GAMEDAY College Football

Fresno State 40, UCLA 37

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. - Jake Haener threw for 455 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Jalen Cropper with 14 seconds remaining, and Fresno State upset No. 13 UCLA 40-37.

Haener overcame a crushing hit to his right hip in the fourth quarter to rally the Bulldogs. After UCLA regained the lead with 54 seconds left on Dorian Thompson-Robinson's 15-yard pass to Kyle Phillips, a limping Haener directed a six-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Bulldogs (3-1) their fourth straight win over the Bruins.

Cropper had three receptions for 50 yards on the drive, including the TD. Josh Kelly also had a 26-yard catch that put the ball at the UCLA 12 with 23 seconds remaining.

Haener completed 38 of 53 passes for Fresno State, which finished the job against a Pac-12 program after leading then-No. 11 Oregon in the fourth quarter two weeks ago before losing.

Cropper had 14 receptions for 141 yards and Kelly added eight catches for 120 yards. Ronnie Rivers rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Fresno State had a nine-point advantage in the fourth quarter, but the final 7:27 included four lead changes.

Thompson-Robinson passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns while Phillips had seven receptions for 113 yards and two TDs. Zach Charbonnet ran for two touchdowns for the Bruins (2-1), who were ranked for the first time in four years.

Haener's 19-yard strike to Erik Brooks put Fresno State back in front 33-30 with 2:55 remaining, but Thompson-Robinson directed a nine-play, 74-yard drive, culminating in his second TD pass of the night to Phillips.

The Bruins were able to rally back due to a pair of Bulldogs turnovers. Fresno State led 26-17, had the ball at the UCLA 9 and were looking to put the game away with 9:23 remaining when Carl Jones stripped Haener of the ball. After it rolled 34 yards and a mad scramble ensued, Myles Jackson recovered it at the UCLA 43.

Three plays later, Thompson-Robinson delivered a perfect pass to Phillips, who eluded Bralyn Lux's coverage, for a 38-yard score to bring UCLA within 26-23.

The Bulldogs wouldn't have it long on the ensuing possession when Kelly fumbled after a 13-yard completion. UCLA's Jordan Genmark Heath recovered and returned it 20 yards to the Bulldogs 18.

UCLA took its first lead since the first quarter when Charbonnet capped off a three-play drive with a 3-yard TD up the middle to put the Bruins up 30-26.

Rivers opened the scoring with a 1-yard run up the middle with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. The 2-point conversion was no good after holder Carson King's pass was incomplete.

Rivers then broke a pair of tackles en route to a 36-yard score up the right sideline midway through the second quarter to extend Fresno State's lead to 20-10.

UCLA responded after Rivers' first touchdown with a scoring drive of its own to take a 7-6 lead. Thompson-Robinson connected with Kam Brown on the first play of the drive for 38-yard completion to the Bulldogs 35. Four plays later, Charbonnet ran it in from 6 yards out for his fifth TD of the season.

Fresno State regained the lead on the ensuing possession with a 14-play drive that lasted just over seven minutes. Cropper capped the drive with a 1-yard run on a jet sweep to give the Bulldogs a 13-7 advantage with 11:49 left in first half.

The Bulldogs had a 23-10 lead at halftime. UCLA though got within six on Thompson-Robinson's 39-yard pass to Brown on the opening drive of the second half.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FresUCLA
Fres TD 5:54 Ronnie Rivers 1 yard TD run (2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 6 0
UCLA TD 3:59 Zach Charbonnet 6 yard TD run (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 6 7
Second Quarter FresUCLA
Fres TD 11:49 Jalen Cropper 1 yard TD run (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 13 7
UCLA FG 9:43 Nicholas Barr-Mira 39 yard field goal 13 10
Fres TD 6:37 Ronnie Rivers 36 yard TD run (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 20 10
Fres FG 0:08 Abraham Montano 21 yard field goal 23 10
Third Quarter FresUCLA
UCLA TD 12:29 Kam Brown 39 yard TD pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 23 17
Fres FG 7:33 Abraham Montano 39 yard field goal 26 17
Fourth Quarter FresUCLA
UCLA TD 8:10 Kyle Philips 42 yard TD pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 26 24
UCLA TD 7:27 Zach Charbonnet 3 yard TD run (Dorian Thompson-Robinson 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 26 30
Fres TD 2:55 Erik Brooks 19 yard TD pass from Jake Haener (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 33 30
UCLA TD 0:54 Kyle Philips 15 yard TD pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (Nicholas Barr-Mira Extra Point) 33 37
Fres TD 0:14 Jalen Cropper 13 yard TD pass from Jake Haener (Abraham Montano Extra Point) 40 37
Team Stats
  Fresno State UCLA
First downs 34 18
  Rushing 10 7
  Passing 22 10
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 37-141 29-124
Passing Yards 455 278
Return Yards 18 197
Completions-Attempts-Int 39-54-1 14-24-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-17 0-0
Punts 3 4
Fumbles Lost 3-2 2-2
Penalties - Yards 8-55 5-29
Fresno State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Haener 39 53 455 2 1
UCLA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Thompson-Robinson 14 24 278 3 0
Fresno State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Rivers 21 137 6.5 2
J. Mims 2 4 2.0 0
J. Cropper 1 1 1.0 1
J. Haener 13 -1 -0.1 0
UCLA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Thompson-Robinson 13 75 5.8 0
B. Brown 9 22 2.4 0
Z. Charbonnet 6 19 3.2 2
E. Fernea 1 8 8.0 0
Fresno State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Cropper 14 141 10.1 1
J. Kelly 8 120 15.0 0
T. Jones 5 61 12.2 0
K. Wheatfall 2 33 16.5 0
R. Rivers 3 26 8.7 0
J. Rodriguez 3 25 8.3 0
E. Brooks 1 19 19.0 1
J. Mims 2 16 8.0 0
R. Pauwels Jr. 1 14 14.0 0
UCLA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Philips 7 113 16.1 2
K. Brown 5 111 22.2 1
C. Cota 1 45 45.0 0
B. Brown 1 9 9.0 0
Fresno State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UCLA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Churchwell III 1 33
Fresno State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. King 3 141 47.0
UCLA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Akers 4 166 41.5
Fresno State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Rivers 1 -1 -1.0
UCLA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Philips 1 22 22.0
Fresno State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Mims 1 19 19.0
UCLA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Allen 5 142 28.4
Fresno State Missed FG
Player Length
UCLA Missed FG
Player Length




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