Ex-Clovis North High standout Bolu Olorunfunmi was determined to get his fifth touchdown on the season. Even if it took some acrobatics.
The UCLA running back took a handoff from Josh Rosen and ran right, bursting through the line. Things got interesting as he got to the 3-yard line, where he leaped onto an Oregon Duck defensive back’s shoulder before almost back-flipping into the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown.
UCLA went on to beat Oregon 31-14 on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) improved to 4-0 at the Rose Bowl.
And the 5-10, 215-pound junior became an internet sensation.
“I didn’t think it would be that big, to be honest with you. I was just trying to score a touchdown,” Olorunfunmi told reporters after he finished with 13 carries for 76 yards. “It’s just all adrenaline. It’s just, ‘do it,’ and I did it. It’s like you don’t feel anything.”
The touchdown made it 24-14 with 3:14 to go in the third.
Said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch:
“He got up there. I mean, he got up there,” Fisch said. “I gasped for a second, and when I saw him come back down, then I was excited again.”
Olorunfunmi is coming off a two-touchdown game against the Arizona Wildcats on Oct. 14.
Braxton Burmeister had two touchdown runs for the Ducks (4-4, 1-4), the second of which tied it 14-14 just before halftime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.