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UCLA, No. 18 NC State to meet in Holiday Bowl at Petco Park

December 5, 2021 GMT
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson throws a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against California on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson throws a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against California on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson throws a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against California on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UCLA (8-4, Pac-12) vs No. 18 NC State (9-3, ACC), Dec. 28, 8 p.m. ET.

LOCATION: San Diego.

TOP PLAYERS

UCLA: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson became the sixth Bruins player to achieve 3,000 yards of total offense in a season. He has 2,409 yards passing and 21 touchdowns, and 609 yards rushing with seven touchdowns.

NC State: QB Devin Leary threw four TD passes against North Carolina to give him 35 this season, breaking the school’s single-season record of 34 by Phillip Rivers, the former San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers QB.

NOTABLE

UCLA: Tied for second place in the Pac-12 South division, the Bruins’ best finish since 2014.

NC State: Finished second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division and won four of its last five games, including rallying to beat North Carolina 34-30. Earned bowl bid in first year of ACC’s deal with Holiday Bowl.

LAST TIME

UCLA 7, NC State 0 (Oct. 29, 1960)

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BOWL HISTORY

UCLA: Second appearance in Holiday Bowl, 37th bowl appearance overall and first since 2017.

NC State: First appearance in Holiday Bowl, 34th bowl appearance overall.

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