UCLA Drops OSU Behind Paus, Defense
STILLWATER, Okla. - Cory Paus passed for three touchdowns and ran foranother score as No. 23 UCLA beat Oklahoma State 38-24 Saturday night.
Paus threw touchdown passes of 41, 27 and 25 yards and UCLA (2-0) producedfive turnovers to defeat Oklahoma State (1-2) in the first meeting between thetwo teams.
Spencer Havner intercepted Josh Fields' pass and returned it 23 yards for asecond-quarter touchdown and Ben Emanuel picked Fields off twice, including agame-clinching interception in UCLA territory with 3:41 left.
Rashaun Woods led Oklahoma State with 7 receptions for 143 yards, includinga 7-yard touchdown pass from Fields, who was 20-for-40 passing for 291 yardswith three interceptions.
The Cowboys jumped to an early 10-0 lead but the Bruins answered with 31straight points for their ninth straight victory over a non-conference opponentdating back to 1999.
Paus shook off an interception on the Bruins' first possession and finished13-of-27 for 277 yards. He also scored from the 3-yard line in the thirdquarter to put the Bruins ahead 38-17.
Akil Harris led UCLA with 83 yards on 17 carries.
Seymore Shaw led Oklahoma State with 54 yards rushing on 9 carries. His1-yard touchdown pulled the Cowboys to 38-24 in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma State took possession at the UCLA 39-yard line with 3:54 remainingin the game but Emanuel intercepted Fields' pass two plays later and UCLA ranout the clock.
Woods extended his streak of consecutive games with at least two catches bywinning a battle with UCLA's Ricky Manning, a two-time All-Pac-10 cornerbackwho covered Woods most of the game.
Manning was flagged for three pass interference penalties while coveringWoods, who has caught 54 passes for 737 yards and nine touchdowns in his lastseven games.
The Cowboys outgained UCLA in the first half, 260 yards to 231, but turnedthe ball over four times on three interceptions and a fumble to help the Bruinstake a 24-10 halftime lead.
Kobina Amoo intercepted Paus' pass at the UCLA 38-yard line in the firstquarter, setting up a 1-yard touchdown by Tatum Bell that put the Cowboysahead. Luke Phillips' 22-yard field goal made it 10-0.
Paus redeemed himself by hitting Craig Bragg for a 41-yard touchdown andMike Seidman for a 27-yard score later in the half. He connected with RyanSmith for a 25-yard score in the third quarter to put the Bruins ahead 31-10.
Last year's Oklahoma State starter, Aso Pogi, replaced Fields late in thesecond quarter, throwing an interception in the end zone to Matt Ware. Pogi was2-for-3 passing for 59 yards before Fields returned in the third.
By CLAYTON BELLAMY
Associated Press Writer