The UCLA Bruins faced a tough challenge on Thursday night against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City as Kyle Whittingham had his team ready to play. The Bruins had their hands full for all four quarters but eventually put the game away, solidifying their place at the top of the Pac 12 South division with a 34-27 win on the road. Jim Mora will have to make sure to give a game-ball for this win to his jack-of-all-trades under center, Brett Hundley.
The sophomore quarterback has been garnering some well-deserved attention for his play so far this season. Against the Utes, he pulled out all the stops and showed he’s more than just a great arm, scoring a touchdown passing, rushing AND receiving while also showing off his pooch-punt abilities. Even more impressive is the fact that he did most of his work after losing a contact earlier in the game resulting in blurred vision for most of the night.
Hundley’s 303 total yards (211 passing, 85 rushing, 7 receiving) and three total touchdowns were the difference for UCLA against a Utah defense that gave the team fits for most of the night. The running game struggled to find it’s footing, averaging just 3.5 yards per rush as a team and managed just 101 yards as a group without Hundley’s contribution. He stepped up and led the team when they needed it the most and got them back home this morning with a perfect 4-0 record on the season.
While Hundley has already established himself as a leader of this football team with his play, he took that role to another level on Thursday. UCLA was struggling to get things going and Utah was rolling with a raucous home crowd behind them. Hundley put the offense on his back and got the yards this team needed to sustain drives and get the win. He’s a leader of this team who can and will continue to do it all as he carries the Bruins back to the Pac 12 title game in 2013.