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UCLA holds off Kansas State in Alamo Bowl

Posted: January 2, 2015 8:38 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2015 8:38 p.m.
UCLA’s Brett Hundley (17) rushes for a touchdown against Kansas State during the Alamo Bowl on Friday in San Antonio. UCLA’s Brett Hundley (17) rushes for a touchdown against Kansas State during the Alamo Bowl on Friday in San Antonio.
UCLA’s Brett Hundley (17) rushes for a touchdown against Kansas State during the Alamo Bowl on Friday in San Antonio.
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Quarterback Brett Hundley led No. 14 UCLA to a 25-point halftime lead and the Bruins held off No. 11 Kansas State 40-35 on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl.

Kansas State (9-4) scored 22 of the first 25 points in the second half, cutting it to 34-28 on quarterback Jake Waters' 1-yard run with 4:54 left.

Paul Perkins countered for UCLA (10-3) with a 67-yard run with 2:20 to go. Waters threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:21 left, but UCLA recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Perkins ran for 194 yards on 20 carries.

Lockett had 13 catches for 164 yards for Kansas State.

Waters was 31 of 48 for 338 yards, but was sacked seven times — twice by Butkus Award winner Eric Kendricks — and threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Hundley ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and passed for 136 yards. UCLA coach Jim Mora has said Hundley is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

UCLA raced to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, with Hundley scoring on runs of 10 and 28 yards. The Bruins outgained Kansas State 218-4 and had a 9-1 edge in first downs in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Perkins had a 32-yard touchdown run and Hundley threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Dave Lucien. The Bruins sacked Waters five times in the half.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 17-play drive, capped by Waters' 3-yard touchdown pass to Lockett and a successful 2-point conversion — also from Waters to Lockett. After forcing a fumble by Perkins, K-State took over at UCLA's 21 and scored on DeMarcus Robinson's 2-yard run.

Hundley had a 40-yard run on a third-and-11 play to set up Ka'imi Fairbairn's 44-yard field goal that gave UCLA a 34-21 lead late in the third quarter.

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