No. 23 Bruins Fall To Oregon State, 44-38
Oct. 21, 2000
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Oregon State has been the Pac-10 doormat for years.
Jonathan Smith passed for 351 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as the19th-ranked Beavers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter tobeat No. 23 UCLA 44-38, handing the Bruins just their third loss in their last21 games at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA was hoping to avenge a 55-7 loss at Oregon State last October - themost lopsided setback for the Bruins in 69 years - but it wasn't to be as theBeavers, who rolled up 604 yards in total offense, scored 23 points in lessthan nine minutes to take a 44-31 lead with 1:52 remaining.
The Bruins scored a touchdown and recovered an onside kick after that, butLaDarius Jackson sacked Cory Paus with two seconds left - his third sack of thegame - on a fourth-and-4 play from the UCLA 49 to seal the outcome.
The Beavers (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) remained in contention for their first berthin the Rose Bowl game in 36 years, and completed a sweep of Southern Californiaand UCLA for the first time ever. They beat the Trojans 31-21 on Sept. 30.
Ryan Cesca kicked field goals of 32, 31 and 44 yards and Smith threw a4-yard touchdown pass to Martin Maurer in a span of less than 5 1/2 minutes togive the Beavers a 37-31 lead with 5:07 to play.
Patrick McCall scored what proved to be the game-winning TD on a 66-yard run- three plays after Antonio Battle gained 22 yards on a third-and-21 play tokeep the Oregon State drive alive.
Paus, who completed 19 of 33 passes for a career-high 363 yards and twotouchdowns, threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Jon Dubravac with 1:18 left tocomplete the scoring.
Drew Bennett recovered the onside kick, but the Bruins (4-3, 1-3) wereunable to get a first down.
Paus threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Crecion to give the Bruins a31-21 lead with 12:45 to play, but Oregon State then took over.
Smith finished with 23 completions in 37 attempts, McCall gained 146 yardson 23 carries, and Ken Simonton picked up 100 yards on 24 carries.
Simonton, the nation's fourth-leading rusher, didn't carry the ball afterlosing 2 yards midway through the third quarter. He lost two fumbles in thefirst half.
The Bruins scored on the second play of the third quarter when linebackerTony White tipped a pass by Smith, and redshirt freshman Mat Ball caught thedeflection and ran 15 yards for a touchdown, giving them a 17-7 lead.
Smith had thrown 156 straight passes without being intercepted, and has beenpicked off only three times all season.
The Beavers got a touchdown less than two minutes later on a strange play.Smith threw a 7-yard completion to Maurer, but Marques Anderson jarred the ballloose. However, it popped into the arms of Robert Prescott, who ran 50 yardsfor a touchdown. Smith was credited with a TD pass on the play.
Akil Harris' 5-yard touchdown run gave the Bruins a 24-14 lead, but Smiththrew a 13-yard scoring pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to trim the deficit tothree points again with 4:39 left in the third period - the fourth TD of thequarter.
Smith threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Chad Johnson to cap an 89-yard,15-play drive on Oregon State's first possession. The touchdown extended anegative streak for the Bruins - all seven of their opponents have scoredfirst.
UCLA responded, moving 65 yards on eight plays to tie the game 7-7. DeShaunFoster, who received medical clearance to play about an hour before the openingkickoff, scored the TD on a 2-yard run. Foster, who broke his right hand Sept.30, gained 56 yards on 18 carries.
Chris Griffith kicked a 24-yard field goal with 44 seconds left beforehalftime to give UCLA a 10-7 lead.
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
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