The grumbling started when UCLA struggled to get past Brigham Young. It grew louder after star linebacker Myles Jack went out for the season with a knee injury.
These Bruins sure found a way to shut everyone up.
Crisp on offense and opportunistic on defense, No. 9 UCLA staked its claim as the best football team in the Pac-12 South Division by crushing No. 16 Arizona 56-30 on Saturday night in Tucson, Arizona.
“I’m impressed with some of the losses we’ve had personnel-wise with injuries and playing in what was supposedly a hostile environment and we immediately responded,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
UCLA (4-0, 1-0) turned this showdown into a laugher by halftime, building a 28-point lead behind Josh Rosen’s on-the-mark passing, Paul Perkins’ crafty running and its turnover-creating defense.
Rosen threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-28 passing and added a put-it-out-of-reach score on the ground.
Perkins did not put up gaudy numbers like he did last week against BYU (219 yards), but made his 85 yards count, scoring three touchdowns.
The defense had its problems against the run without Jack, who suffered a season-ending injury in practice last week, allowing Arizona (3-1, 0-1) to rush for 353 yards.
(19) USC 42, ASU 14: Cody Kessler threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns and the Trojans took advantage of the Sun Devils’ mistakes to roll to a victory in Tempe, Ariz.
USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) scored touchdowns after all four Arizona State (2-2, 0-1) turnovers in the first half and led 35-0 at the break.
Colorado 48, Nicholls State 0: Buffaloes coach Mike MacIntyre’s son, Jay, scored his first collegiate touchdown, Nelson Spruce set another school receiving record and Jared Bell picked off two passes as Colorado (3-1) blanked the Colonels (0-3) in Boulder, Colorado.
It was the Buffaloes’ first shutout since a 24-0 whitewash of Wyoming on Sept. 19, 2009.
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