WESTWOOD (News4usonline) – By the time the first quarter of the UCLA-Hawaii football game was over, the final outcome was all but sealed. There was very little pushback from the Rainbows as the Bruins unleashed their new-look offense behind the play of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Before the sweat and adrenaline had dried up from the players rushing on the football field prior to kickoff, Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins had already secured a 24-3 at the end of the first period. The final score of the game was 44-10.
The first quarter said a lot about both the Bruins as well as the Rainbows. Either this is a sign that the Bruins are going to be a tough out for anyone they play against, including visiting LSU on Labor Day weekend, or the Hawaii contest was a warm-up to the regular season.
Either way, the Bruins and head coach Chip Kelly are undefeated for the month of August. Their undefeated mark will get a serious test against LSU at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 4. The Tigers will have their hands full trying to contain the explosive backfield Kelly now in place. The first place LSU might want to deal with is the rushing attack of the Bruins.
Kelly didn’t need Thompson-Robinson to do too much through the air (10 of 20 for 120 yards and a touchdown) because his running game dominated Hawaii. The Bruins, led by the heavy-duty running of Zach Charbonnet, rushed for 252 yards. Charbonnet led the way with 106 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries.
Brittain Brown tallied 78 yards and a score for UCLA in the lopsided victory. Charbonnet scored on touchdown runs of 21, 21, and 47 yards.
For Hawaii, the opening period was a nightmare as the Rainbows could not find an avenue to get out of their own way.
Featured Image Caption: UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) stretches out on a scramble against Hawaii during the Bruins’ first game of the 2021 college football season. Thompson-Robinson completed 10 of 20 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in UCLA’s 44-10 win against Hawaii at the Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline