PASADENA—On a beautiful, Chamber of Commerce Autumn evening, No. 12 UCLA Bruins crushed the Stanford Cardinal, 38-13 on Saturday, October 29 at the Rose Bowl. Bruins Running Back Zach Charbonnet matched his career high with 198 rushing yards while finding the end zone three times.
Fans and college football pundits were curious to see how the Bruins would rebound after last week’s 45-30 loss to Oregon in Eugene. UCLA showed no lingering side effects from the loss, at (7-1) overall, it is the team’s best start since 2005.
A transfer from Michigan, Zach Charbonnet alongside Bruins Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson rejuvenated the football program. The Bruins program is blessed to have such a remarkable, modest young man in the backfield. Stanford allowed UCLA 324 yards on the ground, 7.2 yards a carry.
“I thought that Zach played outstanding today, he’s a three down back,” said UCLA Head Coach Chip Kelly postgame. Dorian Thompson-Robinson had 249 scrimmage yards, including 199 passing yards and rushed for a touchdown.
Let’s not forget the Bruins ferocious defense. Stanford was confident after a two game-winning streak, but UCLA did not allow Stanford to score a touchdown until late in the 4th quarter.
UCLA scored on their first four drives, with the play of the game occuring when Kazmeir Allen broke one loose for a thrilling 72-yard touchdown burst. After this convincing victory, UCLA might climb back in the top 10.
The Bruins beat Stanford at the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2006. Next week, UCLA faces Arizona State in Tempe.
On November 19, they have a showdown with the rival USC Trojans that will have PAC-12 Championship implications. The Rose Bowl will be a sea of red and blue during this pivotal matchup.