UCLA's offense struggled in the first half of Saturday's season opener at Virginia, but the Bruins' defense is doing its part. Early in the second quarter, a pair of UCLA defenders converged on Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert, who floated a wobbling pass over the outstretched arms of a Cavaliers receiver. Bruins defensive back Ishmael Adams snagged the ball and ran it back for a touchdown, giving UCLA a 7-0 lead.
That was only the beginning.
The Bruins tacked on two more defensive scores before halftime. Lambert connected with running back Taquan Mizell on a short pass with around three minutes remaining in the quarter, but the ball was popped loose, and UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth picked it up and ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown. As if that wasn't enough, on the Cavaliers' next drive, Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks picked off a Lambert pass and scampered 37 yards for another score.
To recap: That's three defensive touchdowns for UCLA, all in the second quarter.
- Chris Johnson