PASADENA, Calif. – Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores, Devin Fuller scored three touchdowns, and No. 17 UCLA shook off 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.
Fuller caught a 76-yard TD pass for the Bruins’ first score and added a rushing TD with 3:36 to play. Hundley passed for 273 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 11 yards while moving into third place on UCLA’s career total yardage list.
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.
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.
Christian Powell rushed for 97 yards, Tony Jones rushed for a score, and Will Oliver kicked three field goals for the Buffs.
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.
The Bruins have outscored their opponents 199-66 in four wins at the Rose Bowl this season.