Aug. 30, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Seventh-ranked UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter Saturday and Brett Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive as the Bruins took down Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams.
"Sometimes a game like this might be good to get our team understanding that every game we have to come with it," Hundley said. "We have to understand what we train for and we have to do it. ... We have a lot of stuff to work on."
Hundley, widely regarded as one of the nation's top quarterbacks, was harassed all day by Virginia's pressure defense, which sacked him five times, and made the biggest play of the day for UCLA with his feet. It came on a 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter when safety Quin Blanding met him around the 3 yard-line, and Hundley overpowered him.
"Great players made plays when they need to be made," Bruins' coach Jim Mora Jr. said.
That he only had to make one was thanks to the defense, which registered three scores for the first time since 1986.
"When you stop the run like we did and put the ball in the end zone three times, that's a pretty special day," Mora said.
The third-down run was Johns' fault, he said.
"I read the wrong line of my wristband," he said.
Johns came on to replace Greyson Lambert late in the first half, after the Bruins' third defensive touchdown gave them a 21-3 lead. Johns then led a touchdown drive and played the entire second half for Virginia.
Throughout the preseason, the development of Lambert as a player and a leader was touted by players and coaches as a great reason to be optimistic about the season. Then Johns outplayed him.
"Most of all, it's about players that can perform, and he rose to the occasion given his opportunity," Virginia coach Mike London said of Johns, a redshirt sophomore. "Like any other position, you have to perform."
The Bruins have no such problem behind center, and when he needed to, Hundley showed why.
UCLA led just 21-17 and had not scored an offensive touchdown when it took over at its 34 late in the third quarter.
Hundley completed passes of 15 yards to Eldridge Massington and 25 yards to Thomas Duarte on the 66-yard march, and capped it with the run up the middle, bulling over safety Blanding for the TD.
That made it 28-17, and all the momentum brought by Johns' play dissipated.
Johns put together his second touchdown march on Virginia's second drive of the second half. He kept it alive by hitting Dowling for 11 yards on a third-and-6, saw Kevin Parks run for 13 on a fourth-and-2 to the Bruins' 13, then hit Darius Jennings for 23 yards and the touchdown to make it 21-17.
The drive brought life back into the crowd of 44,479, but after the teams exchanged possessions, Hundley put together the drive that proved the difference.
Lambert and the Cavaliers' defense were heralded as reasons for optimism, and while the defense was solid all day, Lambert didn't even make it to halftime. He had one passed tipped at the line and intercepted by Ishmael Adams, who returned it 20 yards for a touchdown, and another one that Eric Kendricks picked off and took 37 yards for a score. In between, Lambert hit Kyle Dockins for what appeared to be a third-down conversion in Bruins territory, but Dockins fumbled into the hands of Randall Goforth, who returned it 75 yards for a TD.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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