• Jay Shaw (1) of UCLA battles for control of a pass to Nikko Remigio (4) of Cal during a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. The pass was called incomplete. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) passes against Cal in the first quarter of game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) scrabbles against the defense of Cal in the first quarter of game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brittain Brown (28) and Mike Martinez (88) of UCLA celebrate in the end zone after Brown scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game against Cal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) scores a touchdown against Cal in the first quarter during game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal quarter back Chase Garbers (7) escapes the defense of Carl Jones (35) and Kain Medrano (20) of UCLA for a touchdown in the second quarter during a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brittain Brown (28) of UCLA scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Camryn Bynum (24) of Cal intercepts a pass intended Greg Dulcich (85) of UCLA in the first quarter during a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The UCLA football team huddles up just prior to the start of a game against Cal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brittain Brown (28) of UCLA breaks a tackle from Elijah Hicks (3) of Cal and goes on to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal quarter back Chase Garbers (7) steps into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter during a game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UCLA wide receiver Kyle Philips (2) scores a touchdown against the defense of Cal’s Chigozie Anusiem (7) in the closing minutes of the second quarter in a game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UCLA wide receiver Kyle Philips (2) and Greg DulcichHear (85) celebrate after Philips scorded a touchdown in the closing minutes of the second quarter in a game against Cal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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PASADENA >> UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson celebrated his 21st birthday with a 34-10 victory over Cal at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 15. It was the Bruins’ first victory in a home opener since 2017.

The Bruins are now 1-1 and hold a .500 record for the first time during coach Chip Kelly’s tenure. Kelly lost his first five games as the Bruins’ coach in 2018 and three straight to start the 2019 season.

Thompson-Robinson shook off a first-quarter interception, by Cal defensive back and Corona Centennial High alumnus Camryn Bynum, to lead the Bruins to a touchdown on four of their next five possessions.

That was a much better result than the four turnovers the Bruins had in the first half of last week’s 48-42 loss to Colorado.

Thompson-Robinson gave the Bruins their first lead of the game in the first quarter with a 2-yard keeper.

The quarterback followed that with touchdown passes to three different receivers in the second quarter, including Charles Njoku’s first career touchdown catch. Thompson-Robinson finished the contest 14 of 26 passing for 196 yards.

The Bruins seemed to build some confidence when Thompson-Robinson scored on a 2-yard run around right end for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put them ahead 7-3.

After the defense forced Cal to punt, UCLA continued its positive momentum and added to its lead.

Njoku caught a 27-yard TD pass to put UCLA ahead 14-3, and Chase Cota caught a touchdown to make it 20-10.

Kyle Philips continued his role as a top target for Thompson-Robinson by catching three of seven passes for 16 yards and a touchdown. Philips, who was the Bruins’ leading receiver in 2019, made it 27-10 at halftime with a 5-yard TD catch.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers used his legs for a pair of 8-yard runs, providing a first down on third-and-6 and an 8-yard touchdown run that cut UCLA’s lead to 14-10 with 7:10 left in the second quarter.

Running back Christopher Brown Jr. played a key role on Cal’s second-quarter scoring drive with three catches for 15 yards.

UCLA’s defense held Cal to 174 yards of total offense.

The Bruins and Golden Bears weren’t originally slated to face each other this season, but the conference scheduled the matchup on Friday after Cal’s game against Arizona State and UCLA’s matchup against Utah were canceled due to several positive COVID-19 tests for the Sun Devils and Utes.

This story will be updated.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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