UCLA loses season opener to Cincinnati

Michael Warren II ran for one touchdown and caught one of quarterback Desmond Ridder’s two scoring passes as Cincinnati defeated visiting UCLA 24-14 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

Ridder also connected with tight end Josiah Deguara for a touchdown, kicker Sam Crosa added a 44-yard field goal and safety Ja’von Hicks came up with a fumble recovery and an interception for the Bearcats.

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 8-for-26 passing for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.

“I was horrible,” Thompson-Robinson said. “It was very disappointing, not only because we didn’t get the win but looking at these guys’ faces.”

Cincinnati knocked off UCLA in the opener for the second straight season. The Bearcats beat the Bruins 26-17 at the Rose Bowl last season.

Cincinnati did not trail Thursday after Ridder and Deguara teamed on a 16-yard scoring pass following Hicks’ recovery of a Thompson-Robinson fumble at Cincinnati’s 17-yard line on UCLA’s first possession.

Warren scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter after linebacker Perry Young intercepted Thompson-Robinson’s pass at UCLA’s 30-yard line on the Bruins’ first possession of the second half.

“Fumbles and interceptions aren’t always the quarterback’s fault,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said. “We will look at the film and reassess what happened. Dorian has a confident way about him. You could tell it hurt, but I don’t worry about him.”

#1 Clemson 52, Georgia Tech 14: Travis Etienne rushed for 205 yards and had three touchdown runs, including a 90-yarder, as the host Tigers beat the Yellow Jackets in the opener for both ACC teams. Etienne’s 90-yard jaunt tied for the longest rushing TD in school history. He added scoring runs of 14 yards and 48 yards as Clemson opened a 35-0 lead en route to its 16th consecutive win.

#12 Texas A&M 41, Texas State 7: Kellen Mond threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and Isaiah Spiller and Jashaun Corbin each topped 100 yards rushing for the host Aggies, who built a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised past the Bobcats in the opener for both teams. Myles Jones had two of Texas A&M’s four interceptions, and the Aggies had three sacks and nine tackles for losses.

#17 Central Florida 62, Florida A&M 0: Brandon Wimbush, a transfer from Notre Dame, passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel added three scoring throws as the host Golden Knights overwhelmed the Rattlers in the opener for both teams. Central Florida improved to 26-1 since the start of 2017, with the loss coming against LSU in last season’s Fiesta Bowl. That setback ended a school- and American Athletic Conference-record 25-game winning streak.

Briefly: Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said a decision on whether running back Maurice Washington plays in the opener against South Alabama on Saturday might not be made until game time. Washington, a sophomore from Stockton. is facing pornography charges related to an incident when he was in high school. He has has a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday in San Jose. … Florida State’s opener against Boise State on Saturday was moved from Jacksonville, Fla., to Tallahassee, Fla., because of Hurricane Dorian.

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