Charbonnet has 3 TDs in UCLA debut as Bruins confuse Hawaii

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UCLA Bruins running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday August 28, 2021 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

UCLA Bruins running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday, 28 August 2021 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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Zach Charbonnet had 106 yards and three touchdowns on his UCLA debut as the Bruins claimed a 44-10 victory over Hawaii on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA scored on its first five possessions as it ended an eight-game losing streak against teams outside of the Pac-12. Six of those losses were under Chip Kelly, who is in his fourth season.

Charbonnet, who was in Michigan for the past two seasons, scored all of his first-half touchdowns as the Bruins took a 31-3 halftime lead. He scored his first touchdown midway through the first quarter on a 21-yard run after superb blocks down the right side of the offensive line to take the lead to 10-0.

The junior’s best run of the day came with 47 seconds left in the first quarter when he made four tackles in Hawaii before accelerating for a 46-yard touchdown to make it 24-3. He then went over 100 yards on his sixth rush with a score of 21 yards on the next possession.

Brittain Brown added 78 yards on 13 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown to make it 17-0 in four games after defensive lineman Datona Jackson reclaimed Chevan Cordeiro’s pass deep into Hawaiian territory and the returned 11 yards on the 9.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson finished 10 of 20 for 130 yards. He completed all four of his assists in the opening practice of the second half, culminating in a 44-yard strike at Kazmeir Allen to make it 37-3.

UCLA’s last touchdown came when Ale Kaho blocked Matthew Shipley’s punt and it was picked up by David Priebe in the end zone.

Hawaii’s only touchdown came late in the third quarter on a one-yard pass from Cordeiro to Caleb Phillips.

Cordeiro was 24 of 46 for 216 yards. Hawaii is 4-13 in its last 17 games against Pac-12 opponents, including 10 straight road losses. Calvin Turner Jr. entered the game as the nation’s top career general-purpose returner (4,359 yards), but the senior all-rounder was limited to 50 yards on five receptions.

TO TAKE AWAY

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors allowed 211.7 rushing yards per game last season, which was the seventh worst in the country among teams that have played seven or more games. They allowed 249 yards against the Bruins.

UCLA: This is the Bruins’ first victory in an opener since their 45-44 rally against Texas A&M in 2017.

NOT A GOOD START

The game drew 32,982 spectators, the second lowest for a UCLA game since the Bruins moved to the Rose Bowl in 1982. The record remains at 32,513 against Oregon State in 1992.

FOLLOWING

Hawaii: Welcomes the State of Portland on September 4. This will be the Rainbow Warriors’ first home game on campus after Aloha Stadium closed at the end of last season.

UCLA: Host # 16 LSU on September 4 at the first meeting between the two programs.


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