— UCLA allowed Colorado a whopping 26 first downs, seven of which came on penalties. The Buffs’ highest first-down total this season prior to Saturday were their 24 in a season-opening win over Colorado State. Just three of those came on penalties.
The Bruins’ clearly aren’t going to shake their problem with flags. They had 11 for 122 yards, just 17 yards shy of their rushing total. It was the most yards UCLA has lost on penalties since giving away 138 against New Mexico State.
— Speaking of flags, Anthony Barr got a couple of roughing-the-passer penalties late in the game. Quarterback Sefo Liufau even pushed Barr in the chest after the first one. Either way, he looked pretty poised in the pocket for a true freshman.
— Devin Lucien wasn’t exactly happy with the win. The redshirt sophomore wasn’t among the eight receivers who caught a ball Saturday night, his second straight contest going unnoticed on the box score. He has just nine catches on the season, and no more than two in any single game.
He took to Twitter last night to vent:
He also tweeted (and deleted) “*Football” after his first tweet, as if to clarify the subject matter. Here’s guessing Lucien will calm down, but it’s not a good look going off on a public forum after a 22-point victory.
— Devin Fuller had the breakout game everyone’s been waiting for, scoring on two touchdown catches and another lateral. He had to reach back a bit on the first 76-yard score from Brett Hundley, and also did a great job filling in for Steve Manfro on kick returns. With 102 yards on three returns, he might need to get more looks there.
“I’m not into statement games or coming-out parties, but it was exciting to see him play well,” coach Jim Mora said. “We know what he is capable of. … When he has the ball in his hands, he can make things happen.”
— Senior Damien Thigpen had himself a nice game on what was a quiet rushing night for UCLA. He scored for the first time since returning from his torn ACL, and also broke out a nice 27-yard run to set up Fuller’s touchdown run. Thigpen led all UCLA backs with 38 yards on four touches, and could become a crucial part of the offense moving forward.
He also said he can see himself getting chances to return kicks again.
Meanwhile, neither Paul Perkins nor Jordon James got much traction on the ground. The latter had eight yards on six carries, but appeared to re-injure his ankle. Noel Mazzone mostly abandoned the run game, relying on Hundley to pick up yards on draws or scrambles.
— The offensive line protected Hundley well, allowing zero sacks.
“We tried to move the line, but they’re pretty good,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We did get there a few times, but we just weren’t able to get Hundley down. He kept getting away from us.”
The Buffs only have nine sacks on the season, tied with Arizona for lowest in the Pac-12, and have now gone back-to-back games without one.