Thompson-Robinson Receives Weekly Honors
Dorian Thompson-Robinson was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in the league's Monday announcement of the Pac-12 Football Performance Awards presented by Nextiva. This is the second straight week that Thompson-Robinson has been named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and the fourth time in his career. He is the first UCLA player to win in back-to-back weeks since running back Johnathan Franklin earned the award in the first two weeks of the 2012 season. DTR was also named a Manning Award Star of the Week, the Tournament of Roses and Rose Bowl Game Committee Pac-12 Player of the Week and to the Davey O'Brien Great 8 List.
Thompson-Robinson accounted for five touchdowns in the win over No. 11 Utah last Saturday in the Rose Bowl. He completed 18 of 23 passing attempts (.782) for four scores and 299 yards. Thompson-Robinson led UCLA to touchdowns on its first four drives (three passing TDs and one rushing TD by Charbonnet) of the second half to put the home team in front 42-25 after the Bruins enjoyed a 14-10 halftime advantage. Thompson-Robinson's fourth touchdown toss of the game was his 76th career scoring pass which lifted him past Brett Hundley (2011-14) and into the top spot at UCLA all-time in the category. It marked the fourth career game in which Thompson-Robinson has thrown at least four TD passes (five at Washington State in 2019; also four vs. USC 2021and at Colorado in 2020). It is the third time this season that Thompson-Robinson has thrown for at least three TDs in a game (also South Alabama-3 and Washington-3). The .782 passing percentage marked the fifth time in six outings that DTR has surpassed .720. His 18 completions pushed Thompson-Robinson (716) past Josh Rosen (712) and into second-place all-time at UCLA behind only Hundley (837). The team has now won nine straight games which is its longest streak since UCLA captured a school record 20 consecutive wins over the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
The redshirt senior is off to a great start to begin the 2022 season and enters this week's games rated second in the nation in completion percentage (.748) and sixth in the country in passing efficiency (180.6). He is first in the Pac-12 in each category. Over the course of UCLA's current nine-game winning streak, Thompson-Robinson has completed .732 of his passes (175-239) while throwing for 2,280 yards, 22 TDs and five interceptions. He has run 74 times for 472 yards (6.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He has thrown at least one TD pass in each of the last nine games and in 16 of the last 17 contests. DTR continues to move up the UCLA charts and is just the third Bruin QB to record 10,000 yards of total offense (10,464 yards; (Cade McNown is second - 11,285). He has elevated to fourth on the school list in career passing yards with 9,051 yards and now is closing in on No. 3 Josh Rosen (2015-17, at 9,341).
Last season, Thompson-Robinson led the Pac-12 in pass efficiency rating (153.9), total offense (274.4 yards/g), points responsible for (182), passing yards per completion (13.69) and passing yards per pass attempt (8.51). He also rated No. 10 in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (55.36). He totaled over 300 yards of offense in 2021 games against Fresno State (345), Arizona State (330), Colorado (355) and USC (395). In that USC contest, he ran for two scores and passed for four more. Thompson-Robinson was named first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press.
In 2020, Thompson-Robinson posted a pass efficiency rating of 156.29 which was the highest by a Bruin starting quarterback since 2005. He became the first Bruin to rush for at least 100 yards (109) and pass for at least 300 yards (303) in the same game (at Colorado). Thompson-Robinson completed 30 of his 36 passing attempts against USC that season for an .833 completion percentage which was the highest mark by any Bruin signal caller in a game with at least 30 passing attempts. He tossed a season-high four touchdowns in contests against both Colorado and USC. Thompson-Robinson rushed for 306 yards on the season with a 5.6 yards per attempt average. The league coaches named him to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad.
In 2019, Thompson-Robinson established a new school record with 564 yards of total offense in a come-from-behind win at Washington State. He joined Josh Rosen, Cade McNown and Brett Hundley as the only Bruins to record multiple 400-yard total offense games for their careers.
The Bruins will play next at Oregon on Saturday, October 22, before returning home to host Stanford on Saturday October 29 in Rose Bowl Stadium. The FOX broadcast of the Pac-12 Conference contest at Oregon will begin at 12:30 p.m.