five catches.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 219 yards for the Bruins, but he had a pair of interceptions and a pair of fumbles. Thompson-Robinson was also sacked five times.

Utah overwhelmed UCLA in every possible way starting in the second quarter. The Utes totaled 189 yards on 15 plays in that quarter alone and forced a pair of Bruin turnovers. UCLA drove deep into Utah territory on multiple drives only to see each drive end in a turnover or a flurry of sacks.

"It was a humbling moment for our team," Thompson-Robinson said. "It was a learning experience for everyone."

The Bruins took their only lead at 3-0 after JJ Molson capped their opening drive with a 43-yard field goal. Utah took the lead for good after Huntley capped off the Utes' first drive with a 2-yard run.

Once the second quarter started, Utah ran away from UCLA. The Utes scored on four straight drives to take a 35-3 lead with 13:31 left in the third quarter. Moss accounted for two of those scores.

His second touchdown came on a four-play drive where Moss generated 95 yards of offense by himself. The senior took a short pass 50 yards to get Utah inside the UCLA 30. Then, following a pair of false starts, Moss raced 38 yards for the score.

"Everything was just gelling pretty well," Moss said.

UCLA had a pair of promising second-quarter drives end in turnovers. Julian Blackmon intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop the Bruins' second drive. Then, later in the quarter, he sacked Thompson-Robinson for an 18-yard loss on third down and forced a fumble. Mika Tafua scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 68 yards for the touchdown.

Utah's initial scoring frenzy ended when Kuithe spun out of a tackle and took a pass 69 yards to give the Utes their fourth touchdown over four consecutive drives.

"We control how we play," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. "So we can't blame the football gods or anything like that."

BLACKMON RISING

After earning All-Pac-12 honors twice in his first three seasons at cornerback, Blackmon made the switch to safety before his senior season. Any doubt concerning his ability to adjust to the switch has been erased.

Blackmon totaled seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the first half alone. He finished with a career-high 12 tackles.

"Julian is in the right spot," Whittingham said. "He made that transition from corner to safety flawlessly. He's drawing attention from the scouts and he's going to have a chance to continue to play at that spot."

SACK ATTACK

Anae finished with two sacks and totaled 23 yards in sack yardage. The senior moved into second-place in career sacks at Utah with 27.0. He needs only three more sacks to overtake career sack leader Hunter Dimick (29.5). Anae did claim the career sack yardage record. He has 195 career sack yards, passing John Frank (177).

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Utah could move up a spot or two in the AP and CFP polls after another blowout victory.

THE BIG PICTURE

UCLA: All of the progress the Bruins made on offense after struggling in non-conference play unraveled amid constant pressure from the Pac-12's top defense. UCLA melted down and made one mistake after another over the final three quarters.

Utah: Utah averaged 10.0 yards per play in the first half alone and did not punt for the first time until 8:35 remained in the third quarter. Defensively, the Utes registered season-highs in sacks and turnovers.

UP NEXT

UCLA plays at USC on Saturday.

Utah plays at Arizona on Saturday.

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Passing

UCLA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Thompson-Robinson 36 20 55.6 0 219 39 2 50.6
Utah Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Shelley 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
T. Huntley 18 14 77.8 2 335 83 0 155.8

Rushing

UCLA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Kelley 19 78 4.1 13 0
A. Burton 1 6 6.0 6 0
Utah Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Moss 17 127 7.5 38 2
D. Brumfield 6 37 6.2 15 0

Receiving

UCLA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Philips 7 86 12.3 39 0
D. Asiasi 5 72 14.4 26 0
Utah Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Kuithe 5 132 26.4 69 1
S. Nacua 1 83 83.0 83 1

Fumbles

UCLA F FL
D. Felton 1 1
D. Thompson-Robinson 2 2
Utah F FL
D. Simpkins 1 1

Returning

UCLA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Irby 1 14.0 0 14 0 - 0 0
D. Felton 1 1.0 0 1 0 - 0 0

Punting

UCLA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Lees 4 172 43.0 48
Utah Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Lennon 1 46 46.0 46

Takeaways

Utah Int Yds InTD
P. Tonga 1 8 0
J. Blackmon 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCLA Utah
Points For 3 49
Total Yards 269 536
Rushing Yards 50 201
Passing Yards 219 335
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/36 14/19
Turnovers 5 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/3 1/1
First Downs 18 19
Penalties - Yards 2/10 8/60
Time Of Possession 37:37 23:23
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/19 6/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/3
Punts - Average Yards 4/43 1/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCLA Utah
UCLA 6:55 FG JJ Molson 43 yd FG 3 0
Utah 13:21 TD Tyler Huntley 2 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 3 7
2nd Quarter UCLA Utah
Utah 8:01 TD Zack Moss 4 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 3 14
Utah 12:36 TD Mika Tafua 68 yd fumble return (Jadon Redding kick) 3 21
Utah 14:34 TD Zack Moss 38 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 3 28
3rd Quarter UCLA Utah
Utah 1:29 TD Brant Kuithe 69 yd pass from Tyler Huntley (Jadon Redding kick) 3 35
4th Quarter UCLA Utah
Utah 5:21 TD Samson Nacua 83 yd pass from Tyler Huntley (Jadon Redding kick) 3 42
Utah 7:36 TD Devonta'e Henry-Cole 27 yd run (Jadon Redding kick) 3 49

Game Information

Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 47,307
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