SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — He throws for touchdowns, runs for them, catches them — even mixes in a punt now and then.
Yes, Brett Hundley is the quarterback who can do everything, and with a UCLA defense that did more than its part by making six interceptions, there was no way he could lose.
Hundley hit the trifecta with a touchdown each passing, rushing and receiving Thursday night to lead the 12th-ranked Bruins to a 34-27 win over Utah that lifted UCLA to 4-0 for the first time since 2005.
"He's a tremendous player and an awesome leader," UCLA running back Paul Perkins said of his quarterback.
Hundley, who went 17 for 27 for 211 yards, also had an interception, throwing an ill-advised pass into the flat that Keith McGill picked off and returned 19 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 24 with 13:23 left.
But the sophomore quarterback followed with a meticulous, 13-play, 48-yard drive — completing a pair of passes to convert third downs, then scrambling for 8 yards to set up the go-ahead field goal.
Shortly after Anthony Jefferson's second interception of the night, Hundley ran 36 yards to put the Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) ahead 34-24. He scooted through the Utah defense despite blurry eyesight after losing a contact lens earlier in the game.
"To be honest, I just saw some black jerseys and I was trying to run away from them," Hundley said.
Utah (3-2, 0-2) made a field goal to pull within seven, then recovered the onside kick. Wilson moved the Utes to the UCLA 23 with less than a minute left, but Myles Jack ended the game with pick No. 6.
"The defense stepped up," said Perkins, who finished with 92 yards on 16 carries. "And the offense knew they were going to do their job."
Moments after the game ended, a snow squall began over Rice-Eccles Stadium, where UCLA has had no luck in the recent past. This snapped a two-game losing streak at Utah that spanned six years and two coaches. More importantly, the Bruins established themselves as the early team to beat in a Pac-12 South division in which every other team has at least one loss and their cross-city rivals, Southern California, has two — along with a new coach.