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UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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Teams that have started the season in opposite directions meet when undefeated UCLA visits winless Colorado in the Pac-12 opener for both schools on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

After lopsided wins over Bowling Green and Alabama State to open the season, UCLA (3-0) needed Nicholas Barr-Mira's 24-yard field goal as time expired to pull out a 32-31 win over visiting South Alabama on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Colorado's three losses to open the season have been by an average of 32.7 points after the Buffaloes were trounced 49-7 at Minnesota last weekend.

The setback prompted athletic director Rick George to release a statement reiterating his confidence in coach Karl Dorrell, who is 8-13 since taking over the Buffaloes in 2020.

"He's all-in just like I'm all-in," said Dorrell, who went 35-27 in five seasons as Bruins head coach from 2003-07. "I know our fans are disappointed. We're just as disappointed. We're not trying to do these things. Unfortunately that's part of the game, that's part of the pressure and the expectation, particularly of a program like the University of Colorado that I have a lot of respect for.

"I know we can get better, and I know we will be better. ... We, as a team, and as a football program, those young players down there, they want to play well for their fans."

UCLA coach Chip Kelly said he isn't paying attention to the Buffaloes' off-the-field drama.

"We look at their scheme and their personnel," Kelly said. "We are very analytical about what we are doing. We don't start to delve into what is the psyche and non-psyche of the team and how they feel and all of those other things."

UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson has completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 662 yards with six touchdowns and an interception while also running for 114 yards and two scores. Zach Charbonnet is the team's leading rusher with 34 carries for 189 yards and a touchdown.

However, no Bruin has more receiving yards than Jake Bobo's 168 on 11 receptions, with Kazmeir Allen notching a Bruins-best 16 catches.

Colorado has been unsettled at the quarterback position with J.T. Shrout and Brendon Lewis each struggling to lead an offense that has mustered only 30 points over three games.

Deion Smith has rushed for 159 yards and a score on 28 carries (5.7 yards per carry), while Daniel Arias has 124 receiving yards on nine receptions, which is at least six more than any other Buffaloes player.

UCLA posted a 44-20 home win over the visiting Buffaloes last year and has lost their last three games in Boulder since a 40-37 win in 2014.

--Field Level Media

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UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes Recap SEP 24TH 2022

Zach Charbonnet ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to power UCLA to a 45-17 victory over host Colorado in the Pac-12 opener Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

Charbonnet averaged 11.6 yards per attempt and didn't play in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson went 19-of-23 passing for 234 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, in addition to rushing for 56 yards on seven carries.

Jake Bobo had four receptions for 53 yards.

UCLA (4-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 21-3 lead over the Buffaloes (0-4, 0-1) and never looked back en route to outgaining Colorado 515-309 and holding the Buffaloes to 5-for-17 on third-down conversions. Colorado has been outscored 173-47 this season.

The Bruins put the game away by scoring 17 points in the first nine minutes of the third quarter. Charbonnet's 46-yard touchdown run gave the Bruins a 28-10 advantage before Nicholas Barr-Mira added a 44-yard yard field goal and Thompson-Robinson tossed a 2-yard score to Colson Yankoff with 6:03 left in the quarter for a 38-10 lead.

UCLA backup quarterback Ethan Garbers opened the fourth quarter with a 3-yard scoring strike to Yankoff for a 45-10 advantage.

Colorado quarterback Owen McCown threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jordyn Tyson with 2:59 left to provide the final score.

McCown was 26-for-42 passing for 258 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Charlie Offerdahl rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries, while Daniel Arias had four receptions for 82 yards.

After UCLA took a 7-0 lead on Thompson-Robinson's 24-yard pass to Matt Sykes with 6:18 left in the first, the Bruins doubled the advantage on Charbonnet's 35-yard scoring run with 46 left in the opening period.

Colorado cut the lead to 14-3 on Cole Becker's 35-yard field goal early in the second quarter. UCLA responded when Charbonnet's 13-yard touchdown run capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive, giving the Bruins a 21-3 lead with 9:00 left before halftime.

The Buffaloes pulled to within 21-10 on McCown's 2-yard run that capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive with 19 seconds left in the half.

--Field Level Media

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