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Bruins Run Wild Over Rainbow Warriors

Aug 28, 2021
Zach Charbonnet

LOS ANGELES - Zach Charbonnet reached the end zone three times in his Bruin debut and Brittain Brown added another rushing touchdown, as the Bruins ran for 245 yards in a 44-10 season-opening victory over Hawai'i on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

The 34-point margin of victory was the highest in a season opener for UCLA since Aug. 31, 2013 against Nevada.

Charbonnet finished the game with 106 yards on just six carries, with Brown running for 78 yards on 13 rushes. Dorian Thompson-Robinson tied Troy Aikman for seventh on UCLA's all-time touchdown passes list with 41, going 10-for-20 for 130 yards, adding 19 yards rushing.

The Bruins scored on each of their first five possessions, three on short fields thanks to a few Hawai'i miscues. After a 27-yard field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira opened the scoring, UCLA posted a three-and-out on defense and then compiled a nine-play, 87-yard drive, punctuated by a 21-yard Charbonnet touchdown to put the Bruins up 10-0. 

On the second play of the Rainbow Warriors' next possession, Chevan Cordeiro was intercepted by Datona Jackson, giving the Bruins a goal-to-go situation. Brown punched it in from the 1-yard line on fourth down to give UCLA a 17-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.

Hawai'i got on the board in its next turn with the ball on a field goal, but UCLA stormed right back with a 61-second, four-play drive encompassing 75 yards, as Charbonnet scampered for a 47-yard touchdown run to make it 24-3 with just under a minute remaining in the first quarter. The 24 points for the Bruins over the first 15 minutes marked the most in an opening quarter since Sept. 10, 1988 against Nebraska (28).

The Rainbow Warriors turned the ball over on downs near midfield to end their next possession, and the Bruins turned it into even more points, with Charbonnet going for the trifecta on a 21-yard score to put the home team up 31-3, which would also be the score at halftime. The 28-point margin at intermission was the largest lead for the Bruins after two quarters since their last meeting with Hawai'i in 2017. 

Out of the halftime break, the Bruins took only five plays to make it 37-3, as Thompson-Robinson completed four passes, including a 44-yard touchdown to Kazmeir Allen. The extra point was missed.

UCLA then added a special teams score, as Ale Kaho blocked a punt in the end zone, which was recovered by David Priebe to make it 44-3. Hawai'i reached double figures late in the third quarter on a 1-yard passing touchdown, with neither team cracking the scoreboard in the fourth.

The Bruins are back in action next Saturday at the Rose Bowl against LSU. Start time is 5:30 p.m. and the game will air on FOX and AM 1150 Radio.