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GAMEDAY College Football

Sun Bowl: Pittsburgh 37, UCLA 35

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

By JOHN ERFORT
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas - Ben Sauls booted five field goals, including a 47-yarder with seconds to play, to lift Pitt to a 37-35 win over No. 18 UCLA in a back-and-forth Sun Bowl.

The Panthers (9-4), playing without five starters who opted out of the game, took advantage of five UCLA turnovers, including four interceptions.

UCLA (9-4) scored what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown on an 8-yard run by T.J. Harden with 34 seconds remaining. That capped a drive that started at the UCLA 25-yard line with less than two minutes left, and was keyed by a 34-yard run by Harden.

Pitt quarterback Nick Patti got completions of 18 and 17 yards to Jared Wayne and Bub Means on the ensuing drive. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Patti scrambled for 11 yards to the UCLA 29-yard line. After another spike with 10 seconds left, Sauls came on to kick the game-winner, which sailed through the uprights with just four seconds remaining.

Sophomore Rodney Hammond Jr. rushed for 89 yards and two scores to lead the Panthers, who were without running back Israel Abanikanda, the nation's leader in total TDs with 22.

The Bruins, who had led 21-14 at the half, played without star senior running back Zach Charbonnet.

UCLA senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was injured and didn't return to the game after throwing an interception early in the fourth quarter, threw for 271 yards on 16 of 24 passing with three interceptions. Backup Ethan Garbers also threw an interception on the game's final play.

Pitt got picks from Tylar Wiltz, Javon McIntyre, Bengally Kamara and M.J. Devonshire, and added a fumble recovery on a kickoff from Solomon DeShields.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pitt: The Panthers came into the game with a Top 20 defense and a Top 10 run defense, and that defense showed up in a big way, limiting UCLA to 141 yards rushing and forcing five Bruin turnovers.

UCLA: Turnovers and special teams torpedoed the Bruins. Thompson-Robinson threw three interceptions for only the second time this season - the other was a 48-45 loss to USC. UCLA suffered consecutive misplayed kickoff returns in the fourth quarter. The first was a fumbled kick that the Panthers turned into a field goal and a 31-28 lead. The second pinned the Bruins at their own 5-yard line and led to a punt. Pitt took over at the 50-yard line and drove for another field goal.

December 30, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PittUCLA
Pitt FG 8:05 Ben Sauls 22 yd FG 3 0
UCLA TD 5:15 Logan Loya 11 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 3 7
Pitt FG 0:00 Ben Sauls 49 yd FG 6 7
Second Quarter PittUCLA
UCLA TD 11:57 Dorian Thompson-Robinson 1 yd run (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 6 14
Pitt TD 3:49 Bub Means 15 yd pass from Nick Patti (Konata Mumpfield 2pt pass from Nick Patti) 14 14
UCLA TD 0:57 Titus Mokiao-Atimalala 28 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 14 21
Third Quarter PittUCLA
UCLA TD 8:45 Jaylin Davies 52 yd interception return (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 14 28
Pitt TD 3:04 Rodney Hammond Jr. 1 yd run (Ben Sauls kick) 21 28
Fourth Quarter PittUCLA
Pitt TD 12:44 Rodney Hammond Jr. 7 yd run (Ben Sauls kick) 28 28
Pitt FG 10:38 Ben Sauls 31 yd FG 31 28
Pitt FG 4:24 Ben Sauls 27 yd FG 34 28
UCLA TD 0:34 TJ Harden 8 yd run (Nicholas Barr-Mira kick) 34 35
Pitt FG 0:04 Ben Sauls 47 yd FG 37 35
Team Stats
  Pittsburgh UCLA
First downs 27 19
  Rushing 12 7
  Passing 14 12
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-18, 33% 5-10, 50%
4th down efficiency 3-4, 75% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 46-199 28-141
Passing Yards 248 310
Return Yards 36 75
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-43-1 22-33-4
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 3--14
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 54.8 36.3
Fumbles Lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 6-35 4-43
Time of Possession 37:03 22:57
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Patti 20 41 232 1 1
N. Yarnell 1 2 16 0 0
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Thompson-Robinson 16 24 271 2 3
E. Garbers 6 9 39 0 1
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hammond Jr. 25 89 3.6 2
N. Patti 10 72 7.2 0
V. Davis 7 27 3.9 0
D. Carter 4 11 2.8 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Harden 11 111 10.1 1
K. Jones 7 20 2.9 0
D. Thompson-Robinson 6 15 2.5 1
C. Yankoff 1 -1 -1.0 0
E. Garbers 3 -4 -1.3 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Means 4 84 21.0 1
K. Mumpfield 7 80 11.4 0
J. Wayne 5 56 11.2 0
V. Davis 1 11 11.0 0
R. Hammond Jr. 1 8 8.0 0
K. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
D. Carter 1 3 3.0 0
G. Bartholomew 1 -1 -1.0 0
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Brown 4 115 28.8 0
T. Mokiao-Atimalala 3 89 29.7 1
K. Jones 6 39 6.5 0
J. Bobo 3 28 9.3 0
L. Loya 3 26 8.7 1
M. Ezeike 1 5 5.0 0
T. Harden 2 -1 -.5 0
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Kamara 1 12
J. McIntyre 1 1
T. Wiltz 1 0
M. Devonshire 1 0
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Davies 1 52
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Junko 3 194 64.7
S. Vander Haar 1 25 25.0
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Barr-Mira 3 109 36.3
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 1 6 6.0
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Hammond Jr. 1 17 17.0
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Marshall 1 23 23.0
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length




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