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UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after making three field goals in the Bruins’ 44-30 win at Washington.
The total tied a career high for the junior, who has been nearly automatic inside of 35 yards but spotty from outside 40. Against the Huskies, however, he nailed a 46-yarder with 8:30 left in the game to give UCLA a three-score lead. His teammates gave him a resounding vote of confidence during the timeout before the attempt.
Fairbairn is the Bruin to earn a Pac-12 Player of the Week honor since Sept. 29, when quarterback Brett Hundley and defensive back/kick returner Ishmael Adams were picked on offense and special teams.
If you missed any of the coverage from UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington last night, here’s a roundup of everything that appeared in today’s edition of Los Angeles News Group papers.
» UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington looked strong in most facets, but nowhere more so than Brett Hundley’s four-touchdown performance.
» Hundley now stands alone with as UCLA’s all-time career leader in touchdown passes, plus notes on penalties and injuries.
» Vinny Bonsignore’s column on Bruin head coach Jim Mora’s return to his alma mater.
A month after falling out of the Associated Press poll, UCLA is back in the top-15.
The Bruins’ 44-30 win at Washington was arguably their most complete performance of the season, earning them a four-spot bump to No. 14 in the country. UCLA had jumped seven spots in the previous poll following their win against No. 17 Arizona.
With two games left at the Rose Bowl after the upcoming bye week, the Bruins have a decent chance at winning out against USC and Stanford. But even a 10-win regular-season might not be enough for the Pac-12 South title. UCLA needs Arizona State, ranked No. 7 after beating Notre Dame, to lose one of its last three conference games to inch ahead in the division.
Oregon is still the Pac-12′s highest-ranked team, moving up two spots to No. 3 after a 51-27 win at Utah. The Utes fell to No. 25.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked about the Bruins’ 44-30 win at Washington, the third-year head coach’s first trip to his alma mater.
“I think that’s as complete a game as we’ve played from start to finish this year,” Mora said. “That’s what you want to be doing in November.”