EL PASO, Texas -- Sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley powered the No. 17 UCLA Bruins to a 42-12 Sun Bowl victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Tuesday in front of 47,912 fans at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Hundley, a high-round NFL prospect, rushed for a career-high 161 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 223 yards and two scores in the Bruins' first bowl victory since beating Temple in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl.
Hundley rushed for touchdowns of 86 and 7 yards. His long scoring run was UCLA's longest offensive play ever in a bowl game. He also tossed touchdown passes of 7 and 59 yards.
UCLA (10-3) finished with 452 total yards and 200 yards rushing. Both totals are the highest allowed by the Hokies (8-5) since a loss to North Carolina last October.
Virginia Tech senior quarterback Logan Thomas was knocked out of the game with 12:13 remaining in the second quarter. He was rocked by UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt while completing a short pass to receiver Joshua Stanford.
Hundley's 86-yard touchdown run came three minutes later and gave the Bruins a 14-7 lead they would never relinquish.
Following a muffed punt recovery at the UCLA 12-yard line, Virginia Tech cut the deficit to 14-10 on a 22-yard Michael Branthover field goal, the first of his career. The Bruins responded, however, with a 12-play, 85-yard drive that they capped with Paul Perkins' 4-yard touchdown run with 14:20 left in the game.
UCLA added to that lead a short time later when Virginia Tech quarterback Mark Leal sidearmed an ill-advised pass into the arms of linebacker Myles Jack, who returned the interception 24 yards for a touchdown.
Leal passed for 129 yards and two interceptions off the bench. His second interception led to Hundley's 7-yard scoring pass to receiver Thomas Duarte midway through the fourth. Hundley's 59-yard touchdown bomb to wide receiver Shaquelle Evans with 5:49 added to the blowout.
The Bruins' offense was strong from the start. It needed only four plays to get into the end zone. Hundley completed a 15-yard pass and had two runs for 32 yards. His 7-yard touchdown run, while slipping past blitzing linebacker Dadi Nicolas, gave UCLA a 7-0 lead.
The Hokies tied the game with a quick-strike possession a short time later. Thomas had a 19-yard run and completed beautiful 36-yard pass to tight end Kalvin Cline, who dragged a UCLA defender 10 yards before coming down at the Bruins' 2. Running back J.C. Coleman scored on the next play for his first touchdown of the season.
Thomas finished with a team-high 50 rushing yards in his final game in a Virginia Tech uniform.
NOTES: UCLA clinched its first 10-win season since 2005. ... LB Myles Jack's interception return was his first career defensive score. ... The Bruins are 15-3 when scoring first under head coach Jim Mora, Jr. ... WR Thomas Duarte tied a UCLA freshman record with his third touchdown reception of the season in the fourth quarter. ... After practicing all week, Hokies All-American CB Kyle Fuller (core muscle injury) did not dress for the game. He missed the final three games of the season with the injury. ... Virginia Tech LB Deon Clark, who was suspended the previous four games for a violation of team rules, dressed for the game. ... Virginia Tech freshman DB Chuck Clark made his first career start.