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UCLA comes away from BYU with 17-14 win

UCLA comes away from BYU with 17-14 win
Published On: Sat, Sep 17
Oct 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; DUPLICATE***UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) ends up with the ball between his legs as he hits the turn after making a catch in the second quarter against the Cal Golden Bears at Rose Bowl. California Golden Bears linebacker Michael Barton (8)is left and UCLA Bruins wide receiver Jordan Payton (9) is right. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns to help UCLA overcome a sluggish offensive start and beat BYU 17-14 on Saturday night in Provo, Utah.

Rosen got a big assist from the UCLA defense, which stymied BYU for the bulk of four quarters. The Bruins (2-1) held the Cougars to 273 total yards -- including just 23 rushing yards -- and forced nine punts.

BYU senior quarterback Taysom Hill struggled for much of the game. Hill threw for 250 yards and a touchdown.

BYU (1-2) lost a home opener for the first time since 2011 when it fell to Utah 54-10.

Neither team could get going on offense during the first quarter. BYU and UCLA combined for 124 total yards and six first downs in the quarter.

The Bruins found a little life early in the second quarter. Rosen connected with Cameron Griffin on a 6-yard pass to put UCLA up 7-0.

Then the Bruins extended their lead to 10-0 on a 24-yard field goal from JJ Molson. Adarius Pickett set up the field goal when he dived for a tipped ball and corralled an interception at the BYU 39-yard line.

BYU could not find an answer. The offense stalled throughout the first half, generating just 88 passing yards and minus-9 rushing yards and only four first downs.

UCLA stepped on the gas pedal in the third quarter. The Bruins took a 17-0 lead after converting three straight third downs -- culminating in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Rosen to Darren Andrews.

BYU's offense showed a little life on the ensuing drive. The Cougars drove 75 yards -- aided by three UCLA penalties -- and got on the board on a 1-yard run from Jamaal Williams with 3:07 left in the third quarter.

BYU didn't add a second touchdown until Hill found Nick Kurtz for a 23-yard strike with 37 seconds left. The Cougars could not recover the ensuing onside kick and UCLA ran the clock out.

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