Bruins Blast Bears, 56-17
Oct 20, 2001
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - California stacked its defense to stop DeShaunFoster, and while the strategy worked pretty well for a while, it gave CoryPaus an opportunity to pick the Golden Bears apart.
Paus passed for a season-high 273 yards and three touchdowns in less thanthree quarters Saturday night as No. 4 UCLA overcame a sluggish start to beatwinless California 56-17.
The Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10), now face the meat of their schedule, playingroad games against once-beaten Stanford and unbeaten Washington State and ahome game against once-beaten Oregon.
Foster, who entered the game as the leading rusher in the country with a162.6-yard average, gained 117 yards on 24 carries and caught two passes for 61yards.
Held to 38 yards on 12 carries in the first half, the 6-foot-1, 215-poundsenior scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards and a 34-yard pass from Paus.
Paus, who opened the game with an incompletion before connecting on his next11 passes, finished 13-of-16 without being intercepted. He has attempted 189straight passes, including 122 this season, without an interception.
Paus also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith and a 4-yarder to EdIeremia-Stansbury - both in the third period. The Bruins have outscored theirsix opponents 72-0 in the third quarter.
The defeat was the ninth straight for Cal - a school record. The Bears (0-6,0-4) are off to the worst start in the program's 119-year history.
Cal has faced one of the country's most difficult schedules, its opponentshave a cumulative 33-2 record.
The Bears played without quarterback Kyle Boller, sidelined with a backinjury. Boller, a junior who has made 24 career starts, led his team to winsover UCLA in each of the last two seasons.
Eric Holtfreter, making his first career start as Boller's replacement,completed 11 of 29 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown before being relievedearly in the fourth quarter.
The Bruins put the game away by scoring three touchdowns in the thirdquarter and another on the first play of the final period - on Foster's lastcarry of the game.
One of the third-quarter touchdowns was a 16-yard blocked punt return byDevon Reese. Marcus Reese, no relation, got the block - the second straightgame he has blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown.
Akil Harris' 48-yard touchdown run with 4:22 left put UCLA ahead 56-10.Cal's Terrell Williams scored on a 4-yard run with one second remaining.
Joe Igber, who rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries, gained 39 yards on thegame's second play, helping the Bears get into position for Mark Jensen's39-yard field goal.
The Bruins moved 55 yards on four plays the third time they had the ball,scoring when Craig Bragg ran 42 yards on a double reverse.
The Bears responded by driving 80 yards on 15 plays, with Holtfreterthrowing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charon Arnold.
The drive was aided by two offside penalties against UCLA, the first whileCal was punting.
The Bruins moved 76 and 80 yards on their next two possessions to take a21-10 halftime lead, with Foster scoring both touchdowns.
The Bruins got a break on the Paus-to-Foster TD pass, Paus was hit by JohnKlotsche as he threw, and the ball fluttered to Foster, who was alone about 10yards downfield and nowhere near the intended receiver.
The game was played before a homecoming crowd of 65,366 at the Rose Bowl.