Today's performance may have dialed back playoff talks for the Bruins for the time being.
No. 7 UCLA was expected to come into Charlottesville and run over Virginia and start off Junior Brett Hundley's potential Heisman campaign on a big note. Things didn't go as planned as the Bruins offense stalled almost all game long, and they just escaped from Virginia with a 28-20 win on Saturday.
The Bruins came out hot on the first drive, with Hundley completing a 48-yard bomb to Eldridge Massington to move into Cavilers territory less than one minute into the game. They stalled and tried to settle for a field goal, but Junior Ka'imi Fairbairn went wide right on the 45-yarder to start the game.
Both offenses traded punts until a Greyson Lambert pass was deflected at the line by Owa Odighizuwa, and picked off by Ishmael Adams who took it 20 yards the other way to put UCLA up 7-0 with 13 minutes left to play in the half.
MORE PUNTING HAPPENED. (And somewhere there was a Virginia Field Goal)
The 'Hoos were driving into Bruins territory and Lambert completed a quick pass to Kyle Dockins for what appeared to be a first down. Except the ball squeezed out and was scooped up by Randall Goforth, who ran by several confused Cavilers who thought the play was dead, and into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown to put UCLA up 14-3.