Charbonnet scores 3 TDs, No. 12 UCLA routs Stanford 38-13

Oct 29, 2022, 11:01 AM | Updated: Oct 30, 2022, 12:22 am
UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the second half ...

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

              UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee (18) is threatened by UCLA linebacker Darius Muasau (53) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA wide receiver Logan Loya (17) is tackled by Stanford wide receiver Brycen Tremayne (81) on a punt return during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Loya fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Stanford tight end Sam Roush (86). (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA linebacker Darius Muasau (53) celebrates with linebacker Carl Jones Jr. (35) after a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) runs on to the field before an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Stanford running back Caleb Robinson (21) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) is tackled by Stanford defensive end David Bailey (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) and offensive lineman Raiqwon O'Neal (71) celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football against Stanford game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) celebrates with wide receiver Jake Bobo (9) after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — While some may have wondered if UCLA would let last week’s loss at Oregon linger, Zach Charbonnet and the rest of the Bruins quickly shelved those concerns.

Charbonnet tied a career high with 198 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as the 12th-ranked Bruins bounced back with a 38-13 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.

“I thought Zach played outstanding today,” coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s a three-down back. He can pick up pass protection, he’s a weapon coming out of the backfield and obviously we saw what he’s like when he runs the football.”

Charbonnet — who leads the Pac-12 in rushing with 964 yards — is the first UCLA back since Tyler Ebell in 2002 to have five straight 100-yard games. Eight of his 21 carries went for at least 10 yards. The junior also had 61 yards receiving on five catches and leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 170.9.

The Bruins ran for 324 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry as they improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play. It is UCLA’s best start since 2005, when it won its first eight games.

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson had 249 scrimmage yards, including 199 passing, and rushed for a touchdown.

Thompson-Robinson said he could tell that as soon as the Bruins stepped off the plane last Saturday night that they put the Oregon loss behind them.

“That was a really tough plane ride for us to sit down and think about, but as soon as we touched down we were ready to go and get back on the field,” said Thompson-Robinson, who was 18-of-29 passing. “Especially for guys like me. I only have like four or five more weeks here as a Bruin, so I’m trying to take advantage of every opportunity I can.”

Stanford (3-5, 1-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped but scored its first touchdown in 11 quarters when Tanner McKee connected with Benjamin Yurosek on fourth-and-goal from the UCLA 2-yard line. It was the Cardinal’s first touchdown in 170 minutes, 54 seconds.

“Yeah, we need more than that. … That was just punching the ball in,” coach David Shaw said of the late TD. “There’s a lot of things that we need to clean up for momentum, and the biggest thing is really protection and connection between our quarterbacks and receivers.”

McKee completed 13 of 29 passes for 115 yards, one week after throwing for 320 yards.

Shaw said it was his team’s worst game in a month.

“Our mindset is always play good defense, no matter what. But obviously, if we want to have a good game, we’ve got to play some complementary football,” linebacker Ricky Miezan said.

Stanford scored on its opening possession on Joshua Karty’s 22-yard field goal before UCLA took the lead with two touchdowns in 20 seconds. Thompson-Robinson capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard run off right guard to give the Bruins a 7-3 lead with 6:05 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cardinal turned it over on the first play of their ensuing drive when Darius Muasau picked off McKee. Charbonnet then went 23 yards up the middle on the next play to put UCLA up by double digits.

“We emphasized going back to fundamentals, tackling and stopping the run. Keep it simple. Last week we were thinking too much,” Muasau said.

The Bruins scored on their first four drives. Charbonnet scored from 1 yard out in the second quarter to make it 24-3 at halftime and added a 37-yard TD late in the third quarter.

GOING THE DISTANCE

UCLA extended its lead to 38-6 in the fourth with a six-play, 99-yard drive. Kazmeir Allen went 72 yards for a touchdown, which was the Bruins’ first run of more than 70 yards since Demetric Felton Jr. had a 75-yard TD against Oregon State in 2019.

FILLING IN

Defensive coordinator Bill McGovern missed the game due to illness. Analyst Clancy Pendergast, a former college and NFL defensive coordinator, filled in.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: With their top two running backs out for the season due to injuries, the Cardinal went with a backfield by committee and had 118 yards rushing. Caleb Robinson had 25 yards on five carries on the opening drive but finished with 10 carries for 36 yards.

UCLA: The Bruins beat Stanford at the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2006. They have won eight straight home games since last season’s loss to Oregon.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

UCLA could find itself back in the Top 10 after a convincing victory. If that happens, it would mark the first time since Oct. 30, 2005, that the Bruins and rival Southern California would both be in the Top 10.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Hosts Washington State next Saturday.

UCLA: Travels to Arizona State next Saturday.

___

AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goaltende...
Associated Press

Marchessault’s OT goal lifts Vegas to 2-1 win over Flyers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored 3:21 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Friday night. After the Flyers controlled much of the action in their offensive zone for the first three minutes of the extra period, Marchessault stole the puck from Kevin Hayes, raced in on a […]
1 day ago
Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton (75) skates with the puck against Arizona Coyotes center Tr...
Associated Press

Coyotes end 19-game losing streak to Bruins with 4-3 win

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes’ return to the Mullett turned into one big streak-ending party. Lawson Crouse scored his second goal with 13.5 seconds left in the third period and the Coyotes returned home to end a 19-game losing streak to the Boston Bruins with a 4-3 victory Friday night. “They are a […]
1 day ago
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) checks on Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34...
Associated Press

Lopez layup, Mavs FT woes save Bucks after Giannis fouls out

DALLAS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out before the Milwaukee Bucks hung on and beat Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. That sixth foul set the stage for how the Bucks made it four consecutive victories. Tim Hardaway Jr. missed all three free throws after getting fouled by the Greek Freak and Dorian Finney-Smith missed […]
1 day ago
Utah Jazz forward Kelly Olynyk, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert (27) look for a...
Associated Press

D’Angelo Russell powers Timberwolves past Jazz, 118-108

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 13 rebounds in his return to Utah and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Jazz 118-108 on Friday night. Gobert was traded to Minnesota over the summer. The French center spent his first […]
1 day ago
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green, second from left, puts his hand on Phoenix Suns guard...
Associated Press

Williamson’s 35 points lift Pelicans past Suns, 128-117

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson apologized for his 360-degree, one-handed slam dunk that angered the Phoenix Suns at the end of a game that the New Orleans Pelicans were already going to win. Still, the crowd-pleasing play symbolized Williamson’s potential to rise above the disappointments of previous seasons and live up to the extraordinary […]
1 day ago
Luuk de Jong of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a penalty kick during the World Cup quarte...
Associated Press

Outnumbered Dutch eliminated in Louis van Gaal’s finale

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — The Dutch were outnumbered. Argentina had one Lionel Messi and the Netherlands had none. And still, the Oranje came back and forced extra time in a World Cup quarterfinal for the ages by scoring in the 83rd minute and then on a playground-type restart in the 11th — yes, 11th! — […]
1 day ago
Charbonnet scores 3 TDs, No. 12 UCLA routs Stanford 38-13