UCLA takes down No. 15 Washington in a statement win

UCLA players Laiatu Latu (15), Sitiveni Havili-Kaufusi (95) and Darius Muasau (53) pounce on Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa in the end zone for a safety after he fumbled during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA wide receiver Jake Bobo finds room to run in the Washington secondary during the first half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA wide receiver Jake Bobo finds room to run in the Washington secondary during the first half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA’s Kam Brown, right, celebrates with teammate Jake Bobo after catching a touchdown pass during the second quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA’s Kam Brown (0) celebrates with quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, left, after scoring on a touchdown pass during the second quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., left, lays on the turf after being sacked by UCLA’s Laiatu Latu during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA tight end Michael Ezeike finds room to run after making a catch during the first half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA defensive back Stephan Blaylock is tackled by Washington’s Roger Rosengarten (73) after Blaylock intercepted a pass during the first half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA defensive back Stephan Blaylock is tackled by Washington’s Roger Rosengarten (73) after Blaylock intercepted a pass during the first half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA defensive back Stephan Blaylock is tackled by Washington’s Roger Rosengarten (73) after Blaylock intercepted a pass during the first half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA defensive back Stephan Blaylock celebrates after an interception during the second quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson get together during a timeout in the first half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet scores on a short touchdown run during the first quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa fumbles in the end zone as UCLA linebacker Laiatu Latu moves in to tackle him for a safety during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa fumbles in the end zone as UCLA linebacker Laiatu Latu moves in to tackle him for a safety during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa fumbles in the end zone as UCLA linebacker Laiatu Latu moves in to tackle him for a safety during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA players Laiatu Latu (15), Sitiveni Havili-Kaufusi (95) and Darius Muasau (53) pounce on Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa in the end zone for a safety after he fumbled during the first quarter on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa (21) fumbles in the endzone as UCLA’s Laiatu Latu (15), Sitiveni Havili-Kaufusi (95) and Darius Muasau (53) move in to make the stop for a safety during the first quarter at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. The UCLA Bruins host the University of Washington Huskies in a college football game. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA’s Darius Muasau (53), Azizi Hearn (22) and Mo Osling III (7) celebrate a safety during the first quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA’s Mo Osling III, left, and Jelani Warren celebrate a safety during the first quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson fires a pass during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the first half of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA wide receiver scores Jake Bobo, left, celebrates after catching a touchdown pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA wide receiver Jake Bobo celebrates in the end zone after catching a touchdown pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson finds running room during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns (three passing) in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson looks to pass during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson runs toward the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns (three passing) in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson stiff-arms Washington linebacker Carson Bruener as he runs for positive yardage during the second half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson stiff-arms Washington linebacker Carson Bruener as he runs for positive yardage during the second half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson stiff-arms Washington linebacker Carson Bruener as he runs for positive yardage during the second half on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 40-32 win. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field after their 40-32 victory over No. 15 Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly is congratulated by supporters as he leaves the field after their 40-32 victory over No. 15 Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

UCLA running back Keegan Jones (22) runs on a kick return during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa (21) carries against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson throws a pass against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA wide receiver Jake Bobo (9) makes a touchdown catch past Washington safety Alex Cook (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throws a pass against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) runs against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA wide receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (2) runs after a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA’s Keegan Jones (22) stiff-arms Washington’s Drew Fowler on a kick return during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA wide receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (2) runs after a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) scores a rushing touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Washington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa, front right, falls after leaping over UCLA defensive back Mo Osling III, back right, partially obscured, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. At left is defensive back Stephan Blaylock. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throws a pass during the first quarter of their game against UCLA on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, right, makes a touchdown catch in front of UCLA defensive back Devin Kirkwood (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) celebrates his touchdown catch against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, left, celebrates a touchdown with Ja’Lynn Polk during the first quarter of their game against UCLA on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) celebrates his touchdown catch against UCLA with quarterback Michael Penix Jr., left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) runs against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) runs past Washington linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the second quarter of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the second quarter of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the second quarter of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the second quarter of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, top, leaps over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson returns to earth after leaping over Washington linebacker Kamren Fabiculanan during the second quarter of their Pac-12 game on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. Thompson-Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bruins beat the 15th-ranked Huskies, 40-32. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA linebacker JonJon Vaughns (21) celebrates after intercepting a pass from Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throws a pass during the second quarter of their game against UCLA on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson runs with the ball during the second quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jake Bobo of the UCLA Bruins runs the ball against Kamren Fabiculanan #13 of the Washington Huskies in the second quarter at Rose Bowl Stadium on September 30, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet is tackled by Washington’s Kristopher Moll during the third quarter at Rose Bowl Stadium on September 30, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson runs with the ball during the second quarter of their game against Washington on Friday night at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Hudson Habermehl of UCLA runs against Dominique Hampton #7 of the Washington Huskies in the second quarter at Rose Bowl Stadium on September 30, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UCLA wide receiver Kam Brown, right, reacts after catching a touchdown pass next to Washington cornerback Davon Banks, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington running back Wayne Taulapapa, right, is tackled by UCLA defensive lineman Jacob Sykes during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) reacts as he waits for a play call from the sideline during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against UCLA on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer signals during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington tight end Devin Culp catches a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington tight end Devin Culp celebrates his touchdown catch against UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan (11) is lifted after scoring a two-point conversion during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) stiff-arms Washington linebacker Carson Bruener during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) is tackled by Washington linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet carries against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA wide receiver Jake Bobo, right, makes a touchdown catch past Washington linebacker Dominique Hampton, center, during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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PASADENA — Most of the talk around the Pac-12 this week was about Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., and how he was leading the nation’s top offense into the Rose Bowl against the Bruins. The other quarterback on the field Friday night had other thoughts.

