Dorian Thompson-Robinson shares what UCLA TD record means to him
Not only did Dorian Thompson-Robinson walk off the field at the Rose Bowl on Saturday with his first career win over Utah, he also walked off with a personal record.
In the Bruins’ 42-32 win over the Utes, Thompson-Robinson tossed four touchdowns to tie and then pass Brett Hundley for the most touchdown passes in a career in UCLA program history. Halfway through Thompson-Robinson’s final season in Westwood, he has 76 touchdown passes.
After the game, he was asked what the record meant to him.
“It’s a really good question. It’s great to have my name there, but I think the thing that’s made me the most emotional right now is seeing how happy my guys in my locker room were for me,” he said. “The coaching staff, everybody that’s been here since I was a freshman, just re-thinking all the hard times I went through. All the bickering back-and-forth, all the transitioning going on throughout the program, again I just can’t say how thankful I am and how grateful I am to be on this team right now.”
Thompson-Robinson has seen everything in his career. He was part of losing teams to begin the Chip Kelly era. He was part of the most lopsided UCLA win over USC in the matchup’s history. He has now engineered the program’s best start since 2005.
“It’s pretty cool for what Dorian has done, the work that he has put in,” said coach Chip Kelly of the record. “He has invested a ton in himself and he’s reaping the rewards of that. Really happy for him, seeing how he has grown as a person and how he’s grown as a leader. It’s cool to watch. It is well-deserved. When you start to think about the quarterbacks and the history of UCLA, that is a pretty cool list to be on. I’m really happy for Dorian and it is well-deserved.”
And it probably feels a little better knowing that individual achievement can be enjoyed amid team success.
“I definitely wanted this one,” Thompson-Robinson said. “We knew the beast at hand coming in here, and I think my boys went out there and went to work. It was a proud moment for me to see, for sure.”