UCLA Rebounds Over San Diego State 20-10
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Drew Olson hit Junior Taylor for a 41-yard touchdownpass early in the third quarter to snap UCLA out of a lethargic start and theBruins beat San Diego State 20-10 Saturday night.
UCLA (2-2) scored a touchdown for the first time in two home games this yearas it bounced back from an embarrassing 59-24 loss at No. 1 Oklahoma. TheBruins improved to 18-0-1 against San Diego State in a series dating to 1922.
UCLA's defense also woke up in the second half, intercepting Matt Dlugoleckion consecutive plays to allow the Bruins to score 10 points in a span of 1:01early in the fourth quarter.
Olson completed 18 of 28 passes for 258 yards, but fumbled three times,setting up both San Diego State scores. Taylor had 110 yards on seven catches.
San Diego State (3-2) has lost 14 straight games to Pac-10 teams. San DiegoState had won two straight, against Texas-El Paso and Samford following its16-13 loss at then-No. 2 Ohio State on Sept. 6.
With the score tied at 3, Olson stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressureand threw long for Taylor, who got behind a defender and made a nice catch inthe end zone 3:28 into the third quarter.
The TD came one play after San Diego State's Jacob Elimimian was called forpass interference.
Taylor had caught only five passes for 26 yards in the first three games.
Linebacker Spencer Havner got Olson off the hook after his second fumble,intercepting Dlugolecki and returning it 50 yards to the San Diego State 28late in the third quarter. That set up a 24-yard field goal by Justin Medlockon the first play of the fourth quarter for a 13-3 lead.
Dlugolecki's pass was intercepted by C.J. Niusulu on San Diego State's nextplay from scrimmage, setting up Olson's 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Smith.
After Olson's third fumble, San Diego State moved 81 yards in nine plays,getting a 7-yard scoring run from Michael Franklin with 6:57 left.
Dlugolecki was 19-of-37 for 110 yards.
The teams played a lackluster first half, which ended with a 3-3 tie.
UCLA committed five penalties for 58 yards before it had the ball for threefull possessions, including dual 15-yarders on one play that left the Bruinswith a first-and-40 from their 19.
SDSU's Josh Dean recovered a fumble by Olson on the UCLA 35, setting up a25-yard field goal by J.C. Mejia early in the second quarter.
UCLA then had a 13-play drive, but had to settle for Medlock's 27-yard fieldgoal.