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2019 UCLA Football Recreation: DTR, UCLA top New Mexico State, 38-24

Dorian Thompson-Robinson and a strong second half power the Bruins past the Aggies

UCLA v USC Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The UCLA Bruins got a much-needed win to get back on track in the recreated 2019 season, topping the New Mexico State Aggies, 38-24.

The Bruins got a big second-half performance from their offense and defense as they scored 31 second-half points in the victory.

The defense originally allowed NMSU two quick first-quarter touchdowns by running back Jason Huntley to fall down 14-0 quick but Joshua Kelley scored just before halftime to cut the score to 14-7 at the break.

Elijah Gates intercepted the first pass of the third quarter from NMSU, returning it 66 yards for a touchdown, tying the game and starting the rout in the second half.

NMSU managed a field goal in the third quarter to take the lead once again but after a JJ Molson 24-yard field goal re-tied the game, two Dorian Thompson-Robinson fourth-quarter touchdown passes and a Demetric Felton rushing score saw the game get out of hand quick.

The Bruins got back in the win column on the heels of a 21-point fourth quarter specifically and head into their Week 5 bye week at a great time, riding high and getting healthy.

Game stat leaders
Passing: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, 11-20, 191 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks
Rushing: Joshua Kelley, 12 carries, 51 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Demetric Felton, 3 receptions, 84 yards, 41 YAC
Defense: Lokeni Toailoa, 12 tackles, 6 solo, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Season stat leaders
Passing: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, 32-62, 438 yards, 3 TD, 4 INT, 3 sacks, 114.0 passer rating
Rushing: Joshua Kelley, 49 carries, 232 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Demetric Felton, 11 receptions, 155 yards, 0 TD, 37 YAC
Defense: Josh Woods, 16 total tackles, 11 solo, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

Reminder, this is a fictional take on our recreation of the 2019 NCAA football season using last year’s updated rosters and playing the games in NCAA Football 14 on a Playstation3. For more information, check out our intro story.