While UCLA’s 49-24 victory Thursday could be taken with a grain of, well, Rice, it was a good start in Johnathan Franklin’s attempt to run down Gaston Green.
Franklin gained 214 yards, including touchdown runs of 74 and 78 yards. It gave him 2,883 yards rushing in his UCLA career, leaving him 848 short of Green’s UCLA record. Franklin is eighth on the Bruins’ all-time list, 31 yards behind Theotis Brown.
It was the second time that Franklin has topped 200 yards in a game. He had 216 yards rushing against Washington State in 2010. He is the fourth UCLA running back to go over 200 yards in multiple games.
Green and Karim Abdul-Jabbar did it three times and Brown twice.
Franklin’s performance allowed Coach Jim Mora to win his first game as UCLA’s coach. Bruins’ coaches are 4-7-1 in their debut since 1945.