Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 31, 2013

Sun points UCLA’s way

Hundley runs, passes Bruins past Virginia Tech


Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help No. 17 UCLA rout Virginia Tech 42-12 on Tuesday in the Sun Bowl.

The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-5 in the second half.

Hundley had an 86-yard touchdown run and finished with 161 yards on 10 carries, and completed 16 of 29 passes for 226 yards. He was selected the co-MVP along with linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who had 10 tackles and an interception.

After Virginia Tech cut it to 14-10 on Michael Branthover’s 22-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter, UCLA answered with a 12-play, 85-yard drive, capped by Paul Perkins’s 5-yard run early in the fourth.

Hokies backup quarterback Mark Leal then threw a pass under heavy pressure that linebacker Myles Jack intercepted and returned 29 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-10.

Virginia Tech, which lost starting quarterback Logan Thomas to an injury in the second quarter, got its final points when UCLA punter Sean Covington stepped on the end line for a safety with 9:38 left.

UCLA pushed it to 35-12 on Hundley’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte with 7:31 to play. The Bruins stayed aggressive late, and Hundley fired a 59-yard scoring strike down the right sideline to Shaquelle Evans for another score with 5:49 remaining.

UCLA led 14-7 after the first half. Hundley had six carries for 168 yards in the half. He set the Sun Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback by halftime.

Worse for Virginia Tech, which entered the game ranked No. 4 in the nation in total defense, was that the Bruins rushed for 202 yards in the first half. That already was the most rushing yards the Hokies had given up in a game this season. UCLA finished with 250 yards.

The Bruins struck first on Hundley’s 7-yard TD run in the first quarter. That capped a six-play, 74-yard drive that opened the game.

After an exchange of punts, Virginia Tech answered with J.C. Coleman’s 1-yard scoring dive midway through the quarter.

Thomas, Virginia Tech’s career passing leader, left after taking a big hit along the UCLA sideline early in the second quarter. The hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the Bruins.

No.17 UCLA 42, Virginia Tech 12

Virginia Tech...........7  0   3  2  —  12

UCLA......................7  7  0  28  —  42

First Quarter

UCLA—Hundley 7 run (Fairbairn kick), 13:26.

VT—Coleman 1 run (Branthover kick), 8:14.

Second Quarter

UCLA—Hundley 86 run (Fairbairn kick), 9:17.

Third Quarter

VT—FG Branthover 22, 3:53.

Fourth Quarter

UCLA—Perkins 5 run (Fairbairn kick), 14:20.

UCLA—Jack 24 interception return (Fairbairn kick), 13:22.

VT—Safety, 9:38.

UCLA—Duarte 8 pass from Hundley (Fairbairn kick), 7:31.

UCLA—Evans 59 pass from Hundley (Fairbairn kick), 5:49.

A—47,912.

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    VT    UCLA

First downs    17    22

Rushes-yards    38-143    36-197

Passing    176    250

Comp-Att-Int    15-36-2    17-30-0

Return Yards    0    73

Punts-Avg.    9-41.2    6-43.5

Fumbles-Lost    1-0    3-1

Penalties-Yards    13-109    7-70

Time of Possession    35:20    24:40

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Virginia Tech, Thomas 3-49, Parker 6-40, Wright 7-27, Mangus 6-26, Coleman 9-22, Knowles 1-6, Leal 6-(minus 27). UCLA, Hundley 10-161, Manfro 5-37, James 5-9, Perkins 8-3, Thigpen 1-2, Jack 1-0, Covington 1-(minus 3), Jones 2-(minus 3), Fafaul 3-(minus 9).

PASSING—Virginia Tech, Leal 11-24-2-128, Thomas 4-12-0-48. UCLA, Hundley 16-29-0-226, Fafaul 1-1-0-24.

RECEIVING—Virginia Tech, Stanford 3-34, Coleman 3-29, Byrn 2-25, Coles 2-22, Knowles 2-22, Rogers 2-7, Cline 1-37. UCLA, Evans 4-92, James 3-35, Lucien 2-41, Payton 2-24, Sweet 1-24, Perkins 1-10, Manfro 1-9, Duarte 1-8, Fuller 1-7, Thigpen 1-0.