UCLA Holds Off Cardinal, 37-35

Nov. 4, 2000

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    LOS ANGELES -- Cory Paus passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns, andDeShaun Foster ran for 159 yards and scored twice as UCLA held off Stanford37-35 on Saturday.

    Paus, who competed 16 of 27 passes with two interceptions, threw a 41-yardscoring pass to Freddie Mitchell with 6:58 remaining to give the Bruins a 37-28lead and, as it turned out, enough points for the win.

    Paus also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Foster in the second period anda 22-yarder to Mike Seidman in the third quarter.

    Foster, who carried 33 times, also scored on a 14-yard run in the firstquarter. He rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since the season'ssecond game.

    By winning, the Bruins (6-3, 3-3 Pac-10) become bowl eligible, while thedefending conference champion Cardinal (3-6, 2-4), who committed fourturnovers, will go from the Rose Bowl game 10 months ago to no bowl because themost they can win is five games.

    After the Paus-to-Mitchell scoring pass, Stanford drew within two points ona 12-yard run by Kerry Carter with 4:11 left, capping an 80-yard, 12-playdrive.

    UCLA then ran out all but the final 31 seconds of time, thanks mainly to a56-yard pass from Paus to Mitchell on a second-and-16 play, putting the ball atthe Stanford 12. Mitchell caught seven passes for 185 yards.

    Sam Benner recovered a fumble by Foster at the Cardinal 9-yard line, butStanford's Chris Lewis then threw four incompletions.

    Stanford quarterback Randy Fasani, bothered by a sore left knee, didn't playin the second half after completing 10 of 15 passes for 115 yards and onetouchdown with two interceptions. Lewis, a redshirt freshman, completed13-of-31 for 204 yards and two TDs.

    The Bruins extended a six-point halftime lead to 27-14 midway through thethird quarter on Paus' pass to Seidman. Lewis threw a 76-yard pass to LukePowell less than two minutes later, but Chris Griffith's 23-yard field goalwith 4:30 to play in the third period gave UCLA a 30-21 lead.

    The Cardinal drew within two points on a 19-yard pass from Lewis to RyanWells with 12:37 left, but Carter fumbled after gaining 23 yards two minuteslater, with Rodney Leisle recovering at the Bruins' 25.

    Stanford scored first on a 4-yard pass from Fasani to DeRonnie Pitts,finishing an 80-yard drive following the opening kickoff.

    All nine UCLA opponents have scored first, but the Bruins weren't behindvery long.

    Foster scored his first touchdown, with Matt Leonard blocking Griffith'sconversion to leave the Bruins trailing 7-6. Then, senior Jason Zdenek returnedhis first career interception 56 yards for a TD to put UCLA on top 13-7.

    Stanford senior Byron Glaspie scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yardrun, but the Bruins went ahead 20-14 on the Paus-to-Foster scoring pass with6:17 left before halftime.

    Paus threw two interceptions - one from the Stanford 10-yard line - andFasani one in the final two minutes of the second quarter, but neither teamcould take advantage of the opportunities presented by three of the fiveturnovers committed in the first half.

    The game was played before a homecoming crowd of 64,039 at the Rose Bowl.

    By JOHN NADEL
    AP Sports Writer

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