UCLA FB Rewind: Bruins Score Late to Win
Oct. 27, 2012 – UCLA at Arizona State
Ka'imi Fairbairn booted a 33-yard field goal as the game ended and UCLA left the desert with a 45-43 victory over Arizona State in a contest which featured more than 1,000 yards of offense in a back-and-forth affair.
Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, playing a few miles from where he grew up, drove the Bruins into field goal range after ASU had gone up 43-42 on a touchdown pass with 1:33 to play. Hundley completed 19 of 31 passing attempts for 274 yards and four touchdowns on the day. The Bruin signal-caller, who starred for Chandler (Ariz.) High School, threw his 18th touchdown pass of the season, breaking the UCLA freshman record of 17 set by Tommy Maddox in 1990. He also became the first quarterback to pass for at least 200 yards against the ASU defense that season. Running back Johnathan Franklin racked up 164 yards on the ground, leaving him 20 yards shy of the school career rushing mark.
After running back Damien Thigpen put UCLA ahead 42-33 with his second of two scoring receptions for the game, this one a 20-yarder, the Sun Devils answered with the next 10 points to take the one-point margin into the final minutes of the contest.
ASU, which had jumped out to a 14-0 advantage, looked to protect a 17-14 cushion heading into the halftime break with the ball on their own 4-yard line, but Cassius Marsh's quarterback pressure forced an errant throw and safety Dalton Hilliard intercepted the pass. Franklin scored on the next play and UCLA enjoyed its first lead of the game, 21-17, at the break.
After ASU had tallied those first two scores of the game, UCLA responded with two long scoring drives. Franklin carried five times for 39 yards on a 13-play, 75-yard drive for the first score. The Bruins evened the score just before the first quarter ended after Hundley connected with Devin Fuller for a 15-yard touchdown to cap off a 10-play, 98-yard march. In the third quarter, UCLA had gone up 35-26 thanks to a pair of scoring passes from Hundley to tight end Joseph Fauria, covering 65 and 4 yards.
On the game-winning drive, the Bruins converted a couple of key third-down situations on the 10-play, 60-yard possession. Hundley completed passes to Manfro, Thigpen, Fauria and Shaq Evans on the drive. Franklin also rushed three times for 19 yards to help set up Fairbairn's winning kick.
October 25, 2014 – UCLA at Colorado
Brett Hundley's 8-yard scamper to the end zone pushed UCLA past Colorado in double overtime in a Pac-12 game played in Boulder. A last-second Colorado field goal wiped out the last of a 17-point Bruin lead and sent the game to extra time.
In the first overtime period, the teams traded field goals, with Ka'imi Fairbairn hitting from 28 yards out for the Bruins. UCLA held the Buffaloes to another field goal on their second possession to set the stage for Hundley's heroics. The play call was for Hundley to hand it off, but he saw the defensive end crashing and decided to keep the ball, coasting untouched in for a score. The Bruin quarterback finished with 110 yards rushing for the contest and also threw for 200 yards, including a scoring toss to Jordan Payton. It was his 67th career touchdown pass, moving him one away from tying Cade McNown for the most in program history.
Running back Paul Perkins also produced in a big way for the Bruins. He regisered 180 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns, including a 92-yard dash on UCLA's first offensive play from scrimmage. That run tied for the second-longest in school history behind Chuck Cheshire's 93-yarder against Montana in 1934.
Down 31-14 late in the third quarter after a Myles Jack touchdown run, Colorado began its comeback behind a strong passing attack. After two fourth quarter scores narrowed the deficit to 31-28, defensive back Marcus Rios picked off a pass to stop another CU drive. The Buffaloes then held UCLA on fourth down to earn one last drive and managed to move into position to kick the tying field goal with 36 seconds left.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks led the Bruin defense with 16 tackles and an interception. Both team gained at least 500 yards on offense for the contest.