Hundley, UCLA rout Virginia Tech 42-12 in Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer got right to the point after a
humbling loss to UCLA in the Sun Bowl.
”UCLA made the plays it had to and you have to give them
credit,” Beamer said. ”I was disappointed that we didn’t execute
Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley shredded Virginia Tech’s
fourth-ranked defense in the No. 17 Bruins’ 42-12 victory over the
Hokies on Tuesday.
Hundley had 86- and 7-yard touchdown runs and finished with 161
yards on 10 carries
”I guess he can run a little,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. ”He
played well. He was poised.”
Hundley also completed 16 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two
”It was a special game,” Hundley said. ”We played well as an
offense. We had to make adjustments. When we did, we got things
Hundley and UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt shared MVP honors.
Zumwalt had 10 tackles and returned an interception 43 yards to set
up a touchdown.
”It’s the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Mora said about
Zumwalt. ”He was unbelievable from start to finish.
The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-2 in the fourth
After Virginia Tech cut it to 14-10 on Michael Branthover’s
22-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter, UCLA
answered with a 12-play, 85-yard drive, capped by Paul Perkins’s
5-yard run early in the fourth.
Hokies backup quarterback Mark Leal then threw a pass under
heavy pressure that linebacker Myles Jack intercepted and returned
29 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-10.
”In the second half we blocked things up better,” Mora said.
”We got back to doing what we do best. We played with great tempo.
We were not as uptight.”
Virginia Tech, which lost starting quarterback Logan Thomas to
an injury in the second quarter, got its final points when UCLA
punter Sean Covington stepped on the end line for a safety with
Thomas, Virginia Tech’s career passing leader, left after taking
a big hit along the UCLA sideline early in the second quarter. The
hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the Bruins.
”It was tough to miss time on the field, the worst feeling of
my career,” Thomas said. ”I would have rather you guys talk bad
about me than miss time on the field. We were doing some good
things on offense. I thought we were right on the verge of doing
some good things.”
UCLA pushed it to 35-12 on Hundley’s 8-yard touchdown pass to
Thomas Duarte with 7:31 to play. The Bruins stayed aggressive late,
and Hundley fired a 59-yard scoring strike down the right sideline
to Shaquelle Evans for another score with 5:49 remaining.
It wasn’t that easy early on, though, for UCLA, which led 14-7
at the half. Hundley had six carries for 168 yards in the half. He
set the Sun Bowl record for rushing yards by a quarterback by
halftime, even though he lost 7 yards in the second to finish at
The Bruins rushed for 202 yards in the first half, and finished
The win in the first meeting between the teams allowed UCLA to
post its first 10-win season since 2005, and helped the Bruins
forget last season’s 49-26 loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.
Virginia Tech had its second-worst loss in a bowl game. Its
worst was a 42-3 loss to North Carolina in the 1998 Gator Bowl. The
42 points the Hokies allowed were the second-most in a bowl game
behind the 52 they gave up in a 52-49 loss to California in the
2003 Insight Bowl.
While the Hokies, making their 21st consecutive bowl appearance,
were able to limit UCLA’s running backs to 49 yards, they had no
answer for Hundley, who repeatedly gouged them for big gainers on
designed quarterback counters.
”When we recovered the fumble down 14-7, I had hoped we could
have punched it in for a touchdown, but we had to settle for three
and then UCLA comes back and scores to make it 21-10,” Beamer
said. ”That was huge. I thought about going for it on fourth down
but we just wanted to get something on the board.”