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Three defensive TDs lead No. 7 UCLA to 28-20 victory against upset-minded Virginia

  • Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert (11) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert (11) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia head coach Mike London, center, reacts to a play with linebacker Henry Coley (44) and guard Conner Davis (74) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    Virginia head coach Mike London, center, reacts to a play with linebacker Henry Coley (44) and guard Conner Davis (74) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

  • UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)  (The Associated Press)

UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns before Brett Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive and the No. 7 Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams Saturday.

Hundley, widely regarded as one of the nation's top quarterbacks, was harassed all day by Virginia's pressure defense, and made the biggest play of the day for UCLA with his feet. It came on a 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter when he overpowered safety Quin Blanding on a 6-yard TD run.

The Cavaliers, 21-point underdogs, trailed 28-20 and had a first down at the Bruins 19 late in the game, but three consecutive running plays netted just two yards and irritated the fans, and linebacker Myles Jack disrupted Matt Johns' fourth-and-8 pass to Doni Dowling and it fell to the ground.