TEMPE, AZ. – Dorian Thompson-Robinson ties or sets a record every time he gets out of bed at this point in his fifth season at UCLA.
The latest came at kickoff Saturday night when he made his 44th start at quarterback, tying Cade McNown’s school record set from 1995-98. Thompson-Robinson can pass McNown at home against Arizona on November 12.
Thompson-Robinson started eight games in 2018 as a true freshman at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and hasn’t given up the job since. He made 11 starts in 2019 and 2021 and five in between during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Saturday was his 46th game overall.
McNown has started in 44 of his 47 games, including the last 43.
Thompson-Robinson entered Saturday against Arizona State with 11,012 career total offensive yards, 273 behind McNown for second in school history. Brett Hundley leads this category with 11,713 (2011-14).
In school career passing yards heading into Saturday, Thompson-Robinson was third (9,512) behind Hundley (9,966) and McNown (10,708). At his current passing yardage average and with at least five games remaining, including ASU, Thompson-Robinson is on course to pass McNown in that category as well.
Bruins defensive coordinator Bill McGovern did not make the trip, missing a second straight game due to illness. He was again replaced in the coaching stand by analyst Clancy Pendergast, who also helped the defense in a 38-13 win over Stanford.
McGovern is in his first season at UCLA after primarily coaching in the NFL since 2013, including with Bruins head coach Chip Kelly on Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles team. He was at Bruins practice this week, but wasn’t feeling well enough to travel.
Pendergast served as a defensive coordinator in college and in the NFL.
Running back Zach Charbonnet entered the ASU game with streaks of at least one touchdown in his last nine Pac-12 games and at least 100 rushing yards in his last seven conference games. He’s third nationally and the Pac-leading 12 rushing yards per game (137.7) but didn’t play in the first quarter.
Charbonnet had bandages on his arm and leg on Saturday, similar to the bandages he wore throughout the week in training.
UCLA has scored 30 or more points in 11 straight games heading into Saturday. During that streak, Thompson-Robinson threw just six interceptions, but he started Saturday’s game by throwing a pick on UCLA’s first offensive play.
Saturday’s already late kickoff was pushed back slightly to 7:45 p.m. The Bruins won their previous two 7:30 p.m. kickoffs against Washington and Stanford.