GAMEDAY College Football

UCLA 44, Hawaii 10

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - The mother of UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson echoed the thoughts of many Bruins fans during the first half of Saturday's game against Hawaii after Zach Charbonnet scored his third touchdown.

Melva Thompson-Robinson tweeted "Thanks (at)UMichFootball" as Charbonnet rushed 106 yards in his UCLA debut and the Bruins rolled to a 44-10 season-opening victory at the Rose Bowl.

Charbonnet - who was at Michigan the past two seasons before transferring - also became the first Bruins back since Johnathan Franklin in 2012 to run for three TDs in a season-opener.

"My line put me in great situations when I did have an opportunity," Charbonnet said. "It allowed us to be one-on-one defenders, and that's all as a running back you can ask for."

UCLA scored on its first five possessions and roared out to a 31-3 halftime lead as it snapped an eight-game losing streak to nonconference teams dating back to 2017. It is also the first time that Chip Kelly has won an opener in four seasons as UCLA's coach.

"We're just excited as a team. I thought our kids played with great energy," Kelly said. "There is an idea with what you think you can do in all three phases of the game (coming into the season), but until you actually play another opponent, you're not sure."

Charbonnet scored UCLA's first touchdown midway through the first quarter on a 21-yard run after great blocks from the right side of the offensive line to extend the lead to 10-0.

The junior's best run of the day came with 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he broke four Hawaii tackles before turning on the speed for a 46-yard touchdown to make it 24-3. He then went over 100 yards on his sixth carry with a 21-yard score on the next possession.

Charbonnet wasn't the only UCLA back to fare well against the Rainbow Warriors. Brittain Brown added 78 yards on 13 carries as the Bruins rushed for 244 yards and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.

"They run angry, and we love that as an offensive line," lineman Jon Gaines II said. "To be able to have the opportunity to get them to the second and third level and see what they can do, it's a great experience for us."

Brown also reached the end zone. His 1-yard TD with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter made it 17-0 four plays after defensive lineman Datona Jackson picked off Chevan Cordeiro's pass deep in Hawaii territory.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 10 of 20 for 130 yards. He completed all four of his passes on the opening drive of the second half, culminating in a 44-yard strike to Kazmeir Allen to make it 37-3.

Hawaii's lone touchdown came late in the third quarter on a 1-yard pass from Cordeiro to Caleb Phillips. Cordeiro was 24 of 46 for 216 yards.

"No excuses. We just played poorly. We played poorly, we coached poorly, and we got beat by a team that was better than us today," Hawaii coach Todd Graham said. "But we made 'em look a lot better by playing very poor."

UCLA athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter HawaiiUCLA
UCLA FG 12:00 Nicholas Barr-Mira 27 yard field goal 0 3
UCLA TD 7:34 Zach Charbonnet 21 yard TD run (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 0 10
UCLA TD 6:06 Brittain Brown 1 yard TD run (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 0 17
Hawaii FG 1:47 Matthew Shipley 48 yard field goal 3 17
UCLA TD 0:46 Zach Charbonnet 47 yard TD run (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 3 24
Second Quarter HawaiiUCLA
UCLA TD 11:31 Zach Charbonnet 21 yard TD run (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 3 31
Third Quarter HawaiiUCLA
UCLA TD 13:02 Kazmeir Allen 44 yard TD pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira Kick Failed) 3 37
UCLA TD 11:20 David Priebe 0 yard blocked punt return for TD (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 3 44
Hawaii TD 3:17 Caleb Phillips 1 yard TD pass from Chevan Cordeiro (Matthew Shipley Extra Point) 10 44
Team Stats
  Hawaii UCLA
First downs 16 21
  Rushing 4 12
  Passing 8 8
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-4, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 23-23 39-253
Passing Yards 243 148
Return Yards 0 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-53-2 12-22-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 1-10
Punts 5 5
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-25 7-80
Hawaii Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cordeiro 25 46 220 1 2
B. Schager 3 6 23 0 0
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Thompson-Robinson 10 20 130 1 0
E. Garbers 2 2 18 0 0
Hawaii Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hunter 7 20 2.9 0
D. Parson 3 15 5.0 0
C. Cordeiro 9 11 1.2 0
J. Phillips 1 -6 -6.0 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Charbonnet 6 106 17.7 3
B. Brown 13 78 6.0 1
B. Kowall 5 24 4.8 0
K. Jones 6 24 4.0 0
D. Thompson-Robinson 3 19 6.3 0
E. Fernea 4 11 2.8 0
E. Garbers 2 -9 -4.5 0
Hawaii Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Turner Jr. 5 50 10.0 0
A. Cephus 1 49 49.0 0
N. Mardner 3 35 11.7 0
D. Scott 2 35 17.5 0
D. Hunter 7 19 2.7 0
D. Parson 3 18 6.0 0
T. Edwards 2 16 8.0 0
J. Phillips 2 9 4.5 0
J. Smart 1 9 9.0 0
C. Phillips 2 3 1.5 1
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Allen 2 47 23.5 1
B. Brown 2 21 10.5 0
J. Norwood 2 17 8.5 0
G. Dulcich 1 15 15.0 0
Z. Charbonnet 1 14 14.0 0
M. Ezeike 1 13 13.0 0
K. Philips 2 12 6.0 0
M. Sykes 1 9 9.0 0
Hawaii Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Jackson 1 11
J. Shaw 1 2
Hawaii Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Shipley 4 167 41.8
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Akers 5 226 45.2
Hawaii Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Loya 1 12 12.0
Hawaii Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Hawaii Missed FG
Player Length
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length




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