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UCLA scores three defensive touchdowns in first half against Virginia

NCAA Football: UCLA at Virginia

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Aug 30, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive back Randall Goforth (3) returns a fumble for a touchdown as Virginia Cavaliers guard Conner Davis (74) chases in the second quarter at Scott Stadium. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Prior to the season, a lot was made about UCLA’s offense and quarterback Brett Hundley as a possible Heisman Trophy contender.

Through the first half of Saturday’s season opener against Virginia, it’s the UCLA defense that’s points on the board for the Bruins.

All of UCLA first-half touchdowns have come off Virginia turnovers — all in the second quarter — and they have the Bruins ahead 21-10 at halftime.

Defensive back Ishmael Adams got the scoring going with an interception returned for 20 yards.

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With 2:55 remaining in the half, defensive back Randall Goforth had a 75-yard fumble recovery for a score.

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Linebacker Eric Kendricks capped the first-half scoring with a 37-yard interception return with 1:20 remaining the half.

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If not for the defense, UCLA would be losing this game because the offense has done very little against a surprisingly stout Virginia defense. Hundley completed 9-of-13 passes for 113 yards in the first half and the running game managed just 23 yards.

If UCLA hopes to win this game, the offense will have to show up in the second half because there’s little chance the defense will be able to repeat its stellar first-half performance.

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