Scores

Final

Colorado 23

(3-5, 0-5 Pac-12)

(17) UCLA 45

(6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)

Coverage: FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

1 2 3 4 T
COLO 3 10 0 1023
#17UCLA 7 14 14 1045

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hundley (UCLA) - 273 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Hundley (UCLA) - 11 CAR, 72 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Fuller (UCLA) - 3 REC, 99 YDS, 2 TD

No. 20 UCLA rebounds with win over Colorado

Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA nursed a hangover from consecutive high-profile losses until late in the first quarter, when Brett Hundley ignored the boos and threw a beautiful 76-yard touchdown pass to Devin Fuller right through the heart of the Colorado defense.

There's nothing wrong with these Bruins that a few more wins couldn't repair, and Hundley made sure they started the healing process at home.

Hundley threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores, Fuller accounted for three TDs, and No. 20 UCLA shook off those back-to-back losses with a 45-23 victory over Colorado on Saturday night.

Damien Thigpen also ran for a touchdown for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who rebounded from road defeats at Stanford and Oregon despite a sluggish start in their homecoming game.

"It's a relief, but our confidence was never lost," said Hundley, who moved into third place on UCLA's career total yardage list. "Obviously, I know and we know that we can still get the job done. I feel like this team can really respond well, no matter what we go through."

UCLA tried and failed to join the Pac-12's upper echelon over the previous two weeks. The losses followed a similar pattern: The Bruins hung with the West Coast's best until the second half, but an ineffective offense eventually left its defense on the field too long, leading to one-sided defeats in the final minutes.

Back home, UCLA's defense finally got some help from the offense in a 412-yard performance. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 199-66 in four victories at the Rose Bowl this season, and they buried Colorado early in the second half with a 28-3 surge.

"I hate to admit this, but I thought there was a little hangover," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "We didn't have the enthusiasm that we typically have. I told them at halftime that I didn't think we were enjoying the game enough."

The Bruins won despite 11 penalties for 122 yards, steadily pulling away from Colorado with solid defense and just enough playmaking from Hundley, their sophomore quarterback. Hundley finished with 345 total yards, passing Tom Ramsey and Cory Paus on UCLA's career yardage list in just his 22nd game with the Bruins.

Hundley passed for 273 yards and scored on runs of 11 and 1 yards. Fuller caught a 6-yard TD pass after his long score, and the sophomore added a rushing TD with 3:36 to play in his most complete game since switching from quarterback to receiver last year.

"We feel good when we can stretch the field like that," Fuller said. "We also made some drives where we could give the defense some rest, so that's a complete effort for us."

Sefo Liufau passed for 247 yards for the Buffaloes (3-5, 0-5), who have lost 13 consecutive Pac-12 games. Colorado hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road in 21 tries since 2002.

Christian Powell rushed for 97 yards, Tony Jones rushed for a score, and Will Oliver kicked three field goals for the Buffs, who hung around until late in the first half.

"I think it shows we're making progress," Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. "That gives everybody a little bit more confidence. Those kids and coaches in that locker room are all down, but there's a resilience to them."

Paul Richardson shook off an injury to catch eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Richardson, a Los Angeles native whose father played for UCLA, was dismissed from UCLA three years ago after getting arrested on suspicion of theft before he ever played for the Bruins.

After opening the game with two fruitless drives, UCLA's offense drew a chorus of boos out of the Rose Bowl stands after a yardage-losing play to open its third drive.

On the next play, Hundley delivered his long strike down the middle to Fuller, who caught the ball in heavy coverage and kept his feet for a score -- the longest pass in the careers of both Hundley and Fuller.

Colorado went back ahead in the second quarter with a 76-yard drive ending in Liufau's TD pass to Richardson, but the Bruins responded with another strong drive capped by Hundley's 11-yard TD run up the middle.

UCLA's Cameron Judge then forced a fumble on Colorado's ensuing kickoff return, and Hundley hit Fuller for a 6-yard TD catch capped by a pirouette at the goal line for an 11-point lead.

Colorado trailed 21-13 at halftime despite possessing the ball for more than 20 minutes and outgaining the Bruins, who committed 75 yards of penalties in the first half.

"I think we're taking a step forward every week," Liufau said. "Obviously, we want to get a faster result and win games, but it's not happening right now."

Hundley and Thigpen scored in the third quarter, and Fuller added his short TD run with 3:36 to play.

The Bruins played without injured linebacker Eric Kendricks, and tailback Jordon James returned from a three-game injury absence with just 8 yards on six rushing attempts.

Colorado began the afternoon with a promising victory, winning the opening coin toss for the first time in eight games this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COLO
UCLA
1st Downs2618
Total Yards381412
Passing247273
Rushing134139
Penalties6-4011-122
3rd Down Conversions8-176-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers10
Possession35:5924:01

Passing Leaders

ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Liufau25/362476.910
UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hundley19/2427311.420

Rushing Leaders

ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Powell22974.4013
Jones7152.115
UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Hundley11726.5215
Thigpen4389.5127

Receiving Leaders

ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson77010.0114
Spruce6498.2013
UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Fuller39933.0276
Evans36622.0036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOLOUCLA
FG00:56Will Oliver 23 Yd 30
TD00:19Devin Fuller 76 Yd Pass From Brett Hundley (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERCOLOUCLA
TD11:04Paul Richardson 7 Yd Pass From Sefo Liufau (Will Oliver Kick) 107
TD07:49Brett Hundley 11 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 1014
TD06:25Devin Fuller 6 Yd Pass From Brett Hundley (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 1021
FG01:16Will Oliver 47 Yd 1321
THIRD QUARTERCOLOUCLA
TD10:53Brett Hundley 1 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 1328
TD01:24Damien Thigpen 5 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 1335
FOURTH QUARTERCOLOUCLA
TD12:20Tony Jones 2 Yd Run (Will Oliver Kick) 2035
FG09:12Ka'imi Fairbairn 45 Yd 2038
FG06:17Will Oliver 37 Yd 2338
TD03:36Devin Fuller 8 Yd Run (Ka'Imi Fairbairn Kick) 2345