Just under one month ago, nobody would’ve believed you saying UCLA would be in Pac-12 South contention come November. At the time, the Bruins stood at 1-5 with a road game against Stanford and home clash versus Arizona State on the horizon.
Yet, after handing Colorado its fifth straight loss, UCLA’s won three straight and face a bye week at 4-2 in Pac-12 competition with South division games at No. 9 Utah and USC remaining.
Sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s been a major reason for UCLA’s recent success. The onetime Las Vegas Bishop Gorman four-star recruit completed 75 percent of his passes Saturday evening, collecting 226 yards and two touchdowns in UCLA’s 31-14 beating of the Buffaloes.
“I think that his accuracy and putting the ball on people and his ability to keep plays alive with his legs, you know, the neat thing about Dorian is that you just keep seeing him grow each week,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said. “He keeps putting a better performance on top of a better performance.”
Saturday night marked Thompson-Robinson’s third consecutive game throwing multiple touchdown passes in 2019 and fifth time breaking the 200-yard barrier for his career. He started the game completing 13 of 15 passes, with both incompletions resulting from wideout drops in open space.