|Date of game: 9/6/2014
Recap: UCLA vs. Memphis
Pasadena, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes and Paul Perkins ran for a pair of scores as No. 11 UCLA held off Memphis, 42-35, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
Hundley completed 33-of-44 passes for 396 yards to bounce back from a rocky season opener and lead a potent UCLA attack, which accumulated 540 yards of total offense. Hundley, who was on the preseason Heisman Trophy watch list, didn't throw a touchdown pass in the Bruins' 28-20 win over Virginia a week ago.
Perkins gained 98 yards on 23 carries, and two UCLA receivers surpassed 100 yards in the triumph. Thomas Duarte made four catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and Jordan Payton had seven grabs for 104.
"Our whole offense played well," said UCLA head coach Jim Mora. "We need to do a little better in the second half, but the first half was good."
UCLA (2-0) has won nine of its last 10 non-conference home games.
Paxton Lynch passed for 305 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Tigers (1-1), which lost for the 15th straight time to a ranked opponent. Lynch, Doroland Dorceus and Sam Craft all had touchdowns on the ground.
Memphis trailed 35-21 through three quarters but put a scare into the Bruins, scoring twice in a 30-second window to tie things up.
Dorceus took a handoff and busted through the hole, sprinting 40 yards for a score less than a minute into the fourth. On the second play of the ensuing UCLA drive, Fritz Etienne jumped Hundley's pass attempt, intercepted it and ran it back 17 yards for a pick-six.
Hundley was unphased by the error however, marching his offense right back down the field. On 2nd-and-3 from the Memphis 33, Hundley went over the top to a wide open Duarte for the go-ahead TD.
The Tigers stopped Perkins for a loss on third down late in the contest, forcing a UCLA punt. Memphis got the ball back on its own 42-yard line with 45 seconds to play, but failed to get anything going. Brandon Hayes ran for a first down and Lynch completed three short passes, the third of which went to Keiwone Malone for five yards and allowed the clock to expire.
Earlier, Perkins broke a few tackles en route to a 17-yard touchdown scamper to open the scoring. UCLA missed the extra point, and Memphis went up 7-6 following Lynch's 8-yard touchdown run.
With time winding down in the first quarter, Hundley got plenty of time from his offensive line and heaved a 62-yard touchdown to Kenneth Walker to put the Bruins back in front.
Craft's touchdown run early in the second quarter put Memphis ahead by a point, but UCLA scored a pair of touchdowns later in the period on Hundley's 14-yard pass to Duarte and Perkins' 4-yard plunge.
Lynch found Hayes from 18 yards out to close the half, and the Tigers trailed 28-21.
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who spent some time at running back last season due to injuries and had seven touchdown runs, muscled his way in from four yards out later in the third to make it 35-21.Game Notes
Hundley's 422 yards of total offense was the fifth-highest total in UCLA
history ... Hundley recorded his 12th game of at least 300 yards of total
offense, tying Cade McNown for the most in school history ... Bruins receiver
Devin Fuller had a career-high nine catches ... Memphis has only started 2-0
once since 2004 ... Jake Elliott missed a 50-yard field goal try for Memphis.