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Thompson-Robinson becomes UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense

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PASADENA — Dorian Thompson-Robinson became UCLA’s all-time leader in total offense on Saturday, passing Brett Hundley’s 11,713 yards on Senior Night at the Rose Bowl against USC.

Thompson-Robinson needed 145 yards to set the mark. The quarterback, with three touchdowns in the first half, also passed Hundley for most touchdowns accounted for in school history. Hundley, who played for the Bruins from 2011 to 2014, had 106 touchdowns accounted for in his career.

In a third Hundley record to fall, Thompson-Robinson also passed Hundley for second all-time in passing yards. Thompson-Robinson needed 41 passing yards entering Saturday to exceed Hundley’s 9,926 yards.

Thompson-Robinson and other seniors were honored before the game on the field.

Thompson-Robinson, in his fifth season, entered Saturday’s game third in the country in completion percentage at 71%. He passed Cade McNown, who played for UCLA from 1995 to 1998, for most quarterback starts in program history last week when he started his 45th career game.

Mark of longevity

Defensive back Stephan Blaylock and offensive lineman Atonio Mafi both set records Saturday for most career games played in program history, with each playing in their 54th game for UCLA.

Five players entered Saturday having appeared in 53 games for the program: Defensive back Randall Goforth (2012-16), kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn (2012-15), running back Johnathan Franklin (2009-12), linebacker Damien Holmes (2009-12) and punter Jeff Locke (2009-12).

Blaylock, who played at St. John Bosco, has started 42 consecutive games, four shy of the record set by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky from 1990 to 1993.

Mafi, a Junipero Serra High graduate, has been a stalwart on the Bruins’ offensive line for five years.

Defense banged up

Defensive back Devin Kirkwood was dressed, but had a club-like wrap on his left hand. Defensive linemen Jay Toia and Gary Smith both had to be helped off the field in the first quarter.

Defensive coordinator Bill McGovern, who has missed the last three games due to an unspecified illness, was “not involved” in the game plan on Saturday, according to a UCLA spokesperson.

Rose Bowl sellout

The 92nd edition of the crosstown rivalry drew a sellout of 70,865 fans at the Rose Bowl, the first sellout of the season. UCLA removed four of the 12 tarps at the stadium to expand capacity.

The remaining tarps — which spelled out U-C-L-A — were left up for “stadium branding,” according to the university.

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