Thompson-Robinson’s 4 TDs lead No. 10 UCLA past ASU 50-36

Nov 5, 2022, 11:55 AM | Updated: Nov 6, 2022, 12:52 am
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws a touchdown pass against Arizona State during ...

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws a touchdown pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) looks at officials as he pauses in the endzone, but is called short of a touchdown, during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA defensive back Azizi Hearn (22) takes down Arizona State wide receiver Giovanni Sanders (20) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) gets stopped by Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) runs past UCLA defensive lineman Grayson Murphy (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State interim head coach Shaun Aguano shouts instructions to his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger (2) makes a one-handed touchdown catch between UCLA defensive backs Kenny Churchwell III (23), Mo Osling III (7), and John Humphrey (6) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA wide receiver Colson Yankoff (7) scores a touchdown as he flips over Arizona State defensive back Chris Edmonds (5) as UCLA offensive lineman Atonio Mafi (56) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA wide receiver Colson Yankoff (7) runs past Arizona State defensive lineman Travez Moore (49) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA head coach Chip Kelly shouts instructions to his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. UCLA won 50-36. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet (16) throws a pass against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) leaps over Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Arizona State defensive back Khoury Bethley (15) flips UCLA wide receiver Kazmeir Allen during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson celebrates his touchdown run against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws a touchdown pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Dorian Thompson-Robinson hurdled a defender on a 33-yard touchdown run, one of his two rushing scores, and also passed for two TDs as No. 10 UCLA held off Arizona State 50-36 on Saturday night.

Thompson-Robinson threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage, and the Sun Devils turned it into a field goal. But then he led drives of 75, 77, 91 and 90 yards to give UCLA (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) a 28-10 halftime lead that grew to 35-10 on his 4-yard run in the third quarter.

Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns, and the Sun Devils (3-6, 2-4) scored 18 straight points to close to 42-36 on Xazavian Valladay’s 1-yard TD run and Bourguet’s 2-point conversion pass with 6:24 left.

UCLA put it away on its next possession on Colson Yankoff’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:30 remaining.

“I didn’t personally have any doubt,” Thompson-Robinson said. “For me, it was really easy. I just had to put and read my keys. We knew what we were going to get, and we got what we expected.”

The Bruins, one of three teams with one Pac-12 loss perched behind first-place Oregon, had 402 yards rushing. Thompson-Robinson finished with 169 yards passing and 120 yards on the ground.

UCLA played without Pac-12 leading rusher Zach Charbonnet, who was in uniform and active on the sideline but wore bandages on his left triceps and left calf.

Wide receiver-turned-running back Kazmeir Allen had 137 yards rushing, including a touchdown, and 63 more receiving for UCLA.

“I’m just a ballplayer,” said Allen, saying he spent one day at practice last week at running back. “I barely knew Zach was unavailable until the beginning of the game.”

Keegan Jones added 98 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns while stepping in for Charbonnet, who was third in Division I with 137.7 yards rushing per game.

“The one good thing you have with all these offensive weapons on our team, you can put them in different spots and they made it happen,” Thompson-Robinson said.

Thompson-Robinson showed his athleticism early. He hurdled Arizona State defensive back Jordan Clark at the 3-yard line on his 33-yard score on UCLA’s second series, and his 3-yard scoring pass to Jones gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead they never relinquished.

Jones scored on a 10-yard run on the next drive and Thompson-Robinson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Michael Ezeike for a 28-10 lead with 33 seconds left in the first half.

UCLA rolled up 333 of its 571 total yards before halftime.

“They controlled the line of scrimmage and they ran the football at will,” Arizona State interim coach Shaun Aguano said. “We’re trying to play catch-up the whole time. We need to make sure that we fix that. We can’t let a team run for 400 yards on us and expect to win.”

NO ZACH ATTACK

Charbonnet engaged with teammates on the sideline and even joined the offensive unit in a group huddle on the field during a third-quarter drive. He also was held out of a 45-7 victory over Alabama State in Week 2 for undisclosed reasons.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bruins should move up in the AP Top 25 after losses by No. 1 Tennessee, No. 5 Clemson and No. 6 Alabama. While Tennessee likely will remain in the top six, Alabama and especially Clemson could take a hard fall. The Pac-12 could have three teams in the top eight, with No. 8 Oregon and No. 9 USC also poised to gain ground.

THE TAKEAWAY

Bruins coach Chip Kelly has the UCLA offense purring. Even without Charbonnet, the Bruins had 571 yards of total offense with a multi-pronged attack reminiscent of his plug-and-play days at Oregon, when the Ducks were perennial national title contenders. The Bruins are averaging 40.8 points and have scored at least 30 in every game. But the defense gave up 45 points in a loss at Oregon two weeks ago, exacerbating season-long questions that were not answered with Arizona State’s 300-yard second half.

UP NEXT

UCLA visits Arizona on Saturday.

Arizona State visits Washington State on Saturday.

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