Paul Perkins got the workout today as he led the Bruins' ground game and ran alll over the Rebels this Saturday. Perkins totaled 151 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman QB Josh Rosen completed 22 of 42 passes for 223 yards and 1 TD.
According to ESPN, UCLA has won 13 of its last 14 non-conference games -- 10 straight since losing to Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl.
Perkins really dominated in today's event. He took his longest run up the sideline for 56 yards. Bolu Olorunfunmi also did some damage on the ground, rushing 8 times for 65 yards. Jordan Payton led the way receiving the ball with 5 catches, 70 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Decker started the game at QB for the Rebels but would actually go down and leave the game. Kurt Palandech came in for him throwing 4/15 for a measley 4 yards. He also had an interception. Keith Whitely was the only productive offensive player rushing 12 times for 73 yards. UCLA defense actually forced UNLV to punt 9 times.
UCLA's first score came in the first quarter when Josh Rosen passed to Jordan Payton for a 29-yard touchdown. Kenny Young later returned an interception for a touchdown as well.
UCLA now will move into a HUGE week 3 matchup against BYU. BYU just came off a big upset over Boise State this weekend and will create utter chaos for next week. UCLA is a strong enough team to likely hold onto it and start off the season 3-0, but BYU is no joke now. BYU was behind 24-21 in the fourth quarter and scored on a 35 yard pass by Tanner Mangum , and then a 50 yard interception return for a touchdown controlled the game for BYU.
This matchup is the first real test for UCLA. We were curious how Rosen would do against Virginia, and he exceeded expectations. Now, we saw him a little unaccurate with the ball against UNLV, and we'll see what QB we get next week.