With its best start to a season since 2007, UCLA is just one win away from bowl eligibility for the second straight year. The Bruins thought their comprehensively solid effort against Utah suggested they can do even more.
"We're too good to be just bowl-eligible," said UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria, who caught three passes for 41 yards. "That's the old UCLA. We're trying to be a lot better than that. We took a big step today."
Hundley went 15 for 21 and threw a 64-yard TD pass to Shaq Evans in another impressive performance against a strong defense, showing off his smarts and athleticism while leading several lengthy drives. The freshman also demonstrated toughness after tweaking his knee on the first snap of the game, gathering himself during a quick timeout and playing on.
"He is elusive," Whittingham said. "We made him appear more elusive than he is, because we didn't maintain our discipline on the pass rush. We did a very poor job with that."
Andrew Abbott intercepted a tipped pass by Wilson on the freshman's opening drive, and UCLA mounted a 13-play scoring march capped by Hundley's expert ball fake on a 12-yard TD run up the middle.
After UCLA opened the second half by stopping Utah on fourth down at the Bruins 34, Hundley calmly engineered a 14-play scoring drive capped by Franklin's 3-yard TD run.
Utah finally got moving in the waning minutes, reaching the UCLA 3 with a trick play featuring receiver DeVonte Christopher throwing a 23-yard pass to Wilson.
Hays eventually hit Anderson, who stretched over the goal line for Utah's first offensive TD.
But Utah didn't try an onside kick, and Franklin picked up a first down with 2 minutes left. UCLA ran down the clock to 8 seconds before punting, and the Utes' last snap went nowhere.