Chip Kelly is thought for recreation plans with extra selection than a bag of Halloween sweet, all types of choices accessible at any given second.
He actually wanted just one play to beat Stanford: hand Zach Charbonnet the ball.
From its opening drive Saturday night time, UCLA’s offense fell right into a predictable, profitable sample by counting on its sturdy working again. Charbonnet obtained carries on the Bruins’ first three performs, rolling off runs of 14, 11 and 11 yards earlier than quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw his first go.
It was a successful formulation.
Not even the officers may cease Charbonnet from dazzling the season-high crowd of 43,850 on the Rose Bowl. His legs churning, the working again dragged three defenders with him to the aim line on one nine-yard run within the second quarter that appeared to finish in a landing. After officers reversed the decision and positioned the ball on the half-yard line, Charbonnet ran for a one-yard landing on the following play.
“He’s special,” Stanford coach David Shaw mentioned. “He’s big, he’s fast, he wears you down.”
Charbonnet’s huge night time that included three landing runs powered the No. 12 Bruins to a 38-13 victory through which they piled up 324 yards on the bottom to interrupt a protracted house dropping streak towards the Cardinal.
The Bruins had not walked off the Rose Bowl area smiling after a recreation towards Stanford because the closing months of the George W. Bush presidency. The date: Oct. 18, 2008.
Charbonnet gave UCLA (7-1 total, 4-1 Pac-12) one other welcome reminiscence within the sequence by working for a career-high-tying 198 yards in 21 carries, averaging 9.4 yards per carry towards a protection powerless to cease him. Charbonnet additionally was the Bruins’ main receiver with 5 catches for 61 yards.
“Getting to hear the crowd hyped and everything, it definitely brings juice to the team and everything,” Thompson-Robinson mentioned of his teammate’s affect. “For me personally, Zach’s someone I always try to feed off of, he makes a big play here, I make a big play there, and vice versa.”
Stanford had no solutions. Late within the third quarter, Charbonnet juked one defender and broke two tackles on a 37-yard landing run to increase UCLA’s result in 31-6.
“Probably the most physical [running back] we’ll see this year,” Cardinal linebacker Ricky Miezan mentioned. “One of the harder running backs to tackle in all of college football. You really have to bring your feet, take up space, wrap up, all of that. We had opportunities to do that, sometimes we did and sometimes we didn’t. You saw what happen when we didn’t, he got free and made some plays.”
Bruins working again Kazmeir Allen added one closing spotlight early within the fourth quarter when he zipped by means of the protection on a 72-yard landing run. It was simply a part of an offensive onslaught through which the Bruins outgained the Cardinal, 523-270, in whole yardage.
UCLA’s protection was underneath new administration, not less than for one night time.
Defensive coordinator Invoice McGovern was sick, in line with an athletic division spokesperson, with analyst Clancy Pendergast taking his spot within the press field. Pendergast, a former defensive coordinator at USC and within the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, was concerned in a collaborative effort when it got here to play calls.
“Billy was at home,” Kelly mentioned. “We FaceTimed him in the locker room, he celebrated with us, I think he poured water on himself, so he’s good.”
Stanford’s slow-developing offense couldn’t muster a lot outdoors of an preliminary drive that led to a area aim. UCLA sacked quarterback Tanner McKee 4 occasions and intercepted one in every of his passes.
The Cardinal (3-5, 1-5) even stopped itself on one drive, a false begin on fourth and two forcing it to punt after McKee spiked the ball in frustration.
Charbonnet beat Stanford in quite a lot of methods. He made a giant catch on the Bruins’ opening drive after coming uncovered out of the backfield, taking a brief go for 25 yards to the Stanford five-yard line. Thompson-Robinson ultimately minimize outdoors for a three-yard landing run to offer UCLA a 7-3 benefit.
“He’s a three-down back, that’s why he’s going to have a career after UCLA, playing professional football,” Kelly mentioned of Charbonnet. “Because he can do it all, he can pick up a pass protection, he’s a weapon coming out of the backfield, and obviously we saw what he’s like when he runs the football. So I thought Zach played outstanding today.”
The Bruins wanted just one offensive play to increase their early lead after linebacker Darius Muasau intercepted a go from McKee and returned the ball to Stanford’s 23-yard line.
Muasau mentioned he anticipated McKee’s go after watching footage of the Cardinal working the identical play a number of occasions the earlier week towards Arizona State.
“They tried to run a little power, get the linebackers to bite on the run, and they just do a little pop pass over the linebacker,” Muasau mentioned. “But I was waiting for it.”
That made it Charbonnet time as soon as extra, the working again making a tough minimize by means of an enormous gap to go untouched to the tip zone.
Thompson-Robinson additionally confirmed resolve, shaking off a number of vicious hits to finish 18 of 29 passes for 199 yards earlier than giving solution to backup Ethan Garbers within the closing minutes. These numbers would have been considerably higher had a number of receivers not dropped passes.
“I’m doing good,” Thompson-Robinson mentioned when requested how was feeling after the sport. “Nothing serious. I’ll be a little sore in the morning but glad to get the win for sure. It always makes it feel better.”
The opposite wait UCLA stomached this week was one for redemption after struggling its first defeat of the season final weekend towards Oregon. The Bruins wanted to beat Stanford to remain on tempo for a shot at enjoying for the Pac-12 championship.
Charbonnet made positive his staff stayed within the working, by working and working some extra.