In a battle of fifth-year quarterbacks leading unbeaten teams, Dorian Thompson-Robinson put on a show as UCLA beat No. 15 Washington, 40-32. The Bruins (5-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2013, scored their first regular-season win against a Top-15 team since 2014 and should be a strong candidate to enter the Top 25 poll next week ahead of games against No. 12 Utah and No. 13 Oregon.

At the postgame presser, Thompson-Robinson’s voice was nearly gone. He made it clear: There was some extra motivation for him on Friday.

“We got to beat the best to be the best, and play the best to be the best,” Thompson-Robinson said. “And y’all say Washington is up there. Damn right I’m going full-go and I’m giving my all.”

Thompson-Robinson finished 24-of-33 passing for 315 yards with three touchdowns and added 53 yards rushing and another score on the ground. Running back Zach Charbonnet had 124 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

On Thompson-Robinson’s rushing touchdown, a 2-yarder that extended the Bruins’ lead to 33-10 in the third quarter, the quarterback made such a sudden stutter-step that two defenders for Washington (4-1, 1-1) collided with each other, remaining down at the goal line as UCLA celebrated an impending win.

“I just thought he was clutch,” Coach Chip Kelly said. “I have total confidence in everything that Dorian does.”

Because of a soft early schedule, very few people outside the Bruins’ locker room had a sense of how good UCLA was heading into Friday. But anyone who caught a glimpse of the score on ESPN is now aware, the Bruins intend to be a factor in the Pac-12 race.

“People were saying all week that we’re the worst 4-0 team out there and writing us off. I think my boys came here with a chip on their shoulder,” said Thompson-Robinson, who had the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career. “I think I told y’all on Monday, see if Washington can run with us, not the other way around.”

Penix, who entered the game leading the nation in passing yards, finished 33-of-48 for 345 yards but UCLA recorded its first safety in four years and forced two turnovers – all before halftime.

UCLA led 40-16 in the third quarter but Washington cut the deficit to one score with four minutes left. The Huskies capped a 93-yard, 12-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Penix to Rome Odunze.

Thompson-Robinson answered the late threat. He ran for a pair of first downs and then found Hudson Habermehl on a third down play on the ensuing possession to help UCLA run out the clock.

UCLA forced two turnovers in the first half – and the safety – which led to nine points. Laiatu Latu recorded the first sack of the season against Penix, forcing a 9-yard loss on a third down play in the second quarter that held the Huskies’ drive to a field goal.

The strong defensive start helped spark the offense. Thompson-Robinson picked apart the Huskies’ secondary, delivering two touchdown strikes to Jake Bobo and a third to Kam Brown.

Bobo had his best game in a UCLA uniform with six catches for 142 yards, perhaps entrenching himself as the team’s new top receiver. He credited the defense for putting the offense in favorable situations.

“When the offense sees an opportunity like we had tonight – when the defense is rolling and getting those guys off the field – it juices you up a little bit for sure,” Bobo said. “It’s definitely a motivational factor.”

Washington scored first on the opening drive, but it was all UCLA after it took advantage of a botched handoff by the Huskies that led to the safety.

“First drive was a bad start, but: Bend don’t break,” defensive back Stephan Blaylock said. “We didn’t break. We didn’t fold. That’s what I love about this team.”

Thompson-Robinson engineered an 11-play, 93-yard drive, capped by a Charbonnet touchdown, to give UCLA a 9-7 lead. It was the first time the Huskies had trailed all season.

The Bruins led 26-10 at halftime, swinging the momentum midway through the second quarter on an interception by Stephan Blaylock, who returned it to the 15-yard line. On the next play, Thompson found Brown open in the end zone to give UCLA a two-score lead.

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The two teams traded touchdowns on the first four possessions of the second half.

Kelly likes the way his team is building off of each victory. The Bruins have won eight consecutive games dating to last season – their longest unbeaten streak since 2005 and the second-longest current streak in the nation behind Clemson. UCLA has scored at least 40 points in six of those victories.

“There’s a resiliency to this group,” Kelly said. “They’ve been through a lot. We’ve been fortunate to be on the pretty good end of the score the last couple of games. Each week they get a little bit better, and each week has new challenges depending on who you play.”

UCLA will enjoy watching Saturday’s slate of games knowing it already has a win this week. But it’ll just be one day of relaxation.

“And then we have the defending Pac-12 champions coming in here in Utah, so that will get your eyes up getting ready for that one,” Kelly said.