LOS ANGELES – UCLA coach Chip Kelly believes the Bruins have achieved their third consecutive Pac-12 away win this season with a full team.
It was also the chemistry between defenseman Dorian Thompson-Robinson and tight end Greg Dulcic, who helped defeat the Husky, 24-17.
Dulcic caught two Thompson-Robinson passes, including a 9-yard tie-down reception with a 17 draw and 8:19 left in the fourth quarter to help the Bruins (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12). from Washington.
The touchdown finished a 13-game race that went 90 yards and broke out by 5:47 seconds in the final period.
Kelly praised Dulcic for his efforts as a blocker rather than his work as a pass catcher.
“It was possibly Greg’s best blocking game,” Kelly said. “It really was an accent for him and really amplified.”
The University of California Los Angeles said its tight borders should be well blocked this week. Dulcic was ready for this challenge to help the attackers continue to successfully advance the soccer ball.
“Blocking is something I’ve always tried to improve,” Dulcic said. “As a tight end, you have to be able to do everything, and last week (we) focused on our group to pick things up at the moment of the attack.”
Kelly shared the importance of blocking in all groups of attacking positions and praised successor Kyle Phillips earlier this season for his efforts as a blocker.
In September, Philips secured a couple of crucial blocks against LSU.
“It’s just the result of how these coaches force us to train every day,” Phillips told reporters in September. “(The thought) right now is that we can play for high stakes of anything, so if the ball doesn’t reach you, you have to look for work, look for someone to hit or block.”
Phillips, the team’s lead receiver, did not travel to Seattle. UCLA did not provide a reason for his absence, but he did participate in Monday’s training.
Thompson-Robinson passed the ball to eight different recipients, including Kam Brown and Chase Cat.
Brown caught a 17-yard pass from Thompson-Robinson with 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter, giving UCLA a 7-3 lead.
Kelly expressed his gratitude to the defense for their attempt to return the ball to the attacker’s hands.
“I thought our defense did a really good job,” Kelly said. “They held (Washington) up to 300 yards in the general attack, handled very well and created two coups, including one to start the game.”
On Saturday, Lake sooner or later intercepted a pass from Washington quarterback Dylan Morris in the first stage of the game.
“It was very important to start with,” said Kelly. “It was very important to set the tone early.”
Lake and fellow security officer Kenny Churchwell III have recovered from injuries in recent weeks and added the necessary depth to the Bruins’ minor player who was vulnerable to big games.
“I got a little injury,” Lake said during a post-match press conference in Seattle. “I feel like we’re starting to go back to where we were (as minor) in the first two games. We’re pretty healthy. “
The Bruins were able to apply enough pressure with their front seven to force Washington quarterback Dylan Morris to flip the ball.
Stefan Blaylock of UCLA faced Kamari Pleasant, losing 4 yards to third to force the husky to jump in the fourth quarter. The Bruins were able to capitalize on Blaylock’s key stop to generate the drive that led to Dulcic’s good landing.
Throughout the game, Washington attempted at the bottom of the field as Morris focused on shooting at receiver Roma Odunze, who faced UCLA cornerback Cameron Johnson.
Morris completed a 17-yard pass on Odunze in the first quarter, making the first down with Johnson in cover after a defender had previously interrupted a pass intended for Odunze on the first shot.
Morris completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Odunza, Washington’s longest pass in the game, 52 seconds before halftime.
Morris continued to attack Odunze in the second half, but his pass was intercepted by freshman defender Devin Kirkwood on the UCLA 4-yard line, ensuring the Bruins win in the fourth quarter.
The interception allowed Thompson-Robinson and the attackers to finish the last 4:50 am on the clock.