UCLA Edged By No. 24 Colorado
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOULDER, Colo. - Joel Klatt threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to JoeKlopfenstein with 2:15 left, rallying No. 24 Colorado to a 16-14 win over UCLAon Saturday.
The Buffaloes (2-0) trailed 14-10 with five minutes remaining beforemarching 63 yards in 11 plays for the winning score.
After freshman Mason Crosby's extra-point attempt was blocked by BrandonChillar, UCLA (0-1) had a chance to win if it could move into position for afield goal.
But after Maurice Drew fumbled the ensuing kickoff and returned it to the10-yard line, backup quarterback Drew Olson, who replaced injured starter MattMoore late in the first quarter, threw incomplete on four straight passesagainst a suddenly stout Colorado defense.
A roughing-the-passer penalty against the Bruins triggered Colorado'swinning drive. Klatt completed an 8-yard pass to Derek McCoy on third-and-7 anda 10-yarder to D.J. Hackett on third-and-3. Rolling right, Klatt, who earlierleft the game for one play after being hit in the head, found Klopfenstein inthe right side of the end zone.
Colorado's win spoiled the head coaching debut of UCLA's Karl Dorrell, whowas an assistant at Colorado for six years in the 1990s.
It was one of several Colorado connections for the Bruins, who hiredassistant coaches Jon Embree and Eric Bieniemy and strength and conditioningcoach Doc Kreis off the Colorado staff in the offseason.
Colorado mounted two long scoring drives to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
UCLA enjoyed favorable field position throughout the first half, includingmidway through the first period when Chris Kluwe's 46-yard punt was downed atthe Colorado 2-yard line by Keith Short.
But Colorado responded with a 98-yard, 11-play touchdown drive, capped byBobby Purify's 1-yard run.
Purify started the drive with an 18-yard carry, Jeremy Bloom went 19 yardson an end-around and Klatt passed 14 yards to Hackett to set up the score.
Two plays later, UCLA lost Moore when he was hit low on a pass play andinjured his left knee.
Early in the second quarter, UCLA's Nnamdi Ohaeri downed a punt at theColorado 3. When Colorado couldn't make a first down and punted, UCLA hadpossession at the Buffaloes' 42.
The Bruins needed just one play to score - Olson's 42-yard pass to CraigBragg.
Midway through the quarter, Colorado fashioned a 57-yard, 15-play driveculminating in Crosby's first career field goal, a 40-yarder.
Early in the third quarter, UCLA marched to the Colorado 12, includingOlson's 16-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis on third-and-10, but Justin Medlock's35-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
The Bruins came right back for a go-ahead score after Colorado tailbackBrian Calhoun's fumble at the Colorado 37. The drive appeared to have stalledon holding and offensive pass interference penalties. But facing athird-and-30, Olson completed a 38-yard pass to Lewis to the Colorado 8.
After a false start, Olson hit Lewis for 13 yards on a slant pattern for atouchdown and a 14-10 lead with 8 seconds left in the period.