Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help No. 17 UCLA rout Virginia Tech 42-12 on Tuesday in the Sun Bowl.
The Bruins (10-3) outscored the Hokies (8-5) 28-5 in the second half.
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.
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.
The loss of Thomas was too much for the Hokies, which suffered their worst loss of the season.
“Mark Leal hasn't played in a year. You can't expect him to come in in one game and carry the workload,” Virginia Tech defensive end James Gayle said. “But you know, I feel like the guys came out here and played hard. Just UCLA played harder.”
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.
Hundley ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, both Sun Bowl records.
A Michael Branthover 22-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the third quarter brought the Hokies to within 14-10. Virginia Tech cashed in after UCLA muffed a punt.
UCLA responded with a 5-yard run by Paul Perkins with 14:20 left in the fourth quarter to give the Bruins a 21-10 advantage, and UCLA never looked back.
UCLA was aided by three Virginia Tech penalties on the Bruins' opening drive of the game, which ended with a Hundley 7-yard TD scramble to cap a 6-play, 74-yard drive.
The Hokies tied the game at 7 apiece with a six-play, 74-yard drive of their own, capped off by a 2-yard J.C. Coleman run. A big block from Derrick Hopkins sprung Coleman.