Bruins Rally To Storm Past Oregon State 43-35
Oct. 5, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Redshirt freshman Tyler Ebell had 29 carries for 203 yards and Cory Paus threw for 378 yards and a score as UCLA held off a late Oregon State rally for a 43-35 victory Saturday.
Mike Seidman had eight catches for 138 yards and a touchdown and Ricky Manning ran back an interception 33 yards for another TD in the Pac-10 opener for the Bruins (4-1, 1-0).
Derek Anderson couldn't do much for Oregon State (4-2, 0-2) until the final quarter, when he hit James Newson with two touchdown passes.
Newson finished with nine catches for 120 yards. Anderson was 16-of-41 for 260 yards and twointerceptions.
The Beavers caught the Bruins off-guard at the start, coming out with Steven Jackson's 80-yard scoring run. Jackson shook off one defender, then ran the rest of the way untouched.
It was the longest scoring run in the Pac-10 this season. Going into the game, Jackson led the conference with 120.6 yards a game. He added 104 yards rushing against the Bruins.
When UCLA got within field-goal range on its first series, Chris Griffith's 27-yard attempt was blocked by the Beavers' Nick Barnett. The ball landed in the outstretched hands of Dennis Weathersby, who ran 83 yards for the score.
But UCLA, led by Paus, confidently climbed back into the game. Griffith opened the second quarter with a 42-yard field goal, and Paus hit Seidman with a 24-yard TD pass.
As time wound down in the half, the Bruins got within two yards of the goal line and went for it on fourth down, but Paus' pass was incomplete. When the Beavers took over, Marcus Reese tackled Jackson in the end zone for a safety to cut Oregon State's lead to 14-12 at the half.
The Bruins came out in the second half and scored on Ebell's 5-yard scoring run to take over the lead, 19-14.
After Manning picked off Anderson's pass and ran 33 yards back for another score, Griffith's 38-yard field goal made it 29-14.
But the Beavers weren't done, forcing UCLA to make it a game with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Anderson hit Newson with a 4-yard scoring pass to narrow it. But on the Bruins' next series, Ebell's 73-yard run put UCLA on the Oregon State 1-yard line, and Akil Harris ran it in.
Not to be outdone, Newson grappled with a handful of defenders to score on Anderson's 13-yard pass, making it 36-28. UCLA answered with Harris' 5-yard scoring run that seemingly put the game out of reach.
With just more than two minutes to go, Noah Happe scooped up Harris' fumble and ran 19 yards for another Oregon State score. But the Beavers couldn't get any closer.
The Beavers have had trouble with the Pac-10 so far. After a relatively soft non-conference schedule with victories over Eastern Kentucky, Temple, UNLV and Fresno State, Oregon State fell 22-0 to Southern California last week.
The Bruins had more of challenge before the conference schedule, beating Colorado State and Oklahoma State before a loss to Colorado and a win last weekend over San Diego State.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer