UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich’s performance against USC proved why he is among the best tight ends in college football this season.
Dulcich recorded career-highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (167) in the Bruins’ 43-38 loss to their crosstown rival.
“You guys know that he’s my roommate and stuff so we have a wonderful connection,” UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson said. “He’s worked his tail off this whole offseason and continues to, and it shows on the field.”
Dulcich is statistically the best tight end in the Pac-12 this season, leading all others at the position in receptions (24) and receiving yards (479).
“He’s producing really well,” Thompson-Robinson said. “I’m really proud of him and really happy for him right now.”
Dulcich is second in the Pac-12 for touchdowns (three) and yards per game (79.8) among tight ends after six games played.
Colorado State’s Trey McBride leads Pac-12 tight ends with four receiving touchdowns and averages 82.5 yards per game in four games played.
Thompson-Robinson also hit career milestones and moved up the program’s record book Saturday.
“I thought Dorian played really well,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. “He came back last week at Arizona State and really just practiced starting Wednesday and missed Monday, Tuesday.
“He had a full week of training this week. I thought it really showed. I thought he threw the ball with command and did some really, really nice things out there. He was 30 of 36 (passing) with four touchdowns.”
Thompson-Robinson became the eighth Bruin quarterback to complete 400 passes (410) in his career and passed Troy Aikman (1987-88) to move into seventh on the career completions list.
The third-year quarterback’s four-touchdown performance was his third career game with four or more touchdown passes. One of his four touchdowns Saturday was a pass completed to Dulcich for 69 yards.
He also rushed for 50 yards, putting him over 400 total yards on offense against USC. It was his fourth career game with over 400 yards of total offense.
Despite the accomplishments, Thompson-Robinson is ready to move forward with his teammates.
“This isn’t a normal game and this isn’t a normal loss so this one hurts, but the good thing is we get to go back on Monday,” Thompson-Robinson said. “We’ve got one more game, so we can put this one to rest after watching the film and move on to next week.”
UCLA will host Stanford at the Rose Bowl on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Bruins had lost 11 consecutive games against the Cardinal, the largest win streak for either team in the series, before winning last year’s meeting on the road 34-16. The two teams have played every season since 1946 and UCLA’s largest win streak was six games from 1963-68.
UCLA defensive back Obi Eboh missed the USC game but could be available to play against his former team. Eboh transferred from Stanford after graduating with an undergrad degree in management science and engineering.