- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

EL PASO, Texas — Brett Hundley shredded Virginia Tech’s fourth-ranked defense in the Sun Bowl.

The UCLA quarterback Hundley had 86- and 7-yard touchdown runs and finished with 161 yards on 10 carries in the No. 17 Bruins’ 42-12 victory over the Hokies on Tuesday.

“I guess he can run a little,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. “He played well. He was poised.”

Hundley also completed 16 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two scores.

“It was a special game,” Hundley said. “We played well as an offense. We had to make adjustments. When we did, we got things going.”

Hundley and UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt shared MVP honors. Zumwalt had 10 tackles and returned an interception 43 yards to set up a touchdown.

“It’s the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Mora said about Zumwalt. “He was unbelievable from start to finish.

The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-2 in the fourth quarter.

After Virginia Tech cut it to 14-10 on Michael Branthover’s 22-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter, UCLA answered with a 12-play, 85-yard drive, capped by Paul Perkins’s 5-yard run early in the fourth.

Hokies backup quarterback Mark Leal then threw a pass under heavy pressure that linebacker Myles Jack intercepted and returned 29 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-10.

“In the second half we blocked things up better,” Mora said. “We got back to doing what we do best. We played with great tempo. We were not as uptight.”

Virginia Tech, which lost starting quarterback Logan Thomas to an injury in the second quarter, got its final points when UCLA punter Sean Covington stepped on the end line for a safety with 9:38 left.

Thomas, Virginia Tech’s career passing leader, left after taking a big hit along the UCLA sideline early in the second quarter. The hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the Bruins.

“It was tough to miss time on the field, the worst feeling of my career,” Thomas said. “I would have rather you guys talk bad about me than miss time on the field. We were doing some good things on offense. I thought we were right on the verge of doing some good things.”

UCLA pushed it to 35-12 on Hundley’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte with 7:31 to play. The Bruins stayed aggressive late, and Hundley fired a 59-yard scoring strike down the right sideline to Shaquelle Evans for another score with 5:49 remaining.

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